Spend the day learning about Phnom Penh's history and modern day politics. Delve into the region's dark history, essential to understanding the Cambodia of today. Visit sombre spots made infamous by the Khmer Rouge regime.
What to Expect
Your Phnom Penh tour starts by learning about Cambodia's tragic past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. Then, you'll 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, go for a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant.
Next you’ll travel by "moto-remork" (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and head out of Phnom Penh on the Japanese Friendship Bridge, before catching a ferry across the mighty Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture (85% of residents earn their living from these industries). You will stop to see the silk weavers at work in the village, where you can purchase some of the local products. 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.
Say goodbye to the tuk-tuk and board a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the mighty 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, you'll set sail the Mekong boat tour with a gorgeous sunset, and then return back to Phnom Penh and your hotel.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choueng Ek Killing Field
- Transport by vehicle, moto-remork, and local boat
- Khmer snacks and lunch
What's Not Included
- Items of a personal nature
- Additional food
- Tips / gratuities for drivers or guide
Know Before You Go
• Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this, and for your own comfort, it's strongly recommended you wear modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominately hot Asian climate.
• Visitors to the Royal Palace must wear shorts or skirts that are knee-length or below, shirt sleeves that reach the elbow or longer, and sandals or shoes (no flip flops). Otherwise, you will be required to rent appropriate covering.
• The Royal Palace grounds may be closed on important Khmer holidays for part or all of the day, therefore the order of visiting different sites may change in order to accommodate this. In the rare event the palace grounds are closed for the entire day, an alternate activity of the same value will be provided.
• Child Policy: Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.