Phnom Penh at a glance
- Spend a half day exploring some key attractions in this charming city which boasts a rich blend of Khmer and colonial architecture.
- Get to know about the history of the city and admire their sacred temples with elegant Buddha statues and sculptures.
Located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of Asia”, one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina. Explore the hillside Wat Phnom with its big trees and mischievous monkeys and hear about the legend of Lady Penh, the founder of the city; the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital and considered as some of the finest examples of Khmer architecture. At the Silver Pagoda, notice the small green crystal Buddha (the “Emerald Buddha”) and a life-sized solid-gold Buddha, which weighs 90kg (198lb) and is adorned with 2086 diamonds; and the National Museum, designed in Khmer style by a French archaeologist and painter in 1917. The museum’s collection includes over 14,000 item, making it one of the world’s largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptural, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects. Return to your hotel.
- Availability: Morning, Afternoon
- Suggested departure time: 08:00, 13:30
- Dration: 04 hours
- The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are open from 08:00 to 10:30 and 14:00 to 17:00 but are subject to closure at short notice in the event of official ceremonies. If the sites are closed, the guide will make changes to the itinerary on the day.
- At religious sites, women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should cover their knees.
- Private transfer
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- Water and tissue.