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  • From Phnom Penh: Private Roundtrip Cruise to Oudong

    1. From Phnom Penh: Private Roundtrip Cruise to Oudong

    Embark on a river journey to Cambodia’s ancient capital Oudong. Watch the traditional riverside life of local fishermen and the countryside of the Tonle Sap River pass by with its floating houses and pagodas. Upon arrival take a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride to the Oudong Hills, heart of the former capital, and enjoy a breathtaking view over Cambodia’s small villages, rice fields, and the Tonle Sap River. Quench your thirst with the large variety of available teas, coffee, soft drinks, one alcoholic beverage offered (beer, cocktail or spirits), while sampling different appetizers. But leave room for the main meal, which is a western-Asian fusion BBQ consisting of shrimp, fish, chicken, and pork, all freshly cooked and prepared on board. One bottle of red or white French wine for 4 people is included in the price. Feel the gentle breeze and take in the beautiful river landscape as you head ba...

  • From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta 3-Day Trip to Phnom Penh

    2. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta 3-Day Trip to Phnom Penh

    On day one at 8:00 AM you will be collected from your hotel in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City and head to Mekong Delta, enjoying the scenic journey along the way lined by green rice fields. Upon arrival in My Tho, you will stop by Vinh Trang Pagoda the biggest pagoda in the Mekong Delta to learn about the religion of the region. After that, you will take a boat trip to cruise along the Mekong River. Hop onboard a rowboat to explore the small canals to see the locals going about their day. Continue cruising to Ben Tre, get off and enjoy a walk around the village. Stop at a local family home to enjoy tropical fruit, taste the honey tea and honey wine and listen to Vietnamese traditional music performed by the villagers. Check out the coconut candy shop and learn how to make candy, and see handicrafts made from the coconuts and so much more. Take your time snapping photos and enjoy the natu...

  • Phnom Penh Private Tour: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, S-21

    3. Phnom Penh Private Tour: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, S-21

    Explore the troubled, but fascinating history of Cambodia on a 6-hour sightseeing tour in Phnom Penh, and visit some of the city’s most beautiful pagodas and palaces, as well as the infamous genocide museum of Tuol Sleng. Following a hotel pick-up, your guide will take you to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by the French after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Located on the western banks of the Tonle Sap River and Mekong River, the palace complex features stunning Khmer architecture, divided into 4 main compounds. The grounds of the Palace are also home to the Silver Pagoda, which received its name because its floor is made of 5,329 silver tiles. Learn about the Khmer kings, resident at all times, with the exception of the period when the Khmer Rouge took control in 1975. See gold and jeweled Buddha statues in the Silver Pagoda, and the Angkor Wat style Bell Tower....

    The guide spoke perfect English and was very easy to understand. He confirmed at the start the itinerary and made sure we were aware of all the places to visit. Each location the guide gave us an insight into the places we were visiting. Very knowledgeable as you would expect.

  • Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

    4. 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!

  • Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

    5. Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

    Your Euro-Khmer guide will pick you up from Phnom Penh and drive you to the killing fields of Choeung Ek – 15 km south of Phnom Penh. The infamous killing fields have a bloody history. Once an orchard and a Chinese cemetery, the Khmer Rogue, lead by Pol Pot, turned the place into what became known as the killing fields. Over four years they massacred and buried 2.5 million people. After remembering the dead, return to Phnom Penh to visit Tuol Sleng Prison. Meaning hill of the poisonous trees, Pol Pot turned a once popular high school into a high security prison. 20,000 people were imprisoned there, many of whom were tortured for information. Today it serves as a museum and a reminder of darker days. Your Euro-Khmer guide will return you to your hotel or guesthouse in the early evening.

    Our guide Ting was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. There was ample time in the 4 hour trip to learn and see everything we wanted. The transport was absolutely fine and the driver was safe.

  • Phnom Penh: S-21 Prison and Killing Fields Half-Day Tour

    6. Phnom Penh: S-21 Prison and Killing Fields Half-Day Tour

    At 8:00 AM, depart from your hotel and drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, located about 16 kms south of Phnom Penh. Here,you will experience a very moving and confronting experience. The Killing Fields were the final resting place for over 17,000 men, women, children and infants between 1975 and 1978. It is estimated the Khmer Rouge Regime took the lives of between 2 and 4 million Cambodians during their destructive and devastating time in control between 1975 and 1979. Your guide will provide you with a detailed tour of the fields. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It rapidly became the largest center of detention and torture in the country. Prisoners were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who we...

    Good knowledge guide. Has quite a good grasp of English. Seemed to revel in telling the history

  • Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

    7. 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...

  • From Phnom Penh: Silk Island Cruise on the Mekong River

    8. From Phnom Penh: Silk Island Cruise on the Mekong River

    Take a cruise along the Mekong River and learn about the ancient silk production of the area. This is a cruise oozing in all things luxurious and relaxing, on the 12th largest river in the world. The Mekong and its surroundings boast a unique biodiversity, second only to the Amazon, and as you sail along you can appreciate it all with a commentary from your English-speaking guide. Sip cocktails, fresh juices, or beer. You will be treated to a delicious BBQ meal at lunchtime. The cruise lasts for around 6 hours and includes a stop-off at the silk weaving houses at Prek Boeung Kong Pagoda and the Koh Dach beach. Learn how silk is made from the very beginning with the silk worm, to the end product. In the afternoon cool-off with a spot of supervised bathing in the Mekong River–life doesn’t get much better than this!

  • Phnom Penh Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

    9. Phnom Penh Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local

    Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once booking your booking has been received, you will be asked some questions to get to know you better. The right local will be selected for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public t...

  • Best of Phnom Penh: Half-Day Private City Tour

    10. Best of Phnom Penh: Half-Day Private City Tour

    At 8:00 AM, start your tour of the charming capital with a visit to the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. The pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. After, you will visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda named because of it’s floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. A gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha are also housed here. Continue to the nearby National Museum. Built in 1917, it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. At 12:00 PM, your tour will come to an end and your guide will tr...

    Our guide Sam was magnificent. His knowledge about the sites and the history was sublime. His English was of a very high level, so understandable for all of us.

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 282 reviews

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!

Our tour guide was excellent with a great English skill and very nice way to describe all the aspect of our visit! I really appreciate his effort to let us experience part of the history of this country. Once again please reward Baboon for his great job.

We really enjoyed our guide on this tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and filled in many holes in our understanding of what happened during the genocide as well as surrounding the politics. I would highly recommend this tour of the Killing Fields.

Our guide, Genda, spoke very good English and was very helpful to us in understanding the timeline and events. She was terrific and we would strongly endorse her for any English speaking group.

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