It's seriously harrowing, with bones still rising up along the footpaths after heavy rains at the killing fields. Which is well laid out with a trail that's followed with further explanations given by the guide. There was no need for the signs for quiet. Shoes off at the monument. Then onto S21, the genocide museum. The horrors that happened here make it a wonder that amnesty was given to the torturers....again hardly the need for no smiling signs. Two survivors were there, and happy to have photos taken with you. How those 4/5 kids even survived is a miracle, as no one else did. No escapes from those walls....which once was a school. Our guide bought us a coconut for juice when we left. It s a tour not to be missed, but beware it is haunting
Very interesting tour with much more insight info then I thought I knew about the Pol Pot regime. Seing the museum and meeting those that survived the prison was overwhelming.
If I could give 10 stars I would. The trip to the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields was an amazing if heart wrenching experience. I knew nothing about the events that unfolded under the Khmer Rouge before visiting. The tour guide was brilliant, he really knew his stuff and gave us a very in depth history of the tragic events that happened under the Khmer Rouge. On the day, the last two survivors of the S-21 Detention Centre were there at the museum, which made it even more 'real' knowing that what happened was still in living memory and I bought their biographies and had photos with them. The Killing Fields were grim but a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives. Overall, a fantastic tour.
Definitely worth booking a tour for this. It's great to get local insight and knowledge and our guide was great at answering all out questions. We definitely learnt a lot more than we would just wandering round the museum on our own. Very sad, but interesting and moving experience.
We went on this tour which was just over four hours and had a terrific guide who spoke English very well and was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the prison and the killing fields. We got picked up from our hotel and travelled in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle.
We visited the Choeung Ek (S21 Prison) first before going out to the Killing Fields. To fully understand what actually happened under the Khmer Rouges regime you should do the prison first.
My husband, my two teenage daughters and I found it difficult coming to terms with the visual atrocities that happened to the lovely people of Cambodia, and I personally needed to move out of the tour group every now and then to compose myself. However, no matter how startling or disturbing it is, everyone who visits Cambodia should visit here to truly understand the horrific history of Cambodia.
At the Genocide Museum, we were fortunate enough to also meet Bou Meng and Chum Mey the last two survivors of S21 Prison. A truly humbling experience.
This was a powerful and harrowing tour which has given us memories that will stay with us forever.
I had an amazing experience with Viator and my tour guide. I was picked up on time and was the only one in the group which was kind of nice because I was able to go at my own pace and have quality time to ask questions. It is especially helpful to have a guide for the genocide museum, otherwise you won't understand all that you are viewing and the stories behind it. It is a humbling tour to do and difficult at times to hear the stories and see what happened but it's important to experience. I highly recommend Viator. I only hope that all of the guides are as helpful and knowledgeable as my guide was, he went by Chen. Thank you for a great tour and helping me understand this difficult part of Cambodian history.
Chakeya was a very sensitive guide during my sole visit of the tour to the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields in Phnom Penh and I empathise with her having visited Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland both privately and as a tour leader. My late parents were taken by the Nazis to the labour camps during World War II and often spoke to me of their ordeals. Fortunately they were spared the atrocities of the concentration camps which were on a par with those used by the Khmer Rouge – similar in the keeping of meticulous records, different in the means of execution. Poignant was my meeting with the two remaining survivors to whom I was introduced by Chakeya. May God forbid that such things happen again. At the same time I feel it is important that visitors to Cambodia go there to pay their respects to the people who died and I recommend Chakeya very highly as a guide.
Too much chatter by the guide - I would have preferred to get the key information when outside the Museum, opportunity to ask questions if I wanted further information, and then just being able to walk respectfully and quietly through the museum myself. Fortunately at the Killing Fields we were able to do this because you are required to be quiet there.
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