The charming capital of Phnom Penh was once known as the “Pearl of the Orient” for its French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic riverwalk. Spend this day to discover the capital city of Cambodia.
Toul Sleng Genocide Museum - In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. S-21 has been turned into the Tuol Sleng museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.
Toul Tompoung Market (Russian Market) - The market became popular with foreigners in the 1980s when most of its visitors were Soviets who lived in the area, hence the name. Since then, it’s become a regular on the Phnom Penh to-do list because, while it may be big, busy, hot and confusing to navigate, it’s also bursting with a huge profusion of goodies and makes for an excellent one–stop–stop for all your souvenir needs.
Have lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue to discover the highlights of Phnom Penh.
Royal Palace - Gleaming in gold, the Royal Palace is one of Phnom Penh’s most splendid architectural achievements. Set just back from the riverfront, the palace is the official residence of Cambodia’s king.
Silver Pagoda - It is a temple compound and museum located within the confines of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Locally, it is called Wat Preah Keo Morokot, which means temple of the Emerald Buddha in Khmer. The Silver Pagoda is where the King of Cambodia meets with monks and listens to their sermons as well as a venue for royal processions and ceremonies.
Wat Phnom - Set on top of a tree-covered knoll 27m high, Wat Phnom is the only hill in town. According to legend, the first pagoda on this site was built in 1373 to house four statues of Buddha deposited here by the waters of the Mekong and discovered by a woman name Penh.
Overnight in Phnom Penh.