• Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Delve into the fascinating history of Phnom Penh on a full-day tour of the remarkable Cambodian region. Discover the dark and destructive past of the area as you venture to somber locations made infamous by the Khmer Rouge; learn about Cambodia’s current political situation then venture to an idyllic island on the Mekong. See how locals go about their daily life and hear of ancient traditions on this moving excursion. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

Independence Monument, Phnom Penh

Depart from your centrally located Phnom Penh hotel and head straight to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to delve into the disturbing past of the country. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, browse poignant exhibitions then head to the verdant environs of the city to see the impressive Choueng Ek Memorial, a pagoda constructed out of 8,000 human skulls excavated from the Killing Fields. 

Revitalize with a traditional lunch at an NGO training restaurant, the proceeds of which are returned to community, then travel to the Japanese Friendship Bridge by moto-remork (a traditional form of Cambodian transport) to catch a ferry to Mekong Island. Famed for its silk weaving and agriculture, the island is a picturesque example of provincial charm. Purchase locally made handicrafts as special souvenirs then wander the village in search of Buddhist temples and floating fish farms. 

Then, climb aboard a boat to watch the sun sink into the water from the Tonle Bassac. Gaze as an incandescent glow is cast over the distinctive architecture of Cambodia then return to dry land and travel back to your Phnom Penh hotel in comfort.

Customer Reviews

Douglas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

An excellent tour. Choeung Ek and S21 are must sees hard on the soul but not to be missed. The afternoon events, including Silk Island and the slow boat ride back across the river at dusk, were definitely worthwhile. The family, craft silk production was interesting - from larva to fine or raw silk items, with in-house designs finished on their hand looms and available at reasonable prices. Tour guide Reya was very knowledgeable and had a nice balance between the professional and personal in her approach. She made a special effort to suggest interesting things to see and to ensure we were well fed and watered. She is a special person.

Douglas

Imane K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was really great. Our tour guide Da was so insightful, accommodating, and super nice. I highly recommend!

Sarah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is the perfect introduction to Phnom Penh. We started off at the Choeung Ek killing fields and S-21 prison, which are of course sombre places, but important to understand. Our very friendly and knowledgeable guide, Neang, advised us in advance that we'd be seeing and learning about terrible things, and explained to us in clear detail the history of the city and of the places. We then proceeded to a delicious lunch at the charity restaurant, where the service was fantastic. After that, we went by tuk-tuk and ferry to the Silk Island, where I got to try my hand at weaving! The girls at the loom were lovely and very friendly too. The scarves on sale are gorgeous and we did buy a few, although as noted by a traveler below, there's no pressure at all to buy. My only regret is that I'd already loaded up on scarves at the city markets, so buying more felt a little extravagant. I would advise travellers to hold off on scarf shopping after this trip, as the quality is fabulous, the prices are more than reasonable and you know you're supporting a small local enterprise. We closed the tour with the cruise down the Mekong, which allowed us to fully experience the majestic river.
The entire day was very organized and punctual yet not rushed, so we were able to learn a lot at a pleasant pace. We were warmly welcomed and well taken care of at all times. I will definitely be recommending this tour to all my friends who will be visiting Phnom Penh and will refer to the tour operator again in the future.

Mari S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide, Da, was fabulous! We spent the latter part of the day with her by ourselves as we traveled to Mekong Island. Her history and current political knowledge was incredibly genuine and made the Tuol Sleng Prison and Killing Fields all the more moving. Meeting the survivors of the prison was heartbreaking but added such value to the tour. Meeting the silkweaver's family was also incredibly special they had the cutest puppies wondering around licking our toes!. The khmer snacks were great and the lunch at Romdeng was also amazing we'd been there before but loved it! The tuk tuk driver to the island was so gracious and had the covers of the tuk tuk down to protect us as he was drenched on his bike by the rain.

Kit W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Guide was very informative. Had a great time and the Killing Fields museum is a must go. Lunch was good too. Not very rush for us elderly which was good.

Michelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Daro, was incredibly informed and shared a great deal of information with us. He encouraged us to ask questions and discuss the things we were experiencing. He was very good at meeting the needs of everyone in the group. Even in the rain, we had an amazing day.

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant tour. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Phnom Penh.

Steve C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I have been on many Viator tours but without doubt this was the best. Although advertised as a small group tout it was out of season and we were the only takers. Our guide Da turned up on time having confirmed the evening before. The morning consisted of a harrowing but respectful visit to the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. Da had excellent english and was knowledgable and informative without being intrusive. Lunch at the training restaurant surpassed expectations in terms of the setting, the attentiveness of the team working there and the variety and quality of the food. The trip by Tuk Tuk and Ferry to Silk Island was an adventure in itself and the visit to the silk factory informative and pleasant - we bought but we didn't feel we had to. The trip concluded with an hour long cruise on the Mekong as the sun began to set. All in all a delightful experience.

Robert G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent day, guide spoke good english and was able to answer all questions, lunch was lovely and the whole day was well orgnised, would recommend as a great way to see the major sights of the city

Helen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic experience! The tour guide was a very nice young man with a great cultural knowledge, explained with details,visuals and made everything very entertaining.

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