Essential Phnom Penh by Cyclo

Essential Phnom Penh
by Cyclo

Sitting comfortably in the back with a travel companion while you are driven around in a
traditional cyclo; this is a half-day viewing of Phnom Penh romantically. When opting
for this non-motorized travel option, customers support a sustainable cause.

WHY THIS TOUR?

In essence, seeing Phnom Penh from the comfort of a cyclo is experiencing how the Cambodian capital lives, breaths, and moves on. The humble bicycle rickshaw known locally as the ‘cyclo’ can be a romantic means of transport but also a convenient one, especially for the tourist to discover Phnom Penh City.

These pedal-powered three-wheelers still ply the streets as in colonial days and provide an excellent opportunity for sightseeing and people watching as well as the taxi service. The fun commences once stepping on board to allow diligent peddlers show the ins and outs of their home in a slow, yet elaborative way in the open-air.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Essential Phnom Penh by Cyclo

08:00 - 12:00
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12:00 - 16:00

We leave direct from your hotel by cyclo and – depending on the location of your hotel – ride to The Royal Palace was built in 1866 by King Norodom. The Palace is made up from a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound one of which is The Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda takes its name from the 5,000+ silver tiles and the building itself holds a number of national treasures perhaps most notably are a life-sized gold Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds.

Continue to visit the National Museum, a Khmer temple inspired building that houses the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics and bronzes from different periods of Cambodian history. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, Lingas and other artefacts, most notably the legendary statue of the ‘Leper King.’ Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artefacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Before we head back to your hotel, we give you the chance to climb to the top of Wat Phnom, the birthplace of the Cambodian capital.

By taking this non-motorized tour, you will directly support the Cyclo Centre in Phnom Penh, a local NGO providing basic support and social services to the drivers through English courses and guidance in finding work. This local NGO supports local drivers who typically are amongst the poorest in urban Cambodia and helps maintain this industry by providing support and social services to its drivers through educational programmes and access to services such as medical care, washing facilities, English lessons and money management class entirely free to charge.

We end our tour back at your hotel after a relaxing 4-hour journey where you have fully admired the beauty of Phnom Penh without the reflection of car windows.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transfers from and to your Phnom Penh Hotel with driver by air-conditioned vehicle to the meeting point
  • Transportation by cyclo with driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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, and 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 regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • 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.
  • The mentioned excursion durations are approximations; we are unable to exactly predict the total duration from pick-up to drop-off based on unforeseen circumstances such as traffic and weather conditions and the routing the driver has to take to get all customers on the vehicle.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is 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.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • 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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