Colonial Architecture Tour through Phnom Penh

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

tour highlights

View Cambodia's various forms of architecture
  • Ride a Tuk Tuk around the vibrant city of Phnom Penh
  • Admire iconic buildings like the National Library
  • See the former colonial quarter and historic buildings
  • Explore the vast Central Market

tour details

The influences in the 1950s and 1960s on Cambodia’s architecture produced a large amount of international styles that fused with local tradition, materials and climate and adhered to the far-reaching cultural and social vision for Camodia. You’ll explore Phnom Penh’s architecture in a Tuk Tuk with a Cambodian architect as a guide. You’ll observe the iconic buildings of the city such as the National Library and the classic Raffles Hotel Le Royal as well as discovering lesser known architectural treasures. Heading to the former colonial quarter, you’ll see the gorgeous French colonial-era buildings, such as Van’s restaurant, and the Vann Molyvann designed Chaktomuk Conference Hall. Finally, you’ll head to the renovated art deco-styled Central Market, a beautifully constructed work of art.

tour description

This tour explores central Phnom Penh and includes Colonial buildings as well as modern, post-independence architecture.
For Cambodia, the late 1950s and 1960s was a period of dynamic cultural and political ambition, which resulted in an extensive program of building. The far-reaching cultural and social vision for Cambodia was reflected in the new architecture of the time; uniquely this focused on integrating an international style with local tradition, materials and climate.
Take a Tuk Tuk and let your expert guide (Cambodian architect) explain you the history of the buildings. The tour includes a selection of well-known buildings as well as some less obvious examples. Take a look at some of the iconic buildings of the city, the National Library, the classic Raffles Hotel Le Royal, the deserted Railway Station. Head for the former colonial quarter for a look at the gorgeous French colonial-era buildings that have been restored near the Post Office such as Van's Restaurant and to see the locations used in the film City of Ghosts. Make your way past the Vann Molyvann designed Chaktomuk Conference Hall, opened in 1961, it was refurbished and reopened in 2000, principally as a conference hall but is regularly used as a theatre venue for special events. Finish your architecture view of the city at the renovated art deco-styled Central Market.


  • Private transportation
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
  • Bottled water and cold towels


  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Tour code: PNHDPARC

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