3-day Phnom Penh Classic Tour

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 3 Days


tour highlights

  • Visit Toul Sleng Museum
  • Experience a local market
  • Visit Phnom Penh's name sake Wat Phnom
  • Discover Phnom Penh's countryside
  • Discover the Capital's Colonial Architecture
  • Watch the sun set over the Mekong
  • Visit the iconic Central Market
  • Visit the Royal Palace
  • Visit the beautiful National Museum

tour details

On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be transferred to your hotel to freshen up before getting some lunch and continuing on to visit the city for the afternoon.
Next morning, see 2 of the capital’s facets, its countryside in the morning, discovering its architecture in the afternoon and end it perfectly with a sunset cruise on the Mekong.
Before heading to your next destination, continue visiting the capital’s landmarks and inevitable sites before a tasty lunch.

Why choose this tour?

See the most and best of the capital, even its countryside, all in a time record that won't even wear you out!
    Arrival in Phnom Penh airport and transfer to the hotel (room may not be ready until the afternoon)

    Lunch at local restaurant
    14:00 hours
    Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.
    Continue to visit the biggest local market and one of the most traditional markets located at the heart of the capital: Orussey. Don't expect to find any souvenirs there, nor any other tourists, expect rather an organized chaotic market where Cambodians go to buy anything from food, to clothing, from electric goods to silverware'85
    End your afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh's namesake.
    Set on top of a tree-covered knoll 27m high, Wat Phnom is the only hill in town. According to the legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha washed ashore by the waters of the Mekong and discovered by a woman name, Mrs Penh. West of the vihara is an enormous stupa containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat (reigned 1405 to 1463). Today, many people come here to pray for good luck and success and return to give offerings (such as a garland of jasmine flowers or bananas, of which the spirits are said to be especially fond) promised when their prayers have been answered.
    Dinner not included
    08:00 hours

    Little would you guess that a bustling city such as Phnom Penh has a beautiful authentic countryside just across the river. To go and discover this part of the city, you will board one of the nicest boats in Phnom Penh and start your cruise where the Tonle Sap and Mekong River meet, up the Mekong towards Silk Island (Koh Dach).
    Cambodian silk production and weaving, thrived from the 13th century until the arrival of the Khmer Rouge in the mid-70s. The know-how of the craftsmen who survived that terrible period is continuing in villages of silk-weavers, notably on Silk Island.
    Hop on a tuktuk with your guide and head to the ferry port and cross the Mekong to the island of Areyksat. Once arrived, you will drive north, alongside the Mekong, to visit the silk weaving commune of Prek Bongkang.
    Continue to your next ferry to Koh Oknha Tei, and cross the small island to the bridge leading to Koh Dach (Silk Island). On Silk Island, you will be able to observe local farm life as you ride through the small villages and communities, you will visit the local pagoda as well as silk weaving families before heading back to the city for lunch.

    14:00 hours

    Meet the tuk tuk who will take you on an exploration providing a comprehensive architectural tour of this bustling city.

    Discover the architectural landscape of the bustling and ever-changing Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh Heritage Tour is a digital (audio-visual) tour by tuk tuk, which highlights the architectural heritage dating back to the era of the French Protectorate.

    Cambodia was under French rule for nearly a century leaving some of Phnom Penh's buildings with a curious mix of both French and native Cambodian features. The most significant concentration of these colonial buildings are located in the centre of the city, near the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, Post Office Square and Norodom Boulevard. Architecturally speaking, Phnom Penh is a comparatively new city. Before the late 19th century the city was comprised of a few pagodas and clusters of wooden structures along the riverfront.

    When the tour is complete, take the tuk tuk to the dock of the most beautiful and unique wooden catamaran in Cambodia. Finish the afternoon watching the city's landscape from the Tonle Sap while enjoying a drink while the sun sets.

    After the sunset cruise, take the tuk tuk back to the hotel, or ask to be dropped in town, as you prefer.

    Dinner not included
    08:00 hours

    Start your day with one of Phnom Penh's landmarks, Phsar Thmei (which means New Market in Khmer). Phsar Thmei is also referred to as the Central Market, a reference due to its location, in the city center of Phnom Penh, and its style. The Art deco building was constructed by the French between 1935 and 1937, during the colonial rule, and is shaped in the form of a large central dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods and was said to be, at the time, the biggest market in Asia. Today, the market-bazaar is still as busy and a great source for any kind of shopping.
    Then, continue to visit the beautiful National Museum, built in 1917. It is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces.
    Next to the National Museum, gleaming in gold, is the Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh's most splendid architectural achievements. It was built in 1866 by His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom, great grandfather to our current King. The Royal Palace is built on the site of the old town. This site was especially chosen by a Commission of Royal Ministers and Astrologers because it had great geographical significance in relation to the King, who was regarded as a direct descendant of the gods, whose role it was to live and govern on earth under the influence of heaven.
    The Royal Palace contains some spectacular buildings including the Throne Hall and its 59-meter tower, The Royal Treasury and the Napoleon III Villa and the Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha of which the steps are crafted from Italian marble and the regal floor made of more than 500 solid silver blocks.

    The magnificent 17th century emerald Buddha statue is made of jade. Another treasure is the life-sized solid gold Maitreya Buddha which weighs 90 kilograms and is adorned with 9,584 diamonds. The Silver Pagoda is home to a number of unbelievable treasures.

    Walk to Friend's restaurant for lunch
    Enjoy creative local cuisine and support students in their hospitality training and journey in becoming a skilled individual, ultimately building futures for themselves!
    All profits made through this restaurant are reinvested into students in training and partner NGO existing as well as in future projects.

    Transfer to Phnom Penh International airport for departure flight to the next destination.

    customise the tour

    • Upgrade your transportation
    • Add-on dinners or an evening foodie tour
    • Add-on a traditional dance performance
    • Combine the Architecture tour with a sunset cruise on the Mekong
    • If time permits, get a heavenly massage before transferring to your final destination


    • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned van/coach as detailed in our itinerary Water
    • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
    • Meals as specified in the itinerary
    • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
    • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
    • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles


    • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
    • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
    • Optional tours
    • Surcharges for other language guides
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
    • Drinks with meals
    • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
    • Visa fees
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
    Tour code: PNHDPCL3

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