IndoChina Travel – Phnom Penh (1day stopover)

IndoChina Travel – Phnom Penh (1day stopover)

We just finished our temple run in Siem Reap and it’s time to proceed with our IndoChina adventure. Instead of directly heading to Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), we decided to have a stop over and take a day trip in the capital of Cambodia – Phnom Penh.

From Siem Reap, you can book a night bus going to Phnom Penh. Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham and Mekong express are some bus company choices. We chose Virak Buntham as it has a “hotel type bus” – bus with sleeping beds which are completely flat, not just reclined. As most of the night buses in Siem Reap, they have wifi access, blanket, curtain for your privacy and a power outlet to charge your electronics. Though this company has some negative reviews, luckily we had a good night travel.

Virak Buntham “Hotel Bus” (taken from their website, not the actual pic during my travel, but this is pretty the same of what we got.)

Bus fare from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is 10USD (Php450.00). Travel time is around 6-7hours.

If you choose to leave Siem Reap by midnight, you will reach Phnom Penh by 7am – enough time to explore the city’s history.

If you have big luggage like us, you can book some room for a day to keep it or even to freshen up before you take a stroll. You can get Php150-300 room for a night.

To get around the city, tuk tuk are always available. We were offered 15USD (Php675.00) for a roundtrip from our hotel to the killing fields and genocide museum. Half day is enough to visit these places,

Places we visited in Phnom Penh

  1. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Also known as the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, is the extermination site during the Khmer rouge regime. This is where around 8000 remains of men, women, children and infants were exhumed. Those are the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime – people who are suspected of having connections with the former government or with foreign governments. (to know more about this genocidal site click here)


Entrance fee to here is 6USD (Php275.00) and already include a very informative audio guide.


2. Toul Sleng S21 Genocide Museum

This is used to be a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime – a place of interrogation, torture and extermination.

Entrance fee is 2USD (Php 90.00)

Photo credit: 2 passeports, 2 sac-à-dos
Each prisoner were photograph before interrogation and detention
Click here to know more about this Genocide Museum

Here are other street snaps we got around the city.




Expense report:

1 day hostel Php 200.00
Tuk Tuk Php 675.00
Entrance Fee Php 360.00
Food Php 300.00

Total = Php 1535.00

You can save Php 200.00 if you are traveling light. No need to look for luggage storage. And if you can share tuk tuk ride with other guest, Php 375.00 savings again on that.

Basically, Php 1000.00 for a stop ever in Phnom Penh. 


Next stop: Ho Chi Minh

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