Welcome to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh (ភ្នំ ពេញ): the name can’t help but conjure up an image of the exotic. The glimmering spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes and the luscious location on the banks of the mighty Mekong – this is the Asia many daydream about from afar.Cambodia’s capital can be an assault on the senses. Motorbikes whiz through laneways without a thought for pedestrians; markets exude pungent... Read More

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$58 Cultural & Theme Tours

Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

Phnom Penh was once a jewel in the crown of Indochina and a bustling outpost of French colonialism. Discover how that all changed with the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the beginning of the darkest, most tragic period in Cambodia’s recent history.Your tour starts as you learn about the fateful day of April 17, 1975, when Phnom Penh was taken by the Khmer Rouge. See where journalists camped out to witness the fall of Phnom Penh.Visit the infamous Tuol Sleng High School, which was turned into the S-21 prison camp. It was here, at this unassuming high school in the heart of the city, that the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime unfolded. It was a detention center for prisoners of the regime, where detainees were tortured and executed on a regular basis. The school is now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and as you tour the museum, you’ll discover the brutality of the Khmer Rouge documented in the photos and memorabilia, including torture instruments.Next, you’ll visit Choeung Ek, one of the most well-known sites of the Killing Fields. The Killing Fields are several sites in Cambodia where masses of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge. Choeung Ek was home to large graves filled with bodies of those executed at Tuol Sleng. The pits no longer remain, but a large stupa (shrine) filled with more than 8,000 human skulls acts as a memorial and a grim reminder of the atrocities of war.Finish the tour on a happier note – by sampling local snacks and learning how the country is moving forward into the future. Although this tour is confronting, it offers great insight into Asian political history and the struggles of the Cambodian people.

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

Your Phnom Penh tour starts with an educational experience about Cambodia's past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture center. Then, head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant and give back to the community.After lunch, you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and cross the Japanese Friendship Bridge leaving Phnom Penh to catch a ferry across the Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture. We'll stop to see the silk weavers at work in the village, where you can purchase some of the local products if you wish. As you wander the village, you can explore a Buddhist temple and floating fish farms, see fields of rice and morning glory, and enjoy local Khmer snacks at a family home. Leave the tuk-tuk behind and board a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the Mekong. You’ll see the distinctive architecture of Cambodia, with Khmer-influenced buildings such as Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda, as well as French colonial buildings — some renovated, some ravaged by neglect and the war. Finally, we close off the Mekong boat tour with a gorgeous sunset, and return you back to Phnom Penh and your hotel.

$15 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner from Phnom Penh

Your journey will begin with free pickup inside Phnom Penh. Upon boarding you will receive a free Sunset Cocktail, a Cambo Cruise original. Departing at approximately 5:00pm, you'll be cruising along the Phnom Penh riverfront while enjoying the subtle sounds of live traditional Khmer music on the upper-deck. You can also view the scenery from the main deck for a more cozy experience near the bar. After passing the Royal Palace we will journey to the junction of the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers. Up the Mekong River you will see floating villages and fishing families living on their house boats. Along the shores of Silk Island is where you will see the sunset over Phnom Penh in the distance. The sunset is the highlight of the journey. Dinner is served after sunset. An all-you-can-eat buffet made from fresh, local, organic food that is stored, prepped, and cooked fresh daily on our boat in our stainless steel kitchens, never prepared on land hours before, and definitely not on a rusty charcoal grill. No food is frozen, nor shipped in from other countries. No fish from the river is served, ever. All original sauces are made onboard. Salad, spring rolls, organic brown rice, curry, fruit, fresh bread, sandwiches, and a variety BBQ with Texas style BBQ and Asian teriyaki sauce is served. There are low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and halal options available. If you choose the "cruise only" option, our buffet and an a la carte menu is available for purchase.The bar has spirits from around the world. Most any traditional cocktails can be made, but be sure and try one of many original signature cocktails, satisfaction guaranteed. Local and imported beers, as well as red and white wines by the glass or carafe. Fresh, locally grown coffee beans are ground just before brewing to ensure fantastic espresso, and coffee.After dinner, we cruise down the Mekong River before turning up the Tonle Sap to take in the Phnom Penh riverfront skyline after dark. This perspective is stunning, only to be seen like this by boat. After passing under the Japanese Friendship Bridge we return to port. The bar will stay open, and you are free to stay and enjoy the river views. The Cambo Cruise boat is a new vessel that seats 75 people. It's a wooden Traditional Cambodian design with modern touches. It is equipped with two commercial quality kitchens, men’s and women's toilets, running water from fresh water tanks, and a water filtration system for clean, purified drinking water. Hygiene, safety, and guest satisfaction are our priorities. You can feel safe knowing that our boat is licensed, inspected, and has staff that are well trained in safety and first-aid procedures. Flotation devices, safety equipment, and fire extinguishers on board. We are confident that no other boat in Phnom Penh can offer you all of these things.

$15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cambodian Arts Traditional Dance Show Phnom Penh

Make your own way to the National Museum of Cambodia in central Phnom Penh in time for a 7pm performance - doors open at 6:30pm.Settle into your seats and get ready for a spectacular showcase of traditional Cambodian dance, performed by the Cambodian Living Arts on Stage (formerly known as Plae Pakaa). Enjoy the showcase of eight classical and folk dances, accompanied by live singers and musicians, dazzling costumes, and beautiful stage sets, and be swept along on a journey through Cambodian history from ancient Angkorian palaces to the villages of today. Show schedule: 7 PMMonday through Sunday (October to March)Monday through Saturday (June to August)Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday (April, May and September)

$15 Tours & Sightseeing

Killing Fields and Prison S21 Tour

Your tour begins with pickup from your central Phnom Penh hotel (hotel pick up for morning tour from 8.00am to 8.45 according the location of your hotel or from1.30pm to 2.15pm for afternoon tour) and a transfer to Prison S21. Traveling aboard a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus, listen to the pre-recorded English commentary along the way, offering some background information on the prison. On arrival, your English speaking bus attendant will show you where to go to purchase your tickets (own expense), after which you will have 1-hour and 15-minute to explore independently. Audio guides are available in 8 languages at the museum for $3 per person (the audio guide is in 2 versions, you will take the short version which is about 50 minutes and is printed in RED numbers or an in-house guide can be hired for USD $2/person for 45 minute tour (we would suggest you to take the in-house guide service if it is available, but availability of in-house guide is not guaranteed because number of guides is limited). Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison, a former high school that was transformed into a prison under the Khmer Rouge regime, and is now home to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.After meeting back up with your guide at the museum entrance, continue on the around 40-minute drive to the Killing Fields. Along the way, a documentary about the Killing Fields will be played on the bus offering an important insight into the site and the events that took place there during the Khmer Rouge regime. On arrival, you will have another 1 hour and 15 minutes for your self-guided visit. Audio guides in 15 languages are also available at The Killing Fields for $3. Back on the bus, return to Phnom Penh, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or riverside around 1pm or 6pm. Please note: This is not a guided tour. The bus attendant will be on-hand to help with practical information, but is not a tour guide.

$26 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Mekong and Tonle Sap River Sunset Cocktail Cruise with Dinner Option

Enjoy an evening experiencing Phnom Penh from the water on this 2.5-hour cruise. Sail along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers at sunset, and take advantage of the all-inclusive nature of the trip, which includes unlimited soft drinks and one alcoholic cocktail, beer or spirit and delicious food.Step onboard and let yourself relax as your cruise sets off along the water. Quench your thirst with the large variety of available teas, coffee, soft drinks, beer, and spirits, while sampling different appetizers. But leave room for the main meal (if option selected), which is a western-Asian fusion BBQ consisting of shrimp, fish, chicken, and pork, all freshly cooked and prepared on board.Take in the scenery around you as you sail along your scenic and breezy river route. There are beautiful riverside landscapes intertwined with various sites, such as the Japanese Friendship Bridge and floating fishing villages. On this trip you can truly absorb all the splendor of Phnom Penh.