Why visit Phnom Penh?
Thousands of international tourists book custom made tours to Phnom Penh each year in an attempt to understand the unfathomable brutality the Khmer Rouge inflicted on the Cambodian people in the 1970s. It is a city that primarily attracts tourists interested in the history and culture of Cambodia and how the dark remnants of the past impact the current society of today. One could expect the Cambodian people to be sombre, downtrodden, depressed even, but upon arrival you will be greeted with warmth, sincerity, and kindness.
Phnom Penh is not a city in perpetual mourning. It is one of South-East Asia’s shining examples of a rich, unique culture triumphing above all else to rebuild and become a very special part of the world. Phnom Penh is beautiful, you just need to know where to look.
Tours in Phnom Penh?
Our travel experts have explored every corner of Phnom Penh to unearth the hidden gems only the locals know exist. If you find any of these tours appealing please get in touch and we can add the tour to your package.
What to see in Phnom Penh?
Cambodia is one of the few nations left on earth with a king as ruler. And where would a king live? The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is an opulent architectural wonder, gleaming in brilliant gold, a building completely juxtaposed with the rest of Phnom Penh, where post-colonial buildings stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the ramshackle lodgings of local Cambodians.
The Cambodian National Museum and Genocide Museum provide entirely different experiences, but both are worth visiting if you are looking for a balanced view of history in this complicated developing nation. You have the option to choose every part of the experience in one of our custom made tours to Phnom Penh.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
It is possible to stay in lavish five star hotels in Phnom Penh. The Rosewood is absolutely gorgeous and is home to the city’s best rooftop bar, with unparalleled views of Phnom Penh from a dizzying height of 188 metres.
Hotels in Phnom Penh range from three to five stars and we will recommend the most suitable accommodation based on your budget and needs.
Book your tailor made tour to Phnom Penh
Many destinations in South-East Asia can be navigated successfully with a bit of desktop research. Phnom Penh is not one of those places. Booking a tailor made tour to Phnom Penh will ensure you get the most out of this utterly beguiling city. We personalise tours based on your travel aspirations. If the history and culture of Cambodia has piqued your interest, we will custom create a tour to include the museums and significant historical sites. If sampling local delicacies and browsing the numerous local markets is more your caper, we can personalise a tour to make sure you get your fill.
Visitors to Cambodia can travel to Phnom Penh by plane, with domestic and international flights available to the nation’s capital. Another option to travel to Phnom Penh is by Mekong Cruise from Siem Reap or Ho Chi Minh City.
What To Do In Phnom Penh
VISIT THE MARKETS
The markets in Phnom Penh are distinctly different from one another. With a beautifully-designed dome forming the centrepiece, the Central Market sells everything from handmade jewellery to local food. A very popular choice for those keen on a livelier atmosphere is Jet’s Container Night Market, where tourists and locals eat delectable local food, cold beer or iced coffee, while live music performances continue throughout the evening. When it comes to markets in Phnom Penh, our team will point you in the right direction based on your travel preferences.
HISTORY & CULTURE TOURS IN PHNOM PENH
Tourism to Phnom Penh has increased significantly over the past few years, largely as a result of the film First They Killed My Father – the directorial debut for Angelina Jolie. There is no doubting the movie makes for a traumatic viewing experience, however, tours to the killing fields in Cambodia give you raw insight into why and how the Khmer Rouge, under the leadership of Pol Pot, could commit such egregious acts on their own people. We work with Phnom Penh’s most knowledgeable local guides, who will not only take you to the killing fields and Genocide Museum, but will share with you the real, uncensored version of events with candour and emotion you simply won’t find by watching a Hollywood movie.