Morning, visit Independent Monumoent, The Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda and the National Mueseum.
Visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum, In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung EK just outside Phnom Penh about a 20-40 minute was an orchard and a Chinese cemetery prior to 1975. During the Khmer Rouge regime it became one of the killing fields. Lunch at restaurant. Visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.
Morning half day Tuk Tuk ride to visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th c.), See the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King and Bayon Temple (unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Ta Prohm Temple of similar design to the Jayavarman VII temples, this quiet sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering some of the best ‘tree-in temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor Wat.
Visit the most famous of all the temples of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.