08 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh Cooking Class
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Phnom Penh Cooking Class

Hit the roof for a tip top meal

You will be picked up from your hotel in the city and taken to Frizz Restaurant near the Royal Palace for a join-in cooking class. First travel by Tuk-Tuk to Kandal Market where an instructor points out and explains Cambodian fruit, vegetables and spices. After an hour of shopping, return to the cooking class which is located on a cool open-air rooftop terrace.

A brief theory class will be held before the instructor begins a demonstration of the dishes that you are going to prepare. You receive a booklet containing the recipes covered in the class and after that it's time to start cooking in the open-air kitchen. You will learn and experience the culinary technique of Cambodian cuisine and the best part comes after the class when you can sit down and enjoy your own culinary creation.

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Islands of the Mekong - Cycle Tour
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Islands of the Mekong - Cycle Tour

Ride back in time

It's good to get some exercise while holidaying in Cambodia and this 20 mile ride along flat roads and tracks is also a sightseeing trip to remember. Begin in the morning by cycling along quiet back roads, visiting local communities and passing through farmland where you will get a great insight into village life in the countryside.

Then, after crossing the river by boat, you take a relaxing journey through Cham Muslim communities on quiet back roads and short ferry rides to reach the Mekong Islands. Here you can cycle through orchards and market gardens and across the peaceful farmland and learn about the lives of the people who live and work here.

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Half Day Private Phnom Penh Tour
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Half Day Private Phnom Penh Tour

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel to start your tour of Phnom Penh. You will visit the National Museum, home to some of the finest art treasures in Cambodia and the ideal place to gain an overview of Cambodia's fascinating history.

We continue to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 and see the impressive Chan Chaya Pavilion, Royal Throne Hall and celebrated Silver Pagoda. This pagoda is so-called because the floor consists of approximately 5000 silver tiles, each weighing 1kg. It also houses two priceless Buddha figures, the Emerald Buddha which dates from the 17th century and is made of crystal, and another made of 90kg of pure gold, encrusted with 9,584 diamonds.

Finally we visit Wat Phnom, the city's most important temple and founding place of Phnom Penh, before returning to the hotel early in the afternoon, where the tour ends.

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Mekong River Cruise by Private Boat
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Mekong River Cruise by Private Boat

See the skyline at sunset

You will meet your guide and driver at the hotel reception in the afternoon and head to Wat Phnom, which is located in the centre of Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom is home to a very large and impressive Pagoda where people visit daily to pray and receive blessings from Buddhist monks. Following your visit here you are taken to the riverfront to board your private small boat.

Then begins a memorable two-hour cruise along the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers during which you take in stunning views of the Royal Palace and Phnom Penh skyline as the sun sets over this magnificent city. This is a wonderfully romantic and magical way to end the day and after the cruise you will be driven back to your hotel in the city.

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Silk Islands and Mekong Cruise
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Silk Islands and Mekong Cruise

Smooth as silk

Escape the hustle of Phnom Penh city and take a journey northeast over the Friendship Bridge for a leisurely drive of approximately one hour to a river crossing station where you will board a barge and take the short trip over the Mekong River to Kos Dach Island. This large Island is also known as Silk Island due to its many silk weaving workshops.

Here you see real Cambodian village life as you drive past houses on stilts, schools, elaborate pagoda's and small local markets. The Island is also home to plantations of many tropical fruits including bananas, papaya, dragon fruit, jackfruit and rambutans. Then stop to learn and watch the traditional art of silk weaving before visiting the striking Moungkul Serei Kean Kleang pagoda.

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Phnom Penh Day Tour
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Phnom Penh Day Tour

City and Killing Fields

Phnom Penh, after years of violence and terror, is a city reinventing itself. Many parts are testament to its French colonial past while the recently developed riverfront area is proof of its future. On this tour you first visit the National Museum for an appreciation of the splendour of Khmer history and its amazing collection of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts.

Also spend time at the Royal Palace and the beautiful Silver Pagoda, with its 5,000 silver tiles on the floor. In the afternoon, visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek. Both sites are a testament to the insanity of the bloody Pol Pot era and while they can be challenging places to visit, these sites give an important insight into recent Cambodian history.

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Silk Islands & Mekong Cruise
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Silk Islands & Mekong Cruise

This morning you will be picked up and transfer to the port, viewing the back streets of Phnom Penh from the unique front-seat perspective of a traditional Cyclo ride (Cambodian pedal-powered tricycle taxi). After boarding a large traditional wooden boat, enjoy the leisurely cruise along the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers to Koh Oknha Tei Island.

This small Island is known as one of the Silk Islands of the Mekong river, due to the many silk weaving workshops located on the Island. You will instantly feel taken away from the hustle and bustle of the city, as the Island is a true representation of village life in Cambodia.

Your island tuk-tuk will ride past houses on stilts, schools, small local markets and you can stop at stunning Pagodas to take a look at elaborate relief paintings depicting Buddhist stories. You will then make a stop to learn and watch the traditional art of silk weaving. Enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch here, in one of the local thatched-roof huts by the river.

After lunch, cross over to Koh Dach island, a much larger island, and enjoy riding past plantations of Taro, Ginger, Rice and Corn, as well as many tropical fruits including Banana, Papaya, Dragon Fruit, Jackfruit and Rambutan and visit the island’s old light house, complete with its original steel spiral staircase. This is one of only a handful of lighthouses in the world where you could actually spend the night, as it is now a guesthouse. Return to your boat and cruise back to Phnom Penh. Cyclo back to your hotel mid-afternoon. Lunch included.

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Takeo Private Tour
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Takeo Private Tour

Take a tour to Takeo

Journey south from Phnom Penh through rural Cambodia and after two hours arrive in Takeo town, home to some fine examples of faded colonial architecture. Here you board speedboats and travel along a network of rice field canals to the base of Phnom Da, a striking hill-top laterite temple. Take in the view then return to your boat for the short trip to Angkor Borei, once a walled city and a capital in the eighth century.

Return to Takeo and begin the journey back to Cambodia's present capital stopping on the way at Phnom Chisor where you climb the 412 steps for great panoramic views, a cooling breeze, and the chance to wander through Prasat Boran temple. Last stop of the day is Ta Prohm temple which is a small but atmospheric structure. Return to your hotel late-afternoon after a day discovering some of the best sites near Phnom Penh.

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