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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cambodia Group Tour Culture
A 19-day tour visiting the sights and attractions of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Vietnam Group Tour Culture
Essential Vietnam and Cambodia
Visit the UNESCO sites and vibrant cities of Vietnam and Cambodia
Cambodia Tailor Made Culture
A 9-day tailor-made journey through authentic Cambodia
Cambodia Tailor Made Culture
Spot Irrawaddy Dolphins, visit temples and experience the culture in a 10-day tour
Vietnam Tailor Made Culture
Luxury Vietnam and Cambodia
Explore two unique countries, staying in luxury 5* accommodation
Laos Tailor Made Culture
Laos and Cambodia
A scenic tour of Laos and Cambodia
Vietnam Tailor Made Cruise
Pandaw Mekong Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia