All the tourist sites are listed in guide books and web sites and we did of course visit them as well. We used the city as a base to go out to Khmer sites and ancient places, which we will cover in their own blogs. But we absolutely loved Sambor Prei Kuk site, Phnom Udong mountain and specially Phnom Chisor sites and the whole area around Tonle Bati lake and Ta Prohm site.
Phnom Penh city was a bit too chaotic for my taste, specially the traffic and the street vendors got onto my nerves, though having my tour guide to fend them off really helped. I found the city far more expensive than Siem Reap though. Making it across the streets alive was a real challenge as pedestrians seem to have no rights whatsoever. The traffic was dominated by very expensive and very big SUV's, which were used as weapons on the opposite side of the road, with flashing lights and hunking horns. Phnom Penh also appeared to have the highest number of Toyota Prius Hybrid cars I have seen so far, which was a bit surprising given that Cambodia is one of the poorest countries.
S21 prison and Killing Fields where two sites, which every tourist visits and they both were some of the saddest places I have ever visited. Since it is part of the Khmer culture, I will probably do a separate blog on them because I learned a lot about the Red Khmer's disrespect of their own history and the deliberate destruction of Khmer temples and artifacts.