• a statue in front of Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Holidays

Chaotic and captivating, Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s energetic capital and filled with charm. Once named The Pearl of Asia, ancient and modern worlds have collided in the city. Find yourself surprised by the numerous food stalls, sprawling markets and painted pagodas that appear around every other corner. From the glinting palace spires and saffron-hued markets to the serene, orange-robed monks, your holiday in Phnom Penh welcomes you with a vibrant splash of colour and culture.

Phnom Penh truly is the exotic, mystical Asia that you dreamed about with its many turreted landscapes. Wander the banks of the powerful Mekong River, and take in the intricate architecture of the Royal Palace. Within the palace compound, visit the exquisite Silver Pagoda, a Buddhist Temple with vast silver floors and huge emerald and diamond-embellished Buddha statues.

While you’re roaming, head to the National Museum - which is beautiful inside and out - and relax in its picturesque courtyard or peruse the masterful Khmer sculptures.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum - a former high school turned prison during the regime of the Khmer Rouge - offers a more sombre experience, but is an integral part of your holiday in Phnom Penh., helping you to understand the country’s tumultuous history. Outside the city, the Killing Fields of Choueng Ek serve as an important history lesson and memorial to all those killed during the genocide.

Phnom Penh holidays are history and culture, flavour and colour

As well as ancient intrigue and architectural wonder, Phnom Penh boasts all the delights of a cosmopolitan city. Here, you’ll discover the delicious authentic Cambodian cuisine, whether roadside at steaming stalls or in world-class restaurants.

You will find that Phnom Penh enthralls you with its intoxicating energy. Phnom Penh is abundant with dynamic local markets, from the city’s sprawling heart - the Art Deco Central Market - to the Russian Market, perfect for discovering traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Wind down at beautiful Wat Phnom, perched on Phnom Penh’s only hill and home to an ornate Buddhist temple. Wat Phnom is interlaced with exquisite shrines and surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens.

Twin your stay with a visit to Siem Reap - famed for its ancient temples and crumbling ruins of Angkor Wat - or head to Ho Chi Minh City to see what Vietnam has to offer. The possibilities are endless - and our Destination Specialists are here to help you navigate through them and craft a tailor-made itinerary just for you.

Destination Highlights
  • Gaze up at the ornate Royal Palace, explore the National Museum and wander beautiful Wat Phnom Park
  • Gain an insight into Cambodia’s sobering past at Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields
  • Discover Phnom Penh’s abundance of vibrant local markets, including the Central, Russian and Orussey markets
  • Aboard a boat to Oudong Silk Island, where you can visit traditional silk-weaving production centres

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Phnom Penh

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Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Raffles Le Royal

Phnom Penh

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Raffles Le Royal

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Average weather in January

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
28mm
Siem Reap
24ºC

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
26mm
Siem Reap
26ºC
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28ºC
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28ºC
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Siem Reap
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29ºC
300mm
Siem Reap
28ºC
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28ºC
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Siem Reap
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27ºC
647mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
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27ºC
697mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
219mm

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
609mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
218mm

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
328mm
Siem Reap
26ºC
263mm

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
130mm
Siem Reap
25ºC
73mm

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Sihanoukville
27ºC
32mm
Siem Reap
24ºC
6mm

Frequently Asked Questions

The standard entrance fee for Tuol Sleng is $5 for International visitors aged 18 and over.

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