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  • Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

    1. Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

    See the highlights of Phnom Penh and learn more about the history of Cambodia, starting with the Royal Palace, built by the French in 1866 after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Explore the palace complex to admire the Khmer architecture on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River. See the magnificent Silver Pagoda made of 5,329 silver tiles, and hear about different Khmer kings, resident at all times, except during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Gaze in awe at the jeweled Buddha statues and the Angkor Wat-style Bell Tower. Learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum, located in a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners murdered and dumped on the notorious Killing Fields.

    It ended up being a personal tour. I was driven by Tuk Tuk to sights such as Wat Phnom, an Golden Temples. Visiting the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, while somewhat difficult to grasp, are important sights to see in Phnom Penh. I had a great time on the tour, the driver was fantastic. Just experiencing the city in that way was incredible. Thanks!

  • Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

    2. Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

    Following a hotel pick-up at 08:00 from Phnom Penh City area hotel, your first stop will be Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements. Next, head to Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, a phenomenal area in Cambodia filled with hundreds of years of history. You will visit Cambodia's National Museum, offering a charming setting for a stunning collection of ancient Khmer art. Next up, you visit Wat Phnom. The temple has a strong connection with the establishment of the capital city of Cambodia. The current name of the city Phnom-Penh in native language means literally the hill of Ms. Penh. Wat Phnom temple was built in 1373.  After lunch at your own cost, you will board your boat and travel down the Tonle Sap River to where it meets the mighty Mekong River. You are cruising past the floating villages and onto the first of two islands. Your boat...

  • Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

    3. Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

    Get an insight into the art and culture of the Khmer Empire on a half-day tour of Phnom Penh, and experience life in the city today at one of the most vibrant markets. You will start your tour at the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. See bronze statues, stone heads, and traditional ceramics among the 14,000 items in the museum's collection. Inspired by Khmer temple architecture, the museum complex was constructed between 1917 and 1924, and renovated in 1968. Continue to the Russian Market, named from the time when most foreigners in Cambodia were Russians. Bargain for souvenir gifts among the stalls selling silks, carvings, and curios. End your tour at Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake temple. Enjoy lovely views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh at sunset, and explore the shrines, pagodas, and murals ...

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

My guide, Mr Oung Syphat was right on time to pick me up, in fact early. We walked from my hotel to the royal palace (across the street) and began our expertly guided tour. We then went from the Royal Palace to the killing field by tuk tuk where Oung had first hand and deep knowledge on the genocide, being a victim of the Khmer Rouges brutal regime himself. From there we visited s21 and Oung was extremely insightful, pointing out things I should photograph and panels that I should read inside the museum. From there we had lunch at a traditional Khmer establishment and Oung then offered to bring me to some additional places like the central market and a temple. He was extremely knowledgeable and very professional.

It ended up being a personal tour. I was driven by Tuk Tuk to sights such as Wat Phnom, an Golden Temples. Visiting the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, while somewhat difficult to grasp, are important sights to see in Phnom Penh. I had a great time on the tour, the driver was fantastic. Just experiencing the city in that way was incredible. Thanks!

Very good trip - hard issues to deal with at S1 and the Killing Fields but the guide was warm, helpful and compassionate. Mr Sing, you are a credit to modern Cambodia

The guide was extremely sweet and super informative. A very clever chap. He was also kind, caring and respectful. I would definitely go on one of his tours again

Great guide!! very well organised!!! really made our one day trip worth to see and learn more of Phnom Penh