Restaurants and other businesses are plentiful in Phnom
Penh. A popular eating experience are the numerous Food
stalls in Phnom Penh and can easily be
found in and around the Central Market, O
Ressei Market and Tuol Tom Pong Market.
Many of the main hotels have nightly entertainment.
The traditional Apsara dance performances are held
from the months of November to March. Karaoke bars
are numerous and popular with the local crowds.
For more information contact Diethelm Travel
see Contacts section.
Cambodia's best buys include: Woodcarvings, brass figurines, antiques,
checked scarves, papier mâché masks, items and jewellery
made of gold, material for sarongs and hols, silver and precious
Be advised that there are strict controls on the
export of stone carvings, antiques
and Buddha images in particular.
Tom Pong Market, the Old Market and the
Central Marketare the best places for buying jewellery.
Many of the above goods are also be found at the shop of the
Fine Arts School.
materials can be found at the Central Market.
Shopping hours: Monday through Friday
from 8.00 am - 9.00 pm.
The following is a list of special events celebrated in Cambodia:
and Chinese New Year
||Visak Bochea, Anniversary of
the Buddha’s Birth
||Chaul Chhnam, 3-day celebration
of the Cambodian
||Chrat Prea Nongkoal, ceremonial
beginning of the sowing season
||Phchum Ben, offerings made
to dead ancestors
||Bonn Kathem (religious festival)
||Festival of the Reversing Current
or The Water Festival, canoe races are held in Phnom Penh;
Bon Om Tuk, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
| Do's and Don'ts
politically related subjects in conversation is advisable.
Do not point
your foot at a person or touch someone on the head.
should wear conservative clothing that covers the body.
Do not photograph
military installations, airports and railway stations. It is well-mannered
to ask before taking photographs of Cambodian people, especially
Tips are welcomed in hotels and restaurants
where no service charge has been added, also by tour guides.