Recommended to Me: Phnom Penh

by Female Abroad

While in Phnom Penh I was interested to see what the hotel we were staying at recommended that I do. Upon speaking with the front desk they handed me a couple of brochures. I have not done these excursions myself so I'm not sure what the quality of them is but if the hotel recommended them, I hope that they are worth while. For more information, click on the bold, blue writing to be transferred to their website.

Khmer Cooking Class

Both include a visit to the local market followed by having everything you need to prepare a meal from scratch (appy, main course, and desert), direction from teachers, and then you get to eat what you make. Morning classes start at 9am and Afternoon classes start at 3pm, both are 4 hours long. The class takes place at: Banana Cook Class: 1, 4b Abdul Carime St. (21), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cambodian Village Cooking Class

This half day cooking class has you picked up at the hotel by Tuk Tuk and taken to a local rual village where you will learn to make Fresh Rice Paper Spring Rolls, Cambodian Curry, Bananas in Palm Sugar over three hours. You will then have a chance to enjoy your meal with a local beer or pop before getting a recipe book that you can take home.

Phnom Penh Heritage

  1. Phnom Penh Full Day: explore Phnom Penh, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Independence Monument, Wat Ounalom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, and Central Market with all entrance ticket fees included.

  2. Mekong Silk Island Cruise: take a one hour boat ride to a traditional weaving village. Along the way see stilted houses, fishing villages, and more. Once on the island take a Tuk Tuk around the village, visit a mango and banana plantation to see how different crops are grown before visiting a Silk Farm, Buddhist monastery, and more.

  3. Sunset Cruise with unlimited beer & soft drinks

  4. Oudong and Koh Chen Island: visit the former Cambodia Capital which is known for its silver crafts before taking a Tuk Tuk to Oudong Mountains to see the spectacular scenery.

Traditional Dance Show at the Cambodian Living Arts
This vibrant show features a variety of Cambodian classical and folk dance. Tickets on sale at the door Monday to Sat or can be bought online. Starting at U$ 15/adult or U$ 6 children (under 12) They also do various cultural workshops and lessons.

Have you done any of these three? Would you recommend them?

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