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  • Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh One-Way Bus Ticket

    1. Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh One-Way Bus Ticket

    Avoid the inconvenience of waiting to buy a bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. Book online to skip this hassle and head straight to the bus. After making your booking, head to the office to collect your ticket without joining any queue. Then, hop onto a comfortable, air-conditioned bus at the meeting point, and make the journey to the destination in 6 hours. A visa for Cambodia is obtained at Moc Bai Border Gate.

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

    2. 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.

    Everything went like clockwork. From pickup up at our out of the way B&B to drop of at our hotel. Good handoff at the cruise.

  • Phnom Penh Dinner Cruise

    3. Phnom Penh Dinner Cruise

    Enjoy a special evening away from the hustle and bustle of central Phnom Penh with this relaxing, evening dinner cruise. Board a comfortable and cozy cruise boat to see the city from a whole new perspective: the Mekong river. Admire the sunset over the Royal Palace while enjoying a refreshing cocktail. After sundown, savor a catered dinner from one of Phnom Penh’s most established restaurants. Treat yourself with international cuisine, including vegetarian dishes. Relax and soak up the calm atmosphere on this leisurely cruise while you enjoy your meal and take in the many sights along the riverbank. Watch the evening unfold from the water and see local families and friends socializing, before cruising back to the port for a transfer back to your hotel.

  • From Phnom Penh: Private Roundtrip Cruise to Oudong

    4. 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

    5. 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: Mekong River Sunset Cruise with BBQ Buffet

    6. Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise with BBQ Buffet

    Climb aboard a boat that once belonged to a prince of the Cambodian Royal Family and escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh city center on an intimate boat cruise along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. Avail of the features of the boat that can accommodate up to 30 people and has been refurbished to offer comfort and style on every journey. This boat can navigate areas that other river boats cannot reach. Pass the opulent Royal Palace, located at the meeting of the 2 rivers and marvel at the typical floating villages that contrast with the colonial buildings of the city center. Get panoramic views from the top decks and enjoy a buffet meal of finger food and unlimited drinks, including cold beers and champagne.

    Booked online a few hours before pick up time, but the confirmation came through immediately. We were picked up in a tuk tuk by our friendly guide, Sameth. There were only 4 of us on boat, which made the trip personable. Food was choice of chicken wings or skewers, and a fruit platter. Luckily, no one was a vegetarian. We were on boat for 2 hours. Guide was informative. My partner used the washroom, and said it was not clean, ok for a guy, but didn't think I would have been able to use. Overall, the cruise was enjoyable. We were given choice to be dropped back to hotel or stay and enjoy the entertainment close to Quay.

  • 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....

    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

    8. 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!

  • Private Transfer Phnom Penh & Siem Reap by Car, Van or Bus

    9. Private Transfer Phnom Penh & Siem Reap by Car, Van or Bus

    This transfer service between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on Highway 6 provides transport in a clean, safe and reliable vehicle as well as a professional and friendly driver to meet the transportation needs of international travelers from all over the world. Vehicles include sedans cars, multi-passenger vans, and passenger buses. Rental rates depends on the type of vehicle you hire to transfer between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap on a private basis. The driver will pick you up at 8:00 AM from your hotel in the city (other departure times on request) and travel to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh base on your request, with a journey time of around 5-6 hours. Travel through two provinces, Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom on this 314km-long route.  Your transfer includes stops on the way for refreshment breaks and to take photos (depending on your request). Arrive Siem Reap or Phnom Penh in the afternoon an...

    Very good journey - a bit long (6 hours from door to door) but stopped twice and certainly better than flying. At least you see a bit of rural Cambodia

  • Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Full-Day Cruise

    10. Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Full-Day Cruise

    Water travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh has always been difficult due to the ever changing water levels on the Tonle Sap Lake, even in the wet season when the water levels are high enough you have other issues, such as storms on the lake that can make the crossing treacherous. Also the sheer boredom of crossing the lake as there is nothing to see apart from vast swathes of water. Overcome these issues with this cruise by traveling part way round the lake in a luxury private Lexus/minivan to meet up with the Tonle Sap River or the Mekong River (depending on weather conditions) and board a luxury special designed double-hulled cruiser, the Mekong Tara Prince (once owned by the Prince of Cambodia) and cruise down the beautiful Tonle Sap River or Mekong River to Phnom Penh. This way you get to see the awesome river and rural life on the river together with rural life on land. The best of...

Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Phnom Penh?

    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.

  • How to get around Phnom Penh?

    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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Khmer
  • Currency
    Cambodian Riel (KHR)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +855
  • Best time to visit
    The 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 776 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!

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 journey - a bit long (6 hours from door to door) but stopped twice and certainly better than flying. At least you see a bit of rural Cambodia

Everything went like clockwork. From pickup up at our out of the way B&B to drop of at our hotel. Good handoff at the cruise.