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24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

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24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

24 hours to spend in Phnom Penh and here's how I plan on spending it. Will it work? Can it be improved? Feel free to speak your mind!

- arrive at airport 12PM, met by guide

- drive to Killing Fields directly, 12:30-2PM

- Lunch at Boddhi Tree 2:30PM

- S21 3-4PM

- Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda 4-5PM

- Check in and rest at hotel (Pavillion) 5:30-7PM

- Russian Market 7:30-8:30PM

- Dinner at Romdeng 9PM

- Drinks at FCC 10PM

Next day

- Breakfast and checkout

- National Museum 9-11AM

- Lunch at Friends 11:30AM

- Bus to Saigon 1PM

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1. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

If you're picking up a guide as soon as you arrive why not let them do your itinerary. (or is this their suggestion and you're after comments) It seems very regimented

safe travels

helen

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2. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

Here's what I'd do-

Arrive and have lunch. THEN head out to the Killing Fields. After that, head to Tuol Sleng.The Russian market is right nearby, and I believe they close down at 5:00 so I wouldn't bother heading there in the evening. You probably won't have enough time to visit the Royal Palace, and you shouldn't rush it anyhow...

Next day-

Get up early, eat breakfast, and see the Palace and Silver Pagoda and museum. They are all in one area. Check out afterwards.

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3. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

Thanks Helen/Maneki

I will have a guide but usually prefer to have a plan in mind to compare against their suggestions!

I thought I read somewhere that the airport is near the killing fields, but I don't think it makes that much difference.

So I've adopted most of Maneki's suggestions to free up the schedule a bit:

Arrive at 12PM

Lunch at Boddhi Tree 12:30PM

Tuol Sleng 1-2PM (is it OK to see Tuol Sleng first, then Killing Fields after?)

Killing Fields 2:30-3:30PM

Russian Market 4-5PM

Hotel/Rest 5:30PM-7:30PM

Dinner at Romdeng 8PM

Night Market 9PM

Drinks at FCC 10PM

National Museum 9-10AM

Palace/Silver Pagoda 10-11AM

Checkout 11:30AM

Quick lunch 12PM at Friends

1PM Bus to Saigon

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4. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

I would still opt to eat lunch near the airport, heading all the way into town just to go to one particular restaurant will have you wasting up to 2 hours (if traffic eis bad). The Killing Field is about 15kms from town and is in the direction of the airport, so it would make sense to head there first. Tuol Sleng closes between 11:30 & 2:00, so it would be perfect timing to eat first, then head to the Killing Fields.

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5. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

Somehow I don't think the idea of 2 hours in traffic is a good idea! So, I think we'll go with:

12PM - arrive at airport, met by tuk tuk driver

12:30PM - quick lunch somewhere between airport and Killing Fields (anyone able to recommend a place?)

1PM-2PM - Killing Fields

2:30-3:30PM - Russian Market

4-5PM - Tuol Sleng

5:30PM - Hotel checkin/rest

7:30PM - Dinner at Romdeng

9PM - Night Market

10:30PM - Drinks at FCC

8:00AM Royal Palace/Silver Pagoda

9:30AM National Museum

11:00AM Hotel checkout

11:30AM Lunch at Friends

12:30PM Bus checkin

1PM Mekong Express to Saigon

Thoughts?

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6. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

Looks bizzy, but OK...

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7. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

Hello blackmagic9970,

For what it is worth, unless you include a visit to the splendid National Museum, you haven't been to Phnom Penh.

Most markets start closing around 4:30 pm and are closed by 5 pm.

Except for night markets that is.

Best regards. Ian

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8. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

He's heading there Ian, at 9:30am on day 2...

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9. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

I don't want him to delete it!

It is the highlight of any visit to Cambodia.

The heritage of Cambodia is far deeper and richer than S21/Toul Sleng and Killing Field at Choeung EK. What about the many other killing fields/caves etc?

He is trying to do too much too quickly and too superficially.

Best regards to all. Ian

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10. Re: 24 hour whistle stop tour of Phnom Penh

This thread is actually very helpful for planning my trip too.

Maneki, if my flight arrives 10am in the morning and I have just 2 light carry-ons, I can easily go to the killing fields first? I'm sure Tuk Tuks at the airport would not have a problem to take me there?