FROM PAST TO PRESENT TOUR
Phnom Penh / Cambodia
From Past to Present ( 2nd day bike)
Day 1: Full day Phnom Penh Tours
8:00am pick up at your hotal in Phnom Penh and transfer to visit Killing Fields of Cheung Ek is situated 15 kilometers south-west of Phnom Penh and made famous by the film of the same name “Killing Field”. it was a place where more than 17,000 civilians were killed and buried in mass graves; many of them transported here after detention and torture in Toul Sleng. This place is a chilling reminder of the brutalities of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. In the center of the area is a 17 story glass stupa which houses 8000 skulls exhumed from mass graves. Back to Phnom Penh visit the Independence Monument which built in 1958 as a memorial to Cambodia’s war dead after the gaining of independence from France in 1953, the monument, built in the Angkorian style, consists of five levels decorated with 100 snake heads. It is at its most impressive later in the afternoon with shadows highlighting the complexity of the design and giving the structure a warm orange glow. This afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. National Museum. Built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces.. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh. Evening see the culture show Plae Pakaa Cambodia Living Arts.
Day 2: Another full day Phnom Penh Tours(2nd day bike):
Morning start your ½ day bicycle tour to Silk Island known as Koh Dach(alternative transport available if you don’t bike). An Island isolated by the mighty Mekong River. Crossing the river via local ferry and get close and personal with the locals as we bike through the countryside. Along the way stop at the local temple Wat Koh Chong then onto Koh Chong village to meet the artisans to see the technique weaving silk from farming silkworm to final product. Enjoy local lunch(or picnic lunch can be arranged prior to the trip) and Afternoon return to your to hotel.