Enjoy a full-day tour in Phnom Phen to visit some of the most amazing destinations including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Russian Market and Wat Ounalom.
Following a hotel pick-up at 8 am from Phnom Penh City area hotel,your first stop will be Royal Palace.The Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements.It is home to His Majesty Preah Bat smdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and Her Majesty Preah Reach Akka-Mohesey Norodom Monineath.
Next,head to Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh is such a phenomenal area in Cambodia filled with hundreds of years of history.The sculptures and sheer construction of the palace leaves even the most seasoned traveler in awe because of the stunning structure.The Silver Pagoda is considered grand and magnificent because there is no other place in the world where you can see such significant spectacles of historical treasures.
You will visit National Museum.Cambodia's National Museum offers a charming setting for a stunning collection of ancient Khmer art.Predominantly constructed of sandstone,the sculptures date from both the Angkorean and pre-Angkorean eras.These exhibits are complemented by more recent examples of Cambodian art.The museum is housed in a terra-cotta-roofed structure of traditional Cambodian design,which was built between 1917 and 1920.
Next up,you visit Wat Phnom.The temple has a strong connection with establishment of the capital city of Cambodia.The current name of the city Phnom-Penh in native language means literally the hill of Ms. Penh. Continue to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was one of hundreds of detention and interrogation centers created all over Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge who gave the former high school the sinisterly innocuous name S-21 where countless thousands of Cambodians were ruthlessly processed until they were dead.
After lunch at your own cost you will visit Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.It represents one of the all too frequent dark periods in world history,this one between 1975 to1979.During these four years of awful civil war an estimated 1.7 million people were massacred.This place of incredible tragedy has today been sensitively converted into a peaceful visitors’ centre and the disturbing story is retold;we are walking across the very ground where nearly 20,000 Cambodians were murdered.Even today,following periods of heavy rain,fragments of clothing and bones from victims will surface through the mud.
Next you will visit Wat Ounalom.Wat Ounalom is the home to the Buddhist patriarch and is reputedly the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city.
You will head to Russian Market.Russian Market is the most popular market among tourists and expats and the best place to pick up souvenirs. Russian market is known to the locals as Phsar Toul Tom Poung.The reason why it is called Russian market is because it was a popular market among the Russian expats during the 1980s when most of the western expats in Phnom Penh were Russian.
At approximately 06:00 pm,you'll arrive back at your hotel in Phnom Penh city where the tour will end.