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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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
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.
A really good tour with an excellent tour guide who was very knowledgeable and spoke good English
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
Tour guide was fantadtic. Very emotional to visit this place. Everything was explained in a detailed but sensative way. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommend it to everyone
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.
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!