8 Best Day Trips From Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Updated 2024

Melanie
Melanie 
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Go travelling like a local and explore like a tourist on the many day trips available in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Known as the city of the Brahma’s Faces, Phnom Penh is the national capital of Cambodia and it has become the economic, cultural and industrial centre of the nation over the years. For that, it also became a popular tourist destination, with a broad array of accommodations such as boutique hotels and luxury resorts. There are also economical options such as Airbnb vacation rentals for travellers on a budget. When time is of the essence, day trips maximize your sightseeing vacation. Usually organized in small groups, these quick trips take travellers on a guided tour to various attractions such as museums, the Royal Palace and street markets, without having to organize the transport themselves. So, scroll down to find out about the best day trips from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

1. Bokor National Park (from USD 65.0)

A true haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Bokor National Park offers a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, wildlife, and historical landmarks. Embark on a journey through the park’s dense forests and discover various flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive clouded leopards, gibbons swinging through the treetops, and colourful bird species that call this park home.

For extraordinary sightseeing near Phnom Penh, hike up to the summit of Bokor Mountain, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and the sparkling Gulf of Thailand. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Tmao Lake, a serene body of water nestled within the park. Take a boat ride, soak in the peaceful ambience, and enjoy the surrounding lush greenery.

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Bokor National Park Private Day Trip from Phnom Penh

Duration: 8 to 10 hours

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2. Oudong

Cambodia. Oudong. Buddhist Centre of Cambodia.
Source: Photo by Flickr user Anne and David used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Experience an intriguing day trip to Oudong, a little town located at the base of Phnom Udong Mountain in the northwest of Phnom Penh. What makes Oudong interesting is its history and heritage as the royal capital of Cambodia during the 17th to 19th centuries. Today, Oudong is famed for its temples atop a mountain that offers scenic views of green fields all around. Walking up the mountain reveals numerous stupas and shrines dedicated to former kings as well as lush landscapes in the countryside. Trip-goers will be awed by the religious artifacts and burial sites of past Khmer kings that date back centuries.

Oudong

Address: Kampong Speu Province, Chbar Mon Municipality, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

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Oudong's royal legacy is tangible with its remnants of ancient palaces and administrative structures, offering a fascinating glimpse into Cambodia's royal history.

Oudong Temple represents Cambodia's enduring commitment to Buddhism. Monks regularly engage in meditation, chanting, and maintaining sacred spaces. Witnessing these spiritual practices provides valuable insights into the profound role of religion in Cambodian society and its lasting impact on the nation's culture.

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3. Krong Kampong Cham

River side - panoramio (1)
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Get ready for exciting things to do near Phnom Penh when you take a day trip to Krong Kampong Cham, a bustling city on the Mekong River located in south-eastern Cambodia. Known for the unique architecture of its French colonial buildings, this city is also popular for its street markets with plenty of local snacks and delicacies, as well as historical sites. These include Koh Paen Island, accessible via the long Ko Paen bamboo bridge, and Wat Nokor Bachey, an ancient Angkorian temple with a modern pagoda.

Travelling up north brings day-trippers to Prasat Hanchey, boasting tall pagodas and panoramic views of the Mekong River. End the day by watching the brilliant sunset over the river.

Krong Kampong Cham

Address: Kampong Cham Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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4. Kirirom National Park (from USD 127.0)

Kirirom Nature Park is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate the soul. Situated in Phnom Sruoch district in the province of Kampong Speu, this gorgeous park is on a 700-meter (2,297-foot) hill encompassing an area of over 35,000 hectares (350 square kilometers) in the Elephant Mountains. Kirirom, which means Mountain of Joy, brings travelers up-close with traditional country lifestyles surrounded by lush landscapes and shady, green trees. Not to be missed is the hike with a knowledgeable guide, past cascading waterfalls, huge bat caves, lovely pine forest and natural rainforest where a variety of flora and fauna greet guests everywhere they turn. Walk amidst unspoiled park landscapes that will appeal to nature enthusiasts and energetic travelers who love adventures outdoors.

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Kirirom National Park and Chambok Village Tour from Phnom Penh

Duration: 7 hours

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5. Tonle Bati

Ancient temple ruins at Tonle Bati
Source: Photo by Flickr user Dion Hinchcliffe used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Be amazed by the beautiful waters of Tonle Bati, a small lake located 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Known to be a favourite spot among locals for rest and relaxation, this destination has also attracted tourists who crave a reprieve from the city or simply an exciting fishing trip in its waters. Head to the popular picnic areas by the lake and explore the grounds that include several heritages sites. Take a stroll to Tonle Bati’s two ancient Khmer temples, Ta Promh and Yeay Peov with a pagoda, that were built back in 1576 in the same Bayon style as Angkor’s jungle temples. Just be wary that weekends are a little crowded as many locals love to spend time with families in the many bamboo shacks built over the waters of the lake.

Tonle Bati

Address: Takéo Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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6. Koh Dach (from USD 108.0)

Experience island fun in the sun at Koh Dach, far away from the hectic city life of Phnom Penh. This exciting trip brings guests on a lovely boat ride to Koh Dach where they enjoy the scenery of Tonle Sap Lake and all its beauty. Next, it’s time to gear up and bike across the island in a small group with a guide, to explore working farms, rice paddy fields, fruit orchards and lush green landscapes. Then, be amazed by a visit to artisan pottery workshops that showcase works of island carvers, weavers and artists, followed by lunch and dessert.

One of the most interesting places to visit near Phnom Penh, Koh Dach is a great way to discover Cambodian culture, food, and friendly people in a rural island village.

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A Koh Dach Day by Local Transport

Duration: 10 hours

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7. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (from USD 187.0)

Walk on the wild side of life at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, the creature caring center dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of animals saved from the traps of poachers. Located an estimated 25 miles (40 km) south of Phnom Penh, the center, set up in 1995, covers an area of over 6,000 acres (2428 ha) of protected regenerating forest, making it the largest animal sanctuary in Cambodia. Animal protection is their mission and this day trip educates guests on how the center plans to end wildlife trafficking in Cambodia as well as meeting their many animal friends up-close. Say hello to the community of bears, elephants, gibbons and lots more, that roam around the rescue center. Further, the day trip covers a visit to a nearby Angkor-era temple as part of the fulfilling tour.

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Free the Bears at Phnom Tamao

Duration: 6 to 8 hours

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8. Phnom Baset and Udong Mountain (from USD 82.0)

Take the path less traveled when you embark on a day trip of Phnom Baset and Udong Mountain, the perfect trip for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Head away from the city to explore the wonders of Udong mountain and the reclining Buddha at Phnom Baset, the pre-Angkorian temple and pagoda with origins dating back to the eighth century. Better yet, the friendly guide navigates and shares exciting details of every historical site with guests. Watch out for the monkeys and little creatures that come out to greet you on your way up the mountain. Be dazzled by the picturesque scenery of the countryside all around, with its peaceful surroundings. Convenient pick-up and drop-off at the hotel are available for guests.

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Phnom Baset and Udong Mountain Tour

Duration: 5 to 7 hours

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Make your visit to Phnom Penh fantastic

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Choose to go on daring adventures with these day tours from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. With a combination of scenic riverside, cosmopolitan dining, attractive day trips and friendly communities, this capital city makes for an awesome holiday destination. Grab your best buddy or travel in a group to seek, savour and satisfy that wanderlust for nature, heritage and adventures in a land once known as the “Pearl of Asia.”

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