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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Day Out and About in Phnom Penh

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • One bottle of drinking water and refreshing towels during the day
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Phnom Penh. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Koh Dach, Tonle Bati, Oudong, any of the river and cruise ferry terminals and Phnom Penh International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • To allow entrance into the Royal Palace and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) in Phnom Penh, visitors are obliged to uphold a very strict dress code to respect the premises and the victims who lost their lives here.
  • It is essential that you dress modestly and appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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