Land of the Rising Dragon

Phnom Penh, Past & Present

Private Tour

Starting from $239 pp


Phnom Penh T

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s Phnom Penh was named the ‘Pearl of Asia’ and was admired by many of the surrounding Asian nations. Even now you can see glimpses of Cambodia’s past glory as you get to explore the city on the cyclo-tour. Understandably there have been a lot of changes over the past 60 years and the city is in a hurry to catch up. Recently Phnom Penh has been flourishing and attracting more visitors as an alternative city break destination for expats.

If visiting Cambodia and Phnom Penh for the first time you should take time to see the Toul Sleng museum and the killing fields at Choeung Ek. This gives you a small insight of Cambodia’s harrowing past and provides a glimpse of how far the Cambodian people have come. You will also see how the city is growing once you are on board of the sunset boat cruise. This tour just scratches the surface and there are many things on offer to the open minded expat visitor. If you aren’t on a tight schedule we recommend consulting one of our travel experts and extending this city break to suit your interests.


Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh and Cyclo Tour

Arrive in Phnom Penh where you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative who will then transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy an introduction to Cambodia by taking a cyclo-tour around the city’s main sights. This is the perfect way to for you to get your sense of direction and a fun way to see Phnom Penh. Your cyclo driver will finish your tour back at your hotel or at the Royal Palace which you can then visit under your own steam.

Day 2: Tuol Sleng Museum, Choeung Ek and Sunset Cruise

This morning you will visit the infamous Tuol Sleng museum (S-21) where the Khmer Rouge held its political prisoners before transferring them to Choeung Ek (the Killing Fields) which is located about 17km southwest of Phnom Penh and is the best known of the various Killing Field sites in Cambodia. Returning to town for lunch you are free to explore the capital alone before enjoying a fabulous sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

Day 3: Depart Phnom Penh

Today you are free to enjoy your last day as you wish until we pick you up in plenty of time and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight home.

*Please see our list of activities that can be added to your getaway.


Cyclo City TourCyclo City Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Cyclos were a popular form of transport throughout Southeast Asia, and they are still widely used in the Cambodian capital.  On this tour you will see many of the most important sites of the city including Wat Phnom, the National Library,  Psar Thmei, 178th St, the Royal Palace compound, the National Museum and much more.

Sunset Boat CruiseSunset Boat Cruise
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
A trip to Phnom Penh isn’t complete without a cruise on the Mighty Mekong. Enjoy a sunset boat trip on board Phnom Penh’s only luxury catamaran.  Discover a different side of Cambodia’s capital and do it in style as you sip a cocktail on the top deck, or sit down to some fantastic food.

Phnom Tamao SanctuaryPhnom Tamao Sanctuary
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 6 hours
Enjoy a wonderful day trip out of Phnom Penh and visit this great wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals.  The sanctuary is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, ginormous pythons and birds.

S21 & Killing FieldsS21 & Killing Fields tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
This tour takes you to Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields), located about 17km southwest of Phnom Penh.  You will spend the morning being guided around these sites, learning about the turbulent recent history of Cambodia.

Angkor Golf Resort

A Round of Golf
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Phnom Penh now boasts five courses, three of which we believe that you should try out if you love your golf.  We will take care of all aspects of your trip from green fees, transfers, buggy hire and club hire.  So all you have to worry about is having fun and keeping that score as low as you can.

Koh Dach Silk IslandSilk Island (Koh Dach)
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Catch a private boat across the Mekong River and see some incredible silk production and weaving.  You will observe the villagers farming the silk worms and creating the perfect environment for them to weave their cocoons.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips

  • Go to the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) for Happy Hour 5pm to 7pm
  • Book a table at Friends International Training Restaurant and help support a great cause
  • Go and see a Cambodian Living Arts traditional dance performance at the National Museum (4 days a week)


  • Treat yourself to the Raffles Le Royals ‘Femme Fatale’ signature cocktail in the famous Elephant Lounge
  • Grab yourself a bargain in the Central Market.
  • Make sure that you try two of Cambodia’s most traditional dishes (Amok and Lok-Lak)

For Families:

  • Take the afternoon of and enjoy some quality time at the Lyla Center and Kids City.
  • Take a trip to the Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue centre.
  • Cool off in the newly opened water park (Beat the crowds and avoid holidays and weekends).

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Cambodia by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees, currently $30 US per person
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.


We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.


A visa is required to enter Cambodia, the current cost is $30. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.


Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.


Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.


US Dollars (USD) are widely accepted in Cambodia as well as the local currency Khmer Riel (KHR). For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

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We can tailor this experience to suit your needs. Please complete the enquiry form specifying any requirements or alterations to the itinerary.