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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Phnom Penh itinerary with kids
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.

Phsar Thmey (Central Market) of Phnom Penh,Cambodia
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 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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