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

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Half-day, small-group, historical tour of Phnom Penh
  • Hear personal stories of one of the darkest periods in Cambodia's history
  • Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem
  • See the Killing Fields and memorial stupa at Choeung Ek
  • Try local Khmer snacks
Khmer snacks
Local English-speaking guide
All transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Gratuities
Items of a personal nature

Departure Point

National Museum of Cambodia, Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Killing Fields and S21 Tour
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Cambodia

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.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It's a difficult subject matter but very important to be aware of the terrible things that once occurred in this lovely country." See review
  • "The content of the tour to raise awareness for the historical facts in Cambodian history is a must for anyone planning a visit to Phnomphen" See review
  • "This is not an easy tour to do and you should be prepared for some truly harrowing moments." See review

Reviews

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A tough but necessary experience
Eric_R
, Mar 2020
Da, my guide, was great. Informative and personable, detailing an atrocious act with the detail and empathy it deserves.
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very sad and tragic but feel one should do this if they are here
reynoldsstephen
, Jan 2020
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
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Very well organised tour
Brendan000
, May 2019
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.
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Well worth it
KeelinO9
, Jan 2019
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.
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An important and memorable trip
antcotton1
, Oct 2018
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.
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This was a great tour to do and our...
JOSHUA L
, Jul 2018
This was a great tour to do and our guide Nong Maichak Reya was fantastic and extremely knowledgable.
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A quintessential experience for all travelling to Phnom Penh
Jennifer_Aguilar616
, Jul 2018
This is a harrowing, sobering, and necessary tour for any and all travelling to this marvelous city. Immersing yourself in the recent history truly gives one a perspective on the country in its present form - all locals you meet are absolutely kind and welcoming; to know this all happened so recently shows the true resolve of such wonderful, strong people. Our tour guide, Da, was absolutely wonderful for this tour. She has a quiet but courageous resolve, and her extensive knowledge will give you even more insight, pairing appropriately with the information already presented at the museum and killing fields. She was an absolute blessing to get to know and spend the morning with. Not for the faint of heart. The Cambodian people do not forget this event, but they are aiming their future towards a bright one; these locations give motivation to never let such horrors happen again in their country. I give the highest recommendation and would like to thank Da for her time and her heart.
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Great tour. Guide was informative...
Alex H
, May 2018
Great tour. Guide was informative and the tour is a must do when in Phnom Penh. Be prepared to be emotional during the tour.
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Absolutely harrowing experience that...
Karynna
, May 2018
Absolutely harrowing experience that I recommend to anyone visiting Phnom Penh. Our guide was very sweet and knowledgeable. It was heartbreaking hearing her childhood stories and having to experience what she does every day living with the past of the Cambodian Genocide. She gave a lot of helpful information in the bus rides and during the tour. As a solo traveler, it was great to be in a small group, and make a few friends during the tour.
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Da was a fantastic guide. Her...
Erica D
, Mar 2018
Da was a fantastic guide. Her personal insights and experiences made the tour very personal and meaningful. The content of the tour to raise awareness for the historical facts in Cambodian history is a must for anyone planning a visit to Phnomphen
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