What to do in phnom penh?
There is a great variety of things to do in Phnom Penh - from visiting the sobering memorial sites from the Khmer Rouge era to foodie and market tours and 4-wheel motorbike adventures! If any of the following catch your eye, we can assist you to book and go; just inquire by email or at reception.
Tuk Tuk City Explorer (with guide or self guided)
Take a tuk tuk for a day or half-day exploring the main sites of Phnom Penh. The driver can take you to sites such as:
* the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
* the National Museum
* the KillingFields
* S21 Genocide Museum
* the Russian Market or Central Market
Tip: the more adventurous can try lunch at the markets or stop in at well-known Friends Restaurant or the Foreign Correspondents Club
Half day (unguided) - $16
Full day (unguided) - $25 (add $5 to visit the Killing Fields)
Full day with private guide - $60 (add $5 to visit Killing Fields)
Full day, private vehicle (sedan) and private guide - $75
Available anytime (private guide requires 24 hours advance notice)
Morning Market Tours (including breakfast)
Be there in the early hours when Phnom Penh’s bustling markets are just coming to life. Majid is a seasoned cook and has more than ten years experience doing food shopping in the local markets and will take you exploring the fresh foods, meat and seafood sections of the market - a trip that will trigger all of the senses! Finish the tour with a delicious traditional local breakfast - such as noodle soup or pork and rice, and a Cambodian ice coffee or iced tea.
Where: Tuk tuk from hotel to/from Central Market
Cost: Adults - $16 pp (2 pers minimum for tour to operate)
When: Everyday starting 8am for between 1-1.5 hours
Magical Mekong Sunset Tours
Escape the chaos of Phnom Penh for an hour or so whilst relaxing with a drink on the ‘Crocodile’, a beautifully renovated and intimate traditional-style boat, that was a local ferry boat in a former life. The boat is captained by the boat’s owner, Mr Kim, who will take you on a serene cruise across the Tonle Sap and along the Mekong riverbanks, whilst you relax on the comfortable armchairs or loungers. Soft-drink or beer is included. The boat can also be hired out for either a romantic dinner cruise or parties of up to 15 guests. Enquire for further information.
Time: 4.30pm - 6.15pm (approx 1-1.15 cruising time) $15 US per person
Includes: Tuk Tuk pick up at 4.30pm
For private boat rental, please enquire to Circa 51
Silk Island Explorer Boat Tour
Captain Kim will take you for a half-day trip up the mighty Mekong river in the beautifully renovated Crocodile boat. Your destination is Koh Dak - known as Silk Island due to the concentration of silk weavers living and working there. Watch local weavers with generations of experience create beautiful silk wares and enjoy the leisurely pace of the island - you will see genuine local village life, but you won’t see many other tourists. Many of the wares are on sale too.
Time: 8.45pm - 12.30pm
Cost: $35 per person
Includes: Tuk Tuk pick up at 8.30am, english speaking guide, snacks and water.
Do a Kick-boxing Training with a real Khmer Kick-boxer
Or Go to see a Live Kick-boxing Match
If you are trying to keep up your fitness whilst on holiday there’s no better
way than a 1-hour session with a currently competing Khmer kick-boxer.
Kun Khmer is an ancient martial art, dating back to the time of the Angkorian
empire. An english-speaking boxer will be on hand to translate as required.
If you prefer a spectator role, Majid, an avid amateur kick boxer who trains with current champions, can take you to see a live traditional kick-box match, explaining how the match unfolds. This dynamic sport is hugely popular amongst Khmers and there is an exciting vibe at the matches - but foreigners are few and far between.
If you are lucky you’ll also get to see some of what goes on behind the scenes. An amazing opportunity for photographers!
What/Where: kickboxing in the garden, under the old mango tree
Cost: Adults - $14 per person
Notes: Must be booked at least 3 hours in advance
What/Where: Kick-boxing match: usually Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun for approx 2 hours
Cost: $15 per person (minimum 2 person required)
Notes: should be booked at least 1/2 day before, incl transport, entry and guide
Eat like a Khmer...
...at the popular venues where Cambodians eat - not the usual places listed
in the guidebooks! Our Cambodian guide will take you to either a Cambodian BBQ Phnom Pleung (’hill of fire’) or a suki soup restaurant, according to your preference. Cambodian BBQ is a carnivores paradise, whilst suki soup has a great variety of fresh produce and is a superb healthy choice. These restaurants are located in nearly every neighbourhood and very popular amongst Cambodians. You’ll most likely be the only foreigners, but it certainly won’t be quiet. Please note that dinner at these venues is participatory - you will play a part in cooking your dinner at the table! Discover what real modern Cambodian food is all about. Soda or a couple of beers are included.
Where: Tuk tuk from Circa 51 from 6pm to the restaurant and return
Cost: $20 per person (min 2 pers) incl transport, guide, soda/beers, dinner
Notes: must be booked at least 1/2 day in advance
Cambodian Living Arts presents Plae Pakaa
Traditional Dance Performances presented by Cambodian Living Arts. Held in the grounds of the magnificent National Museum, these beautiful, original performances will take you on a journey of discovery of Cambodia’s rich culture. Highly regarded as a 'must-see' in Phnom Penh. You will also be supporting CLA, a highly respected foundation, to cultivate performing arts in Cambodia.
Where: National Museum
Cost: Adults - $15. Children under 12 years - $6
When: every night except Sundays, 7pm
Bear Keeper for a Day at Phnom Tamao Zoo
Go behind the scenes at the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears. Learn why they are threatened in Cambodia and what it takes to look after more than 130 rescued bears whilst working alongside their keepers. The sun bear sanctuary is located at Phnom Tamao Animal Rescue Centre, one hour out of Phnom Penh. The bear sanctuary is non-profit and your contribution goes directly towards helping care for bears and many other animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.
Time: pick up at Circa 51 at 7am, drop back at 5.30pm
Cost: 1 person - $70. 2 people $130.
Includes: Return transport from Circa 51, park entrance fee, lunch, guided tour, and
Free the Bears T-shirt (must be booked by 1pm the day prior to tour)
Blazing Trails Quad Bike Tours
Discover unspoiled Cambodia by getting out of the city on quad
bikes, passing by rice paddies and through villages. Fun and adventure suitable for those who have never ridden motor bikes before.
Killing Fields + Village Tour (3 hours) $30
Sunset Tour (3 hours) $25
Country Life Tour (half day) $55
Total Adventure Tour (full day) $110