A way into a city and culture is through its food. Discover parts of the city difficult to find, experience local culture and take photos of the colour and vibrancy of Phnom Penh. With a guide to explain and introduce the best flavours and freshest food stalls, sample seasonal fruit, and traditional snacks – for a dare try fried insects. After a few hours wandering sits down for a casual lunch of noodles or curry.
Head out by boat onto the where the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers meet, see fishing boats with the day’s catch, ferries laden with commuters, motorbikes and animals, and stop at Koh Dach Island. Here there’s a small silk weaving industry and a stretch of beach where locals come to swim, relax and enjoy picnics with friends. The boat trip includes lunch on board. It’s the best way to see the scenery of the river away from the city and a slice of local life.
A private guide offers a personalised agenda along with the chance to discover the culture of Phnom Penh and some hidden surprises behind the façade of a modern city. Visit the Royal Palace, with spectacular reception halls and historic royal costumes and see the elegant Silver Pagoda. The National Museum is set in tropical gardens with art and artefacts from the Angkor era. With your guide, see some of Cambodia’s tragic recent past and the story of the Khmer Rouge years with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. It’s a sobering visit, and not an easy experiences but similar to other places like this around the world, an important document to history. Included in any day tour is a stop at the Russian market, where you can buy silver jewellery, local art and souvenirs of all types.