3 Days in Phnom Penh: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2015

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Cambodia is a nation rich with history and ripe with beauty. Phnom Penh offers travelers an ideal starting point to experience the best of both. 

Day One: Remember the Regime
Although things have changed dramatically since the notorious Khmer Rouge ran the country, remnants of the nation’s horrific past are still evident in Phnom Penh. Visit the National Museum to explore one of the largest collections of Khmer art in the world. Travel to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the horrific genocide that took place under Pol Pot. Some 17,000 Cambodians were killed at this former high school. Afterwards, journey15 kilometers from the city center to Choeung Ek Killing Field. Human remains still rise to the surface of this mass grave when heavy rains fall. 

Day Two: Tour the Town
Rent a bike and cycle through city streets. Spend the morning biking along the Mekong River and stop in a nearby café to sample the country’s strong coffee and traditional French Baguettes. Then take the leisurely 18-kilometer ride to the Silk Islands. Easy dirt paths wind through traditional villages and fishing towns. Spend the afternoon breaking at pagodas and touring silk factories before returning to the city for a stroll along Sisowath Quay for a cold beer at one of the local pubs. 

Day Three: Pagodas and Packages
Spend a final day in Phnom Penh exploring the wats and shopping the city has become famous for. Start the morning at Wat Ounalom, perhaps the most important pagoda in the city. Venture to the Royal Palace, where the current king actually resides. Finally, head to the Central Market to purchase local crafts and fine silk. Then sample traditional foods from the hundreds of vendors that line the stalls of this popular shopping destination.

Tours & Tickets

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Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

Discover the history and horror of Phnom Penh’s past on this half-day, small-group tour. Follow the path of one of the most tragic times of the 20th century – ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00

Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Spend the day learning about Phnom Penh's past and present. Delve into the region's dark history and how it has shaped into the Cambodia of today. Visit somber ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour including the Silver Pagoda

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore Phnom Penh on this full-day private tour, takes in some of Cambodia's finest pieces of Khmer and French influences with visits in the morning to the ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

Mekong River Half-Day Small-Group Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Take a trip into the Cambodian countryside and along the Mekong River on this half-day, small-group tour from Phnom Penh. Travel out of the city by tuk-tuk, ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00

Private Tour: Cruise to Silk Island and Village Tour from Phnom Penh

Leave the sounds of the city behind and head to Silk Island, just a short boat trip from Phnom Penh. See village artisans at work on silk looms, visit a nearby ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.50

Udong Day Cruise Including Lunch and Unlimited Drinks

On this tour, enjoy a beautiful cruise along the Tonle Sap River with its scenic landscapes and traditional river life. Explore Cambodia's ancient capital ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

Half-Day Bassac River Cruise Including Lunch and Drinks

Live the good live on this all-inclusive cruise on the Bassac River in a luxurious traditional boat from Phnom Penh to Koh Anlong Chen island. Lunch, unlimited ...  Read more

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00

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