Full Day City Tour
Duration: 8 Hours
Overview: Visit the Royal Palace grounds (no inside visit - still used by the Cambodian royals) and the Silver Pagoda, with its flooring made up of silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum in traditional Khmer style, which houses sculptures and other artifacts and the Art Deco Psar Thmei or central market. After lunch, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide housed in the notorious S-21 detention centre itself and the equally chilling Choeung Ek memorial, on the site of one of several 'killing fields' to be found around the whole country. Return to the city centre for a visit to Wat Phnom on the only hill in an otherwise flat landscape. After a riverside promenade, return to your hotel.
Half Day City Tour – Khmer Rouge
Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: From 1975 until 1979 in the wake of the American withdrawal from Indochina, the notorious Khmer Rouge terrorized the Cambodian state. Visit the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, a former school that became the dreaded S22 detention centre. Travel out of the city centre to the eerily peaceful Choeung Ek, the site of a 'killing field' where internees of S22 were murdered and buried in mass graves. The memorial stupa contains 8000 skulls. Return to Phnom Penh for a panoramic tour before returning to your hotel.
Half Day City Tour – Royal Phnom Penh
Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: Pick up from your hotel by your local guide and transport to visit the Royal Palace grounds (no inside visit - still used by Cambodian royals) and Silver Pagoda with its flooring made up of silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum built in traditional Khmer style, which houses many sculptures from the glorious Angkor Empire. City orientation includes views of Wat Phnom, on the only hill in town and the meeting point of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers. It there is time, visit Psar Thmei, the Art Deco central market building before returning to your hotel.
Phnom Penh's Past
Duration: 4 Hours
Overview: Learn about the tragic and fascinating recent history of Cambodia. See the location where journalists camped out on the eve of the Khmer Rouge takeover, and the ghostly building that was left after the war. Go on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was a Khmer Rouge torture centre. Then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda contains some 8,000 human skulls and marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. Try some interesting Khmer snacks and learn how recent history and politics continue to affect the lives of average Cambodians.
Duration: 5 Hours
Overview: Board a local "moto-remork" (Cambodia tuk tuk), explore local Cambodian life on a sunset island visit and boat cruise. Head to the Japanese Friendship Bridge to catch a vehicle ferry across the Mekong River to Mekong Island, famous for its silk weaving, agriculture and aquaculture. See the silk weavers at work, explore a Buddhist temple and observe the simple lifestyle. Enjoy local snacks and explore the small market. Visit the Vietnamese village and see the fishing boats, floating fish farms and Catholic Church. Panoramic tour of the Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda.
Phnom Penh Discovery
Duration: 9 Hours
Overview: Explore Phnom Penh, a chaotic, energetic and fascinating city with graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades, reminders of bygone eras; Take a cyclo tour of the impressive French Khmer colonial buildings. Spot monkeys, have your fortune told and perhaps feed Sambo the elephant at Wat Phnom. Explore the Central Market located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building. Visit the Independence Monument, and the Cambodia/Vietnam Friendship Monument. Enjoy traditional Khmer delicacies for lunch at a charity organization which assists street children. Shop at the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry and more.