The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is a must-see site that epitomises the grandeur of the Khmer architecture.
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh stands majestically near the river front and serves as a striking landmark since 1866. The palace is richly ornate, making it deserving to be the home of Cambodian kings.
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is located at Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3) and is a 15-minute walk away from the city centre.
Opening Days and Hours
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00. Do note that it closes from lunch break from 11:00 to 14:00 every day.
Entry Fee and Bookings
The entry fee to the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is USD 10, which includes entrance fees to the Silver Pagoda. An additional fee applies for tour guides.
How to Get There
Most visitors can get to the palace via tuk-tuks or taxi.
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh makes a good sight-seeing spot for architecture fans and visitors seeking a cultural experience. It suits visitors consisting of small groups of friends, solo travelers, young couples, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
You can explore the palace grounds in about 1- 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The palace is usually more crowded in the during opening times and right after lunch breaks. Sundays are usually busier than other days. You should avoid visiting the palace at these hours if you would like to avoid the crowd.
A few stalls within walking distance offer good, authentic, local cuisine. You may also grab a meal at one of the cafés and bistros nearby.
The Royal Palace of Phnom Penh is adjacent to the Silver Pagoda (10 minutes walk) and the National Museum (15 minutes walk). You may also be interested to go for the river cruise along Sisowath Quay (Riverside), which is about 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk.
Phnom Penh has a variety of accommodation options in different price points, from budget, mid-range to luxury.
Good to Know
It is important to take note of the dress code, which is similar to visiting religious sites.