Divine Phnom Penh in Half a Day
Divine Phnom Penh
in Half a Day
Historically thriving, Phnom Penh is a veritable oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian
capitals. This former colonial playground has created its atmosphere over the years,
where French influences are intertwined with its Buddhist foundations.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Experience the famous Cambodian hospitality and a mixture of Asian-Franco exotique in the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Situated at the confluence of three great rivers Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac, Phnom Penh is the commercial, political and cultural hub of the country and is home to some cherished sites that shaped the Khmer empire up until today. If half a day is all you have to see of what Phnom Penh has to offer, then this is the tour for you.
08:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 18:00
Depending on the location of your hotel, the route may differ in order to create the most efficient way to see examples, such as the National Museum, which houses over 5,000 Khmer artefacts and ancient antiques from different Angkorian periods (from the 4th to the 13th century).
Next on our list will be the Royal Palace with the nearby Silver Pagoda. The palace is still the official residence of the current King of Cambodia and dates to 1866. Within its sacred compound is the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple, you will view a collection of Buddha statues in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
One of the best ways to end is right in the heart of Phnom Penh- the Wat Phnom. This temple is the most significant of all temples in the capital, containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat, who built the city of Phnom Penh in 1434. The story of the temple on the hill, with the history of the lady Penh where the name “Phnom Penh” has come from (“The Hill of Penh”), is one interesting one that will be explained in detail by your guide. The park surrounding Wat Phnom is a popular hang-out in Phnom Penh, especially for the youth in the evening.
In all its history and being the landmark of the city, Wat Phnom has been restored and reconstructed various times to ensure that continues to stay a place of meeting people and worship for centuries to come. We end this half-day tour back at your hotel.