Founded in 1434, Phnom Penh, after much rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage, still retains a good deal of its charm from the French colonial period. Visit the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace, one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture inspired by the traditional Khmer style. The Silver Pagoda houses many national treasures, including gold and jeweled Buddha statues. Most notable is a small 17th-century crystal Buddha and a life-sized gold Buddha decorated with 9,584 diamonds, the largest of which weighs 25 carats. Onward to visit the National Museum, which houses the Museum of Fine Arts, built in 1917 by the French but using the traditional Khmer style. The museum houses one of the world's largest collections of Khmer art, including sculptures, ceramics, bronzes, and ethnographic objects and includes over 14,000 items from prehistoric times to after the Khmer Empire. We’ll have lunch in town. In the afternoon, tour the Tuol Svay Prey School, a former detention, torture and execution center run by the Khmer Rouge during the civil war. Afterwards, spend some free time at the market.
Length: Approx. 8 hours
- The order of the visits may change.
- The times are given as an indication.