Get outta town
With plenty of places to explore on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, escaping the hustle and bustle of city life couldn’t be easier. Get yourself out of town to see so much more.
If you plan on spending a few days in Phnom Penh and fancy a quick out of town adventure, then fear not because there are plenty of day trips to keep you engaged.
If it’s fresh air you’re craving, unparalleled 360-degree views of the capital and surrounding countryside, with a bit of ancient history thrown in, then Oudong is the perfect place to start. Situated about an hour north of Phnom Penh along National Highway 5, sits the remains of the former capital. The once royal city of Oudong, with its three mountain-top stupas, was the capital from the early 17th century until 1866 when it relocated to Phnom Penh. A return journey costs about $30 by private taxi or $20 for a tuk tuk.
For something more on the wild side, take a trip out to Phnom Tamao. Located about 45km south of Phnom Penh, the zoological park and wildlife rescue centre is home to more than 96 species of birds, mammals and reptiles, including those confiscated from traffickers or saved from the clutches of poachers. In total, there are more than 1,000 animals including elephants, wolves and the world’s largest captive collection of Malayan sun bears and pileated gibbons.
A boat tour is a fun way to see Phnom Penh from a new perspective, with Cambo Cruise one of the best choices available. Westerned owned, they offer daytime trips to the rural beauty of Silk Island, as well as sunset cruises, with free pickup from your hotel and 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Tonle Bati is another sight worth seeing. The small lake is about 30km south of Phnom Penh and is a popular weekend destination with locals, who flock there to relax, picnic and fish. Phnom Chisor, sits another 20 minutes south of this lake – the peak of the mountain requires a climb of 461 steps.