Wat Ounalom and the riverfront in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh by Night Tour, Phnom Penh
You’ll be collected from your hotel and depart for Preah Ang Dong Ker, a popular shrine on the riverfront. You’ll see locals arriving with alms, lotus flowers and incense stick to use in their prayers.
Follow the river on the promenade – a great place for observing the various exercise and dance classes that take place here, and pick up a snack along the way. The shrine is located just in front of the magnificent Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s monarchy, and the extravagant Silver Pagoda which you’ll also visit, so-called because of its gleaming silver floor.
Travel north to the small temple of Wat Phnom, set on the city’s only hill (we say this loosely – it’s 27 metres high) for a gorgeous view of the city in the afternoon light. Local legend has it the first pagoda on this site was built in 1373 to house four Buddha statues which were washed up by the Mekong River.
Just before sunset, you’ll embark on a cruise on the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers. Watch as the city’s historical buildings are illuminated, while enjoying an a la carte dinner at the iconic Foreign Correspondents’ Club, an open-air restaurant which was once the meeting point of journalists. You’ll round off your tour at ‘Le Moon’ Bar for a delicious cocktail. This stylish bar is set on a pretty rooftop overlooking the riverfront, and is the perfect way to end your evening tour of the capital before returning to your hotel.
Cruise along Phnom Penh’s river
Visit the splendid Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
Other things to do in Phnom Penh
Explore Cambodia’s tragic history with a tour of the S-21 Prison and the Killing Fields.