Siem Reap Vistior Guide 59th
Bliss Spa One of Phnom Penh's most established and respected international spas. Created with love, grace and desire to provide our guests with a memorable experience. Bliss journeys provide a combination of spa treatments; mas- sages, scrubs, wraps, facials, waxing, steam, manicures & pedicures. At Bliss we are passionate about massage but more importantly, providing a healing touch. #29 Street 240 (btw Norodom Blvd.& St.19) Tel: 012-613386 Bodia Spa Conceived as a sheltering cocoon-curves, warm lighting, inspiring melodies and soothing scented oils, Bodia Spa is an absolutely sensory experience entirely dedicated to pamper both body and soul in the most natural way pos- sible. A healing beauty destination, using 100% natural products. Crn St 178/Sothearos, above U-Care Tel: 023-226199 www.bodia-spa.com Phnom Penh’s points of interest are largely historical and cultural, but they are only part of exploring the city. Exotic shopping, dining, indulgent spas and a fair bit of nightlife complete the experience. Set aside two or three days for the major points. Though it is possible to squeeze the most important sights into a single day, this leaves very little time at each location. Choeung Ek Memorial (‘The Killing Field’) Many of the people who perished under the Khmer Rouge ended up in one of the dozens of ‘killing fields’ that can be found scattered across the country. This particular killing field is the site of the brutal executions of approximately 17,000 men, women and children, most of whom had first suffered through S-21 Prison. National Museum Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King.’ Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods. Visiting the museum after a trip to Angkor helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda The Palace and Silver Pagoda sit together behind the crenellated walls of the royal compound on the river- front. Within the grounds street sounds are silenced and Royal buildings rise like ornate islands from the manicured gardens. Next door, the Silver Pagoda' houses a collection of priceless Buddhist and historical objects including the 'Emerald Buddha.' Toul Sleng Genocide Museum Toul Sleng was for- merly a high school that the Khmer Rouge converted into the infamous S-21 interrogation facility. Tuol Sleng compound now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the regime. Much has been left in the state it was in when the Khmer Rouge abandoned it in January 1979. Wat Phnom The legend of the founding of Wat Phnom is tied to the birth of the city itself. Story has it that in to do & see
Club Love International music with nightly guest DJs and live music makes Club Love a popular draw for locals and tourists alike. Duplex is where you come to dance and enjoy the largest selection of bottled, Belgian beer in Cambodia. Their Salsa & Reggae nights and live Khmer Rock & Roll bands are most popular. With acts performing well into the evening. For updated schedule of live music and events check out their Facebook page: Duplex Belgian Tavern . #3 Street 278 www.lovephnompenh.com Comme à la Maison, Restaurant The original in BKK1 with garden terrace and a/c dining, and the Tonle Sap location with terrace overlooking the river and a/c dining, both offer a wide range of contemporary French dishes. 1) #13 Street 57, BKK1; 2) #73 Tonle Sap St Hagar Catering & Restaurant Khmer specialties on an international barbecue lunch buffet for $8.50 on weekends (reservations required for weekdays and dinner). The social enterprise hires vulnerable women and men and teaches them hospitality skills. Air con. #44 Street 310, just off Street 63, BKK1 Tel: 092-333095
Hard Rock Cafe Travelers and expats hungry for a taste of home - or anyone looking for a hearty and fail- safe meal - will find Western go-tos, like ribs, cheese- burgers, fajitas, salads and steaks. The portions are generous, the servers are attentive, parking is ample and air con is plentiful. Great for families and rockers alike. Exchange Square, Street 102 Tel: 081-631111
Massage for health and relaxation is a time-honored tradition in Southeast Asia and Cambodia has its own distinctive massage traditions. Phnom Penh mas- sage and spas range from storefront $6 foot mas- sage to elegant international standard spas. Places tend to be concentrated in tourist areas such as the riverfront and especially BKK1 where boutique spas have become quite popular, offering massage, spa and salon services in a tranquil, indulgent atmos- phere.
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