Welcome to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia and the Pearl of Asia. The city maintains its connection to the country’s history through its display of ancient and contemporary artifacts, and its endless supply of captivating restaurants. The Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers sweep past the cityscape. The French architecture spans the riverbanks. The Sisowath Quay is lively and stunning, adding a fabulous walking culture to the banks of the rivers’ junction. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to your hotel.
After you check-in the day is filled with spectacular images of the city. In the afternoon you can sit in Romdeng, a restaurant that provides the underprivileged youth of the city a chance to learn the restaurant industry. The restaurant is situated in a classic French Colonial building but the woodcarvings, tables, and chairs were all built in Cambodia. Your first taste of traditional Cambodian cuisine gives you an introduction to the flavors and ingredients unique to the country. These young master chefs create a delicious crispy duck spring roll that is flakey and rich, and accompanied by a persimmon sauce. If you feel adventurous you could even try the distinctive crispy tarantula with black pepper and lime sauce.
After lunch you will visit the National Museum where images of Angkor are displayed in the structural design as much as within the museum itself. The complex was inaugurated in 1920 and preserves traditional Cambodian arts and crafts. A vast collection of artifacts takes you on a journey through the country’s dense history, including those made from bronze, wood, ceramic, and stone. A 13th century Bayon style stone statue is on display. The statue’s face is accentuated with a light smile, representing compassion, knowledge, and peacefulness.