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Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Delve into the fascinating history of Phnom Penh on a full-day tour of the remarkable Cambodian region. Discover the dark and destructive past of the area as you venture to somber locations made infamous by the Khmer Rouge; learn about Cambodia’s current political situation then venture to an idyllic island on the Mekong. See how locals go about their daily life and hear of ancient traditions on this moving excursion. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited.
  • Small-group city sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh
  • Travel by cyclo and coach for a unique tour of the city
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at an NGO (included)
  • Experience Cambodia's tragic past and get a glimpse of what the future holds
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Local English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
Choueng Ek Killing Field
Transport by vehicle
Moto-remork
Local boat
Khmer snacks and lunch
Additional food

Departure Point

Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Depart from your centrally located Phnom Penh hotel and head straight to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to delve into the disturbing past of the country. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, browse poignant exhibitions then head to the verdant environs of the city to see the impressive Choueng Ek Memorial, a pagoda constructed out of 8,000 human skulls excavated from the Killing Fields.

Revitalize with a traditional lunch at an NGO training restaurant, the proceeds of which are returned to the community, then travel to the Japanese Friendship Bridge by moto-remork (a traditional form of Cambodian transport) to catch a ferry to Mekong Island. Famed for its silk weaving and agriculture, the island is a picturesque example of provincial charm. Purchase locally made handicrafts as special souvenirs then wander the village in search of Buddhist temples and floating fish farms.

Then, climb aboard a boat to watch the sun sink into the water from the Tonle Bassac. Gaze as an incandescent glow is cast over the distinctive architecture of Cambodia then return to dry land and travel back to your Phnom Penh hotel in comfort.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
National Museum of Cambodia
Before departure, we will meet up with the group at the entrance of the National Museum. The trip will depart at 8:00 AM with the air condition vehicle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. The site is a former secondary school which was used as Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Choeung Ek Genocidal Center
Choeung Ek is the site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 - about 17 kilometres south of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the best-known of the sites known as The Killing Fields, where the Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people between 1975 and 1979. After enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Silk Island
Next on your silk island, you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and head out of Phnom Penh on the Japanese Friendship Bridge before catching a ferry across the mighty Mekong River. On the way, we will see real life and the way how our countryside people live. On the way, we will stop at the Buddhist Monastery where we will hear about Theravada Buddhism, the Cambodian state religion since the 13th century.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
THE SILK HOUSE
The island is famous for silk weaving, agriculture, and aquaculture (85% of residents earn their living from these industries). We'll stop to see the silk weavers at work in the village, where you can purchase some of the local products if you wish. Form the last stop above, we will head back to the city to start our boarding a boat to enjoy the sunset from the water at the junction of the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and the mighty Mekong. You’ll see the distinctive architecture of Cambodia, with Khmer-influenced buildings such as Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda, as well as French colonial buildings from the river.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Small-group tour maximum 12 people per tour
  • Visitors to the Royal Palace must wear shorts or skirts that are knee-length or below, shirt sleeves that reach the elbow or longer, and sandals or shoes (no flip flops). Otherwise, they will be required to rent appropriate covering.
  • The Royal Palace grounds may be closed on important Khmer holidays for part or all of the day, and as such the order of visiting different sites may change in order to accommodate this. In the rare event that the palace grounds are closed for the entire day, an alternate activity of the same value will be provided.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Cambodia

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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This was a full day with a guide and...
alison.benns
, Feb 2018
This was a full day with a guide and one other customer. We started in a minivan, then took a tuk tuk and visited all the normal sites but we also went off the beaten track a little which was fun. The highlight was the sunset boat trip which was short 20 mins and interesting with a great view of Phnom Penh at dusk. Lunch was delicious and plenty of it. It is not a sedate day, there is lots of walking and transferring from one mode of transport to another and this variety was great.
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An excellent tour. Choeung Ek and...
Douglas F
, Feb 2018
An excellent tour. Choeung Ek and S21 are must sees hard on the soul but not to be missed. The afternoon events, including Silk Island and the slow boat ride back across the river at dusk, were definitely worthwhile. The family, craft silk production was interesting - from larva to fine or raw silk items, with in-house designs finished on their hand looms and available at reasonable prices. Tour guide Reya was very knowledgeable and had a nice balance between the professional and personal in her approach. She made a special effort to suggest interesting things to see and to ensure we were well fed and watered. She is a special person. Douglas
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The tour was really great. Our tour...
Imane K
, Jan 2018
The tour was really great. Our tour guide Da was so insightful, accommodating, and super nice. I highly recommend!
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We were picked up on time. There...
agarwalsc
, Apr 2017
We were picked up on time. There were total 4 people. 1 Our Guide english was poor and spoke very fast, hard to understand. 2 We were told Lunch is limited to Max 7.00, you can barely get an entree for that. The Ferry ride, that takes cars and Tuk Tuk on it, took too long and very tiring in the blazing sun. 3 Silk family visit was more to shop than any substantive information about making of yarn from Cocoon. 4 We were told due exceptionally high traffic, no Sun set sighting trip. We returned an hour earlier. This was a BAD BAD experience. I have enjoyed all my past Viator Trips. Other 2 trips in Phone Pehn were very nice. I felt cheated on this particular trip
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Our tour guide, Da, was fabulous! We...
Mari S
, Dec 2016
Our tour guide, Da, was fabulous! We spent the latter part of the day with her by ourselves as we traveled to Mekong Island. Her history and current political knowledge was incredibly genuine and made the Tuol Sleng Prison and Killing Fields all the more moving. Meeting the survivors of the prison was heartbreaking but added such value to the tour. Meeting the silkweaver's family was also incredibly special they had the cutest puppies wondering around licking our toes!. The khmer snacks were great and the lunch at Romdeng was also amazing we'd been there before but loved it! The tuk tuk driver to the island was so gracious and had the covers of the tuk tuk down to protect us as he was drenched on his bike by the rain.
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Guide was very informative. Had a...
Kit W
, Nov 2016
Guide was very informative. Had a great time and the Killing Fields museum is a must go. Lunch was good too. Not very rush for us elderly which was good.
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Our guide, Daro, was incredibly...
Michelle G
, Nov 2016
Our guide, Daro, was incredibly informed and shared a great deal of information with us. He encouraged us to ask questions and discuss the things we were experiencing. He was very good at meeting the needs of everyone in the group. Even in the rain, we had an amazing day.
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Brilliant tour. Highly recommended for...
Susan D
, Oct 2016
Brilliant tour. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Phnom Penh.
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I have been on many Viator tours but...
Steve C
, Oct 2016
I have been on many Viator tours but without doubt this was the best. Although advertised as a small group tout it was out of season and we were the only takers. Our guide Da turned up on time having confirmed the evening before. The morning consisted of a harrowing but respectful visit to the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. Da had excellent english and was knowledgable and informative without being intrusive. Lunch at the training restaurant surpassed expectations in terms of the setting, the attentiveness of the team working there and the variety and quality of the food. The trip by Tuk Tuk and Ferry to Silk Island was an adventure in itself and the visit to the silk factory informative and pleasant - we bought but we didn't feel we had to. The trip concluded with an hour long cruise on the Mekong as the sun began to set. All in all a delightful experience.
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Excellent day, guide spoke good...
Robert G
, Jul 2016
Excellent day, guide spoke good english and was able to answer all questions, lunch was lovely and the whole day was well orgnised, would recommend as a great way to see the major sights of the city
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