Things to do in Phnom Penh

Our most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise

1. Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise

Start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the afternoon before transferring to the boat pier. Climb aboard the boat for a trip on the Mekong River, where you can enjoy a joint sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonlesap rivers. Enjoy a sunset view of the colonial sights in Phnom Penh Capital City, the beautiful developing capital city of Cambodia. The riverfront offers views of some of the city’s most interesting sights including you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong. See Tonle Sap, Four Faces River, the Royal Palace, and Diamond Island. Discover the quaint fishing neighborhoods comprised of stilted houses. Relax and enjoy the sunset with free-flowing drinks (beer and soft drinks) and fruit platter, before being transferred back to your hotel.

Phnom Penh Killing Fields and S21 Hop-on-Hop-off Joint Tour

2. Phnom Penh Killing Fields and S21 Hop-on-Hop-off Joint Tour

Choose between a morning or afternoon 4.5-hour of the Killing Fields and the Security Prison S21. Start with a ride to the Genocide Museum (also known as Prison S21) and listen to English commentary en route. The prison comprises 4 buildings with exhibitions in several rooms. Prison survivors are sometimes present to talk to visitors and share their experiences. After an hour and 15 minutes at the museum, meet the tour assistant at the main entrance to continue the tour. During a 40-minute drive to the Killing Fields, see a documentary on the Khmer Rouge regime. There will be around 1 hour and 15 minutes to explore the site. An audio guide is available in 15 languages along with a map of the fields.

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

3. 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 were in turn arrested, brought to S21, tortured and eventually killed. Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison. At 12:00 PM, your tour comes to an end and your guide will transfer you back to your hotel.

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.

Phnom Penh: Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeng Ek Memorial

5. Phnom Penh: Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeng Ek Memorial

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm by a shared A/C transport to visit the highlights of Phnom Penh and learn more about the history of Cambodia from our professional tour guide, starting with S-21(Security Prison 21)of Tuol Sleng that was In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison. Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison, and then drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, located about 16 kms south of Phnom Penh. You’ll visit the memorial built in memory of the more than 17,000 victims who were killed at Choeung Ek by the Khmer Rouge. Transfer you back after this half day tour completed.

Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

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

Your Euro-Khmer guide will pick you up from the hotel that you stayed in Phnom Penh and our guide & driver 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.

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

7. 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. Then, 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, the Genocide Museum traces the story of the Killing Fields and the torture and executions that took place from 1975-79. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners that were killed. Return to the city center for a drop off at your hotel, or a riverside café or bar if you want to take in the sunset.

Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

8. Tonle Sap Cruise & Road Tour between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to start your full-day cruise along the Tonle Sap River and experience the beauty of the landscape from a different perspective.  Journey by luxury cruiser designed to navigate the challenging waterway with ease. Get a welcome drink on boarding and enjoy a buffet lunch and soft drinks, served on board as you sail. Benefit from the unique double hull that allows the boat to travel closer to the riverbanks and explore the narrow waterways along the way. Travel the rest of the journey in the luxury of a private air-conditioned minivan, and take in the stunning scenery as you drive through pristine countryside and the traditional rural villages surrounding Tonle Sap Lake. Experience the unique river and rural life on land.

Phnom Penh: Culinary Underground Local Food Tuk-Tuk Tour

9. Phnom Penh: Culinary Underground Local Food Tuk-Tuk Tour

Embark on a journey to discover the local food culture of Cambodia. Enjoy views of some of Phnom Penh’s best-known landmarks, such as the Independence Monument, as you zoom across the city in a tuk-tuk. Meet your guide outside your hotel or residence and hop aboard the tuk-tuk. First stop, enjoy fresh rice noodles topped with traditional sauce and fresh herbs.  Following this, take a seat on the floor and learn about Cambodia's turbulent history over curry and a banana leaf salad. Third stop, pull up a plastic chair at this popular local spot for some crushed eggplant and Cambodia's famous prahok. Learn also about the importance of rice in Cambodian cuisine. Lastly, feast on a selection of meats roasted in a ceramic jar over an open fire. Finally, sink a local craft beer or cocktail at a rooftop bar. At the end of the tour, bid farewell to the guide and the tuk-tuk will drop you back at your hotel, or wherever you like within the city.

Phnom Penh International Airport Transfers

10. Phnom Penh International Airport Transfers

Relax in comfort and benefit from the privacy of a vehicle exclusive to you and your party. Enjoy peace of mind with this private transfer between Phnom Penh International Airport and your hotel. Travel stress-free knowing your onward journey is taken care of. Avoid the hassle of negotiating a taxi or the inconvenience of navigating the public transport system with heavy bags. Book the service and be assured that you’re safe and in reliable hands. On arrival, your driver who will be holding a sign with your name. For departure, your driver will pick you up at your hotel. You’ll be shown to the vehicle and soon be on the way to your destination.

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 786 reviews

Thank you Get your guide we had a great tour. Chaanak was our guide for the day and he was amazing. He brought to life the sad history of your country in a very compelling and engaging way. His personal stories and family history made the whole tour even more engaging. He couldn’t have been more helpful. Very well informed and good fun to spend a half day with. The itenrary was exactly right for us the car and driver was also excellent. A very moving tour. We would thoroughly recommend it and a big thank you to Chaanak!

Smiley is an excellent driver who gave us tour recommendations and provided a history of Phnom Penh on our way to the hotel. The service is safe and reliable but for one glitch in our four transfers. The company was professional in resolving it so I definitely recommend using them for airport transfers.

Very good experience the guide Channak Sok was fantastic given a lot of information that you do not read in the books Highly recommended for young and old especially with this guide

Excellent tour with even better guide and driver. Highly recommend. Although heart wrenching, this is a piece of history that must be shared widely so it is not repeated.

Excellent service. Timely pick up, safe transportation. Truly recommend it.