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From Phnom Penh: Oudong Stupas & Silver Smith Village

1. From Phnom Penh: Oudong Stupas & Silver Smith Village

At 07:15 AM, your Euro Khmer guide will pick you up from your Phnom Penh hotel or guesthouse and drive you to Oudong – home to various temples and three large stupas (places of prayer) The city, now a UNESO World Heritage Site, was home to a succession of kings – you can view the phials at the three stupas. The city’s most impressive structure is the Vihara of the 18-Cubut Buddha. 30 meter high, it is just about survived first the American bombings and the brutal regime of the Khmer Rogue. On the way back to city center, you will have a set lunch at the local restaurant. Heading back to Phnom Penh, stop at the silver smith village of Kompong Luong.

Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

2. Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

Following a hotel pick-up at 08:00 from Phnom Penh City area hotel, your first stop will be Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements. Next, head to Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh, a phenomenal area in Cambodia filled with hundreds of years of history. You will visit Cambodia's National Museum, offering a charming setting for a stunning collection of ancient Khmer art. Next up, you visit Wat Phnom. The temple has a strong connection with the establishment of the capital city of Cambodia. The current name of the city Phnom-Penh in native language means literally the hill of Ms. Penh. Wat Phnom temple was built in 1373.  After lunch at your own cost, you will board your boat and travel down the Tonle Sap River to where it meets the mighty Mekong River. You are cruising past the floating villages and onto the first of two islands. Your boat will first dock in the village of Prek Bongkong on Silk Island. Enjoy a tour of the working silk farm known as Heng Naysim Traditional Cambodian Weaving House, to see how silks are made by tracing the steps from collecting the silk from silkworms, to crafting the final shimmering sheets. You will have the opportunity to purchase beautiful handmade silk products direct from the farm. You will spend one hour back at Phnom Phen city by the same 1-hour boat ride. You will proceed to visit the Independence Monument. Built in 1955, this symbolizes Cambodian independence gained from French colonialism in 1953. This monument is a copy of the Bakong temple (a temple from the Rolous group of the 9th century). The one-hundred Nagas and snake motif can be seen in  historical, cultural, archeological, and business contexts. At approximately 18:00, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Phnom Penh city area where the tour will end.

Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

3. Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

See the highlights of Phnom Penh and learn more about the history of Cambodia, starting with the Royal Palace, built by the French in 1866 after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Explore the palace complex to admire the Khmer architecture on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River. See the magnificent Silver Pagoda made of 5,329 silver tiles, and hear about different Khmer kings, resident at all times, except during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Gaze in awe at the jeweled Buddha statues and the Angkor Wat-style Bell Tower. Learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum, located in a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners murdered and dumped on the notorious Killing Fields.

Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

4. Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

Get an insight into the art and culture of the Khmer Empire on a half-day tour of Phnom Penh, and experience life in the city today at one of the most vibrant markets. You will start your tour at the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. See bronze statues, stone heads, and traditional ceramics among the 14,000 items in the museum's collection. Inspired by Khmer temple architecture, the museum complex was constructed between 1917 and 1924, and renovated in 1968. Continue to the Russian Market, named from the time when most foreigners in Cambodia were Russians. Bargain for souvenir gifts among the stalls selling silks, carvings, and curios. End your tour at Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake temple. Enjoy lovely views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh at sunset, and explore the shrines, pagodas, and murals depicting stories from the Reamker - the Khmer version of the Ramayana - the grounds.

Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

5. Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

A guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Phnom Penh City. Your first stop is Wat Phnom, a 14th-century Buddhist temple. At 27 meters, it is the highest religious structure in the city. Your next destination is the Royal Palace (under renovation) – a majestic building constructed in 1866 by King Norodom. Stroll through its beautiful gardens while admiring the various pagoda style structures. The silver pagoda is named after its floor, which comprises of 5,000 silver tiles. Inside, it houses a gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds. Finally, you will visit the National Museum – a museum dedicated to preserving the Khmer art. Among the hundreds of pieces are examples of pre and post Angkorian art.

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What people are saying about Phnom Penh

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

My guide, Mr Oung Syphat was right on time to pick me up, in fact early. We walked from my hotel to the royal palace (across the street) and began our expertly guided tour. We then went from the Royal Palace to the killing field by tuk tuk where Oung had first hand and deep knowledge on the genocide, being a victim of the Khmer Rouges brutal regime himself. From there we visited s21 and Oung was extremely insightful, pointing out things I should photograph and panels that I should read inside the museum. From there we had lunch at a traditional Khmer establishment and Oung then offered to bring me to some additional places like the central market and a temple. He was extremely knowledgeable and very professional.

It ended up being a personal tour. I was driven by Tuk Tuk to sights such as Wat Phnom, an Golden Temples. Visiting the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, while somewhat difficult to grasp, are important sights to see in Phnom Penh. I had a great time on the tour, the driver was fantastic. Just experiencing the city in that way was incredible. Thanks!

Very good trip - hard issues to deal with at S1 and the Killing Fields but the guide was warm, helpful and compassionate. Mr Sing, you are a credit to modern Cambodia

The guide was extremely sweet and super informative. A very clever chap. He was also kind, caring and respectful. I would definitely go on one of his tours again

Great guide!! very well organised!!! really made our one day trip worth to see and learn more of Phnom Penh