While most tourists will associate wats (temples) and ruins with Cambodia’s other major city, Siem Reap, it is surprising to learn that Phnom Penh itself has a handful of good wats that could easily be part of your itinerary.
Ta Prohm may sound familiar if you’ve been travelling in Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh actually has its own version, a little way outside of city limits. This set of temple ruins is beside the Bati Lake and has a long and interesting history.
Wat Langka may look uninspiring from the outside, but it is actually one of the original wats in the city. A haven for Buddhist monks, this wat is certainly one to tick off your list.
Phnom Chisor is quite off the beaten track, but for those backpackers staying in Phnom Penh for a while, this set of scenic temple ruins could be the perfect half-day trip that you need to get away from downtown.
Wat Ounalom must rank as one of the most visited wats in Phnom Penh due to its close proximity to Sisowath Quay. It was once damaged by the Khmer Rouge, but is now the most important wat of Cambodian Buddhism.
Wat Phnom is the most famous of all wats in Phnom Penh and is also the most-visited by tourists. It is accessed by a long upwards staircase, surrounded by beautiful gardens, and the interior of the temple is decorated in amazing murals. A must see!
Have you been to Phnom Penh? What did you think of the wats/temples in the city?