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Phnom Penh

 

Cambodia’s capital is often overlooked as visitors head straight to Angkor Wat in the north.

Phnom Penh is well worth a visit however as the city has some lively markets, impressive temples and a great little museum which will elucidate much about the magnificent monuments further north.

On a more sobering note, the Killing Fields memorial is a moving testament to more recent events and an important place to visit to really understand modern day Cambodia.

Phnom Penh is essential on any tour of Cambodia - don't miss it.

 

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Floatation Mekong

Unique floating suite on the Mekong River with magnificent Phnom Penh skyline views. Great adjacent floating restaurant.

Unique Phnom Penh Accommodation
Flaoting Suite on the Mekong
1 Nights from
£80pp
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Teahouse Phnom Penh

Charming and cosy boutique hotel in Phnom Penh. Great value, lovely little pool and spa. A tea lovers delight!

Superb Value
Charming Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£640pp
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252 Hotel

One of the best value boutique hotels in Phnom Penh. Attractive shaded swimming pool and spacious rooms.

Amazing Value
Super Value Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£685pp
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Pavilion Phnom Penh

Great value historic boutique hotel in Phnom Penh right by the Royal Palace. Just 18 rooms.

Great Value Packages
Gorgeous Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£695pp
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iRoHa Garden Hotel

One of our favourite boutique hotels in Phnom Penh. Great value for money stylish rooms. Nice pool, spa, cosy atmosphere.

Trip Advisor Favourite
Charming Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£715pp
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White Mansion Boutique Hotel

White Mansion Boutique Hotel Phnom Penh is a classically elegant boutique hotel, the former residence of the U.S Ambassador.

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Trip Advisor Favourite
3 Nights from
£735pp
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Top luxury hotel in Phnom Penh, combining historic ambience with a luxury resort feel in a central location.

FREE night offers
Luxury Colonial Style
3 Nights from
£795pp
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La Rose Suites

Centrally located luxury boutique hotel in Phnom Penh with spacious rooms, salt-water pool and on-site restaurant.

FREE massage & minibar
Luxury Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£855pp
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Rosewood Phnom Penh

Top luxury in Phnom Penh. Boutique style exclusive hotel on the top floors of the imposing Vattanac Capital Tower.

Luxury in Phnom Penh
Sweeping City Views
3 Nights from
£925pp
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The Bale Phnom Penh

18 Luxury suites by the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. Taking luxury boutique hotels in Cambodia to a new level.

Unique Luxury Hotel
Villa resort by the river
3 Nights from
£1075pp
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Phnom Penh City Stays

Explore attractive Phnom Penh with its markets, temples, history and pleasant riverside setting.

Early Booking Discounts
2, 3 & 4 night packages
2 Nights from
£99pp
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Hotel, Transfers, Tours included

Cambodia Wildlife Highlights

Add on a Nature & Wildlife tour from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap as part of a tailor made tour of Cambodia.

Add on from Phnom Penh
Cardamom Mountains lodge
2 Nights from
£250pp
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Hotel, Transfers, Tours included

Saigon to Phnom Penh

Travel overland through the Mekong Delta from Saigon to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Chau Doc & Can Tho
Overland Journey
3 Nights from
£375pp
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Hotel, Transfers, Tours included

Mekong Delta & Coast

Travel overland through the Mekong Delta from Saigon to Phnom Penh in Cambodia via coastal Cambodia.

Mekong Delta & Kep
Saigon to Phnom Penh
5 Nights from
£575pp
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Hotels, Tours, Transfers

Classic Cambodia Tours

View our Classic Cambodia Tours and discover one of South East Asia's least well-known destinations.

Private Tailor Made Tour
7 - 14 night Itineraries
7 Nights from
£1395pp
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Temples, City & Beach

Visit Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and stay a few nights in a boutique beach resort on a Classic Cambodia holiday.

Boutique Beach Resort
Siem Reap & Phnom Penh
10 Nights from
£1595pp
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Cambodia & Laos

Combine Cambodia & Laos visiting Phnom Penh, Angkor, Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

Boutique Hotels
Private Tailor Made Tours
9 Nights from
£1599pp
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Family Temples & Beach

Explore the Temples of Angkor, experience Cambodian culture, go zip-lining & enjoy the beach.

Angkor Temples & Beach
Family Focused Cambodia
12 Nights from
£1795pp
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Indochina Highlights

See the best of Cambodia & Vietnam in one varied trip. Cities, ancient temples, stunning landscapes and time to relax by the beach.

Tailor Make your Trip
Vietnam & Cambodia
12 Nights from
£2075pp
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Lost Kingdoms of Indochina

Combine Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos in a cultural journey through the highlights of Indochina.

Tailor Make your Trip
Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
14 Nights from
£2295pp
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Cambodian Journey

See Cambodia in depth on this overland journey from Bangkok through Cambodia, culminating with time to relax on the island of Koh Chang.

See Cambodia in Depth
Cambodia & Thailand
17 Nights from
£2395pp
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Laos & Cambodia Journey

Travel from Thailand's Golden Triangle through Laos & Cambodia on this fascinating 2-week journey.

Laos & Cambodia Journey
Includes Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
£2395pp
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Mekong Prestige

Cruise the Mekong from Siem Reap to Saigon via Phnom Penh & the Mekong Delta. Flight inclusive package including pre and post cruise.

Add on Beach Extension
Boutique Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
£2765pp
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Mekong River Cruise - Lost Civilisation

Cruise the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia and explore one of the great rivers of Asia. Visit Saigon and the Temples of Angkor.

Heritage Line - Jayavarman
Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise
12 Nights from
£2850pp
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Cambodian Odyssey

In depth Cambodia tour including Battambang, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kep & Sihanoukville.

Adventurous Cambodian Journey
Circuit of Cambodia
15 Nights from
£2895pp
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Great Wall to Angkor

Journey from Imperial Beijing to the start of the Silk Road, pulsing Shanghai, leafy canal towns, jungle-clad Angkor and charming Phnom Penh.

Private Tour - Fully Flexible
Unique Cultural Journey
11 Nights from
£2895pp
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Charms of the Mekong

Cruise the Mekong from Saigon to Tonle Sap. Flight inclusive package including Saigon, 7 night Ama Dara cruise, Angkor.

Includes Saigon & Angkor
AMA Waterways Cruise
12 Nights from
£2995pp
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Classic Mekong Cruise - Pandaw

Cruise Saigon to Angkor with Pandaw with pre and post accommodation, shore excursions and almost everything included.

Tailor Made River Cruise Holiday
Boutique Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
£3175pp
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Mekong Journey

Majestic Mekong journey from Saigon via Cambodia and Laos following the Mekong, finishing in the north of Thailand.

Classic Mekong Overland
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
19 Nights from
£3450pp
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Luxury Cambodia

3 nights in Phnom Penh, 4 nights at Angkor and 5 nights in a luxury beach resort - the best of Cambodia in style.

Ultimate Luxury Cambodia
Cambodia in Style
12 Nights from
£3895pp
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Timeless Wonders Mekong Cruise

Cruise the Mekong from Siem Reap to Saigon via Phnom Penh & the Mekong Delta. Flight inclusive package including pre and post cruise.

Uniworld Cruise & Tour
RV Navigator Cruise
12 Nights from
£3995pp
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Angkor & Myanmar in Style

Discover magnificent Angkor and the best of Burma including a luxury River Cruise. Stay in historic luxury heritage hotels.

Unique Asian Journey
Iconic Hotels - Luxury Cruise
12 Nights from
£4095pp
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Luxury Mekong Cruise - Aqua Mekong

The most luxurious river cruise in Asia. Cruise the Mekong between Saigon and Angkor and enjoy a Mekong River Cruise in style.

Includes Saigon & Angkor
Total Luxury Mekong Cruise
12 Nights from
£7595pp
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Evening Foodie Safari

Get off the beaten track and discover hidden treasures in Phnom Penh with a local food-loving guide. Explore the markets, sample local food, enjoy cocktails in a rooftop bar and dinner in a local restaurant.

Start off with a ride on a Remork the Cambodian "Tuk Tuk". Zip off the usual tourist trail, and hop straight into Phnom Penh's Old Market (Phsar Chas) along Street No. 13.

A local food-loving guide will uncover hidden treasures and snacks favored by locals such as a yellow bean cake or the Khmer rice cake.

Taste some seasonal fruits grown in and around Phnom Penh, such as dragon fruit, mango, and tiny (but sweet) pineapples.

The brave can try the stinky kind of all fruit - the mighty durian! Learn about the spices used in local recipes and hear about traditional remedies.

Next, go to a local picnic spot and wander around the food stalls, where you often find fried tarantulas, fried crickets, green mango with chili and salt, ducks eggs, and much more.

On our way to a rooftop bar for cocktails we take a photo stop at Independence Monument illuminated by red, blue and white floodlights at night.

Then continue for dinner at a local restaurant to sample local delicacies Khmer food, before ending at a dessert stall where fruit shakes, fruits with sweet condensed milk, and baked puddings are offered.

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Cooking Class at Frizz

Enjoy a classic Cambodian cooking class and discover the secrets of Khmer Cuisine. In the morning travel by Tuk Tuk to the local market accompanied by a Cambodian chef with the aim of selecting the best locally grown ingredients.

Cambodia is blessed with an abundance of world-class produce and your guide will explain the culinary and medicinal significance of what is found depending on season.

After the market experience, return to the kitchen to your own fully equipped cooking station.

The remainder of the morning is used to discover unique Cambodia culinary techniques before of course enjoying the fruits of your labours.

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Phnom Penh Culture

Explore the highlights and must-see landmarks of Phnom penh on this half-day walking tour. visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and a non-profit school to see the art performances by the local children.

Begin your tour of Phnom Penh with a visit to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll around its beautiful garden.

Visit the Silver Pagoda, so named because of the 5,000 silver tiles lining its floor. Other treasures include a gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.

Afterwards, visit the Champey Academy of Arts (CAA), a local non-profit school focused on training in the traditional Cambodian arts.

The school supports students from impoverished and vulnerable conditions and is totally free to attend. Its mission is to promote self-empowerment and preserve traditional Cambodian arts and culture.

Continue to the nearby National Museum. Built in 1917, it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and exhibiting Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces.

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The Killing Fields & Tuol Sleng

Just outside Phnom Penh, in a peaceful rural setting, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek provide a stark reminder of the atrocities inflicted on Cambodia under the Pol Pot regime.

Thousands of people were killed here between the years of 1975 and 1978 and buried in mass graves.

Learn more about this chapter from Cambodia's recent past at Tuol Sleng (Museum of Genocide). Formerly a High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime.

Although this Half Day excursion seems quite a ‘morbid’ trip, it is for most visitors a quite moving experience and an important step in understanding modern day Cambodia where almost every family was in some way affected by the Pol Pot regime.

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Phnom Penh Architecture

This short cyclo tour is ideal for architecture buffs. Spend 2 to 3 hours touring Phnom Penh by cyclo to experience Phnom Penh's streets and buildings, with a brief historical and cultural introduction to the city by an architecture guide.

Encounter the centre of Phnom Penh and its colonial buildings dating from 1910 onwards, including a selection of well-known buildings, as well as some less obvious examples such as religious architecture.

We aim to enter some buildings and see others from the pavement, from the cyclo, as well as exploring the district around the old Post Office, before going to the area Southeast of the Central Market.

End the excursion with a meal in one of Phnom Penh's trendiest restaurants.

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Takeo

Enjoy a Full Day Tour from Phnom Penh to the provincial capital, Takeo, including a visit to Tonle Bati, Ta Prohm, Phnom Chisor, Angkor Borei and Phnom Da. This is a great way to see the area around Phnom Penh.

Tonle Bati is a lake south of Phnom Penh, with a beach and the impressive laterite temple of Ta Prohm, a 12th century temple built by King Jayavarman VII.

Phnom Chisor is the main temple, occupying the hilltop and constructed of laterite and brick with carved lintels of sandstone. The inscriptions found here date back to the 11th century and the wooden doors to the sanctuary are decorated with interesting carvings.

Angkor Borei is a 6th century monument built in laterite by King Rudravarman of Funan and is one of the few remaining sites with traces of the Kingdom of Funan (a kingdom influenced by India and thought to have spread as far as southern Burma and Indonesia).

Phnom Da is a hill south of Angkor Borei with four artificial caves, built as shrines. On top of the hill is a square laterite tower.

 

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Discover Phnom Penh

A Full Day Tour to discover lively and energetic Phnom Penh where graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras; today they teem with life and activity.

Visit the Temple of Wat Phnom, the birthplace of Phnom Penh. Afterwards, see the splendor of Cambodia's royal heritage at Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, still the official Royal Residence.

The adjacent Silver Pagoda and the National Museum are the next stops.

In the afternoon, learn about a chapter from Cambodia's more recent, tragic, past at Tuol Sleng (Museum of Genocide). Formerly a High School, in 1975, this became the interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime.

Kept largely unchanged, this prison now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through these doors - only seven of whom came out alive.

Finally, explore the modern-day city, visiting one of Phnom Penh's two great markets, the Central Market, or the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling all kinds of items.

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Silk Island Cycling

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the outskirts of Phnom Penh, crossing the Cambodia-Japanese Bridge and continuing to the North to a reach a small island. Cycle around Silk Island and encounter Cambodian life outside the city.

Koh Dach or 'Silk Island' is located on the banks of the Mekong. Here you can explore Khmer villages and the local lifestyle where traditional silk weaving takes place.

Besides silk weaving, people on the island also generate their income from fruit and vegetable plantations growing crops such as beans, corn, bananas, mangos and sesame. Enjoy a local lunch shaded by huts along the river.

On the way back into town, visit another neighbouring island, Koh Ouknhatey, where you can observe the silk making process.

This is a full day tour with around 40 km of cycling along flat roads.

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A Day with The Bears

Spend the day learning about the 100 sun bears that have been rescued from captivity and relocated to Phnom Tamao. Go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to become a bear keeper, with plenty of hands-on practice time.

Travel by private vehicle to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, located an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, and the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears. The Rescue Centre has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing their wild bear populations.

On arrival meet the staff at Free The Bears, located within Phnom Tamao. Free The Bears is a registered charity that was set up by an Australian lady, Mary Hutton to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world.

The 100 plus bears at Phnom Tamao have been rescued from exploitation for food and medicine. Twenty one forested enclosures have been built over 7 hectares to house a mixture of Sun and Asiatic Black Bears of different ages and personalities.

After visiting the various different bear houses take part in a fun activity of preparing toys for the bears. There will also be time to visit some of the other endangered species kept at Phnom Tamao.

Lunch is at a simple local picnic hut ‘Khmer style’. In the afternoon it’s time to hide the food in the bear’s forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labour. 

Leaving Phnom Tamao drive the short distance to visit Tonle Bati Temple, a small but very picturesque Angkorian style temple that remains largely intact.

On the way back to Phnom Penh stop to try some local seasonal fruits, before arriving back in the early evening.

Note: please note that direct contact with the bears is not possible under any circumstances; these are rescued wild animals. It is recommended to bring closed footwear, sunscreen and suitable clothing for a day in the forest.

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Tuol Sleng Encounter with Chum Mey

Learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent history at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21. Formerly the Tuol Svay Prey High School, this became the main interrogation and torture facility for the Khmer Rouge regime.

Kept largely unchanged, this hauntingly eerie building now showcases photographs and exhibits about the thousands of victims that passed through the doors – only seven of whom came out alive.

On this tour you will meet one of these extraordinary survivors. Chum Mey, who has written about his experiences, will take you on a personal tour of the cells and share his harrowing personal experiences with you.

Chum Mey is one of only 12 known survivors of Tuol Sleng. Now in his mid 80's it is a privilege to hear his experiences at first hand.

This is a heart breaking but necessary place to visit in order to better understand and appreciate the resilience of the local people despite such a tragic past.

Highlights

  • Learn about a chapter from Cambodia’s more recent history at the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21.
  • Explore a powerful and moving museum and meet an extraordinary man that survived from the Khmer Rouge.
  • A personal tour of the cells of S21 where the survivor shares his harrowing personal experiences with you.
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The Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

Cambodia’s Royal Palace mostly dated from the 20th Century, but is an impressive place to visit and a must-do on any tour of Phnom Penh.

The King still lives here so it's very much a working palace - only part of it is open.

Be sure to see the Silver Palace with it's beautiful jewel encrusted Buddha statues and its stunning silver tiling.

National Museum

Phnom Penh's National Museum is the biggest in the country and is home to a superb collection of Khmer Art and Ceramics.

During the Khmer Rouge period from 1975-79 the Museum was left abandoned and in a state of complete disrepair, with a rotten roof and colonised by bats. Most museum curators and staff were killed by the Khmer Rouge.

Nowadays the National Museum is a great source of pride and a visit will really help you to understand Cambodian history and culture - especially if you are able to visit before going to the Temples at Angkor.

Tuol Sleng & The Killing Fields

On a more sobering note, the Killing Fields memorial is a moving testament to more recent events and an important place to visit to really understand modern day Cambodia.

Pol Pot declared intellectuals, the wealthy, professionals and city dwellers enemies of Cambodia and this former school building (Tuol Sleng) was used as a detainment and torture facility during the genocide of 3 million Cambodians in the late 1970's.

It's a dark and sombre visit but we think it's an important one to make.

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom dates back to the 14th century and is the oldest part of the city.

Wandering through the various stupas and monuments at Wat Phnom is definitely worthy of a visit, especially as it's so close to the riverside.

The Markets

Phnom Penh has some attractive markets which are well worth exploring.

The Russian Market is one of the most famous markets in the city. It's a great place to shop for branded clothes which are produced locally for export and for various arts and crafts.

The Central Market in Phnom Penh is protected by a beautiful art-deco dome, making it worthy a visit for that alone.

It's also a great place to shop for jewellery, precious stones and gold and silver.

Riverside Promenade

Be sure not to miss a stroll along the river at sunset - along the Western Quay, where the Mekong and the Tonle Sap Rivers meet.

Sunset cruises are available or you could just have drinks at the FCC or enjoy a stroll and some people watching along the riverside parade.