“I was the only one on this group tour. First a cyclo ride through the city alongside and sometimes crossing through the thousands of motor scooters on the road, stopping at photo stops, then to a most amazing Buddhist temple where people had laid out a feast for the gods, next on a van to the fish market and to a dancing school. ...Anonymous, – See more reviews
What To Expect
Start off by learning about and confronting Cambodia's tragic past. 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, make a difference to the Cambodian community by enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant.
Next up, 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 to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture (85% of residents earn their living from these industries). 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, explore a Buddhist temple and floating fish farms, see fields of rice and morning glory and enjoy local Khmer snacks at a family home.
Say goodbye to the tuk-tuk and board a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the mighty Mekong. 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, close off the Mekong boat tour with a gorgeous sunset, and return you back to Phnom Penh and your hotel.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choueng Ek Killing Field
Transportation as indicated
English speaking local guide
Tips and gratuities
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
As dress standards are conservative throughout Asia and as this trip visits religious sites, modest clothing is strongly recommended. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, light, and long clothing is both respectful and convenient in the predominantly warm Asian climate.
Visitors to the Royal Palace must wear shorts or skirts that reach the knee, t-shirts or blouses that reach the elbow and sandals or shoes (flip-flops are not allowed). Visitors who do not come in the appropriate attire will be required to rent appropriate covering on site.
The Royal Palace grounds may be closed on important Khmer holidays for part or all of the day. The order of visiting different sites may need to be changed to accommodate this. In the rare event that the Palace grounds are closed for the entire day, an alternative activity of the same value will be provided.
For most of the year, Cambodia experiences a warm climate. The guide will make regular stops where you can purchase water and snacks. Please keep hydrated and bring sunscreen and a hat.
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