skip to main content

Phnom Penh

Cambodia

Why Phnom Penh?

A bustling capital on the banks of the Mekong River

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is a vibrant city on the banks of the Mekong River. The tree-lined avenues and riverfront of this charming capital provide great locations to sample the many cafes, bars and superb restaurants that are on offer. Take time to explore the many interesting sites and excursions including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the “killing fields” of Choeng EK which are situated a few miles south of the city.

colourful cityscape phnom penh cambodia

Phnom Penh Highlights

Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

National Museum of Cambodia

The National Museum of Cambodia is housed in an elegant traditional terracotta building, with a well-maintained courtyard garden. The museum is home to the world’s finest collection of Khmer sculpture.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison and soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. It has since been turned into the Tuol Sleng museum, which serves as a permanent reminder of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Royal Palace and Silver pagoda

The Royal Palace dominates the Phnom Penh skyline, with its impressive riverfront setting and majestic design, bearing a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in Bangkok. Being the official residence of King Sihamoni, parts of the palace compound are closed to the public. The adjacent Silver Pagoda, also known as Wat Preah Keo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is named for its floor, which is covered with five tons of gleaming silver. You can see some of the 5,000 tiles near the entrance, but most are covered to protect them.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Killing Fields at Choeung Ek

Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants who had been detained and tortured, were transported to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek. It is a peaceful place today, where visitors can learn of the horrors that unfolded here decades ago.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cyclo Tour

Take a thrilling cyclo tour through the streets of Phnom Penh's Old Quarter and experience city life close up

A selection of tours to Phnom Penh

  • Wat Xieng Thong Luang Prabang Laos
    Cambodia Group Tour Culture

    Grand Indochina

    19 day tour from £3,698

    A 19-day tour visiting the sights and attractions of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam

    View this package
  • Bayon Siem Reap Cambodia
    Vietnam Group Tour Culture

    Essential Vietnam and Cambodia

    16 day tour from £3,298

    Visit the UNESCO sites and vibrant cities of Vietnam and Cambodia

    View this package
  • Monks Walking together Cambodia
    Cambodia Tailor Made Culture

    Authentic Cambodia

    9 day tour from £1,999

    A 9-day tailor-made journey through authentic Cambodia

    View this package
  • Ta Prohm Siem Reap cambodia
    Cambodia Tailor Made Culture

    Discover Cambodia

    10 day tour from £2,055

    Spot Irrawaddy Dolphins, visit temples and experience the culture in a 10-day tour

    View this package
  • Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh
    Vietnam Tailor Made Culture

    Luxury Vietnam and Cambodia

    18 day tour from £4,565

    Explore two unique countries, staying in luxury 5* accommodation

    View this package
  • Laos Tailor Made Culture

    Laos and Cambodia

    13 day tour from £2,899

    A scenic tour of Laos and Cambodia

    View this package
  • Vietnam Tailor Made Cruise

    Pandaw Mekong Cruise

    13 day tour from £4,299

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia

    View this package
{{title}}

{{excerpt}}

Read more

We’re here to listen to your needs so if you need to chat, then why not email us or pick up the phone, we will be happy to help.