Excursions from Phnom Penh

Around Phnom Penh there are numerous attractions that warrant a day trip. Should you wish to visit any of these places, our team will be delighted to provide further information and help plan your trip.

Mekong trip Oknhateyn Island (often referred to as Mekong Island) is about one hour by boat from Phnom Penh. The island is a theme park with Cambodian culture sample - village, handicraft production, zoo, traditional dance and music ensembles, and restaurants.

Another, longer trip organized by Phnom Penh tourism is to Koh Dach, a silk weaving village northeast of Phnom Penh. A boat ride up the Mekong to Koh Dach is a three hour round trip. You can also visit the fishing villages and see river life along the way.
Tonle Bati About 33 km south of Phnom Penh on Route 2 is a turnoff that leads several km to Tonle Bati. This is popular picnic spot, with a lake and two temples, Ta Prohm and Yeay Peau. On weekends the place is full of footstalls and picnic guests. The 12th-century Ta Prohm Temple looks similar to an Angkor temple. Some attribute the handiwork to king Jayavarman VII, who ruled in Angkor from 1181.

According to legend, the temple was built by Ta Prohm. While traveling through Tonle Bati, an Angkor king fell in love with Yeay Peau, the beautiful daughter of a fisherman. The king past three months with her and she became pregnant. Upon leaving, the king gave her a ring with instruction to send the child she bore to Angkor. When her son, Prohm, duly presented the ring at Angkor, he was welcome at his father's palace and given an education the king later sent him back to govern Takeo province. Prohm built a temple similar to those he'd seen at Angkor, and named it after himself. For his mother, he built Yeay Peau temple.
Phnom Chisor Some 20km south of Tonle Bati is a hilltop ruin dating from the Angkor period. The turnoff to Phnom Chisor is 55km south of Phnom Penh; the temple is about 4 km from Route 2. The main sanctuary (or what's left of it) is an 11th century structure dedicated to Brahma. This spot is quite isolated, so do not go alone.

The temple is reached by a staircase on the northern side of the hill. From the top are expansive views over the countryside. You can see 2 other temples ruin to the east. Leave the hilltop by the southern staircase.
KoKi Beach Koki Beach is about 12 km east of Phnom Penh on the Saigon route, a popular weekend and public holiday destination. Residents of Phnom Penh decamp to the river and rent huts raised on stilts for a day of picnicking, tacking, or romance. Cafes here sell grilled fish and chicken.

Most visitors rent a tilt hut to take a nap, ward off the heat or counter the floodwaters of the monsoon season. You can hire a boat to tour the lake; water borne vendors come alongside to sell food. The beach is crowded on weekends, with lots of food vendors, but usally quiet during the week.
Oudong Oudong – about an hour's car ride from Phnom Penh – was the royal capital between 1618 and 1866 before the capital was moved to Phnom Penh.

Several temples and stupas cover three hills. These huge stupas can be seen from miles away and contain the remains of several Khmer kings including King Monivong (1927-1941) and King Ang Duong (1845-1859). The walk up the hill provides an excellent countryside view.

These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge's most prolonged resistance against the Vietnamese army in 1979 and a memorial to those murdered by the Khmer Rouge was built here.
Takeo The town of Takeo is 75 km south of Phnom Penh on Route 2. It can also be reached by Route 3; the trip is 87 km from Phnom Penh, but the road is in better shape. This is stretching the limit for a day trip from the capital because travel time alone is six hours there and back by taxi.

About 20km east of Takeo is the modern village of Angkor Borei, which is thought to have been the site of Vyadhapura, the last capital of the Funan Kingdom. South of the town is a hill called Phnom Da, on top of which is an ancient, pre-Angkor temple made from heavy basalt blocks.