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Full-Day Phnom Penh Sightseeing Tour
"Meet up with your guide just outside your Phnom Penh hotel and hop in comfortable air-conditioned transportation bound for your first stop. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace which stands majestically in the city centre just off the riverfront area. Several buildings are open to visitors including the ‘Silver Pagoda’ whose floor is lined with solid silver tiles. Continue to the National Museum. Located in a fabulous old build the Museum is filled with art and artifacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. At the north end of the city is the hilltop pagoda of Wat Phnom for which the capital was named. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill for fabulous views of the city below.In the afternoon take a look into the country’s tragic recent history with a tour of Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21) and the Killing Fields at sobering reminders of the evils of the Khmer Rouge regime. Although not a joyful tour visiting these monuments unlocks keys to understanding the development of this still developing country. In between there is also time for a visit to the ‘Russian Market’. Test out your bargaining skills as you wander through the stalls filled with souve local handicrafts
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Half-Day Tuol Sleng Museum and Cheung Ek Killing Fields
"Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Toul Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime Toul Sleng formerly a high school (Toul Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture prisoners were transferred to ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the located just outside the city center. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5000 human skulls
From $58.00
 
Regime of the Khmer Rouge and Highlights of Phnom Penh Tour
"On this day tour will take you to a trip to Cambodia’s bitter past. You will visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Also known as “S-21” the museum was once a school but was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as detention and torture center of the regime.Next leg is Choeung Ek or more popularly known in the West as the “Killing Fields”. Although both sites are symbols of brutality and oppression they will give you a better perspective of Cambodia’s history and appreciate more the beauty the country has to offer.We will then take you to visit Stung Meanchey. The neighborhood is where you will find Pour un Sourire d’Enfant or “For the smil but you can surely drop by the center’s souvenir shop to buy some mementos.The remainder of the day we shall spend scouring the lively markets of Phnom Penh. Drop by Central Market an art deco structure presumably the largest market in the whole country. You may also want to try the Russian Market that is famous for its stone and wood carvings. You can find a variety of merchandise in both markets ranging from clothes to souvenirs jewelry
From $132.00

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Favorite thing This is how the city of Phnom Penh looks like in December 2015. The traffic in the city is also caused by road construction. Motorbikes are seen everywhere, the same as in Vietnam. But Phnom Penh suffering with bad roads, not only in the city also in some urban areas

Imagine, road construction here it isn't going any faster without using those professional machines. People doing it mostly by hand. I'm wondering how long does this road opened? This is why the city is also polluted with the combination of smoke and dust. We are not fussy travelers, but I've seen tourists wearing mask around and I can't blame them.

Although Phnom Penh has no public transport system. But you'll find your ways around by walking or with tuk-tuk. The map of Phnom Penh looks simple the straight and parallel roads is easy to navigate.

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shavy
Jan 30, 2016

The Fruit Shake Girl of Phnom Penh

Fondest memory At any rate, we went back to this same stand every day of our stay in Phnom Penh, sometimes twice. The young girl that manned it got the biggest kick out of us as we ordered the same thing every time, once even having two consecutive portions each. We knew it was a bit over indulgent but it was cheap by western standards and we figured we might not ever find this elusive nectar again. She just smiled and laughed. I tried to capture her infectious smile on film but could never mange to get her to both look at the camera and smile. It was one or the other. I chose the smile much like we chose her stand. She, like what she served, was hard to resist. I know if I am ever back in Phnom Penh, the first thing I will look for is that smile. The first taste I hope to find will be that fruit shake.

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richiecdisc
Mar 29, 2005

positively addictive!

Fondest memory Many travelers will not use ice when on the road and it is generally a good precaution but some places are too hot to not be tempted. Cambodia is one case in point. In addition to the heat, the ice is said to be hygienically made though this says little for how it is handled after this process is finished. I saw lots of blocks of ice sitting on the pavement waiting for their intended recipients to drag them to their coolers. But the last time I checked, no serious health hazard has been attributed to mere dirt even if ingested so it kept me not from enjoying one of Phnom Penh’s better taste treats, the frozen fruit shake.

There were loads scattered about the city but the best ones seemed to only appear in the evening outside the big central market. They generally served up some fried noodle type snacks so it was easy and cheap to make a meal of it as well. Most of them had the same ingredients but we found one that had sour sop, though it seemed to be a bit early for the season of this fruit to be in full swing. It went really well with papaya and the real secret sauce so to speak was the addition of canned sweetened condensed milk. It sounds awful but mixed in with these tropical fruits, the flavor was positively addictive! (concluded below in Fondest Memory)

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richiecdisc
Mar 29, 2005

Here are two very important...

Favorite thing Here are two very important persons (VIP) in Phnom Penh. They were invited here by their President for some secret missions...lol. Generally, Phnom Penh is beyond your imagination if you come from Siem Reap. This city is almost another Saigon but smaller version, full of vehicles, peoples, rats, litters and pollutions. We came from Siem Reap, our expectation was another small town but wow, it was that big.

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Aug 25, 2002
 
 
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Favorite thing The sheer chaos of Phnom Penh is part of its charm. You never know what you'll see next, like this man pulling his daughter through the downtown traffic.

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May 06, 2005

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Tuol Sleng Museum

Tuol Sleng Museum, the complex used a secondary school until in 1975. Then the complex was occupied by the Khmer Rouge and used as a prison. The prison, known as S-21 eventually became the place where...
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Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument

Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument is located on streets between Street 7 and Sothearos Blvd. It was built in the late 1970s by the communist regime that took power after the Cambodian-Vietnamese...
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Sisowath Quay

The bustling Sisowath Quay promenade was recently renovated. The lady owner from our guesthouse told us about this area Four years it has been a building site that the view of many hotel visitor...
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Russian Market

To get here by tuk-tuk cost $4 because this is further out the center. This market offers many kinds of products from fabric, souvenir, shoes, jewelry, clothes. You also find tailoring, hairdresser...
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Silver Pagoda

Located within the Palace compound sits the Silver Pagoda .Removing our shoes we stepped inside . We were immediately wowed ! The floors are covered with 5000 silver tiles each weighing over a kilo...
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Foreign Correspondents Club

The FCC is housed in a three story French colonial building. It faces onto the Tonle Sap River near its confluence with the Mekong. The FCC dates from the 1990s and was once a hotbed of journalistic...
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