Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
The Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It serves to this day as the Cambodian home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk.
The Royal Palace complex and attached ‘Silver Pagoda’ compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500×800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion stand distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens.
Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public
Boat riding in front of Royal Palace and entertainment places
Romantic cruise of 2-1/2 hours around Phnom Penh in “all inclusive”.
Cruise with an unique wonderful overview of Phnom Penh, from Wat Phnom to Royal Palace and Mekong crossing. During almost 2.5 hours, you will discover Phnom Penh riverside from Tonle Sap river to Mekong river from an exclusive, quiet and cosy place, while you enjoy unlimited soft drinks and one alcoholic cocktail, beer or spirit throughout the cruise, our on board BBQ dinner accompanied by French wines carefully selected (one bottle for 4 people), overlooking the busy Phnom Penh’s riverside by night.
Boat trip, dinner (selection of western-asian BBQ style with fresh food products shrimps, fish, chicken, pork, fried noodles and vegetables, fresh fruits. Menu depend on seasons) and free flow of soft drinks (tea, coffee, soft) one beer or spirits, white or red French wines (one bottle for 4 people) are included in your ticket price.
The Central Market, “Psah Thom Thmey”, “New Grand Market”), is a large market constructed in 1937 in the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Initial design and layouts are from French architect Louis Chauchon. Construction works were supervised by French architects Jean Desbois and Wladimir Kandaouroff.
It is located in Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh. When it first opened in 1937, it was said to be the biggest market in aAsia; today it still operates as a market. From 2009 to 2011, it underwent a US$4.2 million renovation funded by the French Development Agency.
The market opens from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is, for tourists, a ‘must see’ stop. Most tourists visit this market because they want to see the extensive amount of products that are offered for bargain. The four wings of this gigantic yellow dome are teeming with stalls that sell goods ranging from gold and silver, antique coins, money exchange, men’s and women’s apparel, clocks, books, flowers, food, fabrics, shoes, souvenirs, fish, seafood, dessert, luggage, and countless other products.
The unique Art Deco building is a Phnom Penh landmark. Before 1935, the area was a lake that received runoff during the rainy season. The lake was drained and construction began in 1935. Since its completion in 1937, wet season flooding around the market has remained a problem and is vestigial evidence of the old lake. The entrance to the market is lined with souvenir merchants hawking everything from T-shirts and postcards to silver curios and Kramas. Inside is a dazzling display of jewels and gold. Electronic goods, stationery, secondhand clothes and flowers are also sold. During the Franco-Thai war the market was bombed heavily by Thai aircraft, causing heavy damage, and it had to be temporarily closed. After the end of World War II the market was rebuilt in the modern style.