The Art District in Phnom Penh is located in the Boeung Kak Lake area in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.
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How to get to the Art District in Phnom Penh
From down town Phnom Penh (near the night markets)you can either walk or get a tuk-tuk. We decided to walk there as it wasn’t a very hot day.. Unfortunately, we got lost and ended up getting a tuk-tuk anyway!
A few of the tuk-tuk drivers didn’t know what or where the Art District was, so you will have to ask around until you find someone that does. We got lucky on the 3rd tuk-tuk and he took us straight there. Just ask for Street 93 in the Boeung Kak Lake Area.
The Street Art in the Art District is free of charge. You will only have to pay $5USD to get there if you catch a tuk-tuk from down town Phnom Penh.
What to do
- Grab an iced coffee in one of the local cafes.
- Watch the local kids playing games in the streets.
- Photograph all of the amazing graffiti and street art.
- Talk to the local residents about the history of the Boeing Kak Lake Area.
- Any time of day is appropriate to visit the Art District in Phnom Penh. Morning time may be the best as you can avoid the days strong heat and city traffic getting there.
- If you want to take your time walking through the art filled streets of Phnom Penh, you can do it in an hour, give or take. Entirely up to you.
Where to stay
The popular area to stay in Phnom Penh is in the down town area opposite the Mekong River. This is where you will find an abundance of restaurants, markets, spa’s and bars.
You can also stay on Street 93 in the Boeung Kak Lake area, although this is a relatively quiet neighbourhood. It is mainly occupied by local residence with only few home stays and a couple of cafes. If you are looking for a quiet place to escape the cities hustle and bustle this could be a great option.
Also see: Georgetown Street Art, Malaysia
Why should the Art District in Phnom Penh be on my bucket list?
If you want to be inspired then this should be on your bucket list. The Cambodian history is still very raw and some people say they can see this in the street art. This place is still very much under the radar, but it should be on your radar. Venture off the beaten track and check out this local art community.