phnom penh considers walking street

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is pressing city authorities to ban vehicles at Sisowath Quay, a historic riverside venue in the capital of Phnom Penh. This scene runs parallel to Sisowath Boulevard in the Chamkarmon district, a popular dining spot for expatriates and visitors.


The ministry wants a ban enforced on the stretch of Sisowath Quay that overlooks the Tonlé Sap River, from near Wat Phnom to the Royal Palace. There it intends to place parasols and food carts along the closed-off stretch to serve visiting tourists, thus boosting business. If the city agrees, vehicles will be banned on the boulevard road on Saturdays and Sundays only.


Since areas in which tourists congregate along popular roads could give rise to evening or weekend walking streets, similar arrangements may be introduced in Sihanoukville and Siem Reap.