Diamond Island, Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh: City Tour with S21 and Killing Fields

1. Phnom Penh: City Tour with S21 and Killing Fields

First, stop at one of the most significant sites in Phnom Penh: Wat Phnom and Lady Penh Statue. Before visiting the actual Temple, you will see the statue of Lady Penh, who Phnom Penh is named after. Next, see Wat Onnalom. Learn about its 15th-century foundation. Learn why it is one of the most important monasteries in Phnom Penh. Continue to the National Museum to admire one of the best examples of traditional Cambodian architecture that was built when Cambodia was under the French colonial. Then you’ll see the outside of The Royal Crematorium next to The Royal Palace and the public park in front, known as a local spot to relax and socialize. You will get the best photos in the morning as all biuldings and entrances are facing to east. Next, the Cambodian-Vietnam Friendship Monument commemorates the former alliance between the two countries. It is located not far from the Royal Palace in Botum Park. From here, you’ll continue to see the King Norodom Sihanouk Statue, which stands impressively on the largest park strip in Phnom Penh. Next, you’ll see the striking Independence Monument, representing the independence of Cambodia from French colonization. Before going to the Genocide Museum, you will have a lunch break at a good local restaurant. Then, walking in the Russian Market before heading to the Killing Field. Note: You are required to pay the ticket at the Killing Field $6 and $10 for Genocide Museum, you will have to get the audio guide to learn about the history of the Khmer Rouge regime but if you take a Small Group Tour by Van, there will be a tour guide will explain the history and escort to watch the short movie video of the killing field before you using the audio player. Finally, explore the satellite city or the “Paris to Phnom Penh”, Diamond Island. Along the way you will see the Patriarch of Monks Statue, the Buddhist Institute, the Cambodian Parliament Building, ChinaTown, and Mekong Upper and Mekong Lower, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac.

Phnom Penh Killing Field & S21, 10 Stop City Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. Phnom Penh Killing Field & S21, 10 Stop City Tour by Tuk Tuk

1. After morning pickup, the first stop will be to visit the Genocide Museum and learn about the more tragic side of Cambodian history. The now museum was formally a girls school that eventually but became the site of imprisonment, torture, and holding enclosure before being transported to the Killing Fields. Entry is $10 which includes an audio guide. 2. 45 minutes away is the Killing Fields, the second most historical site of the Khmer Rouge Genocide in Phnom Penh. Entry is $6 and includes an audio guide. Following this we will return to the city and have lunch (cost not included). 3. The afternoon commences with seeing and learning a bit about the impressive Independence Monument, which represents Cambodia's independence from French colonisation which lasted for 90 years, from 1863 - 1953. Park Strip entry is free. 4. The King Norodom Sihanouk Statue also stands on the popular Park Strip of Phnom Penh. Built in honour of the King in 2013 after his death. 5. Next we go to the Cambodian Vietnam Friendship Monument, which commemorates the former alliance between the two countries. 6. Located nearby is the Royal Palace where you can visit inside and admire the beautiful architecture, and take advantage of photographic opportunities. Entry fee: $10 plus another $10 for a guide. There is no audio guide available. 7. Admire one of the most beautiful examples of Cambodian architecture at the National Museum. This building also offers beautiful photo opportunities. Outside visit only: free. 8. The next highlight is Wat Ounalom, originally built in 1442, is one of the most important temples in Phnom Penh. Entry: free. 9. Wat Phnom is next, Entry: $1, along with the associated Lady Penh Statue. 10. Lady Penh Statue is the final stop. Learn who Phnom Penh is named after and why before being dropped off back at your hotel.

Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise with free flow drink

3. Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise with free flow drink

Start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the afternoon before transferring to the boat pier. Climb aboard the boat for a trip on the Mekong River, where you can enjoy a joint sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle sap rivers. Enjoy a sunset view of the colonial sights in Phnom Penh Capital City, the beautiful developing capital city of Cambodia. The riverfront offers views of some of the city’s most interesting sights including you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong. See Tonle Sap, Four Faces River, the Royal Palace, and Diamond Island. Discover the quaint fishing neighborhoods comprised of stilted houses. Relax and enjoy the sunset with free-flowing drinks (beer and soft drinks) and fruit platter, before back to your hotel.

City Sites up in Lights Evening Tour

4. City Sites up in Lights Evening Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation and experience a unique tour of Phnom Penh city, taking in the beauty of significant sites as they are lit up after dark. A photographers paradise, with captivating beauty of Cambodian Temples, architecture, monuments and riverside views awaits you. Learn some of the history and stories that lie behind each of the sites if you are interested, or just marvel at the alluring elegance that is Phnom Penh at night. First stop is Wat Phnom, followed by Wat Ounalom, the 2 most significant Temples in the capital. Standing atop a hill, Wat Phnom features strategic projected lighting of the Temple, highlighting the beauty that is Wat Phnom. The tour works its way around the city taking in the sites of: Wat Ounalom. The Front of the Royal Palace with its exquisite Cambodian architectural features. The grand Independence Monument surrounded by coloured fountains. The stunning golden lights of King Sihanouk Statue. Chuon Nath Monument which celebrates one of Cambodias most noble monks made famous for his literary works, education curriculums, first Khmer dictionary, and national song, to name a few. Naga World Park Strip, Riverside views and Diamond Island. Complete the evening with dinner either at a Khmer restaurant or food preference of your choice.

City Tour in Phnom Penh including S21 & Killing Fields

5. City Tour in Phnom Penh including S21 & Killing Fields

Before visiting, spending time and taking photos of the Royal Palace, known as the home of his majesty the king and the queen residence. You will be able to go these following places: First stop of the tour will be the "Grandma Penh" shrine, followed by a visit of the actual "Mountainous Pagoda". You will learn about her history and why the city was named after her before stepping up to the highest buddhist pagoda, Wat Phnom. Next, you will see and learn about the Onaloam Pagoda, its history and its famous stupas, founded in the 15th century, which has since has been a place for the Khmer Buddhist patriach. Just a 2-minute drive to the next stop, the National Museum, which is regarded as the best example of Khmer architecture. Then, from the Royal Palace Compound, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos of vivid Khmer architecture and gardens. The Royal Throne (symbol of the whole nation) and Silver pagoda are the most must see from its complex. This relaxing event spot is located on the bank of the four intersections of the Mekong River. After the Royal Palace Compound, we will visit two parks that show significant historical monuments. 1) The Cambodia-Vietnam monument that stands in Wat Botum Park commemorates the alliance of Cambodia's liberation. 2) The large bronze statue of the former Khmer king Norodom Sihanouk was placed in the middle of his garden. In the roundabout of the same park, you will learn about the Independence Monument, a striking monument dedicated to Khmer people who gained independence from French colonization. We will continue our tour to the Chaktomuk Square, a man-made island. This satellite city was being developed in 2000. On the way, you will see the constructed roundabout with the famous former Khmer Buddhist patriach statue, followed by the Buddhist institute, national assembly, and China town buildings. After a lunch stop at a local restaurant, we will continue on to our final two main stops, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (also called S21) and Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (Killing Fields). We will finish our tour at the Russian Market, famous for plenty of Khmer products and great souvenirs, before you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise and Tuk Tuk Ride

6. Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise and Tuk Tuk Ride

Explore Phnom Penh from the water on a river cruise along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. See the shining city lights from this unique vantage point and watch as the sun sets behind the city. Enjoy a beer and seasonal fresh fruit as you glide along. Be picked up from your accommodation and embark on a tuk tuk ride to the boat pier. Board your traditional wooden boat and begin your cruise down the river. Relax and soak up the calm atmosphere while enjoying a beer and a seasonal fresh fruit platter. Take in the many sights along the riverbank, including Diamond Island locally called Koh Pich with a French-inspired design, fishing villages, and houses on stilts. Watch the evening unfold from the water, seeing how people live and socialize along the riverbank, before cruising back to the port for a tuk tuk ride back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Diamond Island, Phnom Penh

I can't say that I "enjoyed" it because of the sadness of S21 and the killing fields, but I am so glad that I went on the trip to learn about the history and what the Cambodian people have been through. I'd never heard of the Khmer Rouge, and I think this trip is a MUST for everyone visiting Cambodia. Everyone needs to know. We had an audio guide which went through everything and guided you right around the buildings. The guide stopped off at different locations around the city for us to get out and take photos, and I think he gave us enough time, and wasn't rushing us. He took us to an amazing restaurant for lunch (I can't remember the name of it). Highly recommended

This has been the best get a guide day trip ive taken. The gudie was excellent, friendly, a love for his country and hapoy to discuss the difficult conversations around what happened during ther Khmar Rouge period. Hightly recomended! more than 5 stars

The entire event was perfect,worth the $ and met some great people Sunset was stunning , beer was over pouring & fruit was good too ! I’d go again

The guide was very informative and aware of his guests needs. A well structured tour that varied the experiences throughout the day.

Our guide was amazing, so friendly and had so much knowledge to share. The guide made our trip!!