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Explore the highlights of Cambodia’s capital, scratching the surface of this dynamic city. Visit the glittering Royal Palace, home to the country’s Royal Family. Continue to the National Museum, filled with artefacts dating back to the pre-Angkorian era. Stop at the hilltop Wat Phnom before glimpsing in to the tragic recent history of Cambodia at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields at Choeng Ek and search for bargains at the Russian Market.
Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since 1866 and although it suffered extensive damage during the Khmer Rouge era, the city still retains a rustic charm. Accompanied by an English-speaking local guide, tour the city to discover its ancient and recent past. Begin your tour at Cambodia’s Royal Palace, which stands 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, the Museum is filled with art and artefacts 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 Choeng Ek, 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 souvenirs, local handicrafts, and electronic goods.
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