HIGHLIGHTS OF PHNOM PENH

  • Port

    Sihanoukville

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR125.0

  • Duration in hours

    11.5

  • Shore excursion code

    01L4

Description

Enjoy the countryside view on the 4 hours drive from the port to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival in Phnom Pehn, you will drive through busy traffic to visit the elegant Royal Palace, the home of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and her Majesty Preah Reach ‘ Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The Palace is actually a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound. An awe-inspiring sight, the throne room, or the main building has a tiered roof topped by a 59m tower. Then stroll along the pathway to also visit Silver Pagoda, the royal chapel, located within the Royal Palace grounds but walled off in a separate enclosure. The silver Pagoda takes its name from the estimated 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the main temple. Each tile is made from a kilogram of silver. Although plundered by the Khmer Rouge, the Silver Pagoda contains some superb Buddha statuary; a few artefacts from the royal collection are displayed in glass cases.

Next you will stop for a lunch of Cambodian specialities at Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant by the river. After lunch, visit the National Museum designed by French archaeologist and painter George Grislier, and constructed in traditional style by Cambodian craftsmen in 1917 and first opened in 1920. Although it is small, the museum harbours an astonishing wealth of Khmer stone, bronze, and wooden sculpture.

The last stop is for you to explore the Central Market (close at 17.00 hrs.) which was built in 1937 and is a masterpiece of Art Deco design - perhaps one of the finest examples of this era in Southeast Asia. The building features a huge central dome with four wings where consists of numerous stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men and women apparels, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products. Then you will return to port and reboard to the ship.



What we will do

Enjoy the countryside view on the 4 hours drive from the port to Phnom Penh.  Upon arrival in Phnom Pehn, you will drive through busy traffic to visit the elegant Royal Palace, the home of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk and her Majesty Preah Reach ‘ Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The Palace is actually a number of structures within a pagoda-style compound.  An awe-inspiring sight, the throne room, or the main building has a tiered roof topped by a 59m tower.  Then stroll along the pathway to also visit Silver Pagoda, the royal chapel, located within the Royal Palace grounds but walled off in a separate enclosure.  The silver Pagoda takes its name from the estimated 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the main temple.  Each tile is made from a kilogram of silver.  Although plundered by the Khmer Rouge, the Silver Pagoda contains some superb Buddha statuary; a few artefacts from the royal collection are displayed in glass cases.  

Next you will stop for a lunch of Cambodian specialities at Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant by the river.  After lunch, visit the National Museum designed by French archaeologist and painter George Grislier, and constructed in traditional style by Cambodian craftsmen in 1917 and first opened in 1920. Although it is small, the museum harbours an astonishing wealth of Khmer stone, bronze, and wooden sculpture.

The last stop is for you to explore the Central Market (close at 17.00 hrs.) which was built in 1937 and is a masterpiece of Art Deco design - perhaps one of the finest examples of this era in Southeast Asia. The building features a huge central dome with four wings where consists of numerous stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men and women apparels, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products.  Then you will return to port and reboard to the ship.


What you need to know

• Restrooms: At a comfort stop at half way between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Bopha Phnom Penh Titanic Restaurant, National Museum, Central Market

• Walking information: Lots of walking involved and varied surfaces; this excursion is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties

• Exclusion: Personal expenses, other services not mentioned in the itinerary, video fee at 5 USD and camera fee at 2 USD in the garden area of Royal Palace and National Museum  

• Please note that the sequence of the tour will change to avoid overcrowding at any site

• There is extensive walking on uneven ground at the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda so this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.

• It is recommended that for Royal site visit reasons, ladies have their shoulders covered and do not wear shorts or very short skirts.  No sleeveless top and the sleeve have to be part of the top. Gentlemen should wear trousers and short sleeved shirts.  Full length trousers and pants are required.