Phnom Penh was once considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history, it still retains a colonial charm. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city, majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the allure of the city, where Asian and Western traditions meet in a fascinating way.
On arrival in the Cambodian capital you will be welcomed by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.
After a relaxing break, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour of the historical French Quarter in a Cyclo, an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city.
Continue to visit the Royal Palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 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 Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Also stop to visit the National Museum, which was built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries.
In the evening board the Kanika cruise boat for shared dinner cruise that will take you along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers. You will have a wonderful view of the riverfront and the Phnom Penh skyline over dinner. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Transport: Cruises/ Junk, Private Car
- Visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Killing Fields
The first stop of the day, a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, provides a poignant insight into Cambodia’s not-so- distant dark history. Housed in a former school taken over by the Khmer Rouge, this site, called “S-21,” was used as its main detention and torture centre.
A further visit examines the tragic Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, another grim Khmer Rouge locale.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant. We will have time this afternoon to explore Psar Toul Tom Pong, also called the Russian Market”, where anything and everything is for sales.
Back to your hotel.
Meal: L, B, D
Transport: Private Car
- Phnom Penh departure
Depending on the departing flight, there may be time left for browsing the colourful markets of Phnom Penh. Visit the Central Market, an art deco landmark and one of the largest markets in Cambodia, housing everything from clothes and souvenirs to jewellery and food.
Visitors may also visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs.