Destination

Phnom Penh – Tours

Tours in Phnom Penh

The buzzing capital of Cambodia is home to a swathe of skyscrapers, ancient Buddhist monuments and the remnants of bygone empires, as scooters, tuk-tuks and cyclists weave through the streets.

Wander the bustling city, stopping at street food stalls to sample the likes of num chet chien (battered, deep-fried bananas covered in black sesame seeds) and nompang sak koh (barbecued beef marinated in lemongrass and chillies, served in a baguette). Discover the lavish Royal Palace, with its jewel-encrusted gold Buddha sculptures and Italian marble Silver Pagoda, and the surrounding ornate vihara houses. As part of our Cambodia Discovery tour, you’ll visit the lotus-shaped stupa (dome-like structures that typically house Buddhist relics) of Cambodia’s Independence Monument. Pause and take a moment to reflect or meditate in the 15th century Wat Langka temple.

Ascend the steps of the Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s tallest religious structure, and admire the meticulous attention to detail of the many murals lining its walls, before shopping for handmade souvenirs and jewellery in the pulsing halls of the art deco Central Market. Learn of Cambodia’s extraordinary past at the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the terracotta National Museum of Cambodia, then take a relaxing sunset cruise down the Mekong River.

Your Cambodian adventure continues on to the historic ruins of Siem Reap and its ancient Ta Phrom temple, reclaimed by nature and situated in dense jungle. You’ll explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom, observing the stone faces of the South Gate and the timeless Bayon Temple, before strolling along the corridors of the expansive, awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple complex.

15 days Royal Palace Phnom Penh

Grand Tour of Indochina

 

Embark on the ultimate journey travelling through 3 different countries, starting in Luang Prabang and completing your trip in Siem Reap. From the saffron-robed Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang and the limestone islets of Halong Bay to the charming historic...

City holidays

Grand Tour of Indochina
10 days

Cambodia Discovery Tour

 

Experience the real Cambodia, from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, to the ancient temples of Angkor. This beautiful country has so much to offer, experience the traditional way of life at laid back Mekong Villages and the haunting genocide...

Multi centre holidays

Cambodia Discovery Tour
11 days Angkor Wat Temple

Classic Vietnam and Cambodia Small Group Tour

Guide Price €2,749 pp  

With a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites, charming towns and undoubtedly friendly people, this comprehensive tour is a must for the first time visitor to Indochina. Sunrise at Angkor Wat or from your wooden junk on Halong Bay are...

Escorted tours

Classic Vietnam and Cambodia Small Group Tour
4 days Bayon Temple

Classic Cambodia Tour

 

For those who have limited time to spare or want to combine Cambodia with a longer Indochina itinerary, this tour gives you the opportunity of exploring Siem Reap and the temples of the Angkor Complex as well as the capital...

Escorted tours

Classic Cambodia Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

Though the official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian riel, US dollars are widely used across the country. We recommend, should you intend to use US dollars, you have both currencies on hand, as not all businesses and vendors will accept US dollars – especially larger denominations like the $20 note.

As a sacred religious site, you’re required to cover your shoulders, back and legs, or you risk being refused entry. There may be nearby vendors selling sarongs for you to wear, however you should not rely on this and should dress accordingly.

For a day of exploration, cycling is an efficient way of getting around the city, but for longer trips you may wish to take a tuk-tuk ride, as navigating the hectic streets can be difficult for first-time visitors, and you’ll be free to enjoy the sights as a passenger.

Phnom Penh’s contrasting cityscape of ancient Buddhist temples, modern high-rises, lavish palace complexes and thriving marketplaces makes for an unforgettable stop-off during your Cambodian escape.

Why you'll love Phnom Penh...

• Sampling the rich flavours of fish amok (a spicy fish curry blended with ginger, lemongrass and chillies) and Yakitori chicken skewers
• Shopping for hand-crafted gifts at the lively Central Market
• Meditating at the Wat Langka temple
• Exploring the manicured grounds of the Royal Palace and the treasures of the Silver Pagoda
• Observing the traditional Royal Ploughing Ceremony during late April and early May
• Gliding down the Mekong River on a guided cruise
• Learning of Cambodia’s history at the National Museum and sombre Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
• Gazing up at the spires of the Wat Phnom temple and appreciating its ancient murals

Did you know?

• Amongst the simmering delights of its chicken skewers, some vendors here also offer tarantula kebabs.
• During the monsoon season (December to April in the northeast, May to November in the southwest), Tonle Sap River changes direction and forms a large lake, before returning back to its normal flow and running into the Mekong River.
• Visitors in October will witness the Pchum Ben festival, which translates to the ‘time of gathering’. Here, locals will visit the city’s many pagodas and make offerings of food, flowers and trinkets to aid their ancestors in the afterlife.