5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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

Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

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 locations made infamous by the Khmer Rouge and learn about the current politics that continue to move this country. Then, get out of the capital to visit an island on the Mekong, where you'll experience the local way of life along the river.


  • Small-group city sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh
  • Travel by cyclo and coach for a unique tour of the city
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at an NGO (included)
  • Experience Cambodia's tragic past and get a glimpse of what the future holds
  • Visit various temples and the French Quarter

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What You Can Expect

Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

Your Phnom Penh tour starts with an educational experience about Cambodia's past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture center. Then, head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant and give back to the community.

After lunch, you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and cross the Japanese Friendship Bridge leaving Phnom Penh to catch a ferry across the Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture. We'll stop to see the silk weavers at work in the village, where you can purchase some of the local products if you wish. As you wander the village, you can explore a Buddhist temple and floating fish farms, see fields of rice and morning glory, and enjoy local Khmer snacks at a family home.

Leave the tuk-tuk behind and board a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the Mekong. You’ll see the distinctive architecture of Cambodia, with Khmer-influenced buildings such as Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda, as well as French colonial buildings — some renovated, some ravaged by neglect and the war.
Finally, we close off the Mekong boat tour with a gorgeous sunset, and return you back to Phnom Penh and your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a pretty hard hitting and macabre start to our Cambodian experience. This tour provides you with a pretty in depth understanding of the Pol Pot regime and the resulting genocide. Our tour guide was pretty in depth in his explanations throughout our visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. I wouldn't recommend this for the feint of heart or young children. However, I couldn't fault the guide. Very thorough in the information he was giving. The remainder of the day was cheerier, with a great lunch being had at the NGO Training Restaurant for young Cambodians, where we got to try deep fried Tarantula. There is normal Cambodian cuisine available. The visit to the Silk farm was also quite educational and fun. The owners of the farm were great to talk to, they spoke English quite well and made us feel quite welcome in their home. The final part of the tour was good, however it was too cloudy to see a sunset. Overall a great way to spend the day in Phnom Penh.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Take this tour. Very informative. You will have to pay for your drinks if you take the lunch option.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A great tour, directed by a fantastic tour guide who really knew his stuff. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour and guide. You get to understand and experience Cambodia's past and present. Loved the island trip. Nice to see the capital by car, boat, and Tuk-Tuk. Wonderful day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Another great tour, and well worth the guided tour. Far far better than doing it on your own and in a tuk tuk, and honestly this way wasn't much dearer, and far more informative.the lunch was a great experience in itself, note though only upto us$7 paid towards your choice, the curry with baguette was totally yummy, and all for such a great cause. The Russian market is hot, and full of the usual market fare. Had "dessert" at the central market, which was actually before lunch...was a little concerned with the fact it wasn't fresh, but stomach seems to have survived....oh and for some reason no walk along the water front, but that wasn't needed anyway, as all likely to do in own time anyway, just surprised mentioned in highlights but didn't happen....although did go to a fish market on outskirts of town, that was a fantastic inclusion as no way would have known or though to visit this alone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was an experience and a chance to see Phnom Penh through the eyes of the people. The guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

My guide was Thong Sophalkun and he went above and beyond his duties, his commentary was excellent and he made the tours I took with Viator and the local tour company a truly memorable experience. When I return to Cambodia, and I certainly will, I shall ask for his services as a guide again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Our tour guide and driver were excellent. They were very flexible in the places that they took us and they accommodated our wishes. I was I initially worried about the safety of riding in the cyclo but during the ride we felt very safe as the traffic accommodates cyclos and our driver was very good. A lot of local cultural aspects were covered. This is a great introduction to Phnom Penh.

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