Affordable Day Trips from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Affordable Day Trips from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia's busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. With so much to see, do, and taste, Phnom Penh is a great place to experience or use as a base for exploring nearby locations, and there are several exciting options for day trips from the city to help you make the most of your time here.
Bike the Oudong Trail Your bike tour begins in Phnom Penh, where you'll meet your guide and receive your bike and helmet. Ride past the old, recently restored railway station, and with just few more pedal strokes, you'll be the open spaces among rice fields and villages. Your route follows small trails and back roads where local people wave to you as you go. Reach Oudong Mountain to visit the hilltop temple of what was once the capital of Cambodia, and then enjoy a picnic lunch. The trip back to town is less strenuous, as you'll be able to rest your legs with a ride in a tuk-tuk. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and do some occasional riding, then this bike tour should be achievable and enjoyable. The distance is roughly 37 miles on mainly flat tracks and small roads.

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Price: $89.00
Private Tour: Cruise to Silk Island and Village Tour from Phnom Penh Enjoy a quiet retreat from the city on this private 6-hour tour from Phnom Penh to Koh Dach, a tiny island marooned on the Mekong River. In the morning, your guide picks you up by private vehicle from your hotel in Phnom Penh and accompanies you to the rarely visited Silk Island, aka Koh Dach. From the pier, board a boat for the approximate 1.5-hour ride, taking in the scenic landscape as you cruise along the mighty Mekong River. When you arrive, explore the island's typical Khmer village with your guide. Here, houses are built high on stilts with workshops below for resident artisans who make their living by weaving silk into stunning pieces. You'll have time to wander the village and chat with the locals. Meet the families that carry on age-old traditions of hand-loomed silk dyed in brilliant colors. Observe how the silk is transformed from a cotton-like texture into thread, and try your hand at weaving on homemade spinning wheels made from recycled bicycle parts. Then browse for silk items directly available for purchase, if you wish. Your next stop is Wat Chung Koh, a local Buddhist temple. During your visit, enjoy a talk with local monks before heading to a picnic spot at the pagoda for a lunch of Khmer-style dishes. After approximately three hours on Silk Island, return by boat across the Mekong to Phnom Penh with drop-off at your hotel in the afternoon.

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Price: $93.00
Udong Day Cruise Including Lunch and Unlimited Drinks Soak up the scenic landscapes and traditional river life of Cambodia with a cruise along the Tonle Sap River. Cruise from Phnom Penh to Udong, the ancient capital of Cambodia and learn about the authentic riverside life at this historical site and its stunning overview on countryside and river. Sailing along the Tonle Sap river, you will discover floating houses, traditional fishermen, and pagodas. Dock near Udong and enjoy a 10-minute trip by tuk-tuk up to the top of Udong Hills with your guide. Featuring old stupas and pagodas, this site, located in the heart of the former capital, offers a great view over authentic Cambodia, from small villages and rice fields, to the Tonle Sap river. After 90 minutes, you are back on board and enjoying unlimited soft drinks and an alcoholic cocktail, beer, or spirit throughout the cruise while the boat reaches a quiet, green area on the riverside near a pagoda. Lunch will be served in a quiet and breezy atmosphere. Around 2pm begin to head back to Phnom Penh, arriving at approximately 4:15pm.

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Price: $49.00
Oudong's Country Trails Bike Tour from Phnom Penh Retreat into the countryside on this scenic full-day bike tour of Oudong, the former royal residence and capital of Cambodia. Journey into the countryside along quiet sienna dirt roads and scenic trails, explore Cambodia's ancient beauty by visiting stunning Khmer temples and pagodas, rusty palm wineries, and local villages and markets. This comfortable 25mi ride, set along visually stunning country roads, takes you on a journey through green rice fields, mango orchards and sleepy villages. Majestic temples dot the rumpled hillsides through which your bike trail winds, making this relaxing day-long retreat into the historic countryside one that will not soon be forgotten. Stop for a lunch break at a local market where you get a taste of traditional Cambodian cuisine, before climbing the stairway of Oudong temple for an inspiring view over the quilted countryside. For the last leg of the trip, cycle along the shores of lakes brimming with lilies and lotus before meeting the private van to return to your hotel. This day trip is suitable for any level, and guests enjoy plenty of light refreshments throughout the trip.

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Price: $93.00
Islands of the Mekong Bike Tour from Phnom Penh Pedal your way around the islands of the Mekong on this 5-hour morning tour from Phnom Penh. Only 3 miles from Cambodia's capital city, there is an island oasis where one can take a bike ride at a gentle pace and discover a rural slice of the country. Your Silk Islands bike tour begins in Phnom Penh, where you'll meet your guide at the local tour shop and set off on your exploration. The Silk Islands are isolated by a lack of bridges, but ferry connections provide easy access for villagers who use the fertile soil here to grow fruit and vegetables and weave silk and cotton between farming cycles. The absence of most four-wheeled traffic makes for a peaceful ride where you can almost forget that the hustle of a city is nearby. During your tour, enjoy many stops at pagodas, farms, and a silk-weaving demonstration. Lunch is included before transferring back to central Phnom Penh.

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Price: $45.00

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