Temples and Tastes of Phnom Penh
- Jump into a cyclo to explore the heart of Phnom Penh
- Spot monkeys at Wat Phnom
- Visit the Royal Palace, the home of the King of Cambodia, and the Silver Pagoda in its grounds
- Explore the bustling Central and Russian markets
- Savour the flavours of Khmer snacks and lunch
Discover what it is that makes Phnom Penh such a great destination on this city tour that combines the best of local life - food, markets, and cyclos!
In case you haven't already figured it out, Phnom Penh is a chaotic, energetic, and utterly fascinating city. Graceful tree-lined boulevards and riverfront promenades are reminders of bygone eras, and today they teem with activity. Motorcycles weave in and out of traffic, vendors hawk their wares, and drivers call for business. At times it's a bit of a full on sensory overload!
We'll start this Phnom Penh tour with a bang, and travel like a local on a cyclo tour of the impressive French Khmer colonial buildings in the city. Visit the home of Buddhism in Cambodia - Wat Ounalom which was founded in 1443, see the site of the filming of 'City of Ghosts', which starred Matt Dillon and Gerard Depardieu, and spot monkeys and perhaps have your fortune told at Wat Phnom aka Wat on the Hill. You'll also get to explore Central Market, which is located in a distinctive domed Art Deco building.
Dive into some local history at the Independence Monument, where you'll hear about Cambodia’s connection with France and Vietnam, and check out the Cambodia/Vietnam friendship monument as well. We’ll also pay a visit to the grounds of the Royal Palace, which is still home to the King of Cambodia. On the palace grounds sits the magnificent Silver Pagoda, which we’ll check out, mostly to marvel at its floor, which is made up of around 2,000 silver tiles (which each weigh more than 1kg).
For lunch, we'll head to a not-for-profit organisation set up to assist Cambodia's street children. We'll dig in to local Khmer delicacies and learn about the organisation before heading back out to keep exploring Phnom Penh.
If you are here on a weekday, we may be lucky enough to watch the Apsara Arts Association dancers as they rehearse the country and Royal dances for their Saturday performances.
Continue the Phnom Penh city tour at the sprawling Russian Market, a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from CDs and DVDs to silks, crafts, jewelry, and more. Explore, shop, and maybe even find some treasures to bring home with you!
We'll finish our Phnom Penh city tour with a walk on the riverfront at the Chatomok, which is where the Tonle Bassac, Tonle Sap, and Mekong Rivers meet. In the early evening, market stalls set up selling fried cockroaches, spiders, crickets, or grasshoppers or other culinary delights. Wanna try?!