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Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Bangkok city is one of the most top of mind of tourist destination. Steeped ever, culturally liberal and astounding in term of modernism, Bangkok stands apart from all of those other world.

The city greets you on arrival using a countless of attractions and sights, the following are best three recommend tour outside and inside Bangkok:

The Grand Palace

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

The Grand Palace: Perhaps the best historical invests Bangkok Day Tours, this area is a perfect instance of architectural brilliance and historical legacy. It features a cluster of several beguiling buildings, which can be associated with royal categories of Thailand. The sheer size, exuberant atmosphere and stunning assortment of artifacts in Grand Palace will truly delight your senses.

The Grand Palace could be the city’s most well-known landmark and a trip to Bangkok Day Tour will not be complete without clicking here.

The Bangkok Grand Palace had been built in 1782 and has been the house of the King, the Royal court along with the administrative seat of presidency for 150 years. The intricate details and exquisite architecture will continue to draw tourist and admire it. Today, the Grand Palace still may serve as spiritual center of Thailand because,

Inside of Royal complex lies the Wat Phra Kaew or perhaps the Temple from the Emerald Buddha, which needless to say has the revered Emerald Buddha. Thai Kings stopped surviving in the palace round the 1900’s but all ceremonies are still performed here.

** Note that the Grand Palace close till 31 Oct 2017 , due to the king funeral

Damnern saduak Floating Market

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

During Bangkok Day Tours the largest with the floating markets you’d be noticing is Damnoen Saduak, which pulls a huge number of tourists, as well as locals buying food, every day. The many traders here gives the site a chaotic feel, because they make an effort to maneuver their boats for the best positions near to the side of the canal and shout towards the shoppers to get their attention.

In addition to food, the Damnoen Saduak floating market is a good location to buy souvenirs, as most of the traders look after the tourist market and provide the sort of trinkets you’d probably only find in Thailand. But do not are taken in by how the traders work, since they are all skilled negotiators – as you will discover by trying to haggle for the purchase.

The most common one of the floating markets is the Damnoen Saduak, noted for being large and classy. On the other hand, smaller markets, including Ampawa and Tha Kha, gives travelers a peek at the area flavors of this beautiful city.

Historical Park and Capital of Siam – Ayutthaya

Places that you should not miss when visit Bangkok

Founded in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, by King Ramathibodi I in 1350, the old – Ayutthaya took over as second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Day Trip from Bangkok to this particular ancient site will point the large reliquary towers in the massive monasteries giving a touch in the history grandeur from the city. In the 1700s, the Burmese took a couple of years to capture the town, simply 2 days to eliminate it. Consequently, Ayutthaya collapsed. But, right after, town of Ayutthaya was re-founded ten or twenty yards away. Town and Park of Ayutthaya were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

So these are the three places that I highly recommend to visit and hope you can have a good time there.

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Phnom Penh first impressions

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia is with lot of unique views and attractions. It is not a completely clean city where you will not see any dirt. Instead this city shows signs of similar Asian countries which are not developed. However we had exciting 3 nights stay in Phnom Penh without many worries experiencing the difference in culture, views and attractions.

Well, our trip to Cambodia is well planned though we didn’t visit the most popular Siem Reap attractions. We decided to visit only Phnom Penh simply because we had 3 days for the holiday. Still we have plans to visit Siem Reap in near future.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
View from a busy street of Phnom Penh

As another Asian country, I absolutely like our stay at Phnom Penh though there are strange experiences and views than we expected. Below are some experiences and impressions I want to note down here which I found as unique to this simple city of Cambodia. Anyway I don’t have any intention to make this as a fun post or to laugh at people of Cambodia. Instead these are the moments that made me feel like I am in another destination which made me exciting!

The Visa process

Cambodia offers visa on arrival facility for some selected countries. As Sri Lankans we require visa to enter into Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Though we can use the facility of Visa on arrival, we applied for our Cambodia visa before we travel. I think we were lucky. As I noticed it was crowded for visa on arrival service. We saw people waiting at the immigration area for their visa.

It is true that anyone wants to reach the hotel or destination when they are in a new city than waiting in a long queue. In such, if you require visa for Cambodia, plan it before arrival or get ready for a long line.

Airport transfer

Once we are in Phnom Penh airport, it was really easier to hire a taxi to the hotel we stayed. For a car the rate is around $9 within the city area. The car driver was friendly and helpful. He talked with us and was helpful for planning our tour schedule giving us some ideas about the attractions.

Phnom Penh first impressions

Something I noticed while we were in the car was that in Cambodia they use cars which steering wheel is on the left side of the car. It is new for me as I am familiar with the car drives with right side steering wheels.

Phnom Penh City views

Phnom Penh is not one of the most cleaned cities I’ve seen. There is garbage along the roads and it can be too hot during the day time. Other than this I noticed their overhead cables. Those are so massive and lots of overhead cables are exposed along the road.

Phnom Penh first impressions
I can’t forget these overhead cables along the streets. 🙂

Narrow streets are so packed with vendors and shops. Other than that sometimes there is no space to walk. If you plan to bring your stroller with the kid, I must say that Phnom Penh streets are not stroller friendly. But, you can use strollers in some attractions such as Royal palace garden or for your river sidewalk.

Transport and getting around the city
Phnom Penh first impressions
You will see beautiful decorated Tuk Tuks in Cambodia,Phnom penh.

While there are different transport options are available in Phnom Penh, Tuk Tuks are much popular. I really like these tuk tuk rides while watching the streets, city views and people of Cambodia. These tuk tuks are beautiful decorated and some are well maintained. We saw many tuk tuks along the streets parked till a customer request a ride.

Phnom Penh first impressions
These scooter rides with more than two people or without safety helmets are common sights in Phnom Penh

Other than tuk tuk rides, it seems motor bikes are one of the popular ways to travel for the people in Phnom Penh. There are lots of scooters around the city. In the evening traffic jam was so much higher and we saw lot of scooters which is an unusual compared to the cities we have travelled before.

People

We can’t forget the friendly people from Phnom Penh. They are extremely polite. They smile easily. We had the feeling of staying in a long time familiar country though we stayed just 3 nights there.

Cambodia : My First Impressions of Phnom Penh
I had opportunity to talk with this local vendor while tasting a young coconut at the Central Market of Phnom Penh.

In the streets you will also notice street vendors who sell different stuff including the street foods. Local markets are so much popular and these places are the best to experience the culture and lifestyle of Phnom Penh. Other than local markets, we also visited Buddhist temples. We also can’t forget the Opportunity to talk with Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.

My first impressions of Phnom Penh are different from other cities we have visited before. Phnom Penh is a city with friendly people, both rich and poor. City views are with both clean and dirt. But it is a fantastic city. Country is rich with heritage cities, historical attractions and culture. If you plan a visit to Cambodia or Phnom Penh, don’t think twice. As a traveler you will really enjoy the different experiences there!

Have you been to Cambodia or Phnom Penh before? Or how do you experience your first visit to any city?Please share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia, often referred as the island of the Gods. It is a popular tourist destination which has seen a significant rise in numbers of visitors’ since1980s. So if you are pondering what’s so special about this Asian island or planning on visiting someday, the answers are not far fetched that’s why tourism-related business makes up to 80% of its economy.

Biodiversity

Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is one the world’s top tourist destination due to her mesmerizing sites and archeological monuments. The island is home to numerous wildlife, lakes, forests, waterfalls, paddy fields, temples, retreats and beautiful ancient villages. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, i.e. the areas with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. The island numerous rain forests support the existence of various species of animals. The island biodiversity was better preserved with the establishment of the West Bali National Park a natural conservation with pure ecosystem managed by the zone system for multiple research purpose involving education, tourism and recreation.

Cultural Heritage

Bali has a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved for centuries, with beautiful architectural Hindu temples serving as spiritual, cultural and historical significance center for many. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Bali is also renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Local and international cuisine is available at resorts, restaurants or local diners, be rest assured you will be delighted.

Beautiful Beaches

Bali is a great travel destination because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local hotels, and the friendliness of the local people. According to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranking second after Santorini in Greece. Kuta Beach, Pandawa Beach is a few of the famous tourist locations in the northern part of Bali, which own beautiful calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphins. One of the favorites is the Lovina Beach, famous for dolphin watching.

Interesting Sites

Bali has several significant holy sites dating back to the 14th century. The Ubud Monkey Forest, iconic Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple (Mother Temple), Ubud Art Market, Bali Safari and Marine Park, Kintamani and Mount Batur are few of its enthralling wonders.

Also, the Banjar hot water spring is a natural hot wellspring from the ground and it is believed it heals diseases it is opened to the public. The Bali Safari and Marine Park is the island’s largest animal theme park and home to over 60 species of animals. Bali’s volcanic mountains have contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the vastly productive agricultural sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s largest rice crop is grown

Whether is a trip for research, leisure or spiritual divination,Bali is waiting, go explore her wonders and hospitality you will be elated.

Best Tours in Pattaya

Are you planning a trip to Bangkok? Bangkok, the most popular tourist hotspot in Southeast Asia offers many reasons for travellers to visit there. Be it popular Bangkok attractions, shopping in Bangkok streets or experiencing Bangkok nightlife, you will sure have fantastic time in this bustling city.

However just imagine your time spending with the locals!

Dining, talking or even visiting attractions with locals! Isn’t this the best way to spend time in any city? In such, here are five things to do in Bangkok that you do not want to miss. Bonus tip: Doing my research I spotted a company called Withlocals. They seem perfect to combine all the ingredients for an authentic local experience

1. Visit a Floating Market

things to do in bangkok with locals

Floating markets are one of the unique attractions in Bangkok which almost every visitor wants to experience. This can be the best Bangkok experience which you can have if you plan it properly. You will need to arrange a boat tour to visit floating markets. Also having a local guide will be helpful for you to visit the floating markets without much hustle.

Do you know that there are almost 5 floating markets around the Bangkok city with different timing and different days? So, instead of planning your floating market tour alone, get the help of locals in Bangkok and let them plan your trip. That will help you to save both time and money. Check this  Floating Market & Boat Tour which is ideal to visit the floating markets. Other than the visit to the floating market, you will also experience boat riding and local Thai food. Don’t forget to experience the public transport like a local!

2. Experience Thai food with locals

Unique Things to do in Bangkok with Locals

Yes, Thailand is so much popular for their delicious food including street foods. You may think that it is nothing to plan and you only have to visit restaurants along the way to experience the Thai food. But how about dining with a family who are actually locals of Bangkok? This will be a really interesting experience as you will get the opportunity to spend time with locals in Bangkok while learning their food culture. Such friendly and warm home dining experience will be remarkable and that will add you lifetime memories! Check this list of  Withlocals experiences in Bangkok and select what are the favourite things to do in your next holiday!

 3. Spend a night in a local Thai home

Other than dining with locals, you can also spend a night with locals to experience a glimpse of their lifestyle. There are homestay facilities around Bangkok which you can rent a whole house or stay in a private room in a local Thai home. Such experience will definitely add you fantastic and unique memories!

4. Visit Hidden Gems

When you search for things to do in Bangkok, I am sure you will find lot of lists which highlight shopping in Bangkok or nightlife experiences in Bangkok. However have you heard of hidden gems which are not much popular among the tourists to Bangkok? A traditional silk farm day trip, visiting traditional Thai artists or visit to a Thai village can be exciting and will allow you to spend quality time with locals while experiencing their culture.

5. Visit Buddhist Temples

Things You Must Do In Bangkok

Thailand, being a Buddhist country, you will find lot of Buddhist temples around the neighborhood of Bangkok. Don’t forget to visit at least one Buddhist temple in your trip to Bangkok. You can even chat with a Buddhist monk and experience the Buddhist way of living.

However you need to know how to behave in a Buddhist temple and how properly dress when you visit a temple. When you know such things, your experience will be memorable!

There are many other attractions and things to do in Bangkok. However with above unique attractions you will never find a dull moment in Bangkok. Plan your Bangkok trip before you reach the country. That will save you both time and energy which in return give you remarkable memories and experiences too!

 

 

Safety and security in Phnom Penh Cambodia

If you are planning a trip to Phnom Penh, then you also need to know some safety tips same as your concern to the attractions and things to do in Phnom Penh. Recently we visited Phnom Penh, however we had really safe and memorable trip there without any single issue. Although we spent our evenings along the riverside and inside the restaurants, we also prepared with travel safety tips specially for Phnom Penh. As we travelled with a kid and as a family, we always considered safety tips and also received some advice from the hotel staff we stayed.

Here are some possible risks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and how you can prevent those by preparing for such situations. These all are as we heard from the hotel staff and some of the tuk tuk drivers we talked. Hope these tips will be helpful for you to enjoy a pleasant holiday among all the things to do in Phnom Penh!

Prepare for Bag snatching

Bag snatching is common in city area and as we heard these things can be happened by a passing by motorcycle. In Phnom Penh, you will find lot of motor cycles. Sometimes it is unbelievable when we saw traffic by motor bikes. To keep your things safe, never wear your bag on back. Keep your bag inside when you travel by a tuk tuk. Also keep the valuable items locked in the safe in your hotel room when you visit out.

When you walk for a little distance or if you enjoy a walking city tour, wear your bag, camera and other accessories on the shoulder which is not on the traffic side.

Keep your smart phones inside

We also used our normal digital camera for photographing the street views and we did not want to take our smart phones out.

Hire tuk tuks with safe

Phnom Penh safety

Always try to hire tuk tuks with the help of your hotel staff. We usually hired tuk tuks which are parked in front of the hotel we stayed. Also keep some idea on taxi rates. Usually tuk tuk rates are $2- $4 for short trips across the city.(in February 2017) When you have some idea on the rates, you don’t have to worry about paying higher rates for the tuk tuk drivers. It is possible that tuk tuk drivers will ask you some higher amount or they will also ask more money when you complete your ride. Before you get into the tuk tuk, remember to agree the rate. Also if they ask more money when you complete the ride and if it is an amount of few dollars, better to pay than arguing. Bargaining is common in Phnom Penh. If your tuk tuk driver asks for $4, you can bargain with them for a $3 ride. Anyway after all it is all about $1-$2 discount and better not to argue with them much. 🙂

We had tuk tuk rides around the city of Phnom Penh during our Phnom Penh itinerary and we didn’t face any problem.These are some tips to keep in your mind to spend a safe holiday in Phnom Penh.

Hire taxis for night time

If you want to enjoy night life or if you plan travelling at night, always taxis are better than tuk tuks and motos. There are taxi companies which you can contact or you can always seek the help from the hotel staff. When you alight from your taxi, always be aware of the surrounding for your safe.

Safety Tips to Visit Phnom Penh - Cambodia
Street views from Phnom Penh – Cambodia
Learn about travel safety before you travel

Read more about travel safety and be equipped with tips and ideas to prevent security issues in Phnom Penh. You can also check online travel safety training course and learn more about how to behave in a situation if you become a victim. It is better to know more about accommodation safety, about facing the challenges in a new place and how to face for natural disasters before you travel. This will be helpful to you not only to travel Phnom Penh but to travel anywhere in the world.

Don’t buy things from the kids or don’t give money to them

We also found kids selling items in front of Royal Palace. It is a really pity thing to see. However we found lot of advices which asks not to buy from kids. Behind these kids, there are adults who do the business using the kids to get attention.

Also there are campaigns in Phnom Penh which raise awareness about orphanages. ‘Don’t create more Orphans’ is one of the slogan I came across. Think twice before you donate to orphanages. Check properly and decide. Work with reputed institutions if you plan for donations during your stay in Phnom Penh.

It is advised to support families not for orphanages. It seems some orphanages recruit kids to attract donations. Although I am not so sure of such kind of activities in Phnom Penh, I came across articles and banners which spread the message of ‘don’t create more Orphans’

Buy Traveller’s insurance

In Cambodia, there are international hospitals. However medical facilities are not up to international standards everywhere. As I found the medical facilities are limited and evacuation cost can be extremely high. So, in order to cover your costs in an emergency it is always a better idea to buy traveller’s insurance which can cover at least the basic emergency situations which can happen.

Above are some of the travel safety tips and possible scams which you will face in Phnom Penh. However, if you know how to behave and if you have some idea of possible incidents, you are always safe. We had really safe and enjoyable trip in Phnom Penh and we would love to visit Phnom Penh and other parts of Cambodia again!

 

 

 

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel -Phnom Penh

Accommodation plays a major part in any trip. With comfortable accommodation, you will sure enjoy your holiday. It was same for us when we were in Phnom Penh few weeks ago. We were lucky to spend 3 comfortable nights at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Phnom Penh with our 3 years old son. Why I mentioned about the kid? Parents who travel with kids know why your accommodation should be kids friendly when you travel with kids. When the kid enjoys the place, parents automatically get the comfortable and relaxing holiday experience. I guess I am correct!

Phnom Penh itinerary
From the flower arrangements of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

Well.it was another holiday and we planned to visit Cambodia. As mentioned in our Phnom Penh itinerary, we spent 3 nights in Phnom Penh visiting the major attractions. As Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is strategically located near most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh, we could easily visit those places daily without getting much tired or without wanting to travel much distance.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?

Where to stay in Phnom Penh?This was our one of the first concerns at the time we were planning our Phnom Penh holiday.Among the many hotels in Phnom Penh Cambodia,finally we decided to book Frangipani Royal Palace hotel based on the reviews and views of the rooms we found over the web.Our decision was not wrong.It is one of the best hotels phnom penh cambodia which is comfortable and cozy!

Our Stay in Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Lobby Area

We booked our Phnom Penh accommodation through Agoda. However, as always we were in doubt until we saw the actual location. The day we entered into this hotel in Phnom Penh, I was truly amazed with the beautiful interior. That is my concern always. I always look for calm and relaxing spacious places to stay during any of our holidays. Then for my husband, it was the location and services. Yes, I check for such things too.

When we entered into the hotel, the staff greeted us and welcomed with a drink. That was really helpful to satisfy our thirst after few hours flying and travelling. Then the room! That’s the exciting part for any holiday!

The Room
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Delux Double Room of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

The room! Yes, it looked like Royal! The blend of red and white colours created the room a Royal appearance.it looked romantic and it looked energetic. At first sight I was attracted to it. And for our kid, it was a spacious room to run around.

Cleanliness was up to satisfied level. The bathroom in our room was clean, tidy and with pleasant look. The view from our room is just fantastic as it was faced to Wat Ounalom. I could watch sunrise early in the morning and beautiful city view with lights at the night time.

Check the current rates.

Food

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel

Our room rates came with breakfast. So we enjoyed breakfast from the hotel each day. The staff is really helpful and friendly. As my kid is talkative, he started talking with staff during these breakfast sessions making our trip memorable. 🙂

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Local Delights from Cambodia

Breakfast Buffet was with different food choices including local food from Phnom Penh and other choices. Overall we are satisfied with our experience in Phnom Penh in Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel!

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel Review
We were spoiled with different food choices! 🙂

During our last night, we had dinner from the hotel restaurant. The restaurant at the roof top is excellent for having dinner with views of riverfront.

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel
Dinner at Roof top restaurant is an ideal way to enjoy the city view!
Location

If you visit Phnom Penh, this hotel is ideal to spend the night as it is located in walking distance to major attractions of Phnom Penh. The national Museum of Phnom Penh is less than 5 minutes’ walk. The Royal Palace is also in around 6-7 minutes walking distance. Other nearby attractions include the Riverfront area and Wat Ounalom which is less than 10 minutes walking distance.

Other than these attractions, there are souvenir shops and other temples around the hotel area. We could hire Tuk Tuks easily whenever we visited the other attractions such as Wat Phnom. The cost for Tuk Tuk to other city areas was around $4 from this hotel.

Other facilities and services
Phnom Penh itinerary
Roof top pool area

Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel is equipped with basic amenities which you look for in any comfortable hotel room. Other than that, this hotel is with a pool on roof top and also a spa.

We want to highlight the friendly staff. They were absolutely friendly and we were greeted with their best smile and service. This was our first time in Cambodia. So, this friendly staff gave us a hint of hospitality and friendliness of local Cambodian people. You will sure have memorable time there while talking with the staff during your stay if you visit Phnom Penh!

How to book Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel?

We booked our hotel room through Agoda.

You can also check Hoteltopia for the current rates.Check current rates of Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.

This hotel is also available on AirBnb. Use this link to book and save up to $50 SGD travel credit.

Disclosure: We stayed at this hotel and we booked the room via Agoda.This review is based on our actual experiences and thoughts.Also this post contains affiliate links.

 

Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

Located facing the riverfront area along the Sisowath Quay, Wat Ounalom is one of the Buddhist temples that you must visit in your trip to Cambodia, Phnom Penh. As one of the major attractions suggested for things to see in Phnom Penh, this Buddhist temple attracts majority of the visitors to Phnom Penh as a place for learning about the Buddhist culture.So, it was same for us. During our recent Phnom Penh trip, we didn’t forget to visit the Wat Ounalom in an afternoon.

Wat Ounalom – Why is it popular as Eyebrow Temple?
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa
Wat Ounolam Pagoda/Stupa

This temple is also popular as eyebrow temple.Named as King Ponhea Yat in Khmer, the language of Cambodia  which means ‘Eyebrow Temple’ ,this Buddhist temple has a historical value.As per records,Wat Ounalom was built in 1443.The stupa of the temple contains an eyebrow hair (ounalom) of Lord Buddha which makes this temple a sacred place.

Our visit to Wat Ounalom and interesting things to see

Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia

The day we visited Wat Ounalom was a bit sunny afternoon. The temple was not so crowded. So we could spend time watching the beautiful sculptures and statues. The temple building is with beautiful architectural features and decorations with highlights of the golden temples.

Wat Ounalom-Phnom Penh-Cambodia
This temple is a home for the Buddhist patriarch and serves as one of the major Buddhist center of the country. It is also known as the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city of Phnom Penh.
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Buddha Statues at the temple grounds

We visited the temple and we could meet and talk with some Buddhist monks too. That was a great opportunity for us as we could talk about Buddhism and close religious relationships between Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

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Inside the shrine room

If you visit Phnom Penh city,don’t forget to visit this beautiful temple.It also provides beautiful views of riverfront when you are in the top level of the Buddhist temple.

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View of riverfront from the top level of Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh
Helpful tips to Visit Wat Ounalom
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Cyclos at the entrance of the Wat Ounalom

Location: Samdech Sothearos Blvd Central Phnom Penh

Entrance fee: Free attraction. No entrance fee. However, you can donate money for the temple if you like.

Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00

Please wear appropriate clothes when you visit this temple.(Shoulder covered, long dress at least upto the knee).Please read this post on how to visit a Buddhist Temple.

It is Located at the riverfront area which you can easily walk in the same trip to riverfront.

At the gate of the temple, there are people who ride cyclos. After visiting the temple, you can hire a cyclo for a city visit if you like such a ride.

There are tour guides available who also owns tuk tuks. If you like to visit other attractions, you can easily find a tour guide who is also a tuk tuk driver.

 

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park is one of the most beautiful attractions in Singapore. I’ve visited this Bird Park few times and never get bored anytime among the beautiful and colourful birds. Recently, when one of my friends visited Singapore, I had the opportunity to visit the Jurong Bird Park again. Yes, I love to host my close friends who visit Singapore for short holidays. That is why I visit the major Singapore attractions few times a year. 🙂

Jurong Bird Park

Inside the Jurong Bird Park, you will be amazed with the wonderful collection of birds of different species. However, not only visiting and watching the birds, there are also special attractions and events which you can participate. When you are prepared, it is always easy to attend at least few of the major attractions of this bird park.

Jurong Bird Park

Here are some of the major attractions and things to do at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park. We enjoyed our day among the beautiful and colourful birds and we hope you will enjoy too!

Major attractions and things to do at the Singapore Jurong Bird Park
Visit the Penguin Coast

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Wow! We entered into the Penguin Coast and kids loved their experiences. You will see nearly 100 penguines of 5 species and will never find a dull moment among them.

 

Watch the beauties at the Flamingo Pool

Jurong Bird Park

Our next attraction was Flamingo pool. These colourful and cheerful birds not only made us cheerful, they also created beautiful backdrops for our photos.

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

 

Catch a show

Jurong Bird Park

There are several shows which you can watch with your family or the travel group. That’s one of the interesting things we enjoyed during our bird park tour.

 

Take a tram tour

Jurong Bird Park

Instead of walking around the Jurong Bird Park, you can ride on a tram which is really interesting. It will stop near major attractions of the bird parking making it convenient to cover the all attractions.

Last tram departs from Main tram station at 5.30 pm

Visit the African Waterfall Aviary

Jurong Bird Park

Do you know that the world’s largest walk-in aviary is in Singapore? And the waterfall in this African Waterfall Aviary is known as one of the world’s largest man made waterfalls. So don’t forget to visit the African Waterfall Aviary during your visit to Jurong Bird Park.

Jurong Bird Park

Feed the Lories at Lory Loft

Jurong Bird Park

This is my favourite activity in the birds park. Feeding Lories was really interesting and enjoyable. We bought food for Lories at the entrance of the Lory Loft and wanted to buy few more. This is one of the unique attractions in Singapore Bird Park which you should not miss!

Jurong Bird Park

Above are some of the major activities which we enjoyed during our recent visit to the Jurong Bird Park. Plan your visit before you enter into the bird park, so you can easily cover all the star attractions within one day!

Jurong Bird Park
Important tips and information for visiting Singapore Jurong bird park

singapore jurong bird park

How to get there:

Nearest MRT is Jurong MRT. You can hire a taxi from Jurong MRT. Or you can reach the Jurong Bird Park by Taxi itself.

Tips:

Prepare for lot of photographs.

In a sunny day, it can be really hot. So, bring your caps and sunscreen, sunglasses for a better experience.

Get your bird park map at the entrance for an easy tour.

Jurong Bird Park timings:

Opening hours :

Bird Park opening: daily 8.30 am to 6.00 pm

Lory Loft : 9 am -5 pm (daily)

 Jurong Bird Park Entrance fee:

Please check https://www.birdpark.com.sg/ for more details.

 

Kids City Asia –review

Travelling with kids always need lots of preparation including activities to keep them happy during the stay. This was same with us when we plan our trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We wanted to know kids friendly attractions in Phnom Penh before we travel. Do you know that we could find many kids friendly activities and memories there?My kids favourite time was at the Toddler Town which is a designated play area for children under 4.

Phnom Penh,Kids City Asia
Kids City Asia ,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

So, here is our experience with our visit to Kids City Asia. As I mentioned in our Phnom Penh itinerary, we visited Kids City Asia after visiting the Royal Palace. Kids City Asia is not just another indoor playground, but it is an edutainment center for kids of different age groups. And how about grown-ups and adults? There are activities for grown-ups and adults too. 🙂

Here are details of activities which anyone can enjoy from the time you enter in to Kids City Asia.

 

Playground

Located at the 1st floor, playground is suitable for the kids who are in age range of 4-12.

Kids City Asia ,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

 

This playground is with activities which are suitable for kids over 4 years old, but outside the playground, there are some activities which are suitable for toddlers.

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Seating area outside the Playground.Parents can wait here while kids are playing.
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Some activity areas from the Playground of Kids City Asia -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Parents can comfortably wait in this area while their kids are playing.

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At the entrance of Playground area…Toddlers and babies can play in this area with parents while other kids are playing in the playground area.You can also buy snacks and drinks at the counter.

Although we didn’t enter into the playground as our kid is below 4 years old, he could spend time among other activities at the entrance area.

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My kid loved to play this Maze while we were there.
Toddler Town

Toddler Town is the best place for our kid. He couldn’t wait till he enters into the play area once we reached the 6th floor.

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Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia
    Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia
Our kid was really happy there with different activities.

The Toddler Town is designated for kids under 4 years old and is full of toddler friendly activities. Ball pool is one of the best places for the kids to spend active hours.

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The slides and ball pool of the Toddler Town,Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

We spent more time in this play area until our kid wanted to have a rest. He enjoyed his time with all the activities and that’s what we wanted in our holiday. When he is in good mood, we have good moments too. You parents know it how it is when travel with small kids, isn’t it?

Go Karts
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Riding Go Karts with his father was the best part of the day for our son.

Go Karts are for those who are above 5 years old including adults. Both  father and son had great time with Go Karts and it was so much fun.

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Well,it is my turn to ride go karts 🙂 Thats a great fun activity for the entire family in our Phnom Penh holiday!

Why only father and son? I could ride too! 🙂  Never miss this activity if you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia. That was a great family moment for all of us!

Science Discovery

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Located at 9th floor, Science Gallery is a perfect place for young kids to explore and learn about science concepts. This area is suitable for kids who are 7 years old or above.

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Other Attractions in Kids City Asia

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I only listed few kids friendly activities above. However, there are many other activities which both kids and adults can enjoy together. Bumper Cars, Laser Tag and Clip ‘N Climb are some of other activities which you can find in the Kids City Asia, Phnom Penh. If you are in Phnom Penh or if you plan a visit to Phnom Penh, don’t forget to visit this edutainment center. I am sure you will be happy for the few hours which you spent with the kids!

 

Useful information about Kids City Asia

You need to wear socks when you use the play area. There are shoe racks and cupboards at the entrance which you can keep your belongings.

In each floor we found soft drinks and some other items which you can buy while playing or waiting for kids.

At the entrance of Kids City Asia
At the entrance of Kids City Asia

At the entrance of the Kids City Asia, you can buy items such as toys,drinks and snacks.

Location of Kids City Asia:

162 A,Preah Sihanouk Blvd,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Opening Hours:

10 am -8 pm (Weekday)

9am – 8pm (Weekend & Holiday)

How to get there:

We used a tuk tuk to reach there which is the popular transport mode in Phnom Penh among the tourists.

It was $3 cost for us to reach Kids City Asia from the Royal Palace.During the time we travel,we could see the other major attractions of phnom Penh such as Independence Monument and Wat Langka.So,you can plan your Phnom Penh Itinerary including these attractions.

Please visit  www.kidscityasia.com for more details about all these kids friendly activities you can find in Phnom penh,Cambodia!We had great time with our kid!

 

Disclosure: We received complementary special passes to visit Kids City Asia.However,as always all the opinions are mine.

Also sharing with #wkendtravelinspiration at Reflections Enroute and other travel blogs.

 

Phnom-Penh-Itinerary

We are just after a short trip to Phnom Penh Cambodia. So I want to share our Phnom Penh Itinerary before I forget some details. 🙂 Cambodia was in our bucket list from a long time; however our first plan was to visit Siem Riep, which is one of the popular destinations in Cambodia. But, with many reasons, finally we decided to choose Phnom Penh for this short holiday which was just 4 days in Cambodia. Till I write more details about Phnom Penh city and things to do in Phnom Penh in detail, here is our itinerary which was really relaxed and enjoyable. Instead of visiting many attractions in Phnom Penh, we wanted to make this trip a relaxing holiday which gives more time for our kid to enjoy with us.

Past few months were busy for us. We are just after a holiday in Sri Lanka. We even experienced a  five days itinerary around Singapore. So, it was bit tiresome and we didn’t want to walk around a lot.But we wanted to visit another country too!

After getting our Cambodia visa from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Singapore, we started planning our trip. We booked our flight tickets from Jet Airways which is a popular budget airline. Although it says Jet Airways is popular as a budget airline, actually it was not budgeted with quality as we expected. We were bit nervous with our flight experience as this was the first time we travelled through a budget airline. It was easier for us to save some money from the services which we don’t want to use such as checked luggage. Overall we had great experience with Jet Airways flight to Phnom Penh.

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Our kid enjoyed his time at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.It is located in walking distance to most of the major attractions in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Our hotel stay for the 3 nights was Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel in Phnom Penh and that’s the best selection we did for our trip. The hotel is strategically located near the most of the popular attractions in Phnom Penh such as Royal Palace, Museum, Riverside and Wat Ounalum. We could walk to these places in few minutes and therefore we didn’t feel much tired with our 3 years old kid.

We could enjoy good food, beautiful views and friendly staff during our stay at the Frangipani Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh.

Here is our sample itinerary for 4 days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. However, I don’t want to add timing or even having meal here as these are common things to do in any place.

Our Cambodia,Phnom Penh itinerary for 4 days 3Nights with the kid

Day 1: (Arrival Day)

Walk along the Riverfront area (Sisowath Quay)

Day 2

Morning : National Museum

Afternoon: The Royal Palace

Evening: The Kids City Asia

Day 3

Morning:

Wat Phnom

Phsar Thmey

City Tour with views of PhnomPenh Floating Port, Night Market and other street views (Tuk Tuk ride)

Afternoon:

Wat Ounalom

Souvenir shopping

City Views

Night:

Dinner at roof top restaurant of the Frangipani Royal Hotel with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River

Day 4:  (Departure Day)

Visit to the Independence Monument and Wat Langka

City tour including the views of Architectural buildings, Royal Palace Park

Here is our detailed itinerary. Hope these pictures from the capital of Cambodia will make you wanting to visit Phnom Penh soon!

Cambodia, Phnom Penh Itinerary in Detail

Day 1

We reached Phnom Penh airport at around 3.30 pm. Then we used a taxi to reach the hotel. Cost of the taxi was US$12.Finding a taxi was not difficult. There are taxi drivers at the outside the airport and they reached us regarding our transport.

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Our room at Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel was comfortable.We love this pretty look.

After relaxing sometime in the hotel room, we went out. We walked along the Sisowath Quay with the beautiful views of Tonle Sap River.

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Riverfront view (Evening walk along the Sisowath Quay)

The statue of Techo Meas and Techo Yort is one of the first attractions we found in Sisowath Quay when we just started walking along the riverside. We were fortunate to view sunset with the views of Wat Ounalom while we were walking. The streets were busy with traffic and we noticed lot of motor bikes in this beautiful city.

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Sunset over Wat Ounalom

 

Day 2

In our day 2 of the Phnom Penh trip, we actually wanted to keep our kid happy and calm. We didn’t carry his stroller as we found Phnom Penh is not stroller friendly. So we wanted to plan the day with kids friendly attractions to keep kid happy while we exploring Phnom Penh. Royal Palace and National Museum are just opposite to our hotel. So we decided to visit these major attractions during the day. We had plans to visit the Kids City Asia at the evening to spend happy hours with our kid.

After our breakfast at the Frangipani Royal Hotel, we walked to the National Museum. The National Museum Building itself is just beautiful and attractive. We spent among the historical exhibits. As we are Buddhists and from Sri Lanka which is another Asian Country with lot of historical attractions related to Buddhism, we could find some similarities in the exhibits and we enjoyed the place much. Our son had good time walking along the museum and at the indoor garden.

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Front view of Phnom Penh National Museum.We included this in to our second of Phnom Penh itinerary

We also wanted to watch the cultural show at the National Museum, however finally we decided not to buy tickets. Do you know why? We were in doubt of watching the cultural show with a kid. We were in doubts of him screaming and disturbing the others who watch the show. Anyway we could listen to the Khmer music while we were at the Royal Palace. That was one of best experiences we had in Phnom Penh.

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You can buy tickets for the cultural show at the front of the National Museum of Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Well, back to our itinerary in Phnom Penh!

After visiting the National Museum, we returned to our hotel room and refreshed. On our way to the hotel room, we always experienced the street views and the views of the park opposite to the Phnom Penh National Museum which is Veal Preah Man Park. This park is really beautiful with men facing the four directions. However we didn’t enter into the park in anytime during our stay. Later we found that this park which is also next to the Royal Palace was used for cremation of the late King’s body.

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Royal Palace -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

The Royal Palace is open for public for limited time durations. It is open from 8am to 11am in the morning and from 2pm to 5pm in the afternoon. We refreshed ourselves and visited the Royal Palace in the afternoon when it was opened at 2pm.The Royal Palace is a magnificent place with beautiful buildings. There are different pavilions and buildings at the Royal Palace which are open for the public.

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Silver Pagoda

The silver Pagoda is one of the must see when you are in the Royal palace premises. We were amazed with all these beautiful structures and buildings.

We ended our day 2 in Phnom Penh making our kid excited. That’s the best kids friendly attraction in Phnom Penh. That is our visit to the Kids City Asia!

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Our son enjoyed his time at the Toddler Town of Kids City Asia,Phnom Penh.It is the best kids friendly attraction we found in Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Not only for the kids, there are other attractions such as riding go karts and lazer tag. We had around 3 hours before it closes for the day. Among all the activities we can do at the Kids City Asia, our son loved his time at the Toddler Town. Finally we experienced riding go karts. That was so much fun!

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Fun with Go Kart riding at the Kids City Asia – Phnom Penh

Oh poor boy ended the day with crying. He wanted to spend more time with these activities. But we had to face the truth that we were there for few days trip.

If you visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia, then don’t forget to experience the activities at this edutainment Centre. It’s so much fun!

Day 3

It is our last day to visit other attractions before we leave Phnom Penh. We decided to visit Wat Phnom which is the founding place of city Phnom Penh.(As per legends)

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Starting another day in Phnom Penh! City tour by a Tuk Tuk is fun and it is the best way to explore the city with views of many attractions.

Hiring a tuk tuk in Phnom Penh is not that difficult. There are tuk tuks parked along the streets and most of the time we came out from the hotel, the drivers reached us offering their taxi service. To visit Wat Phnom , we hired a tuk tuk and the cost was $3.

Wat Phnom is a beautiful temple located in a hilly area. Inside the temple is full of Buddha statues while outside of the temple building is with beautiful structures and carvings.

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View of Wat Phnom (A must visit attraction in Phnom Penh Cambodia)

After spending time visiting Wat Phnom , we decided to visit the Central Market which is also known as Phsar Thmey. As one of the landmarks in Phnom Penh, this Central Market is popular for its unique building structure. It is a wonderful place to buy anything from fresh vegetables, flowers to gems and jewelry.

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Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia.The beautiful building makes this market as a unique landmark in Phnom Penh

After our lunch at an Indian restaurant located in the Riverfront area, we visited the Wat Ounalom which is another major attraction in Phnom Penh.

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Inside of the Wat Ounalom,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

We didn’t forget to buy some souvenirs from a shop located near street 178

 

Day 4

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Day 4 of our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary…It is time to leave.I really attracted to the flower arrangements of the Royal Palace Hotel.Those were really simple,yet elegant!

It is time for departure. We loved our stay in Phnom Penh. Especially we can’t forget the friendly people we met during our stay. The hotel staff at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel was amazingly friendly. They tried their best to keep us happy during our stay in Phnom Penh. The Tuk Tuk drivers and the tour guides we met around the city were polite and friendly. They tried to help us to visit more attractions during the short period of our stay. But it is time to say good bye!

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Independence Monument -Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Before reaching the Phnom Penh Airport, we visited the Independence Monument and Wat Langka which are other attractions in Phnom Penh.

The hotel staff helped us to arrange a taxi to reach the airport and we could visit Independence Monument and Wat Langka before reaching the airport. Cost for this taxi ride was $12.

Finally, it was an amazing tour to another Southeast Asian Country. We will visit Cambodia again. Still Siem Reap is in our bucket list.

And,we didn’t forget to capture our family photo at the Frangipani Royal Palace Hotel.I am addicted to photo books.So,this photo will go to our year in review photo book this year! 🙂

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Just before leaving the Frangipai Royal Palace Hotel – Phnom Penh,Cambodia (A family photo for our Year in Review Photo Book)

There are lot of city views and detailed posts to write. Till that, enjoy reading our Cambodia Phnom Penh itinerary!

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