Visit 2 huge yet very different local markets & bazaar
Visit the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, National Museum
On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be transferred to your hotel to freshen up before getting some lunch and continuing on to visit on of the capital’s landmark a very local market and the school which served as a prison and torture center during the Khmer Rouge regime. Before heading to your next destination, continue visiting the capital’s inevitable sites before a well-deserved tasty lunch.
Arrival in Phnom Penh airport and transfer to the hotel (room may not be ready until the afternoon)
Lunch at local restaurant 14:00 hours Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum (S21 prison). This former school was used as a prison by Pol Pot's security forces and became the largest center for detention and torture during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Continue to visit the biggest local market and one of the most traditional markets located at the heart of the capital: Orussey. Don't expect to find any souvenirs there, nor any other tourists, expect rather an organized chaotic market where Cambodians go to buy anything from food, to clothing, from electric goods to silverware'85 End your afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh's namesake. Set on top of a tree-covered knoll 27m high, Wat Phnom is the only hill in town. According to the legend, the first pagoda on this site was erected in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha washed ashore by the waters of the Mekong and discovered by a woman name, Mrs Penh. West of the vihara is an enormous stupa containing the ashes of King Ponhea Yat (reigned 1405 to 1463). Today, many people come here to pray for good luck and success and return to give offerings (such as a garland of jasmine flowers or bananas, of which the spirits are said to be especially fond) promised when their prayers have been answered Dinner is not included and accommodation at hotel.
Start your day with one of Phnom Penh's landmarks, Phsar Thmei (which means New Market in Khmer). Phsar Thmei is also referred to as the Central Market, a reference due to its location, in the city center of Phnom Penh, and its style. The Art deco building was constructed by the French between 1935 and 1937, during the colonial rule, and is shaped in the form of a large central dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods and was said to be, at the time, the biggest market in Asia. Today, the market-bazaar is still as busy and a great source for any kind of shopping. Then, continue to visit the beautiful National Museum, built in 1917. It is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Next to the National Museum, gleaming in gold, is the Royal Palace, one of Phnom Penh's most splendid architectural achievements. It was built in 1866 by His Majesty Preah Bat Norodom, great grandfather to our current King. The Royal Palace is built on the site of the old town. This site was especially chosen by a Commission of Royal Ministers and Astrologers because it had great geographical significance in relation to the King, who was regarded as a direct descendant of the gods, whose role it was to live and govern on earth under the influence of heaven.
The Royal Palace contains some spectacular buildings including the Throne Hall and its 59-meter tower, The Royal Treasury and the Napoleon III Villa and the Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha of which the steps are crafted from Italian marble and the regal floor made of more than 500 solid silver blocks. The magnificent 17th century emerald Buddha statue is made of jade. Another treasure is the life-sized solid gold Maitreya Buddha which weighs 90 kilograms and is adorned with 9,584 diamonds. The Silver Pagoda is home to a number of unbelievable treasures.
12:30 hours Walk to Friend's restaurant for lunch Enjoy creative local cuisine and support students in their hospitality training and journey in becoming a skilled individual, ultimately building futures for themselves! All profits made through this restaurant are reinvested into students in training and partner NGO existing as well as in future projects.
Transfer to Phnom Penh International airport for departure flight to the next destination.
All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned van/coach as detailed in our itinerary Water
Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
Meals as specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
Surcharges for other language guides
Personal travel insurance
Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Drinks with meals
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
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