Funky 100 – 5 Things to do in Phnom Penh


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5 Funky Things to do in Phnom Penh

Why you should Visit

Phnom Penh is a city of contrasts. There is genuine luxury in the form of magnificent temples but there is also a large amount of fairly desperate poverty. The streets are filled with monks, street vendors and young Cambodians going about their daily lives. It’s a relatively small city but one of the most entertaining and genuinely eye-opening places to visit.

1) Have a happy (laced with marijuana) pizza

happy pizza in Cambodia

2) Dine on food you have never seen in a traditional market place you wouldn’t believe.

market in phnom penh

3) Meet amazing monks and explore their colorful temples.

temple in phnom penh

4) Watch the people and the animals of the city live their normal lives, and yes the monkeys smoke and drink.

monkey smokes

5) Explore the sprawling streets of Phnom Penh. Unique architecture, motorbikes and tuk-tuks, street stalls and street vendors, a life you wouldn’t believe.

phnom penh


Eric has been traveling the world for years. Usually he travels slowly, trying to learn the languages and cultures of his host countries.

He spent 20 months traveling and working in Cambodia and now even speaks Khmer, the language of Cambodia. Now he is working on his travel memoir about hitchhiking around the world in 12 months on a budget of $2000.


This article was published in January 2014.