|Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Sightseeing Tours|
Enjoy with this All in one day Pack: Phnom Penh Tour and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Central Market. On this fantastic three-hour Phnom Penh City Tour you will explore Phnom Penh and learn all about the intriguing capital of Cambodia and its greatest treasures and later you Visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Central Market.
Phnom Penh city tour
Explore Phnom Penh with this fantastic three-hour tour and learn all about the intriguing capital of Cambodia and its greatest treasures. See top sights and attractions of the city historically known as the ‘pearl of Asia’, including the Royal Palace, the National Museum and the beautiful Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom. This tour is a great introduction to Phnom Penh and its main landmarks.
Visit the vast Royal Palace complex, which encompasses a number of structures within a magnificent pagoda-style compound. An awe-inspiring sight, the throne room has a tiered roof topped by a 59-metre tower. Of particular note is the Silver Pagoda, the royal chapel, which is walled off in a separate enclosure. It takes its name from the 5,000 silver tiles that cover the floor of the main temple. Each tile is made from one kilo of silver.
Continue to the superb National Museum, which was designed by French archaeologist and painter George Groslier in 1917, and was constructed in a traditional Khmer style by Cambodian craftsmen. This compact museum has wealth of Khmer stone, bronze and wooden sculptures, and gives you a fascinating glimpse into Cambodian culture.
The final visit is to Wat Phnom, an imposing temple founded in 1373 and located on a small hill in the heart of the city. Legend has it that this marks the founding spot of Phnom Penh itself. Inside, you can view a bronze seated Buddha, superb murals and a large altar.
Visit to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Central Market
Every nation has dark chapters in its past but Cambodia has provided one of the most harrowing in recent memory as this visit to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum will reveal. The tour then takes you to the colourful Phnom Penh Central Market, the vibrancy of which will show how the city and country have recovered their vibrancy.
The complex now known as the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum was a high school located by the a train station when it was chosen as a detention by the fanatical communists of the Khmer Rouge when they came after their triumph at the end of the Cambodian Civil War in 1975. The school became the S-21 prison and interrogation facility. The overwhelming majority of those who passed through here were murdered. It now serves as a museum, a memorial and a testament to the tragic past of the Khmer Rouge regime. Much has been left in the state it was when the Khmer Rouge abandoned it in January 1979. The prison kept extensive records, leaving thousands of photos of the victims, many of which are on display.
See how life has regained a semblance of normality following the tyranny of the Khmer Rouge with a visit Psah Thmei, the Central Market. Its distinctive art deco design has made long made it stand out from the rest of the city but inside it is pure Phnom Penh: bustling, loud, chaotic and captivating. Hundreds of stalls sell everything under the sun from flowers to electrical goods.
Half Day Phnom Penh City Tour : 3 hours. Half Day Afternoon Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek: 3 hours
Half Day Phnom Penh City Tourand, Morning, start time: 9am. Half Day Afternoon Toul Sleng and Choeung Ek, Afternoon, staring time: 2pm.
Half Day Phnom Penh City Tourand, Morning: 12pm, Visit to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Central Market: 5pm.
What to wear: Suitable comfortable clothing for riding a bike off-road. Shorts are best, as are clothes that are ‘quick dry’ and light. Enclosed Shoes are essential. What to bring: A drink bottle – we carry extra water but you will need to bring your own bottle or hydration pack. A lightweight jacket if the forecast looks wet. An extra layer in case it gets cold, it is often much cooler at the summit of Mount Lofty Sunglasses and sunblock small rucksack to carry the above items.