The capital city of Cambodia lies at the confluence of the Mekong, Sap and Bassac rivers. Phnom Penh was regarded by many as the most beautiful of all the French-built cities in Indochina and so was formerly called the pearl of Indochina. It was a bustling commercial center during the French occupation, but the years of war crushed it to a field of ruins before becoming a ghost-city during the Khmer Rouges period. It’s only since the 90’s that the city really began to recover and today it has reestablished itself as the political and financial center of the country. Its rich historical past can be traced to some Khmer and French influence evidences such as many ornate Khmer–style temples and some grand colonial buildings.
Discover a night of traditional Cambodian dance during a performance by the Cambodian Living Arts on Stage. You'll have time to tour the stunning gardens of the National Museum of Phnom Penh as part of this memorable evening of culture and tradition that is perfect for the whole family.
Explore the mountains, pine forests, and lakes of Kirirom National Park on this private full-day tour from Phnom Penh. Learn more about local life and culture with a visit to Chambok village; admire the Chambok waterfall; and soak up the scenery on a guided hike.
Full-day private Kirirom National Park and Chambok village tour from Phnom Penh
Meet the locals and gain an insight into rural life in Cambodia with a visit to Chambok village
Enjoy hiking around the lakes and forests of Kirirom National Park
Marvel at natural wonders such as the Chambok waterfall
Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
Private tour ensures a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide
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.
Self-guided tour of Security Prison 21 and the Killing Fields
Ride a shuttle bus to the historical sites from Phnom Penh
Listen to recorded commentary and watch a documentary
Learn about the regime of the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent past during a half-day tour of Toul Sleng Prison and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh. Hear about the prisoners of the Khmer Rouge at S-21 Prison and the Killing Fields, and gain insight into how the atrocities affect Cambodia to this day. Conclude your tour on a lighter note with a visit to a vibrant local market.
Transfers provided by private air-conditioned vehicle
Explore the meandering Mekong delta and stop at authentic craft stores on this half-day biking tour of Cambodia’s Silk Island. Discover beautiful rice paddy farmlands, idyllic countryside and quaint traditional Cambodian villages - famed for their lemongrass, banana plant, ginger and corn pastures, and visit silk weaving houses where you’ll have a chance to by a scarf you can see made the old fashioned way by hand.
English-speaking cycle guide, modern mountain bike and helmet included
Enjoy lunch or dinner at a traditional Cambodian restaurant
See local artisans at work and enjoy a glimpse into local working life
Visit an authentic Buddhist temple for a full view of Cambodian life
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.
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Hotel pickup included
Excellent value for money
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Cambodia Photo Tours by Phnom Penh local resident and professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is offering a highly rated and exciting 1/2 day photography tour in Cambodia.
All levels of competence and cameras are welcome, including smartphones.
We offer 1/2 day and Full day & Night photo tours in and around Phnom Penh.
Personal guiding for beginner or pro photographers.
Starts daily from 7.15am or 8am and afternoon/sunset sessions from 13.30pm-17.30pm or night photography from 5.30pm-21.30pm.
During this phototour you will start learning to set up your digital camera if needed for optimum results.
Discover Phnom Penh City from the perspective of a local and experience it like no other guide or guidebook will show you.
We focus on street/urban/portrait/still life/architecture fine art/travel photo's.
This phototour is designed to make you a better photographer and to deliver great images from your time in Phnom Penh.
Experience the Cambodian capital at its most atmospheric on this 2.5-hour sunset cruise from Phnom Penh, including hotel pick-up. Sail out of the city for a scenic cruise along the Tonle Sap lake and Mekong Rivers, and watch the sunset over landmarks like the Royal Palace and the floating villages of the Mekong. Finally, tuck into a delicious BBQ dinner on-board and enjoy unlimited drinks as you glide past the illuminated city skyline.
Opening every evening at sunset the night market is a popular place to pick up a bargain. An area filled to the brim with stalls, handicrafts, fake watches and Cambodian souvenirs, this is the place to get some tacky keyrings.
Koh Ker was once an ancient capital of Cambodia, located in Srayong Cheung village, Srayong commune, Kulen district, about 49 kilometers west of the provincial town. The Koh Ker complex is on the Chhork Koki highland. It was built by King Jayavaraman IV (AD 928-942). Koh Ker temple is 35 meters high, and its design resembles a seven-stepped stupa. The temple faces west toward Angkor city. It was built to worship Treypuvanesvara, the god of happiness.
So far, 96 temples have been found in Koh Ker: Dav, Rumlum Bey, Beung Veng, Trapiang Prey, Dey Chhnang, Srok Srolao, Lingam, Kuk Srakum, Trapiang Ta, Sophy, Krahom, Andoung, Ang Khna, Teuk Krahom, Damrei Sar, Krarab, Banteay Pichoan, Kuk, Kmao, Thneung, Thorn Balang, Rohal, Chamneh, Sampich, Trapiang Svay, Neang Kmao, Pram, Bat, Khnar Chen, Klum, Chrab, Dangtung, Prang, Kampiang.... These temples were not constructed near each other. Today, many of them are no longer standing, and some are buried in the ground. The followings are locations and descriptions of some of the Koh Ker temples:
. Neang Khmao Temple
The Koh Ker complex is along a trail that is about 3 kilometers long. The first temple, Neang Khmao sits atop a small hill on the east side of the trail. The temple, which faces west toward Angkor city, is made of sandstone. It is 20 meters high and resembles a stupa. The temple terrace is 2 meters high and divided into three decks. The temple is surrounded by a laterite rampart, 44 meters square and 2 meters high. The rampart has only two openings; one on the east side, and the other on the west. The temple once housed lingam and yoni, but only yoni remains. The lintel sculpture has been damaged, but otherwise, most of the temple is in good condition, while nearly three-quarters of the rampart is good condition.
. Pram Temple
About 700 to 800 meters north of Neang Khmao temple is another temple called Pram temple. Constructed of laterite and sandstone, it sits on a small hill surrounded by bushes that block the lingam and the lintel. The main body of the temple is in good condition.
. Chen Temple
Farther down the trail is a three-peak temple made of laterite and sandstone. It faces east and is called Chen temple. Inside the temple there is a piece of lingam and remnants of a statue of King Jayavarman IV. A sculpture of garuda's head on the south lintel is missing. The temple is overgrown by forest.
. Preng Well
About 800 to 900 meters farther, there is the Preng well, which is similar to a pond. Surrounded by stone, it is 20 meters square. The terrace is about 8 centimeters high. The water in the pond is clear, and a nearby tree provides shade for weary visitors looking for a place to relax.
. Rampart of Koh Ker Temple
Another kilometer down the trail is the rampart of Koh Ker temple. 1 kilometer long and 2 kilometers high, it is made of laterite. Koh Ker temple is the middle of a rampart, surrounded by 20 more temples. Some of the temples are:
. Kuk Temple or Gopura
Kuk temple or Gopura is made of sandstone and has a sculpture of lotus petals on the temple fronton. Although the door frame is damaged, most of the temple is in good condition. A Shiva lingam that once was housed inside has been looted. . Prang Temple
Prang temple is constructed of sandstone and bricks. There are five separate parts of this temple. About 70 percent of the temple is still standing.
. Krahom Temple
About 10 meters farther is Kramhom temple (The red temple). Constructed of brick and shaped like a seven-level pyramid, the temple is decorated with a 20-meter-tall sculpture of lotus petals. Inside the temple, there is a 3-meter-tall statue of Shiva with eight arms and four heads. The statue is supported by a l-square-meter base. The statue is seriously damaged, only some parts remain.
. Khmao Temple
Farther down is Khmao temple. On the wall and door frame of the temple, there is a partially damaged inscription. Near the temple is a rampart gateway to Kampiang temple. The gateway is a 2-meter staircase. Some sculptures of lotus petals, seven-headed nagas and garudas remain.
. Koh Ker Temple
About 300 meters farther to the west is Kampiang or Koh Ker temple. From a distance, the temple looks like a small hill, because it is covered by forest. Up close, however, it is actually a 35-meter-high stupa made of sandstone. It has seven levels, each level about 5 meters above the other. Each deck has a 2-meter-wide terrace, and there is a 55- step staircase to the top. At the top of the temple, there are large statues of garudas supporting Shiva lingam Treypuvanesvara. Nearby, there is a 4-meter square well, now completely covered by grass. According to local villagers, if a coconut is dropped into this well, it will appear in the pond near Neang Khmao temple. There is vegetation growing on top of the temple, and from there visitors have an excellent view of the surrounding landscape, in particular, Phnom Dangrek, Phnom Tbeng, and Kulen district.To the north of Koh Ker temple is another temple, Damrei Sar temple, but it is heavily damaged. To the northeast, is Iingam temple. This temple once housed three Shiva lingams, but some are now damaged.
Wat Phnom Khliang, a Buddhist pagoda built in 1753, is a natural cultural site located in Prey Slek commune, Trang district, about 12 kilometers south of Takeo provincial town near National Road 2. It is a popular place for taking oaths and praying. During the Khmer Rouge regime it was used as a hospital. The red gravel at the foot of the mountain was dug to repair and construct a nearby trail. The entire site covers 11 hectares, Phnom Kliang is the middle. The hill is 30 meters high, and at the top is a new pagoda built in 1992 sponsored by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The site attracts mostly local visitor who are superstitious and who are looking for a nice place to relax. At the top of the mountain is a granite stone from which water flows all year. Local people believe that the stone is magical.
Preah Khan temple is located 2 kilometers north-east of Angkor Thorn on the Grand Circuit. The temple was built in the second half of the 12th century in AD 1191 by King Jaya-varman VII, dedicating to his father Dharanindravarman. The Buddhist complex covers 56 hectares served as the nucleus of a group that includes Neak Pean and Ta Som, located 4 kilometers long Jayatataka Baray—the last of the great re¬servoirs to be built in Angkor.
The inscription indicates that Preah Khan was built on the battle site where King Jaya-varman VII finally defeated the Chams. In those days it was known as Nagarajayacri which mean the city of Preah Khan.
Four concentric ramparts subdivide Preah Khan. The outer or fourth wall, which is encircled by a wide moat, today en¬closes a large tract of jungle, formerly the living quarters of the monks, students and attendants of Preah Khan. The second rampart delineated the principle religious compound of about four hectares within which there is a dense concen¬tration of temple and shrines. The central complex is Bud¬dhist. The northern and western sectors are dedicated to
Brahmanism— Vishnu (west) and Shiva (north), whilst the southern sector is a place of ancestor worship. The eastern sector forms the grand entrance to the central shrine.
A place for a king located near Preah Khan temple is called Veal Reacheak or Preah Reachea Dak. It is 1,500 meters long and 1,200 meters wide. Nearby about 700 meters north of Preah Khan temple along the road to Angkor Thorn district is another small temple called Ptu. The temple was made of laterite.
Angkor in Cambodia is known to the world as one of the hubs in art and crafts, pottery, music, culture and heritage. If there is one place where you can witness these exotic collections in one place it is the Battambang Provincial Museum.
Highlights – This museum was constructed during 1963 by Madeleine Giteau. It is a repository of collections that include various musical instruments, pottery, art forms, 1000 year old Khmer relics, artefacts and other evidences that have been left from the atrocious rule of Khmer Rouge that lasted between 1975 and 1979. All the collections found in this museum belong to pre and post Angkorian era. The museum has labels in English, French and the local Khmer language for the benefit of visitors coming here.
Location – Kamkor Village, Battambang Province towards Western Cambodia. Timing – 8AM to 11AM and 2PM to 5.30PM.
rek Toal Bird sanctury, on the Tinle Sap, is home to 120 bird species, many endangered. From January throught June it is a breeding ground for dozens of species includding storks, ibises, cormrants, pelicans and adjuncts. During the rainy season you can visit the flooded forest and watch locals lifestyle earning their living by fishing.
Prek Toal is an entire village, Koh Chi Vang commune, Ek Phnom district, like most floating village, it is a sophisticated and bustling township of fisher-folk, boat builder and businessmen, providing everything which a town on dry land can provide it population. You can travel there by boat from/to Battambang and from/to Siem Reapp. One boat costs $70-80, so it is better to go in large group.
Wat Kdei Deum is located in Kampong Chen village, Kampong Chen Tbong commune, Storng district about 52 kilometers northwest of the provincial town. A holy place, the features two ponds and includes an old temple similar in style to Banteay Srei temple in Siem Reap
Wat Samot Reangsey, Kep City is one of those sites which you should not miss while you are on your Kep City Tours. Kep is popular as a serene seaside city tucked away 173 kilometers to the south west of Phnom Penh. The city was founded in 1908 during the times of the French colonization. The city was received its seaside resort in the 1960s during the Prince Norodom Sihanouk's Sangkum Reastr Niyum regime. It is interesting to know that the name of the city was derived from the French words 'le cap' or 'cape' in English. Wat Samot Reangsey, Kep City is one of the well known Tourist Attractions in Kep City.
Wat Samot Reangsey, Kep City is actually a historical site and its ancient buildings date back to years ago. Wat Samot Reangsey in Kep City is located in the Kep Village of the Kep Commune. Arriving here is easy and hassles-free and the most convenient route is the one from the provincial town. A journey of mere 2 km. will fetch you to this destination. It will take around 20 minutes to reach Wat Samot Reangsey, Kep City. This place remains a must visit for you as it will give you a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the land. travel.mapsofworld.com offers complete online information on Wat Samot Reangsey, Kep City
I don’t actually eat fish or seafood, but my travel buddy assured me that the local seafood in Kep is delicious! While a variety of seafood is available in Kep, the town is famous for its crab. There is a large crab market, which I did visit, where you can see people wading in and out of the waters to empty their crab pots, bringing the crustaceans back to their stalls. There are numerous markets close to the market, which benefit from having the freshest local produce on their menus. Choose your own crab and have it cooked in a variety of ways to suit your tastes. Even if you don’t want to try the crab, the bustling market is still a fantastic place to see a little of the local way of life.
Neak Ta Khleang Moeang is the main historical site in Cambodia and located at Snam Preah Commune, Ba Kan District, about 6 kilometers south of Pursat provincial town.
The site is the sacred place prayed and worshipped by tourists who come from the near and far areas. This venerable site has a statue of Neak Ta Khleang Moeang respected and worshipped by the Cambodian people. The statue is newly made in 1993 and put at the right place because the ancient statue is completely damaged by the civil war.
Neak Ta Khleang Moeang, Pursat is one of the famous tourist attractions in Pursat which attracts large number of visitors every year. It is one of the historical sites, which has great significance to the tourists. If you are a history aficionado and would like to explore the historical sites and places of cultural interests in Pursat in Cambodia then do visit the Neak Ta Khleang Moeang, Pursat.
Neak Ta Khleang Moeang, Pursat is one of the main historical sites in Cambodia. Pursat is a rural town located on the western side of Cambodia. It is also the fourth largest province in Cambodia, stretching from Thai border eastwards to the Tonle Sap Lake. I also include the Cardamom Mountains. There are a few attractions in Pursat and it is mostly the beauty of the natural surroundings that beguile the tourists to this place.
Neak Ta Khleang Moeang, Pursat is a must visit in the itinerary of the tourists out on sightseeing in Pursat as the place is one of the famous historic sites in Cambodia. It largely appeals to the people who take interest in the past and the historical background of the province. It is located at Snam Preah Commune, Ba Kan District. Apart from a tourist attraction, it is also a religious center and a site sacred site which is frequented by pilgrims and worshippers who come here from near and far areas.
Neak Ta Khleang Moeang in Pursat is one of the most esteemed sites that which has both historical and religious importance. It also houses a statue of Neak Ta Khleang Moeang which is worshipped by the Cambodian people. The ancient statue was completely damaged by the civil war and was replaced by a new statue.
Asian-style mini zoo displaying a variety of local faunas. 8km north of Kampot.Teuk Chhou Zoo and rapids set among gardens and fruit plantations at the foot of the Elephant Mountains on the west bank of the Teuk Chhou River, 12km northeast of Kampot, the Teuk Chhou Zoo(daily 7am?5.30pm; $3) is home to a wide range of fauna, including tigers, a pair of playful young elephants, lemurs and gibbons.
Koh Moul, the biggest island in Cambodia, is 22 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide. The island is located in Koh Kong district, about 24 kilometers south of Koh Kong provincial town. Koh Moul is 350 meters above sea level. The island has many hills and is rich in natural scenery.Koh Kong Krav has more than 10 waterfalls that range from 6 to 25 meters in height. Koh Moul features 6 beautiful beaches, known as Deum Dong Beach 1 to 6, that range from 3,000 to 5,000 meters long. All have beautiful white sand and limpid water. The water surrounding the island are full of black and white dolphines that appear along the beach from 9 to 10:30 in the morning and 5 to 7:30 in the evening.
Koh Mool Resort (Kor Kong Krau), Koh Kong is visited by thousands of travelers from all over the world as is counted among the topmost tourist attractions in Koh Kong. Situated at one of the idyllic locations of Koh Kong the Koh Mool Resort (Kor Kong Krau), Koh Kong is next to paradise. Known as the ?largest island in Cambodia?, Koh Mool is only a little away from the charming town of Koh Kong. Although much of Koh Kong still remains unexplored the tourism industry is flourishing and you will see some of the finest places of interest in Koh Kong. Koh Mool Resort (Kor Kong Krau) is only 24 km away from the centre of the town and you can hire a car to visit this lovely place. It is the natural splendor of Koh Moul Resort (Kor Kong Krau) in Koh Kong that attracts thousands of travelers.
Apart from the lovely retreats one can find waterfalls and you will stand mesmerized before the cascading waters of the fall from the height of 25 m. Apart from the tall waterfalls one can also see a number of small springs, and nooks in Koh Moul Resort (Kor Kong Krau), Koh Kong. Apart from the gushing springs you will see some the dolphins which will playfully come near you. As you stand on the beaches you will be simply surprised to see the black and white dolphins which are fearless of human touch. Your kids will enjoy the dolphin show that is organized at the Koh Moul Resort (Kor Kong Krau), Koh Kong for the recreation of the guests. if you are planning to stay for sometime then you can put up at any of the lovely retreats near the beach. A walk on the beach in the moonlit night is an experience you will never forget.
Phnom Ba Klas is a natural and cultural site located in Tnaot Chum Village, Tnaot Chum cmmune, Krakor district, about 20 kilometers east of the provincial town. The site affords visitors beautiful scenery and abundant fresh air. The near by mountains are filled with a small fruit trees, especially Kuy and Sei moan, which are popular among visitors. An old, crumbling pagoda still contains many statues and sculptures. Khmer people still come there to worship.
With its classic Khmer roofs and lavish decoration, the Royal Palace dominates the skyline of Phnom Penh. Located near the riverfront, it bears a remarkable likeness to its counterpart in Bangkok. The palace has been the home for the royal family during peace times since the 1860’s, when the capital city was moved from Oudong. This complex of buildings has 4 main structures, the Silver Pagoda, the Khemarin Palace, the Throne Hall and the Inner Court. Though half of the compound is considered the king’s residence and is closed to the public, the Silver Pagoda and Throne Hall compounds are popular attractions in Phnom Penh and can be explored freely.