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How to Spend 1 Day in Phnom Penh

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How to Spend 1 Day in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, sits at the confluence of three rivers, including the mighty Mekong. It’s a city where old and new collide—a city of two million people that is at once captivating and overwhelming. If you’re pressed for time, here are some tips for how to spend 24 hours in Phnom Penh.

Morning: City Sightseeing
Start your day with a city tour—you’ll get to see a lot in a limited amount of time. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you might visit the stately Royal Palace, browse the collection of Khmer art at the National Museum of Cambodia, and climb to the top of Wat Phnom, one of the city’s best-known Buddhist temples. For greater flexibility (and to tour at your own pace), climb aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, which stops at several important landmarks in and around Phnom Penh.

Afternoon: Khmer Rouge History
Start your afternoon with a visit to the somber Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Housed in the former Security Prison 21, the museum offers an introduction to the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, who murdered more than one million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979. Many sightseeing tours include the museum, as well as a trip south of the city to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. While sobering, a visit to these two sites is critical to better understanding modern Cambodia as it continues to recover.

Night: Sunset Cruise
This evening, wind down with a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Choose a cruise with an open bar and fresh fruit to snack on, or a dinner cruise with a full barbecue buffet onboard. Glide past the city, see the floating villages of Tonle Sap, and watch the sun set over Silk Island. You’ll get back to the city with enough time for some shopping or street-food grazing at the riverside Phnom Penh night market.  
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Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner from Phnom Penh

Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner from Phnom Penh

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See the capital at its most magical as you glide past the glittering Phnom Penh skyline on this 2-hour sunset dinner cruise, including hotel pick-up. Cruise past the Royal Palace, along the Mekong River and through the floating villages of Tonle Sap, then tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board. Finally, sip a complimentary cocktail as you watch the sunset over Phnom Penh and Silk Island.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Full Day

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Full Day

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Take in the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, on this full-day private tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and an itinerary customised to your preferences, stopping at attractions including the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Museum. Also included is a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial to learn more about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s dark past.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.42
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Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off - Killing Fields and Prison S21 Tour

Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off - Killing Fields and Prison S21 Tour

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Take a self-guided tour of two harrowing Cambodian sites, each a stark reminder of the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. First, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, transformed from the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Then get a sobering look at the Killing Fields, where mass killings and burials took place. Travel by coach round-trip from selected hotels in Phnom Penh, with recorded commentary and an informative video documentary on board. Audio tours are available for purchase at each location.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off

Phnom Penh Hop On Hop Off

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Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned shuttle bus as you checkout the top sites of Phnom Penh with this hop-on hop-off tour. Learn about this history of this colorful city from your expert guide thanks to on-board commentary and gain deeper insight into the cultures and traditions of local people. Make stops at the Killing Fields, Prison S21 and other historic landmarks as part of this memorable tour that's completely customizable according to your time and interests.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Phnom Penh on a full-day private tour of the vibrant capital. Admire the stately columns of the Royal Palace, visit the National Museum, and climb to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Then learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the former site of the Security Prison 21 (S-21) established by the Khmer Rouge regime. Your personal guide shares insightful commentary on a visit to the Killing Fields at Choeng Ek. Lunch and a market tour are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Half Day

Private Tour: Phnom Penh City Tour Half Day

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See the sights of Phnom Penh your way during a private half-day tour that’s ideal for first-time visitors seeking a personalized experience. A private guide means you’ll receive undivided attention and have ample times to ask questions, while air-conditioned transport allows you to get between top attractions such as the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom with ease. Plus, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.21
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Half-Day Phnom Penh Food Tour

Half-Day Phnom Penh Food Tour

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Get the inside scoop on Phnom Penh’s foodie hotspots on this tantalizing half-day tasting tour. Browse the stalls at Pshar Kandal and Pshar Chas markets; visit cafés and restaurants in Phnom Penh’s old French quarter; and seek out the city’s best street food stalls. Along the way, sample an array of specialties including fried noodles, papaya salad and sweet coconut dessert.
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  • 6 hours
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$60.00
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