Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
This was the most moving moments I have had. The killing fields feel very touristy but the school is just as it should be. Though I disagree with the shop on the premises I understand why it is there. Being a school teacher myself and having worked in a similar place it was a very emotional experience
My partner and I really enjoyed this tour.
We had to leave early and we were. Accommodated, we had a hotel change at 2300hrs the night before and we're able to change pickup location no problems.
We had a personal tour guide who was incredibly passionate about what he was saying, and was clear with his English, but we did have to pay very close attention to hear word for word. He kept buying us snacks and coconuts to drink. I forgot my wallet and he offered to buy the survivors book for me.
The tour is a must do for anyone and really eye opening. Everyone has their own personal experience. Mine was strange. The fields are so peaceful and there is a really good energy, despite the fact that you literally are walking on human bones. I just didn't know how to feel, which made me feel like a bad person.
5 star tour that you'll never forget!
This trip was amazing, the guide was great and so pleasant.
A very informative and well paced tour of what is very depressing to be honest. Daro, the tour leader, let us ask questions at every opportunity and really helped, as best as he could, experience the venues.
Both on the way to, as well as the way back, he gave us great tips on things to do and not do, which is always very helpful for a tourist.
This is a tour which I felt I had to take, because I felt that however unpleasant it was, it was something I had to see, having read and heard so much about it. As other reviewers have said, it was incredibly sad, reduced me to tears. The tour was a small group tour, but there was just me, and my guide Daro who was extremely knowledgeable, and I was very grateful to have him take me on the tour, definitely not somewhere you want to go on your own.
This is one of the best tours Ive ever been on and Ive been on a lot! Tour guide was fantastic and really knew his topic. He was also extremely passionate about telling the story of what happened and in educating people. I could have stayed for hours looking around both sites and listening to the information the guide wanted to share. I even got to meet one of the seven survivors and had my photo taken with him. I was able to ask the survivor, with the help of my guide, questions about his life and experiences during the reign of Pol Pot. I can not recommend this tour enough!
Very knowledgeable guide with good english, gave us a better understanding of the history. A must see for everyone and hopefully we will all come away working harder for peace throughout the world!
We found this tour very informative and moving. Would recommend to anyone. Both Guide and driver were excellent.
This trip was insightful though heart wrenching , the guide was knowledgeable and took us through the history in detail...a must for all those travelers wanting the hard truths about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge...
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.