Cambodia

2-day Phnom Penh Pitstop

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

Visit one of Phnom Penh's original pagodas
  • See the golden, emerald and crystal Buddhas of the Silver Pagoda
  • Enjoy a sunset river cruise
  • Learn about Cambodia's violent past at the Tuol Sleng Museum
  • Explore the busy Russian Market

tour details

Cambodia’s busy capital, Phnom Penh, located on the banks of the Mekong River, was once the Pearl of Asia. We’ll first explore the Independence Monument and Wat Langka, one of the city’s original wats and an important site in Cambodian Buddhism. We’ll then head to the grounds of the Royal Palace, home to the Silver Pagoda, before enjoying a sunset river cruise. On the second day, we’ll visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum, which chronicles the Cambodian Genocide in the seventies, and the National museum, dedicated to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the lively Russian market, where you’ll find antiquities, jewelry, silk and much more. We’ll end the day with a visit to Wat Phnom, built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).
Lunch not included.
Visit the Independence Monument and Wat Langka, one of Phnom Penh's five original wats (pagodas), founded in 1422. First established as a sanctuary for the Holy Writings and a meeting place for Cambodian and Sri Lankan monks, the Wat was named in honour of these meetings. Wat Langka was used as a storehouse by the Khmer Rouge, so it escaped total destruction. Now fully renovated, this temple still plays an important place in Cambodian Buddhism.
Visit 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 so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Enjoy a joint Sunset Cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodation not included.
Breakfast not included.
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). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. The museum displays include room after room of these photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed.
Continue to the nearby 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. Visit the Central Market, another landmark of the city of Phnom Penh.
Lunch not included.
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.
End your visit of the charming capital with a visit to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom. Founded in 1373, the pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river.
Transfer to Phnom Penh airport for departure flight to the next destination.

includes

  • Meals as stated in the programme, D= dinner at local restaurant
  • Transfers and tours with local English guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements) in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Bottled water and cold towels available on the vehicles

excludes

  • Accommodation and meals at the hotel
  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Cambodia (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • 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
  • Visa fees
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: PNHDPPN2

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