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  • Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Duration:  4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Killing Fields Stupa, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh was once a jewel in the crown of Indochina and a bustling outpost of French colonialism. Discover how that all changed with the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the beginning of the darkest, most tragic period in Cambodia’s recent history.

Your tour starts as you learn about the fateful day of April 17, 1975, when Phnom Penh was taken by the Khmer Rouge. See where journalists camped out to witness the fall of Phnom Penh.

Visit the infamous Tuol Sleng High School, which was turned into the S-21 prison camp. It was here, at this unassuming high school in the heart of the city, that the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime unfolded. It was a detention center for prisoners of the regime, where detainees were tortured and executed on a regular basis. The school is now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and as you tour the museum, you’ll discover the brutality of the Khmer Rouge documented in the photos and memorabilia, including torture instruments.

Next, you’ll visit Choeung Ek, one of the most well-known sites of the Killing Fields. The Killing Fields are several sites in Cambodia where masses of people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge. Choeung Ek was home to large graves filled with bodies of those executed at Tuol Sleng. The pits no longer remain, but a large stupa (shrine) filled with more than 8,000 human skulls acts as a memorial and a grim reminder of the atrocities of war.

Finish the tour on a happier note – by sampling local snacks and learning how the country is moving forward into the future. Although this tour is confronting, it offers great insight into Asian political history and the struggles of the Cambodian people.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Was picked up from my hotel with the guide coming to get me from reception. Modern mini bus with air con!! Straight away our guide who was a top class guy with loads of passion and knowledge started telling us all about cambodia and its history. The tour of the genocide museum should be taken by everyone who visits Phnom Penh. Killing Fields is ok - not as powerful as the museum but completes the picture and story so needs to be done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent a must for any trip to Phonm Penh
Guide was very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was perfect. Although a very sad day, our guide made sure to cover all points and details so we were left without any questions. He was so passionate about Cambodia's history and made a huge effort to keep the tour going even throughout our ride back to the hotel. Definitely recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was super informative and insightful. Our guide really provided excellent historical information and context for everything we saw and it's pretty harrowing stuff, which really made the whole experience a lot more impactful and meaningful than just showing up and trying to supplement what you're looking at by reading a guidebook. Travelling from the sites by air-conditioned minivan was nice, too, and I appreciated they provided hotel pick-up/drop-off, which made the tour a breeze.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was really well done by the guide. It's important to have a good guide for trips like this due ton the nature of what happened and this guide was exactly that. He knew everything and told the stories well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very heartfelt tour of what was truly a cruel and unnecessary time for the Khmer people. Such an informative tour and great tour guide. Highly recommended for those wishing to learn about the history of the Khmer Rouge and to pay respect to the fallen and surviving victims.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I can to Cambodia with a very limited understanding of the history of its capital- my tour guide (Kat Thida) was extremely knowledgable on her subject matter and supported me through what is a confronting experience. I could not recommend it more highly !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was fantastic! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeble and engaged us by telling about Cambodia's darkest period in history with such intensity and passion. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

a brilliant half day out, my guide was brilliant, fist off all we were taken the the genocide museum, and given a guided tour, , after the tour we met the only two remaining survivors
after the museum we were taken the killing fields, again another guided tour , this tour helps you realise cambodian sad history, would recommend to do this tour while in phnom penh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Daro was excellent. Was helpful and knowledgable. Museum was grim and the Killing Fields grimmer. Bones under your feet as them had come up during rainy season. Must see for anyone coming to Cambodia first time.

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