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Phnom Penh (Photo:Dmitry Rukhlenko/Shitterstock)

About Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh overlooks three bustling rivers -- the Mekong, Tonle Sap and the Bassac -- which boast crowded riverfronts that beckon with street food vendors lining the parks, selling everything from spiced curries to noodle bowls.

Time seems to have passed Phnom Penh by. Visitors will see colonial French architecture untouched by modern-day life, beautifully wrought pagodas with sparkling ornamentals and staggering monument complexes that have forever made Cambodia famous.

Your first few moments in the city will be an onslaught to the senses with the sounds of motorbikes darting through traffic, the smells of different street food stalls hanging in the air and the ever-changing buzz of monks in orange robes passing by as locals push past you to get to the market or work. It can be overwhelming, but once you get a handle on the city's gritty, pulsating heartbeat, it's nearly impossible to not fall in love with the old-style charm and fortitude of Phnom Penh.

Unlike that of Siem Reap, the allure of Phnom Penh lies in the city's resilience, rather than its temples. Shattered by war and revolution, the city has spent the better part of 30 years trying to rebuild.

Although the city and its people have fought to shed the demons of their past, stark memorials to the reign of Pol Pot are all over the city, and sadness hangs over every monumental landmark, from the Killing Fields to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Visiting these places is crucial to understanding the horrifying history that still plagues so many Cambodians -- lessons often overlooked in Western history.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Siem Reap, Kampong Cham ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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    12 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Siem Reap
    • Day 3
      Siem Reap
    • Day 4
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 5
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Sadek
    • Day 9
      Sadek
    • Day 10
      My Tho
    • Day 11
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 12
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 13
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Ship Details

    Mekong Jewel - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visiting:
    Sadek, Binzhou ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 2
      Sadek
    • Day 3
      Binzhou
    • Day 4
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 5
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 6
      Angkor Ban
    • Day 7
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 8
      Kampong Cham
    Ship Details

    AmaDara - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Authenticity and Western options in everything from food to decor.

    Cons

    Pace can be slow for more active travelers and families.

    Bottom Line

    A well-crafted regional overview with excellent service and dining.

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    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

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    Buffyr
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    The Trip of a Lifetime!
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Amazing Amadara
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visiting:
    Sadek, Binzhou ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    10 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 2
      Sadek
    • Day 3
      Binzhou
    • Day 4
      Binzhou
    • Day 5
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 6
      Kampong Tralach
    • Day 7
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 8
      Siem Reap
    • Day 9
      Siem Reap
    • Day 10
      Siem Reap
    • Day 11
      Siem Reap
    Ship Details

    Scenic Spirit - Scenic

    Pros

    Excellent dining, spacious cabins, friendly and attentive service

    Cons

    Butlers are not proactive and do not anticipate your needs

    Bottom Line

    An elegant, yet utterly comfortable ship sailing a fascinating itinerary

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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    Andrejs
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mekong River with Scenic Spirit
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    First river cruise, first time booking through Scenic - very impressed.
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Tonle Sap, Phnom Penh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    CroisiEurope
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    8 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (CroisiEurope)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Tonle Sap
    • Day 3
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 4
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 5
      Sa Dec
    • Day 6
      Vinh Long
    • Day 7
      My Tho
    • Day 8
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 9
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Ship Details

    Indochine II - CroisiEurope

    Pros

    Excursions and onboard tips are included in fare; all cabins have balconies

    Cons

    Some service lapses as the crew gets its bearings on a new ship

    Bottom Line

    French-colonial aesthetic with modern European accents create a comfy, stylish Mekong journey

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value5.0

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visiting:
    Ho Chi Minh City, My Tho ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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    12 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
    • Day 1
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 2
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 3
      My Tho
    • Day 4
      Sadek
    • Day 5
      Sadek
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 9
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 10
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 11
      Siem Reap
    • Day 12
      Siem Reap
    • Day 13
      Siem Reap
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    Mekong Jewel - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Siem Reap, Kampong Cham ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    12 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Siem Reap
    • Day 3
      Siem Reap
    • Day 4
      Siem Reap
    • Day 5
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Binzhou
    • Day 9
      Binzhou
    • Day 10
      Sadek
    • Day 11
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 12
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 13
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Spirit - Scenic

    Pros

    Excellent dining, spacious cabins, friendly and attentive service

    Cons

    Butlers are not proactive and do not anticipate your needs

    Bottom Line

    An elegant, yet utterly comfortable ship sailing a fascinating itinerary

    Reviews

    Scenic Spirit Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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    ljb8689
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Best vacation ever! Scenic Spirit from Ho Chi Mihn City to Siem Reap
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
    One of the best ever
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Ho Chi Minh City
    Visiting:
    Vinh Long, Mekong ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 2
      Vinh Long
    • Day 3
      Mekong
    • Day 4
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 5
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 6
      Angkor Ban
    • Day 6
      Wat Hanchey
    • Day 7
      Kampong Tralach
    • Day 7
      Konpong Louang
    • Day 8
      Phnom Penh
    Ship Details

    Avalon Saigon - Avalon Waterways

    Pros

    Unique design allows ship to explore depths of the Mekong River.

    Cons

    Ship and shore excursions do not cater to those with mobility issues.

    Bottom Line

    Pampering way to explore a more rugged, offbeat itinerary.

    Reviews

    Avalon Saigon Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Siem Reap, Kampong Cham ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    10 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Siem Reap
    • Day 3
      Siem Reap
    • Day 4
      Siem Reap
    • Day 5
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Binzhou
    • Day 9
      Binzhou
    • Day 10
      Sadek
    • Day 11
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Spirit - Scenic

    Pros

    Excellent dining, spacious cabins, friendly and attentive service

    Cons

    Butlers are not proactive and do not anticipate your needs

    Bottom Line

    An elegant, yet utterly comfortable ship sailing a fascinating itinerary

    Reviews

    Scenic Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

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    splawn4
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Best travel experience ever!
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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    New Cultures/Wonderful Experience
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    My Tho
    Visiting:
    Sadek, Binzhou ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      My Tho
    • Day 2
      Sadek
    • Day 3
      Binzhou
    • Day 4
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 5
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 6
      Angkor Ban
    • Day 7
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 8
      Kampong Cham
    Ship Details

    AmaDara - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Authenticity and Western options in everything from food to decor.

    Cons

    Pace can be slow for more active travelers and families.

    Bottom Line

    A well-crafted regional overview with excellent service and dining.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    AmaWaterways has had a presence in the Mekong since 2009 and AmaDara, which launched in 2015, i...

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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Wow, wow and more wow
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    Sail Date Apr 2019
    excellent cruise on a superb ship
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Phnom Penh

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    7 Night Cruise to Phnom Penh Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 3
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 4
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 5
      Binzhou
    • Day 6
      Binzhou
    • Day 7
      Sadek
    • Day 8
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)