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Is A Mekong River Sunset Cruise In Phnom Penh Worth It?

A 1.5 hour evening sunset river cruise is the perfect way to relax after an intense day exploring Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.

tonle sap Mekong river sunset cruise Phnom Penh

Whether you’ve visited The Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng and The Killing Fields or you’ve had a more relaxed day, the sunset cruise is a popular late afternoon activity to do in Phnom Penh.

There are several boat companies that offer the Phnom Penh sunset cruise, but the experience is usually the same whichever one you pick. Check the links below – lots of the sunset cruises also includes unlimited drinks!


The boat ride starts from Sisowath Quay – about a 15 minute walk from The Royal Palace and very near to the Night Market, at around 5pm. But make sure to arrive here at the riverfront boulevard beforehand to enjoy the lively atmosphere, music and street food stalls.

It is a beautiful wide Colonial-style promenade and it is a great place for people watching early in the evening as many locals like to come down here and relax!

24 hours in Phnom Penh promenade

The sunset cruise will take you down the Tonle Sap River and will take you onto the Mekong River before heading past the Muslim fishing villages run by chams.

tonle sap Mekong river sunset cruise Phnom Penh

Chams are ethnic Cambodian Muslims who mostly work as fishermen and live on the fishing boats on the banks of the river. Roughly 250 families inhabit this community.

tonle sap Mekong river sunset cruise Phnom Penh

The sunsets from the river are incredibly beautiful and you also get a good view of the skyline of Phnom Penh.

The cruise itself is also fun – there’s plenty of drinks available and there’s music on board too.

There are also dinner cruises afterwards, but the sunset cruise is best as you actually get to see the sunset!

After the boat ride you should also spend some time around Sisowath Quay: there are plenty of restaurants and bars here and even the nearby Phnom Penh Night Market is worth having a look in.