A Day Out and About in Phnom Penh
A Day Out and About
in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capitals.
This former French playground has created its atmosphere over the years, where
French influences are intertwined with its importance as a Buddhist nation.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Nestled along the junction of the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap rivers, the influence of the French colonial era still flows charmingly like the waters of these two main transportation arteries. Phnom Penh’s characteristics take visitors through a journey of royal landmarks, historical buildings and sites, and a maze of streets and alleys where the local allure still reigns supreme.
The Cambodian capital possesses a charm that only can be felt when being properly guided. From the majestic Royal Palace to the genocide period during the Khmer Rouge era, time for a full day into the heart and soul of Phnom Penh has never been better packaged than with this excursion.
08:00 - 18:00
Your guide and driver welcome you in the lobby of your booked accommodation; as ambassadors of their city, the team is eager to get on the road and show visitors the ins and outs of one of South-East Asia’s most happening capitals. Depending on the location of your hotel, we commonly start the morning with a visit to the Royal Palace, which was built in 1866 by King Norodom. The Palace is a collection of well-designed structures within a pagoda-style compound. The Silver Pagoda, located within the Royal Palace compound, is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th-century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Next visit the National Museum, which houses Khmer art sculptures, from different periods of Cambodian history, 19th-century dance costumes, royal barges and palanquins.
Lunch at a local restaurant and then this afternoon visit Tuol Sleng is now known as the Genocide Museum although formerly used by the Pol Pot Regime as the detention and torture centre for cadres of that regime. It is a moving, sometimes emotional, example of the difficulties faced by all in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Continue for a drive through Phnom Penh to the stalls of Psar Tuol Tom Puong, better known as The Russian Market, a centre for all manner of recently created “antiquities” and goods from silk scarves Kramas to wooden artefacts.
While the sun slowly sets over Phnom Penh, we regretfully have to end this amazing day through the Cambodian capital. We will return to your hotel at around 6 pm.