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Phnom Penh Full-Day City and Architecture Tour
"Today explore the fascinating capital city of Phnom Penh. Sitting on the banks of the Ton Le Sap and Mekong Rivers Phnom Penh is a city rich in history heritage of exotic post-colonial culture. Largely constructed in the 1920s and boasting some of Asia's best preserved Art Deco architecture the 'Pearl of Asia' is the perfect place to learn more about Cambodia both old and new. Start the day with a tuk tuk ride to the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda complex. Explore the elaborately constructed palace buildings and get a closer loo coupled with the 5000 silver floor tiles that give the pagoda its name.Walk on to the nearby National Museum before enjoying lunch at Friends International Restaurant. As an important NGO supporting marginalized young people in Cambodia for 20 ye Friends International boasts a menu of Cambodian classics with a twist. In the afternoon embark on a guided walking tour through the busy streets of central Phnom Penh. Start from the water front and explore some of the city's best-preserved colonial architecture
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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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Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
"Your Phnom Penh tour starts with an educational experience about Cambodia's past. You’ll take a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture center. Then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial where a pagoda made up of some 8000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards enjoying a Khmer lunch at an NGO training restaurant and give back to the community.After lunch you’ll travel by moto-remork (a Cambodian tuk-tuk) and cross the Japanese Friendship Bridge leaving Phnom Penh to catch a ferry across the Mekong River to Mekong Island. The island is famous for silk weaving
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Royal Palace

Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace complex is reminiscent of Bangkok’s Grand Palace though on a smaller scale. This can work to the visitor’s advantage however when one realizes that with an early start, you can have the whole place to yourself, a near impossibility in the Thai capital. Since King Sihanouk’s return to power, the actual Royal Palace is off limits but there are still ample things to explore. The Throne Hall which is crowned with a 59 meter tower that brings Angkor’s Bayon to mind, is the first thing one sets eyes on when entering the imposing compound. Though it dates back to 1919, many of the artifacts once kept here met a fate similar to the general Cambodian populace at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

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Mar 29, 2005

The Royal Palace

You really shouldn't miss this, it is just beautiful.

The Royal palace was built in 1866, as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries. It is the home of the current King...... King Norodom Sihamoni.

The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, and beautifully landscaped gardens all located within walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park.

In 1863, a temporary wooden Palace was constructed a bit north of the current Palace site in Phnom Penh. Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural style but also incorporated European features and design as well. One from this period is the Napoleon Pavilion which was a gift from France in 1876.

King Sisowath (1904-1927) made several major contributions to the current Royal Palace.
From the time of the coup in 1970 when Cambodia became a republic, through the Khmer Rouge regime, and the communist regime of the 80s, until 1993 when the Monarchy was restored, the Royal Palace alternately served as a museum and was closed.
During the Khmer Rouge regime, former King Sihanouk and his family resided and were held as prisoners in the Palace.
In the mid-90s, many of the Palace buildings were restored and refurbished.

Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public.
Enter from the gate on Sothearos Blvd about 100 meters north of Street 240.

Guide pamphlets and tour guides are available near the admission booth.
Multi-lingual tour guides available.

OPEN.... from 7.30 to 11.00am and 2.00 to 5.00pm.

ADMISSION IN 2013 $6.50

There are EXTRA charges for CAMERA & VIDEO CAMERA.
The Palace grounds are closed during official functions.

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Jul 19, 2013


Once here there was a small town called Banteay Kev. It is not possible to visit all the palace, but just the silver Pagoda and the monuments nearby, this since the king Sihanouk is back in town.
You can visit the palace since 8 am to 11 am and since 3 pm to 5 pm, the tiket price is 3 US dollars plus 2 if you want to bring camera.

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Dec 02, 2004

The royal palace.

The royal palace is the residence of the cambodian king and also an important historical site.
There are lot´s of things to see there and the complex is very pretty and well worth a visit.
The place was built in the 19th century and is a mix of french and khmer building style.
Be aware that there is a fairly strict dress code for women in particular and knees and shoulders should not be shown at the palace compound or you will be refused entry.

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Feb 17, 2010
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Ell Palacio-The Palace

El Palacio Real impresiona cuando te vas acercando desde la orilla del rio .
Es una construccion que recuerda el Gran Palacio de Bangkok y en ella destacan la Pagoda de Plata que tiene el suelo cubierto con baldosas de plata y un Buda de marmol , el Salon del Trono y los frescos que estan en los corredores alrededor del Palacio

Advertencias :
En cuanto tengas posibilidad de ver el palacio entra pues pueden cerrarlo sin avisar cuando el Rey tiene alguna ceremonia

Para las mujeres: Si no quieres comprarte una camiseta en la puerta ven al palacio con mangas

The Palace is really amazing as you reach it from the River front .
It is a construction that remembers the Bangkok Grand Palace and on it we should like to underline the Silver Pagoda , with silver tiles on the floor and a marble Buddha , The Throne Hall and the frescoes that are in the corridors that surround the Temple

Warnings :

As soon as you can, go to see the Palace because they may close it without notice when the King has any ceremony

For the women : If you do not want to buy a T-shirt in the gate wear something with sleeves

elpariente's Profile Photo
Feb 11, 2006

Meet me at the palace:)

Stylistically similar, yet very different from the one in Bangkok. What is instructive, though, is how crowded the former was and how empty the latter was. Cambodia needs more visitors to enjoy its beauties and to help its economy.

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Dec 23, 2003

The Royal Residence

The Royal Residence (Preah Barom Reachea Vaeng Chaktomuk) is one of the favorite attractions with visitors to Phnom Penh. The palace was built in 1866 and is home to many valuable objects. The King of Cambodia still uses this as his official residence to date. Several buildings cover the grounds and are open and available for exploration during visiting hours. The grounds are beautiful and it is worth a visit. The grounds are small enough to cover in an hour or two, but more time could be spent in the serene surroundings.

Be aware there is a dress code while visiting the Royal Residence and Silver Pagoda: No hats, no short skirts or shorts and no tank tops. A good rule of thumb is shoulders and knees should be covered. They will provide shirts as a cover up to wear while touring the structures.

Admission is $3US and there is an additional $2US charge if you wish to use your camera during your visit. Hours: 7:30 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

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Sep 13, 2007

The Royal Palace

Well, I would say that since you're in Phnom Penh, you must visit the Royal Palace, but I certainly wouldn't go to Phnom Penh for that reason.

The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda were not the most interesting things we have done. It is lovely to see the Khmer architecture, but inside the buildings it's not particularly well maintained. The grounds are pretty enough. There is a miniature replica of Angkor Wat near the exit. They have made some attempt to create interest at the exit area with an example of a khmer house, a girl weaving silk, some music and a small museum.

The Royal Palace was built in 1866 and is still the residence of the Royal Family. Of course that area is out of bounds.

You are not permitted to take pictures of anything other than the outsides of the buildings and the gardens, even though they charge you to take your camera in.

Opening Hours: 7.30am - 11.00pm, 2.00pm - 5.00 pm.
Entry Fees: US$3.00p/p, camera $2.00, video camera $5.00. Photography is not permitted inside any of the buildings.

See next tip for rules of entry to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

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Jul 29, 2005

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Royal Palace

Undoubtely the main highlight in PP. It is a huge complex containing the Throne Hall, the Royal Residence, the Silver Pagoda and some other pavillions.
You enter by Sothearos Boulevard. Tickets 3 USD.
The main building is the Throne hall (see pic). At the left you will be surprised to see a rather western building. This pavillion was a present of Napoleon III to the king.
By a little gate at the left you enter the Silver Pagoda, with silver tiles and the Emerald Buddha.

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Sep 23, 2003

Royal Palace: Silver Pagoda

Silver Pagoda is commonly known as Wat Preah Keo by Cambodians. This is where the King and family come to do their ritual prayer. It was first built with wooded structure in 1892 by King Norodom, later was rebuilt with current structure since 1960s. During Khmer Rouge period, the temple was preserved as to demonstrate the conservation of Cambodia's culture riches to the World. Unfortunately, more than half of the original contents had been stolen and continued the destruction from the Vietnamese invasion. But the remaining items are still spectacular mostly the gold and jeweled Buddha statues. The Maitreya Buddha decorated with 9584 diamonds, and the largest one set in the crown weight 25 carats.

Official Name in Cambodia: Preah Vihear Preah Keo Morakot.

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Jun 28, 2012

A Fairytale Palace

Built in 1866 the Royal Palace was high on my list of "must sees" in Cambodia and it didn't disappoint. There was a bit of a line going in and anyone with shorts or sleeveless shirts were not admitted. Scarves over sleeveless shirts were also refused entrance.

The Palace and temple was everything we expected .The buildings with their glistening coloured tiled roofs were stunning! The Palace actually consists of many building that were built over time .Many of the buildings of the Royal Palace, were constructed using traditional Khmer architectural . It still serves today as the Residence of the King .The King's living area, which actually takes up half of the total palace ground area is closed to the public.

I particularly like the long house ,fronted by narrow covered corridors. The walls of the corridors were painted by typical landscape scenes

We spent over an hour here for our visit and we could have spent longer ,but by now the hot humid afternoon weather was beginning to take its toll.

Note: The Royal Palace opens daily but closes from 11:00-14:00. Entrance fee is US$6.25. No photography is allowed inside the Silver Pagoda and some of the Palace buildings.

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Feb 19, 2011

Rules for entering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

1. Do not wear shoes inside the Throne Hall and temples
2. No smoking
3. Do not wear hats inside the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
4. Be appropriately dressed which means no bare shoulders, stomachs or legs. Guards will prevent you from entering if you are not correctly dressed.
5. Do not take photographs in the prohibited places.
6. Do not touch the glass panes, walls, columns or murals.
7. Keep quiet.

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Jul 29, 2005

Things to Do Near Phnom Penh

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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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