Best of Phnom Penh

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Phnom Penh
Stretching along the banks of the Mekong River, Phnom Penh is a dynamic city of ornate temples, artifact-filled museums and a royal palace still used by the country’s monarch. The riverside plays a starring role in the capital, with vibrant markets and pagodas just steps from the waterfront. You’ll also find some of Cambodia’s best restaurants here, with outstanding Khmer cuisine as well as Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, French and many other global flavors. There’s so much to experience here that you’ll need a few days to pack it all in.

An architecture-themed walking tour takes you to some of Phnom Penh’s most important buildings, while also giving an overview of the city’s turbulent past. It’s also worthwhile taking a guided tour through the National Museum of Cambodia, with sculptures, pottery and bronzes spanning nearly a thousand years. Late afternoon boat trips are a great way to cap the day, with views of the sun setting behind the spires of the Royal Palace. Beyond the capital, you can go mountain biking on the river island of Koh Dach, see the stupas of the old royal capital of Udong and see endangered wildlife at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre.
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Afternoon sunlight over the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom
Active Highlights of Cambodia: Siem Reap & Phnom Penh - 8 Days

Perfect for active travelers, this 8-day itinerary combines Cambodia's most iconic highlights with memorable off the beaten path excursions. Start in Siem Reap, where you'll trek through the little-seen trails and temples of Angkor and hike to the sacred peak of Phnom Kulen. After a visit to the floating villages of Tonle Sap, it's on to the capital of Phnom Penh to discover the sobering history and bright future of the "Pearl of Asia."

Phnom Penh's Royal Palace
Map of Cambodia Culture & History: Phnom Penh, Battambang & Siem Reap - 7 Days
Cambodia Culture & History: Phnom Penh, Battambang & Siem Reap - 7 Days

Exploring by bicycle, boat, and "bamboo train" are a few of the ways you'll experience the enchantment of Cambodia on this week-long adventure focusing on history, architecture, culture, and cuisine. Start in Phnom Penh, with the markets, "killing fields," and a sunset Mekong River cruise. Then head to Tonlé Sap Lake and Battambang for insights into local life. Finish with two nights in Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the Angkor temples and watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

Enjoy an mesmerizing Apsara dance performance in Siem Reap
Map of Enchanting Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Battambang & Siem Reap - 8 Days
Enchanting Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Battambang & Siem Reap - 8 Days

Experience Cambodia's most enchanting cities on this whistle-stop tour through the Kingdom of Wonder. Your tour begins in Phnom Penh, the capital once known as the Pearl of Asia. After a few days exploring, travel to the sleepy heritage city of Battambang before rounding off your trip with a visit to Siem Reap—gateway to Angkor Wat. Make your way through Cambodia's countryside, ending with a romantic boat trip to a remote Angkorian temple to experience the sunset away from the crowds.

A massive stone face at Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom
Map of  Best of Cambodia: Temples,  Beaches & Nature - 14 Days
Best of Cambodia: Temples, Beaches & Nature - 14 Days

You can experience every facet of Cambodia in two weeks, from exploring its ancient culture and archaeological treasures to off-the-beaten-path rainforest adventures and a relaxing beach idyll. Spend several days exploring the ancient sites and rural culture of Siem Reap, the Royal Palace and markets of Phnom Penh, and the wildlife-rich rainforest of Botum Sakor National Park. Top it off with four days kicking back by sunning and snorkeling on the beaches of Koh Rong.

Golden Buddhas at Phnom Sampeau
Map of Siem Reap to the Coast: Battambang, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong, Kampot & Kep - 14 Days
Siem Reap to the Coast: Battambang, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong, Kampot & Kep - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary covers the bases for a complete Cambodian experience, combining top sites, fun activities, insights into local life, and sampling authentic dishes from rice cakes to pepper crab. Over 14 days, you'll explore Angkor's temples, boat among Tonlé Sap Lake's floating villages, cycle the countryside, meet landmine-sniffing rats, and enjoy glamping in Cardamom Mountains National Park. Plus, there's time to relax by the beaches of Kep before rounding out your adventure in Phnom Penh.

Catch a sunset over Kep Bay
Map of Siem Reap to the Coast: Phnom Penh, Kampot & Kep - 10 Days
Siem Reap to the Coast: Phnom Penh, Kampot & Kep - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a wide range of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of Cambodian history and culture. Over 10 days, you'll marvel at exploring Angkor's temples before visiting Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages" and spending two nights in Phnom Penh. From here, bicycle the countryside, explore the seafood markets around Kampot, and head to the seaside resort of Kep, where you'll complete the adventure.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat
Map of Cambodia History & Nature: Phnom Penh, Mekong Dolphins & Angkor Temples – 10 Days
Cambodia History & Nature: Phnom Penh, Mekong Dolphins & Angkor Temples – 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary is ideal for travelers seeking the splendor of Cambodian history, wildlife, and culture. Exploring by pedicab, you'll begin in Phnom Penh for the Royal Palace and National Museum before kayaking the Mekong River in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, then visiting the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat. Finish your adventure in Siem Reap as you explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by tuk-tuk, accompanied by a local expert.

Experience Angkor Wat in all its splendor
Map of Highlights of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Angkor, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong & More - 15 Days
Highlights of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Angkor, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong & More - 15 Days

This 15-day tour of Cambodia brings you to the wonders of Angkor, Phnom Penh, the heritage town of Battambang, the pristine natural beauty of the Cardamom Mountains, and the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong.  Get off the tourist trail and experience a different side of the Kingdom of Wonder, with visits to remote temple complexes and villages, and the chance to experience the Phare Circus and take a boat trip through the rainforest with a backdrop of mountains and rivers.

Explore Cambodia's beautiful untouched jungle
Map of Culture & Nature of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Cardamom Mountains & More - 15 Days
Culture & Nature of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Cardamom Mountains & More - 15 Days

Explore remote temples hidden in the jungle, ride bicycles through rice paddies and past traditional stilted houses, and go on boat trips to waterfalls and remote fishing villages on this 15-day culture and nature tour through the Kingdom of Wonder. Start in the historic city of Siem Reap where you can marvel at the ancient capital of Angkor, then make your way to Battambang and Phnom Penh, before ending your trip with a week exploring Cambodia's wild and beautiful southwestern regions.

Visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world
Map of Best of Cambodia: Temples, Beaches & Nature - 13 Days
Best of Cambodia: Temples, Beaches & Nature - 13 Days

Dig into the nature, history, and fascinating culture of Cambodia on this two-week trip that takes you from temples to tropical beaches, a lush national park, and the bustling capital city.  Start in the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, where you'll take a cooking class and see the amazing Phare Circus. Spend a few days relaxing in an island paradise, take a boat trip to a secluded resort deep in the Cardamom Mountains, and end your trip with a food tour in Phnom Penh.

Performers from Phare Circus in Battambang
Map of Feel Good Cambodia: Responsible Adventures from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 14 Days
Feel Good Cambodia: Responsible Adventures from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 14 Days

Contribute to the betterment of Cambodian society on this feel-good 14-day active adventure that engages you with community projects, from an art school in Phnom Penh and an elephant-care project to restaurants that train young disadvantaged Cambodians for brighter futures. Along the way, you'll hike to waterfalls in the mountains, cycle to countryside villages, explore Angkor's temples by tuk-tuk, and visit the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat.