Essential Phnom Penh by Cyclo
Essential Phnom Penh
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.
08:00 - 12:00
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.