Backyard Travel, the online boutique travel agency specializing in unique, insider tours throughout Asia, today announced a new tour Insiders Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s Capital Unraveled that explores the diverse cultural contours of Phnom Penh. The Cambodian capital offers up an intriguing blend of modern and ancient historic landmarks, alongside a vibrant contemporary arts scene, and this insightful itinerary allows travelers to get off the usual tourist trail.
During this 4-day, 3-night tour of Phnom Penh, travelers are first introduced to the city’s rich architectural landscape. From the gold-tipped spires of pagodas, to the arches and columns of colonial holdovers, to the sharp angles of the 50s and 60s, the city’s buildings tell a fascinating historic tale. Travelers are also treated to views of Phnom Penh from a variety of stunning angles – from hilltop peaks, from the Tonlé Sap River, from the banks of the port area and from the open air rooftop of a riverside cocktail bar.
No cultural tour of Phnom Penh would be complete without delving into its artistic traditions, and this itinerary includes a live performance by a traditional Khmer dance troupe. For a more contemporary view, there are visits to artist studios, as well as a meal at the iconic Foreign Correspondents Club. Finally, a visit to the suburb of Stung Meanchey offers a glimpse into the humanitarian work of Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, who provide job training to disadvantaged local children.
“This insider tour of Phnom Penh showcases an enchanting mix of contemporary culture and history,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “Travelers not only discover the arts scene of Phnom Penh, they get to explore the city using quirky forms of local transport. This tour also showcases the striking modernist architecture of Vann Molyvann, whose work helped shape the capital into the eclectic, culturally progressive city it is today”