This adventure uncovers the past of Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh.

Take to the lively streets of Phnom Penh on this short-and-sweet excursion, and find a modern Asian city with a European facade. Dig a little deeper and learn of a tragic timeline of events in years gone by, which this city has fought hard to recover from. Start by visiting Wat Phnom, a majestic monastery overlooking the city, before stopping by the eclectic Russian Market to barter for beautiful garments, arts and handicrafts. Uncover details of Cambodia’s haunting past on a visit to the Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Memorial before finishing the tour enjoying traditional Khmer snacks on a sunset cruise along the mighty Mekong river.

Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Countries
Cambodia
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
TKAP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
55kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Explore Phnom Penh by land and water
  • Shop at the fascinating Russian Market
  • Try tasty Khmer treats
  • Step into Cambodia's history at the Genocide Museum
  • Visit the chilling Killing Fields
  • Mingle with the devout in temples

Itinerary

Arrive in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Start at Wat Phnom, an ancient monastery where there's a chance to spot monkeys and feed Sambo the elephant. With so many things to do in Phnom Penh, a cyclo tour is the most efficient mode of transport. Visit Phnom Penh's impressive French Khmer colonial buildings, including the Royal Palace and National Museum. Wander around Phnom Penh's Wat Ounalom and explore Central Market. Enjoy a Cambodian lunch of Khmer delicacies at a not-for-profit organisation set up to assist Cambodia's street children, and see students learning traditional dances at the Apsara Arts Association. Shop at the sprawling Russian Market and learn about Cambodia's connection with France and Vietnam at the Independence Monument. Make the most of the evening in Phnom Penh with a walk along the riverfront and have tastebuds tempted at some of the early evening market stalls selling fried cockroaches, spiders, crickets and other culinary delights.
Confront Cambodia's tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, then head out of the city to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. In the afternoon, explore Phnom Penh from the water on a cruise and view Khmer-influenced buildings such as Wat Ounalom, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Pass floating fishing villages, stop off at Mekong Island to see silk weavers at work and explore a Buddhist temple. Finish by enjoying Khmer snacks while watching sunset at the junction of Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong River before returning to Phnom Penh.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast, 1 lunch
Transport
Boat, Cyclo, Ferry, Minibus, Remork
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Cyclo tour - Phnom Penh
  • Lunch at an Intrepid supported project
  • Mekong river island visit and sunset boat trip
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields of Choueng Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom

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