Cambodia

Phnom Penh with a Twist in 4 days – Standard

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: 4 Days

1 hour    German, Spanish, French, Russian, English

tour details

On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be transferred to your hotel to freshen up before getting some lunch and continuing on to visit two of the capital’s inevitable sites for the rest of the afternoon.
Next morning, immerse yourself with local fishermen to learn about their livelihood and everyday life, and have lunch with the family. In the afternoon, visit Phnom Penh’s namesake, a market with no tourists and the school converted into a torture center during the Khmer Rouge Era.
On your third day, work for the wellbeing of rescued wildlife animals and watch traditional dances in the evening.
Before heading to your next destination, take a tour of Phnom Penh’s Colonial architecture and heritage and end with a final authentic Cambodian lunch.

Transfer from Phnom Penh International Airport to the hotel (rooms may not be ready until the afternoon).

Lunch at Friend's restaurant

Depart to visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace

The National Museum, built in 1917, 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 II 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 Baccarat crystal and solid gold. It weighs 90 kilograms and is adorned with 9,584 diamonds. The Silver Pagoda is home to a number of unbelievable treasures.

Because visits can take the energy out of your body, you will be treated with a 1hr body massage in a heavenly Spa, a space of physical, mental and spiritual healing which reflects traditional, non-clinical and holistic based therapies.
Transfer to the riverbanks

Fishing on the Mekong River
This morning, fish like a true Cambodian fisherman on the banks of both the Mekong and Tonle Sap River! Learn how to throw the nets for maximum area effect and catch river wonders like catfish and the giant freshwater Mekong prawn! Get on board a traditional Cham fisherman's boat from the fishing village you see right across from Phnom Penh's riverside and cruise down the rivers as you find a suitable fishing spot to throw the nets out!

At the end of the course your host would prepare a nice lunch of your catch right on the boat itself! Don't worry if you don't catch anything, the fisherman's family has their own catch to feed you!

This afternoon, 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 Vat (reigned 1405 to 1467). 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.
Visit The Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center & Free The Bears

Morning pick-up to meet the team at their meeting point in town and stop at a local market on the way afterwards to buy fruits for the animals.

Today, you will hand feed the center's female elephants and observe how they train them using gentle reward-based positive reinforcement.

Have a delicious Cambodian-style lunch, enjoy fresh coconut water and escape the heat of the day in our relaxing hammocks.

Get up close with leopards, gibbons, otters and the other endangered animals that Wildlife Alliance has helped rescue and care for at the sanctuary.

Visit the nursery in the rehabilitation area - a section closed to the public - and see the beautiful baby animals that we care for up close.

Interact with rescued baby macaque monkeys in their enclosure as you feed them (at the guide's discretion).

Arrive back in Phnom Penh depending on the group and traffic.

Transfer for an evening performance at the National Museum: Plae Pakaa

Watch a traditional dance performance, which will take you on a magical journey through Cambodian mythology, ancestral traditions and village life, showcasing intricate and elegant pieces from the former Royal courts of Cambodia, including the iconic Apsara and the ritual dance Moni Mekala, as well as folk dances which are more upbeat and relaxed pieces, inspired by daily life around Cambodia.

Featuring 30 talented artists, wonder at the abundance of sights and sounds presented on stage in the beautiful grounds of the National Museum of Cambodia.
NB: performances are Monday through Saturday and last 1 hour.
This morning, take an architectural tour in depth'85

Explore the architectural landscape of the bustling and quickly transforming Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. This Phnom Penh Heritage Tour is an audio tour by tuk tuk, which highlights the city's architectural heritage dating back to the era of the French Protectorate.

Cambodia was under French rule for nearly a century and some of Phnom Penh's buildings are a curious mix of French and native Cambodian features. The biggest concentration of these colonial buildings can be found in the centre of the city, near the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, Post Office Square and Norodom Boulevard. Architecturally speaking, Phnom Penh is a comparatively new city. Prior to the late 19th century the city was but a few pagodas and clusters of wooden structures along the riverfront.

A tuktuk will pick you up from your hotel and take you to your 1st stop.

Throughout this tour, you will make 19 stops, covering 22 different sites throughout the city and at your own pace.

Each stop is narrated with descriptions and historical anecdotes and supported with films and old pictures.

includes

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned van/coach as detailed in our itinerary Water
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • 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

excludes

  • 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 program
  • 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 program

Tour code: PNHDPTW4STD

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