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Visit 11 places in the City included S21 & Killing Field

1. Visit 11 places in the City included S21 & Killing Field

Spend your day in Phnom Penh learning about the city's distant and recent past with a local guide. Enjoy a local lunch as you explore museums, parks, monuments, and the streets via a tuk tuk or van. First, stop at some of the most significant sites in Phnom Penh: Wat Phnom and Lady Penh Statue. Before visiting the actual Temple you will see the statue of Lady Penh, who Phnom Penh is named after. Learn her story before taking the steps up to the Wat (Temple). Next, see Wat Onnalom with your guide. Learn about its 15th century foundation. Learn why it is one of the most important monasteries in Phnom Penh. Continue to The National Museum to admire one of the best examples of traditional Cambodian architecture. Then you’ll see the outside of The Royal Palace and the public park in front, known as a local spot to relax and socialize. Next, the Cambodian Vietnam Friendship Monument commemorates the former alliance between the two countries. It is located not far from the Royal Palace in Botum Park. From here, you’ll continue to see the King Norodom Sihanouk Statue, which stands impressively on the largest park strip in Phnom Penh. Next, you’ll see the striking Independence Monument, representing independence of Cambodia from French colonization. The last stop before lunch is at the Genocide Museum. Then, make a lunch stop at a local restaurant before heading to the Killing Fields, followed by The Russian Market – a great place to pick up Khmer products for souvenirs. Finally, explore the satellite city or the “Paris to Phnom Penh”, Diamond Island. Along the way you will see the Patriarch of Monks Statue, the Buddhist Institute, the Cambodian Parliament Building, ChinaTown, and Upper and Lower Mekong Rivers and Tonle Bassac.

Killing Fields, S21, 10 Stop City Tour by Tuk-Tuk

2. Killing Fields, S21, 10 Stop City Tour by Tuk-Tuk

1. After morning pick-up the first stop will be to visit the darker and more tragic side of Cambodian history at the Genocide Museum. The now Museum was formally a girls school but became the site of imprisonment, torture and holding enclosure before being transported to the Killing Fields. Entry is $10 which includes an audio guide. 2. 45 minutes away is the Killing Fields, the second significant historical site of the Khmer Rouge Genocide in Phnom Penh. Entry is $6 and includes an audio guide. Following this we will return to the city and have lunch. 3. The afternoon commences with seeing and learning a bit about the impressive Independence Monument which represents independence of Cambodia from French colonisation which lasted for 90 years, from 1863 - 1953. Park Strip entry is free. 4. The King Norodom Sihanouk Statue also stands on the popular Park Strip of Phnom Penh. Built in honour of the King in 2013 after his death. 5. Next we go to the Cambodian Vietnam Friendship Monument which commemorates the former alliance between the two countries. 6. Located nearby is the Royal Palace where you can visit inside and admire the beautiful architecture and take advantage of the photographic opportunities that the Royal Palace offers. Entry fee: $10 plus another $10 for a guide. There is no audio guide available. 7. Admire one of the most beautiful examples of Cambodian architecture of the National Museum. This building also offer beautiful photo opportunities. Outside visit: Free 8. Wat Ounalom was originally built in 1442 and is one of the most important Temples in Phnom Penh. Entry: Free 9. Wat Phnom and Lady Penh Statue is the final stop for the day. Learn who Phnom Penh is named after and why. Temple Entry: $1.

Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

3. 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.

Phnom Penh City Tour + Mekong River Boat Trip

4. 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.

Best of Phnom Penh: Half-Day Private City Tour

5. Best of Phnom Penh: Half-Day Private City Tour

At 8:00 AM, start your tour of the charming capital with a visit to the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. The pagoda was built to house Buddhist relics washed ashore by the river. After, you will visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda named because of it’s floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. A gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha are also housed here. Continue to the nearby National Museum. Built in 1917, it 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. At 12:00 PM, your tour will come to an end and your guide will transfer you back to your hotel.

Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

6. 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.

Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour with Private vehicle and guide

7. Full Day Phnom Penh City Tour with Private vehicle and guide

Our English speaking guide will pick you up from the hotel and bring you to see the most tourist attractions in Phnom Penh capital such as: - Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda - National Museum - Wat Phnom - S21 Genocide Museum - Killing Fields - Russian Market Our tour guide will show you and give a momentary of each places.

S21 & Killing Fields included Top 9 places in Phnom Penh

8. S21 & Killing Fields included Top 9 places in Phnom Penh

Spend a full day in Phnom Penh covering major sites and learning about the city's past and newer developments with a local guide. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant as you explore the city's museums, parks, and streets via Tuk Tuk. First stop of the tour will be the "Grandma Penh" shrine, followed by a visit of the actual "Mountainous Pagoda". You will learn about her history and why the city was named after her before stepping up to the highest buddhist pagoda, Wat Phnom. Next, you will see and learn about the Onaloam Pagoda, its history and its famous stupas, founded in the 15th century, which has since has been a place for the Khmer Buddhist patriach. Just a 2-minute drive to the next stop, the National Museum, which is regarded as the best example of Khmer architecture. Then, from outside of the Royal Palace Compound, the principle resident of his majesty, the king and queen, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos of vivid Khmer architecture and gardens. This relaxing event spot is located on the bank of the four intersections of the Mekong River. After the Royal Palace Compound, we will visit two parks that show significant historical monuments. 1) The Cambodia-Vietnam monument that stands in Wat Botum Park commemorates the alliance of Cambodia's liberation. 2) The large bronze statue of the former Khmer king Norodom Sihanouk was placed in the middle of his garden. In the roundabout of the same park, you will learn about the Independence Monument, a striking monument dedicated to Khmer people who gained independence from French colonization. We will continue our tour to the Chaktomuk Square, a man-made island. This satellite city was being developed in 2000. On the way, you will see the constructed roundabout with the famous former Khmer Buddhist patriach statue, followed by the Buddhist institute, national assembly, and China town buildings. After a lunch stop at a local restaurant, we will continue on to our final two main stops, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also called S21) and Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (Killing Fields). We will finish our tour at the Russian Market, famous for plenty of Khmer products and great souvenirs, before you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

9. Tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

and accompany you to prominent locations rich in history and art. A one day tour in Phnom Penh, We will first visit the Wat Phnom sanctuary hill temple. The National Museum, 1.5 km away from Wat Phnom, has collections of Khmer art, including sculptures, Khmer pottery, bronzes, and ethnographic artefacts. After that, we'll proceed to the Royal Palace, a structure with Khmer architecture that includes a defensive wall (kampeng), throne hall (preah thineang), temple dedicated to the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), stupas (chedei), towering spires (prang prasat), mural paintings, and head to the independent monument. The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum will be the next destination; it commemorates a tragic period in history in an effort to inspire visitors to spread peace. Next, we'll explore the killing fields, which are a number of site in Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge dictatorship is believed to have executed and interred more than 1,000,000 people. We really hope you enjoy Phnom Penh and our trip itinerary to the fullest.

Private Half Day Tour to Royal Palace–National Museum

10. Private Half Day Tour to Royal Palace–National Museum

Pick up you at the lobby of hotel and transfer to visit the Royal Palace. We explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king's coronation took place. We then pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19thcentury.We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country's most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. Then, We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.

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