Top Tours & Activities in Phnom Penh
So you've decided to see for yourself how many cultures came together to form this modern day Cambodian city! Marvel at the royal lifestyle of Cambodian monarchs and afterwards have a French style aperitif by the banks of the river with a baguette in hand. There's something for everyone in Phnom Penh.
Occupied by the Kings of Cambodia since the 19th century, the Royal Palace is made up of many grandiose buildings. The gilded throne hall is one of the most impressive. After you tour the grounds, visit the nearby Mekong River.
The statues of Buddha at the Silver Pagoda are jewel encrusted and quite remarkable. You'll want to check out the pagoda as you visit the Royal Palace, as the temple is in the south side of the complex.
You may know Choeung Ek as the site of the mass killings during the Khmer Rouge regime. The memorial has the remains of those who were murdered on display in a Buddhist stupa. Choeung Ek is an important but intense part of the history of Phnom Penh.
Preserving the history of the Cambodian Genocide, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a memorial to the 20,000 prisoners who were killed in captivity.
Inaugurated to celebrate Cambodian Independence from French Colonial rule, the Independence Monument was built by Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the park located in the center of the structure.
The Wat Oualom is one of the most important temples in Phnom Pehn. Visit the wat as you make your way through the Royal Palace complex, it's a short distance nearby.
Listen to some birdsong as you walk the Sisowath Quay--the boardwalk of the river Tonle Sap. A scenic path along the water's edge, the quay offers a great daytime or evening sightseeing opportunity, as you can see many of Phnom Penh's best attractions along the way.
Discover the illustrious history of Cambodia at the National Museum of Cambodia. Explore exhibitions that delve into the past of the former French colony through interactive exhibits, archaeological finds, and more.
This Soviet style monument was built in the 1970s after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. As a display of friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam, the structure is in a popular park ideal for picnicking on street food eats.
The street vendors in Cambodia are legendary. Catch a wok in motion and have some fresh vegetables and pork with noodles. And for dessert, have some sweet sliced mango. You'll also find some French staples like baguette and paté, culinary traditions leftover from the colonial times.
Go on a motorbike taxi and ride around in style, but be sure to bargain the price down first. Otherwise, you can also take a bicycle around, a local bus, or a taxi.
- CurrencyCambodian Riel (KHR)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+855
- Best time to visitThe best time to visit Phnom Penh is in the dry season from October to May. Meanwhile, 75 percent of the annual precipitation falls throughout the rest of year.
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What People Are Saying About Phnom Penh
An excellent way to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh and see some of the Mekong delta on the way. Tony, our guide was excellent with very good english and despite having several different tours to coordinate he managed to keep everyone informed and organised. Tony was also very knowledgeable about the areas we visited as well as having a good rapport with the local people, making the side trips far more interesting. We are generally not organised tour people and had some reservations before the trip but we enjoyed each activity. It was a really good chance to see some of the lower Mekong and an excellent way to travel from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh.
Full, busy schedule. Touristy of course but thats to be expected. Several opportunities to "buy" but no hard sells. Spoilt by guide Alex who thinks he is the best, a comedian and an expert on everything but repeats his jokes tediously, is sexist and gave very little helpful information. Do the tour but avoid him!
This trip was well organised and a very worthwhile experience. The hotels were basic but clean and the organised trips were brilliant. The Mekong delta bird sanctuary was an absolute highlight for us. The exit and visa application was smoothly supported by the guide allowing for an easy entry into Cambodia. All round an excellent experience and one we have already recommended to others.
We had limited time and this was a great way up see Vietnam delta region and get to Cambodia! Would definitely recommend! Knowledgeable guide who looked after us.
Some initial problems with hotel bookings, but your Vietnam agency sorted it out and followed up with a courtesy phone call.