Temples and Tastes of Phnom Penh
- 8 - 8.5 hours
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Phnom Penh is a busy, chaotic city that hides some real gems if you care to look. Join this food and culture tour and explore the city streets among the markets, monuments, motorcycles, and monkeys. Fried crickets and a Palace are also included! Anything (and everything) goes in 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
What's included in this trip
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Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
Confirmation of booking
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.<br /> If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this, and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominately hot Asian climate. Visitors to the Royal Palace must wear shorts or skirts that are knee-length or below, shirt sleeves that reach the elbow or longer, and sandals or shoes (no flip flops). Otherwise, they will be required to rent appropriate covering.
Children must be 6 years of age or older.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
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?!