Posts Tagged ‘Architecture Tours’

Revealing Phnom Penh’s Past

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Phnom Penh revealed through its remarkable architectural heritage.

Phnom Penh's Post Office landmark

Phnom Penh’s Post Office landmark

Once considered the jewel in the crown of French Indochina, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, has a wealth of architectural heritage that is worthy of a much closer inspection. Thanks to a group of dedicated Cambodian architects and architecture students with KA Tours, this is now possible seven days a week, morning or afternoon, with set tours taking three hours in duration and kicking-off at 8.30am and 2.30pm, and conducted in English. Exploring central Phnom Penh and travelling by cyclo, the most popular tour introduces the city’s colonial buildings from 1910 onwards, including well-known public and private buildings such as the Post Office. The tour will involve entering some of these buildings for a closer inspection. For architecture lovers this tour and a second one, concentrating on landmark buildings designed by Vann Molyvann, the country’s most prominent architect, will be heaven sent. The New Khmer Architecture movement of the 1960s heralded some iconic achievements such as the National Sports Complex and the Royal University campus, and this tour is usually completed in a remork (known locally as tuk tuks). If you are seeking an alternative insight into Phnom Penh, then either of these tours could be just what you are looking for. Contact the Hanuman Sales team for more details.

Discovering Battambang’s Architectural Heritage

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Long celebrated for its well-preserved French colonial-era architecture, Battambang now has two heritage walking trails for visitors to soak up the past.

French colonial-era architecture in Battambang

French colonial-era architecture in Battambang


KA Architecture Tour (www.ka-tours.org) of Phnom Penh have come up with two heritage architecture tours of Battambang for visitors and Hanuman plans to make these part of the Battambang visitor experience from this high season onwards. Maps are available online, including a Walking Map Central (http://battambang-heritage.org/walking_map_central.pdf) and a Walking Map South (http://battambang-heritage.org/walking_map_south.pdf) and each tour takes about 90 minutes. They can be combined together for a half day experience from Psar Nat to the Governor’s Residence. For those with less time available, it is also possible to cycle either route or combine them together in a leisurely two hours with some stops along the way.

Hanuman is conducting another of its popular guide training programmes in September and this will include a practical workshop in Battambang to introduce these heritage walking trails to our leading tour guides. The Phnom Penh training workshop will be conducted on Friday 14 September before the guides travel to Battambang on Saturday 15 September and meet with their Siem Reap counterparts. Saturday afternoon will be spent following the heritage trails in the company of our experienced guide trainers. On Sunday morning, there will be a lifestyle trip to the beautiful countryside around Battambang before the guides head back to their respective bases. On Monday 17 September, the Siem Reap-Angkor guide training workshop will take place.

Hanuman will send out the walking tour module next week as part of our new Battambang Lifestyle programmes aiming to encourage visitors to stay a little longer in Cambodia’s second city. Look out for a similar Kratie Lifestyle programme coming soon, offering visitors an insight into traditional village life on the west bank of the Mekong.