Cambodia's captivating capital is one of the world's undiscovered gems. With the impressive spires of the Royal Palace, omnipresent monks and the markets on the banks of the mighty Mekong rover, it currently offers a glimpse of what Asia was like before rampant commercialisation put a McDonald's on every corner. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but with the recent arrival of KFC we suspect it won't be long, making now a good time to visit. It's certainly a city with an edge, and can be quite an assault on the senses thanks to the chaos of the roads, the tempting scents of the markets, and the general hustle and bustle of burgeoning capitalism. This is no typical asian metropolis in the mould of Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur, harking back as it does to a more romantic age.
While this means shabby roads and strained electricity, that shouldn't put you off a trip especially when there are plenty of top notch hotels to which you can retreat for a relaxing break from it all. Marvel at the SIlver Pagoda at the Royal Palace and learn about the country's traumatic recent past at the Tuol Sleng museum or a haunting trip to the killing fields; alternatively simply wander the plentiful markets in search of silk, silverware, handicrafts and curios. Get your pulse racing at the NagaWorld Casino or relax with a traditional massage before tasting the French-influenced local cuisine either from a street stall or in the air-conditioned confines of a an up-market boutique restaurant. Throw in evening river cruises on the Mekong, the opportunity to get PADI certified at the Scuba Nation Diving Centre, and a couple of golf courses and it's clear that Phnom Penh has something for everyone.
Given that Cambodia had no golf courses at all until the mid-1990s, it's hardly surprising that, for the time being, your options on a Phnom Penh golf holiday are limited to the two 18 hole courses on its western outskirts. While they currently play second fiddle to the superior courses on offer in Siem Reap, if your Cambodia golf holiday includes a trip to the capital then these courses are certainly worth a look, not least because of their reasonable green fees and the fact that you should have no trouble getting a tee time.
The wide fairways of Royal Cambodia Golf Club mean that those of us who are wayward from the tee won't get into too much trouble, and despite water featuring on the majority of holes it's the very thick rough you should be more concerned about. While not in the immaculate condition to which it is easy to become accustomed in Asia, an emphasis on environmental protection means that it is a a picturesque place to play, and when you take into account the price and the fact that you are likely to have the course to yourself it's definitely worth a round.
Much the same might be said of the other course in the area, at Cambodia Golf & Country Club, another cheap and cheerful affair where there's enough in the way of water hazards to keep you on your feet. Again, it's fairly easy-going, and the perfect place to post a morale-boosting score ahead of what should ideally be followed by a trip to the more challenging and prestigious courses in Siem Reap.
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