Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields

4 hr, 30 min

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Discover the history and horror of Phnom Penh’s past on this half-day, small-group tour. Follow the path of one of the most tragic times of the 20th century – the rise and fall of the Khmer Rouge – and see how the country has been rebuilt.
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Itinerary Details

The day starts by learning about the tragic and fascinating recent history of Cambodia. See the location where journalists camped out in 1975 on the eve of the Khmer Rouge takeover, and the ghostly building that has been left burnt-out and bullet-holed as it stood after the war.

Confront Cambodia's tragic past, on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. Then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields.

Finish by sampling some interesting Khmer snacks and exploring how this recent history and politics continue to affect the lives of average Cambodian.

Important Details

Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Killing Fields and S21 Tour
  • All transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entry/Admission - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Khmer snacks
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Departure Point
National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
8:00 AM
Return Details
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Small-group tour maximum 12 people per tour
  • Please note: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing, especially when visiting temples. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
  • For most of the year it is hot in Cambodia. Please keep hydrated and bring sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 128 reviews

Reviewed: March 5, 2020

eric.p.rowe

Da, my guide, was great. Informative and personable, detailing an atrocious act with the detail and empathy it deserves.


Reviewed: January 20, 2020

Stephen R

I did enjoy learning and the subject matter was tough but you know going into it when it says killing fields it is just that


Reviewed: May 13, 2019

Brendan K

In no way can this tour be described as enjoyable, but significantly educational and thought provoking. It was about four and a half hours in length. Firstly we visited the prison which was pretty horrific and then met with one of the very few survivors. However, this cannot prepare your for the killing fields which has been pretty much preserved and is horrific in every way imaginable. I felt that I learned a lot about how terrifying this period in history was and realised that every family in Cambodia was impacted; no more so, than our excellent guide for the trip, Neang.


Reviewed: January 9, 2019

Keelin O

This was a fascinating tour which really brought home the horror of what happened in Cambodia during the 1970s. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and was able to answer all the questions the guests had, in relation to the tour and general knowledge about Cambodia. Her English was excellent, and she was very friendly which meant that it was easy to understand everything and chat with her about the history of the country. I would highly recommend this tour rather than visiting the sites alone.


Reviewed: October 26, 2018

Tony C

An emotional and heart-breaking journey into Cambodia's recent history. Our guide, Chanchesda, carefully and knowledgeably took us around S21 and the Killing Fields and looked after us at the end with snacks. A trip you must make.