Enjoy an exploration of Cambodia’s bustling capital city with this fascinating 2-day tour. First you will travel to Wat Phnom, an active pagoda that marks the legendary founding place of the city. The pagoda is the site of constant activity, with a steady stream of the faithful seeking shrines while a quirky collection of fortune tellers and vendors mill about. Then you can journey to Independence Monument, designed by the famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann, and inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from French foreign rule. Next up, you will visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Built in 1866, the Palace, Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion are all magnificent examples of Khmer architecture. And with a floor fashioned from 5,000 silver tiles, the Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world. In the afternoon hours, journey to the extraordinary National Museum, a Khmer pavilion dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture from the 9th to the 15th century. Then head over to the charming Russian Market. This market became the foreigner’s market during the 1980s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russian, hence the name. Get lost among the housewares, curios and silks before enjoying dinner and a taste of Phnom Penh night life. After breakfast on your second day, travel to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, known as S-21. Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was a high school. When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison and interrogation facility and now the building serves as a museum, memorial and testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. Then journey to Choeung Ek, standing on the site that, under the Khmer Rouge regime, became one of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields. Decompress over lunch at a nice local restaurant before spending the afternoon sightseeing at your leisure.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You will be welcomed by tour guide then transfer to the hotel. After check-in, begin your tour of Phnom Penh. Situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, Cambodia’s capital city looks like a big village where French colonial influences can still be seen in old restored buildings. First stop is a visit to Wat Phnom (Heart of Phnom Penh). A small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. The hill is the site of constant activity, with a steady stream of the faithful seeking shrines and fortune tellers on top and a collection of vendors, visitors and motordups at the bottom. Then, journey to Independence Monument. The Monument was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from French foreign rule. Renowned Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann was the designer. The Monument also serves as a shrine to Cambodia’s war dead. It is the site of colorful celebrations on holidays such as Independence Day and Constitution Day. We move on to visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. The Palace was built in 1866 and is a magnificent example of Khmer architecture. You will see the beautiful Throne Hall and the Napoleon III Pavilion. The Silver Pagoda is one of the richest shrines in the world, with a floor is made of 5,000 silver tiles.
Lunch at one of Phnom Penh’s many restaurants.
Visit the extraordinary National Museum, a Khmer pavilion,dedicated to Khmer art and sculpture. The museum particularly highlights the beautiful art of the Angkor period (9th to 15th century). Journey on to visit Russian Market. This market became the foreigner’s market during the 1980’s when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name “Russian Market”. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping the market’s varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks.
After touring, enjoy dinner and night life of Phnom Penh.
After breakfast, travel to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21). Prior to 1975, Toul Sleng was high school. When the Khmer Rouge came to power it was converted into the S-21 prison and interrogation facility. The building now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the madness of the Khmer Rouge regime. Then, journey to view Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields). The memorial at Choeung Ek stands on the former site of one of Cambodia’s infamous killing fields.
Lunch at a nice local restaurant
Sightseeing at your leisure until transfer to airport for departure.