Discover Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia
Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, located on the crossroads of several rivers, including the Mekong and the Tonle waterways. Thus, the River cruise connects the city with Saigon and the delta region. Therefore, travel industry is flourishing which explains the success encountered by the cruises of Rivages du Monde.
Lively and bustling city, Phnom Penh is one of the unescapable stopovers to discover Southeast Asia. This capital with a history-filled past is located at the crossroads of Angkor, Saigon and the Southern sea shores. The existing good air connections facilitate access of the growing number of travelers from over the world. As for the river cruises, they offer a unique views on the banks of the Mekong
As soon as you get off your cruise ship, you will quickly notice that local people in Phnom Penh prefer bicycles as the safest way of transportation.
The architecture of the city is characterized by its old colonial style buildings and its remainders, which are the traces of a tumultuous past. You will also see the ancient temples and mosques. However, the fast urban sprawling is shifting the overall look of the city. Now, tall modern buildings are lining the main avenues.
Have a visit of the Royal Palace, a very large architectural ensemble. Nearby, you will be charmed by the Silver Pagoda and its silver paved façade, decorated with frescoes and statues: this is one of the most beautiful monuments of the city. Another unavoidable site is the Wat Phnom, on the top of a 27 meters hill, from where you will admire a stupa, a pagoda and a pavilion.
Among many museums, the National Museum of Cambodia is displaying a rich collection of Khmer art.
An unusual excursion of the « S21 » will give an overview of the harsh conditions for the Cambodian people under the Red Khmer regime. This school of bleak memory served as a former place of detention between 1975 and 1979.