Phnom Penh - pungent scents of the markets & saffron robes of the monks
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. On its walkable riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, are the ornate Royal Palace,
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Meet and greet on a private coach with an English speaking guideArrive at Kampong Speu ProvinceHighlights: Oudong is the former royal capital of Cambodia.Climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain and enjoy magnificent views over the plains below. Your guide will explain the history of the area and its buildings as well as the religious culture of the Cambodian people. Take your time to soak in the magnificent views over the plains below.  After the short trekking enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a picnic hut on the foot of the hill. Return to the cityContinue tourHighlights: Half day city tour (Royal Palace photo stop, Independence monument photo stop and Central Market for souvenir shopping)Back to original pick up point
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Make your own way to the National Museum of Cambodia in central Phnom Penh in time for a 7pm performance - doors open at 6:30pm.Settle into your seats and get ready for a spectacular showcase of traditional Cambodian dance, performed by the Cambodian Living Arts on Stage (formerly known as Plae Pakaa). Enjoy the showcase of eight classical and folk dances, accompanied by live singers and musicians, dazzling costumes, and beautiful stage sets, and be swept along on a journey through Cambodian history from ancient Angkorian palaces to the villages of today. Show schedule: 7 PMMonday through Sunday (October to March)Monday through Saturday (June to August)Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday (April, May and September)
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Your tour begins with pickup from your central Phnom Penh hotel (hotel pick up for morning tour from 8.00am to 8.45 according the location of your hotel or from1.30pm to 2.15pm for afternoon tour) and a transfer to Prison S21. Traveling aboard a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus, listen to the pre-recorded English commentary along the way, offering some background information on the prison. On arrival, your English speaking bus attendant will show you where to go to purchase your tickets (own expense), after which you will have 1-hour and 15-minute to explore independently. Audio guides are available in 8 languages at the museum for $3 per person (the audio guide is in 2 versions, you will take the short version which is about 50 minutes and is printed in RED numbers or an in-house guide can be hired for USD $2/person for 45 minute tour (we would suggest you to take the in-house guide service if it is available, but availability of in-house guide is not guaranteed because number of guides is limited). Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison, a former high school that was transformed into a prison under the Khmer Rouge regime, and is now home to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.After meeting back up with your guide at the museum entrance, continue on the around 40-minute drive to the Killing Fields. Along the way, a documentary about the Killing Fields will be played on the bus offering an important insight into the site and the events that took place there during the Khmer Rouge regime. On arrival, you will have another 1 hour and 15 minutes for your self-guided visit. Audio guides in 15 languages are also available at The Killing Fields for $3. Back on the bus, return to Phnom Penh, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or riverside around 1pm or 6pm. Please note: This is not a guided tour. The bus attendant will be on-hand to help with practical information, but is not a tour guide.
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Enjoy an evening experiencing Phnom Penh from the water on this 2.5-hour cruise. Sail along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers at sunset, and take advantage of the all-inclusive nature of the trip, which includes unlimited soft drinks and one alcoholic cocktail, beer or spirit and delicious food.Step onboard and let yourself relax as your cruise sets off along the water. Quench your thirst with the large variety of available teas, coffee, soft drinks, beer, and spirits, while sampling different appetizers. But leave room for the main meal (if option selected), which is a western-Asian fusion BBQ consisting of shrimp, fish, chicken, and pork, all freshly cooked and prepared on board.Take in the scenery around you as you sail along your scenic and breezy river route. There are beautiful riverside landscapes intertwined with various sites, such as the Japanese Friendship Bridge and floating fishing villages. On this trip you can truly absorb all the splendor of Phnom Penh.
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Catch a performance of the Royal Dance Troupe at the open-air theater in the coronation hall or linger near the balcony, where the current king has been known to make an appearance. The private residence, built in 1866, houses an impressive collection of artwork, and the multi-purpose house of the white elephant, just outside the palace walls, is used for royal births, deaths and weddings. The current king may live in this well-known palace, but visitors can still tour most of its grounds.
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A place of magic, where it’s conceivable that almost anything can be found for sale, the Russian Market (Tuol Tom Poung Market) is a haven for tourists, displaying a wide variety of goods—most notably, designer brand knock-offs. The Russian Market got its name from the Russian tourists that frequented it in the 1980s; these days, you can hear a wide range of languages being spoken in its stalls. For those looking for souvenirs, “real designer clothes” at a huge discount and some remarkably fantastic food, you’re in the right place. As factories for such big name Western brands like Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren are located in Phnom Penh, stock that is deemed unfit to be shipped abroad due to some flaw are then sold at the Russian Market. Stick to the eastern side of the market for clothing; the northern side sells a utilitarian mix of tools and household goods and the other two sides are a mixture of jewelry and watches, antiques and not-so-antiques, pirated videos and various crafts. The middle of the market is the jackpot–-it’s a veritable Mecca of jet-fuel-grade iced coffee, noodle shops and snacks of both the savory and sweet persuasion.
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Journey begins with free pickup inside Phnom Penh. Upon boarding you will receive a free Sunset Cocktail, a Cambo Cruise original. After departure, at approximately 12:00pm, a lunch is made from fresh, local, organic food is served that is prepped and cooked just for you on our boat in our stainless steel kitchens; never on land hours before, and definitely not on a rusty charcoal grill. No food is frozen or foreign. No fish from the river is served, ever. Salad, spring rolls, organic brown rice, curry, fruit, fresh bread, sandwiches, and a variety BBQ with Texas style BBQ and Asian teriyaki sauce is available. There are low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and halal options available.At the bar, most any cocktails can be made, but be sure and try an original signature cocktail. Local and imported beers, as well as wines by the glass or carafe. Fresh, locally grown coffee beans are ground just before brewing to ensure fantastic espresso, and coffee.Cruising along the Phnom Penh riverfront enjoy the view from the upper deck or down on the main deck for a more cozy experience near the bar. Passing the Royal Palace, see the junction of the Tonle Sap, Mekong, and Bassac rivers. Up the Mekong River you will see floating villages and fishing families living on their boats. The trip to Silk Island takes about 1 hour.Docking at Silk Island you are a short ride steps away from the silk farms. Along the way you can view plantations and see village life. A modern pagoda nearby is also an active monastery. This is not a tourist attraction, be respectful. At the silk farms you can watch the intricate process of silk being made from larvae to finished goods. Tour guides will be provided.The boat will be open for food, drinks, relaxing or for using the facilities while in port.On the 1 hour ride back to Phnom Penh cool off with a cocktail. Snacks will be provided.The Cambo Cruise boat has 75 seats with a wooden Traditional Cambodian design with modern touches. With two commercial quality kitchens, men’s and women's toilets, running water from fresh water tanks, and a water filtration system for clean, purified drinking water. Hygiene, safety, and guest satisfaction are our priorities. Feel safe knowing that the boat is licensed, inspected, and has staff that are well trained in safety and first-aid procedures, with flotation devices, safety equipment, and fire extinguishers onboard. We are confident that no other boat in Phnom Penh can offer you all of these things.
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On this day tour you will hop on a private wooden boat and embark on an interesting journey to Tonle Sap River, considered Cambodia’s lifeline.Learn more about Cambodia as this part of the country is not frequented by foreigners due to its limited accessibility. Enjoy a river cruise will made exciting by viewing colorful floating houses and lively fishing stations. Also, get a glimpses of mosques, pagodas, and Chinese temples along the way. Take a brief detour to the village of Koh Chen where you will see the locals produce silver and copper ornamental products. These pieces of jewelry are significant components of marriage and traditional Khmer ceremonies.Spend the rest of your day at your own convenience and have a good night’s rest at Phnom Penh.
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