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How to Spend 2 Days in Phnom Penh

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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Experience Cambodian Living Arts, Dance Show

Experience Cambodian Living Arts, Dance Show

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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.
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  • 1 hour
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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
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$156.42
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Silk Island Walking Tour

Silk Island Walking Tour

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The hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh can be overwhelming at the best of times. Take a break and head north to the rural Silk Island on this quiet half-day walking tour. Discover the rhythms of Cambodian life away from the city: try your hand at farming at a local farm, visit traditional silk weavers and learn about their work, and walk around the island’s tiny villages and sunbaked countryside at your own pace, with a private guide by your side to help you explore.
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  • 5 hours
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$39.00
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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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