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Guide to Phnom Penh Outdoors

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Whether you want to take a river cruise, explore the Cambodian countryside on horseback or quad bike, or meet the local animals; follow my guide for some some helpful hints on what to do to get the most out of the outdoors in Phnom Penh.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Cambo Cruise

Boat Tours

Areyksat Equestrian Trail Rides

Horseback Riding Tours, Equestrian Trails, Hiking Trails, Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Crocodile Cruise

Boat Tours

Nature cambodia

Other Outdoor Activities

Vana Adventure Travel

Bike Tours, Eco Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Photography Tours

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Day Trips

Angkor Header Driver Day Tours

Private Tours

Wildlife Alliance

Nature & Wildlife Tours

Paul P's City Tips

  • Always ask before you take photos of locals as people could be offended by having their photo taken.
  • Do not point with your feet as this is considered very rude.
  • Although there is no suggested set amount to tip, restaurants appreciate around 10%.
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    Cambo Cruise
    Boat Tours
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    Paul P Says:

    Have a unique dining experience on a Cambo Cruise. You can take in the sights of Phnom Penh's stunning riverside as you feast on fresh, delicious food, which is cooked to order. Plus, the service and staff are fantastic — ensuring you are well looked after and have a memorable evening.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure your camera is fully charged to take lots of photos, particularly of the beautiful silk island.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 26 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Phnom Penh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing ride and visit 27/11/2017
    • Take this boat cruise - even if you live here 06/11/2017
    • Cambo Cruise
    Phone:
    +855 92 290 077
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 20:30
    Other:
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    Areyksat Equestrian Trail Rides
    Horseback Riding Tours, Equestrian Trails, Hiking Trails, Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
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    Paul P Says:

    Horseback riding is a great way to experience the stunning countryside around Phnom Penh and to try something new on your trip. Whether you're an experienced rider or a complete novice, the team will ensure you're in safe hands and that you have an incredible time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The horses are much smaller than European horses so are only suitable for reasonable weights as deemed by the team.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Nature & Parks in Phnom Penh
    • Great horse riding experience in Phnom Penh 14/10/2017
    • beautiful and peaceful horse riding 12/08/2017
    Address:
    Areyksat Village
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 77 357 774
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    06:30 - 11:30
    Wed
    06:30 - 18:00
    Fri
    13:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    06:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Crocodile Cruise
    Boat Tours
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    Paul P Says:

    Spend a lazy afternoon relaxing on the river in Phnom Penh. Enjoy floating along and seeing the floating villages, and other sights, whilst sipping on wine or a beer, or having a full dinner as you float around.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a choice between a trip with or without dinner.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 26 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Phnom Penh
    • Sunset river cruise 13/12/2017
    • Great experience on Silk Island 11/12/2017
    • Crocodile Cruise
    Phone:
    +855 12 981 559
    Other:
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    Nature cambodia
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    Paul P Says:

    If you want to have fun while seeing the real Cambodia, sightseeing on a quad bike is a great idea! You'll get off the tourist trail to see local countryside and villages but can also include places of cultural and historical interest, such as The Killing Fields, in your trip.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's worth eating beforehand or bringing a snack as there are not many places to eat on the way.
    • Bring a change of clothes in case you get muddy on the trip.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Phnom Penh
    • Well worth doing for all ages 18/07/2015
    • Great Experience and Attentive Staff 23/11/2014
    Address:
    Killing field road
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 12 676 381
    Other:
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    Vana Adventure Travel
    Bike Tours, Eco Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours, Photography Tours
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    Paul P Says:

    Enjoy an exciting and informative ride through the traffic-filled streets of Phnom Penh and into the countryside on two wheels. The tours are led by very experienced local Khmer guides who take you past villages, farms, and markets, as well as the center of Phnom Penh where it's all happening!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The distance can be up to 40km so this is only for people of a reasonable fitness level.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 65 Outdoor Activities in Phnom Penh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A definite 5 stars travel experience 26/11/2017
    • Kirirom Park Multisport Adventure Tour 21/11/2017
    • Vana Adventure Travel
    Address:
    #173, St. 278, Sangkat Olympic
    #173, St. 278, Sangkat Olympic
    Phnom Penh 12312
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 87 883 898
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
    Nature & Wildlife Tours, Day Trips
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    Paul P Says:

    This impressive center has over 1,000 rescued animals, from elephants to tigers and leopards. The animals are well cared for by the staff, who are all very knowledgeable and passionate about them.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The entrance fee is not cheap but includes water and a Cambodian lunch — and all takings go back into caring for the animals with the aim to release them back into the wild.
    • The journey to the center is over an hour by tuk-tuk but well worth the journey.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 65 Outdoor Activities in Phnom Penh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Please go and support 14/12/2017
    • Good to see Cambodia taking animal welfare seriously 07/12/2017
    • Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
    Address:
    National Road 2
    Takmao Province
    Phnom Penh
    Cambodia
    Phone:
    +855 95 970 175
    Other:
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    Angkor Header Driver Day Tours
    Private Tours
    Paul P Says:

    If you're looking for a selection of very well organized full and half day tours run by friendly staff, look no further. Tours cover Banteay Srei (The Citadel of Women) and the beautiful temples, Pre Rup temple, the grand lake of Tonle Sap, and Chung Kneas (the floating village.)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There's no need to bring bottles of water as plenty of ice cool water is provided from a cooler box.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 133 Tours in Phnom Penh
    • Excellent friend which happens to be the driver. 20/11/2017
    • friendly, responsible and reliable driver 07/11/2017
    Phone:
    +855 92 937 930
    Other:
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    Wildlife Alliance
    Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Paul P Says:

    Experience a once in a lifetime chance to get closer to animals than you ever have been before. Not only do you get to meet the animals but you can feed them, and learn about how they were rescued and rehabilitated.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is absolutely worthwhile booking the behind the scenes full-day experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 65 Outdoor Activities in Phnom Penh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well worth every cent 09/12/2017
    • Highlight of our family Cambodian adventure ... 30/11/2017
    • Wildlife Alliance
    Phone:
    +855 95 970 175
    Other:
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