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How to Spend 2 Days in Phnom Penh

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How to Spend 2 Days in Phnom Penh
Two days in the Cambodian capital gives you enough time to explore the city’s past, including the dark days of the Khmer Rouge, as well as its modern culinary and cultural scenes. Here are our recommendations for how to spend the ultimate 48 hours in Phnom Penh. 

Day 1: History and Heritage
Morning: Get oriented with a city sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh this morning. Choose between the flexibility of a private tour and the value of a small-group tour as you make your way from the Royal Palace to the National Museum of Cambodia to the hilltop Wat Phnom temple. Alternatively, make use of the hop-on hop-off bus to explore at your leisure.

Afternoon: To fully understand Cambodia, you have to learn about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. This afternoon, learn about a dark chapter in Cambodian history as you visit two critically important sites, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in a former high school that was used as a death camp, and Choeung Ek, one of the Killing Fields where altogether more than a million Cambodians were murdered.

Night: After a long day of sightseeing, unwind this evening on a sunset cruise on the waters of the Mekong River. Sip cocktails or enjoy a dinner buffet as you float past the banks of Phnom Penh and the villages of Tonle Sap. 

Day 2: Food and Culture
Morning: This morning, head to the rural community of Silk Island (Koh Dach) for a glimpse of day-to-day life in rural Cambodia. Cruise to the island to visit a silk plantation, or take a walking or cycling tour of the island’s villages to learn more about its farms and silk weavers. 

Afternoon: Treat your tastebuds to some of Phnom Penh’s best bites this afternoon on a tasting tour. Sample local specialties such as fried noodles, spicy papaya salad, Khmer curries, barbecued meats, and exotic fruits from markets, cafés, restaurants, and street-food stalls. 

Night: Wrap up your trip with a special night at the National Museum of Cambodia for a cultural performance as Cambodian mythology comes to life through music, dance, and beautiful costumes. For something a bit more low-key, explore the city’s burgeoning beer and cider scene with a pint at a local brewery.
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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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$16.42
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Silk Island Half-Day Lunch Cruise and Tour from Phnom Penh

Silk Island Half-Day Lunch Cruise and Tour from Phnom Penh

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Escape the city for a scenic half-day cruise to the Silk Island from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail past the floating villages and fishing farms of the Mekong River, as you sip cocktails and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch (included) on-board. After docking on the island, get a taste of local life as you visit the temples, silk plantations and villages, then learn about the island’s silk production as you tour a silk farm.
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  • 4 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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Cycling Tour on Silk Island

Cycling Tour on Silk Island

Enjoy an insight into local life that’s hard to achieve independently as you cycle rustic Silk Island with a translator/guide. Door-to-door transfers make the journey a dream, while your guide will introduce you to the local artisans who go about their crafts, be they silk production, wood carving, or pottery.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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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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