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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Street Photography in Phnom Penh

Updated: Feb 4

If you love street photography, you should definitely consider visiting Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. It's a vibrant and colourful city, full of life and contrasts. You can find amazing scenes of daily life, from bustling markets and temples to quiet alleys and riverside views. You can also capture the rich history and culture of this fascinating country, as well as the challenges and hopes of its people.

Some of the best places to explore for street photography in Phnom Penh are:


- Central Market: This is a huge art deco building that houses hundreds of stalls selling everything from clothes and electronics to food and souvenirs. It's a great place to see the diversity and energy of the city, as well as to practice your skills in low-light and crowded situations.

- Royal Palace: This is the official residence of the king and a symbol of the nation. It's surrounded by beautiful gardens and buildings, such as the Silver Pagoda and the Throne Hall. You can photograph the stunning architecture and details, as well as the monks and visitors who come to pay their respects.

- Riverside: This is the area along the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers, where you can find many restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. It's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, especially at sunset when the sky turns into a spectacular show of colors. You can also take a boat ride or a ferry to see the city from a different perspective.

- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: This is a former high school that was turned into a prison and torture centre by the Khmer Rouge regime. It's now a museum that displays the horrors of that period, as well as the stories and portraits of the victims. It's a sobering and emotional place, but also an important one to document and remember.

- Street 240: This is a trendy street that offers a variety of shops, cafes, galleries and boutiques. It's a good place to see the modern and creative side of Phnom Penh, as well as to enjoy some coffee and cake. You can also find some interesting street art and graffiti along the way.


These are just some of the many places that make Phnom Penh a great destination for street photography. You'll never run out of things to see and capture, as long as you keep your eyes open and your camera ready. It's worth the trip!

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