Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

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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.
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Itinerary Details

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Stop At: National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Before departure, we will meet up with the group at the entrance of the National Museum. The trip will depart at 8:00 AM with the air condition vehicle.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Corner of Street 113 & St 350 History Museum, Phnom Penh 12304 Cambodia

You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. The site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Roluos Village, Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Choeung Ek is the site...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Before departure, we will meet up with the group at the entrance of the National Museum. The trip will depart at 8:00 AM with the air condition vehicle.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Corner of Street 113 & St 350 History Museum, Phnom Penh 12304 Cambodia

You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. The site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Roluos Village, Sangkat Cheung Aek, Phnom Penh Cambodia

Choeung Ek is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 - about 17 kilometres south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979.
After enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant

Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes

Stop At: Silk Island, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Next on your silk island, you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and head out of Phnom Penh on the Japanese Friendship Bridge before catching a ferry across the mighty Mekong River. On the way, we will see real life and the way how our countryside people live.
On the way, we will stop at the Buddhist Monastery where we will hear about Theravada Buddhism, the Cambodian state religion since the 13th century.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: THE SILK HOUSE, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture (85% of residents earn their living from these industries). 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.
Form the last stop above, we will head back to the city to start our boarding a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the mighty 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 from the river.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Transport by vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - THE SILK HOUSE
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Choueng Ek Killing Field
  • Local boat
  • Entry/Admission - Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
  • Entry/Admission - Silk Island
  • Entrance fees to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Moto-remork
  • Khmer snacks and lunch
Not Included
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Cambodia
  • Additional food
Departure Point
National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
8:00 AM
Return Details
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Small-group tour maximum 12 people per tour
  • Visitors to the Royal Palace must wear shorts or skirts that are knee-length or below, shirt sleeves that reach the elbow or longer, and sandals or shoes (no flip flops). Otherwise, they will be required to rent appropriate covering.
  • The Royal Palace grounds may be closed on important Khmer holidays for part or all of the day, and as such the order of visiting different sites may change in order to accommodate this. In the rare event that the palace grounds are closed for the entire day, an alternate activity of the same value will be provided.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 37 reviews

Reviewed: February 24, 2018

alison.benns

This was a full day with a guide and one other customer. We started in a minivan, then took a tuk tuk and visited all the normal sites but we also went off the beaten track a little which was fun. The highlight was the sunset boat trip which was short 20 mins and interesting with a great view of Phnom Penh at dusk. Lunch was delicious and plenty of it. It is not a sedate day, there is lots of walking and transferring from one mode of transport to another and this variety was great.


Reviewed: February 18, 2018

Douglas F

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


Reviewed: January 7, 2018

Imane K

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


Reviewed: September 5, 2017

Sarah P

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.


Reviewed: August 3, 2017

James Murphy Jr

This tour was amazing!