Phnom Penh sits at the junction of the Mekong, the Bassac, and the great Tonlé Sap rivers. It used to be a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. You will find walkable riverfronts lined with parks, restaurants, and bars in the city. Also found in the city is the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, a massive art deco Central Market, and the National Museum, displaying artifacts from around the country. Although it can get quite busy, the city exudes a provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions, monumental Angkorian architecture, and tree-lined boulevards which make for a great photo walk. A great holiday destination for those travelers who want a taste of culture and history.
Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River.
Cambodia can be visited throughout the year. However, those who plan to travel extensively by land/road should avoid the last two months of the rainy season when some countryside roads may be impassable. The average temperature is about 27°C; the minimum temperature is about 16°C. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April.
Best time to go:
- Cool season: November – March (22°C – 28°C)
- Hot season: March – May (28°C – 38°C)
- Rainy season: May – October (24°C – 32°C, with humidity of up to 90%)
Day 1: ARR-PNH (-/L/D)
Pick up from airport and transfer to your hotel, visit the Independent Monument, and the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is named so because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. Lunch at restaurant, visit the National Museum, also called Musee des Beaux-Arts and the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh's namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city. Visit to Sisowath Quay and a well-known NAGA world casino where you can visit & enjoy many games inside. Dinner at restaurant and back to the hotel for rest.
Day 2: PNH (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel, visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). Visit the Killing Fields of Choeung EK just outside Phnom Penh, (about 20-40 minutes away). This used to be an orchard and a Chinese cemetery prior to 1975 but during the Khmer Rouge regime, it became one of the killing fields. Lunch at restaurant, visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong) – a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. The Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Co., LTD. The purpose of this company is to give employment and a future for land mine survivors. The locals source all their fruit from Cambodian farmers and as much as possible, use organically grown produce, including mango and pineapples. Dinner at restaurant and back to the hotel for rest.
Day 3: PNH (B/L/D)
Breakfast at hotel; visit the Capital of Cambodia that was established between 1618 & 1866. Phnom Udong: About an hour west of Phnom Penh, lay the hills of the abandoned royal city. Several temples, stupas and other structures cover three hills. The walk up the hill provides an excellent countryside view. These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge’s most prolonged resistance against the encroaching Vietnamese army in 1979. Transfer back to Phnom Penh for lunch at a local restaurant, on the way back you can visit the Silver Village and Cambodian Countryside where you can witness firsthand how the locals go about their daily lives. After lunch, you have free time until the end your trip with 1 hour Mekong River cruise along the riverfront to top the day off. Dinner at restaurant and back to the hotel for rest.
Day 4: PNH-DEP (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for departure. End of services!
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- Return international airfare inclusive of air taxes
- Full board meals
- English or Chinese speaking guide
- All entrance fees to destinations mentioned above
- 1 hour Mekong River cruise along the riverfront
- All land transportation with A/C including return airport transfers
- Accommodation for 3 nights based on twin sharing room
- Drinking water during the tour
- All airport taxes, tips, and visa fee
- Other personal expenses such as soft drink, laundry, etc not explicitly noted in above inclusions