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Our tour guide, Da, was fabulous! We spent the latter part of the day with her by ourselves as we traveled to Mekong Island. Her history and current political knowledge was incredibly genuine and made the Tuol Sleng Prison and Killing Fields all the more moving. Meeting the survivors of the prison was heartbreaking but added such value to the tour. Meeting the silkweaver's family was also incredibly special they had the cutest puppies wondering around licking our toes!. The khmer snacks were great and the lunch at Romdeng was also amazing we'd been there before but loved it! The tuk tuk driver to the island was so gracious and had the covers of the tuk tuk down to protect us as he was drenched on his bike by the rain.
Doing what: Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
I have been on many Viator tours but without doubt this was the best. Although advertised as a small group tout it was out of season and we were the only takers. Our guide Da turned up on time having confirmed the evening before. The morning consisted of a harrowing but respectful visit to the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. Da had excellent english and was knowledgable and informative without being intrusive. Lunch at the training restaurant surpassed expectations in terms of the setting, the attentiveness of the team working there and the variety and quality of the food. The trip by Tuk Tuk and Ferry to Silk Island was an adventure in itself and the visit to the silk factory informative and pleasant - we bought but we didn't feel we had to. The trip concluded with an hour long cruise on the Mekong as the sun began to set. All in all a delightful experience.
Doing what: Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
This is a top rate tour, and I highly recommend it. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with many details at the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. The price was reasonable considering we were picked up and dropped off at our hotel and transportation was provided to both sites. The only glitch was the bus was 45 minutes or more late picking us up in the morning from our hotel, apparently due to traffic. I suggest either making the start time later or sending the bus out earlier as we sat in the lobby for an hour waiting.
This tour is a MUST. I highly recommend you do it as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. It enables you to understand how and why the society runs as it is. The tour guide was fantastic, his knowledge was comprehensive. he was sensitive, caring and empathic. An extremely emotional tour, heart breaking but a must in today's political climate. If you only do one tour this is the one to do. Do not do the genocide museum or the killing fields without a guide.
This was a fantastic tour and our guide Daro was superb. We visited the museum first and heard from genocide survivors about exactly what went on at S21. Our trip to the Killing Fields was similarly moving. Well recommended.
We highly recommend this tour and our guide, Daro. Although it was a somber tour by nature, Daro did an excellent job. His explanations were clear and descriptive and he was helpful answering any questions we had. We liked that it was a smaller group for the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. We feel that it helped to put the rest of our travels of the beautiful country of Cambodia in perspective. We recommend this tour and our guide, Daro, if you are in Phnom Penh.
Extremely interesting. Great tour guide. Make sure you bring comfy trainers and lots of water. We went in rainy season which meant there are bones and clothing coming up at the killing fields, extremely harrowing. Not for the faint hearted but an important part of Cambodian history
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 was a pretty hard hitting and macabre start to our Cambodian experience. This tour provides you with a pretty in depth understanding of the Pol Pot regime and the resulting genocide. Our tour guide was pretty in depth in his explanations throughout our visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. I wouldn't recommend this for the feint of heart or young children. However, I couldn't fault the guide. Very thorough in the information he was giving. The remainder of the day was cheerier, with a great lunch being had at the NGO Training Restaurant for young Cambodians, where we got to try deep fried Tarantula. There is normal Cambodian cuisine available. The visit to the Silk farm was also quite educational and fun. The owners of the farm were great to talk to, they spoke English quite well and made us feel quite welcome in their home. The final part of the tour was good, however it was too cloudy to see a sunset. Overall a great way to spend the day in Phnom Penh.
Doing what: Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
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.
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
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.
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!
Our guide picked us up bang on time. We were the only two on the tour so had personal service. The guide's knowledge of his subject was excellent. He told us with passion about the horrors of the genocide museum and the killing fields. The highlight on the tour was being introduced to the two survivors of the prison S21, the artist and the mechanic can't remember their names. Despite the sadness of the places I feel it is something we should all learn about.
The private guide to my small group of travelers was knowledgeable, and his narration on site at the Detention Camp and Killing Fields was like a open history class....memorable and masterful.
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.
Very interesting tour! We booked small-group tour but eventually there were only two of us. Guide spoke good English and knew much about history. We met two old gentlemen who both survive from S 21 it was the most touching moment in the prison part. Scenery around Killing Fields is very beautiful and peaceful so it is even harder to think how terrible things happened there. Traffic in Cambodia is pretty chaotic but at least our driver drove safely. There was only one negative thing: tour lasted 4.5 hours which was far too short (to me).
The tour was very emotional but feel it needs to be included as part of anyones holiday to Cambodia just to realise what the people have been through and to admire how the country and people are rebuilding their lives. They picked us up on time from the hotel. We went to the musuem first and the tour guide was excellent. Very well explained and alot of knowledge. It was done at a good pace. Then moved onto the killing fields and again was very impressed with the tour guide and they way he explained what had happened there, Would thoroughly recommend this tour but do something happy afterwards. Back at hotel by lunch time.
I was the only person on this tour and they sent a big bus. I felt that they could have sent a smaller vehicle. My guide was nice. She spoke so quickly it was hard to understand. She was a very nice young lady but I was getting frustrated as it was difficult to understand her. Both at the museum and at the Killing Fields I feel that I would have gotten more out of it if I would have done the self directed tour. She didn't give me very touch time to go through so ended up taking longer as I wanted to readt everything to get a better understanding.
Old high school then a prison was very interesting but you could do it on your own a lot cheaper than this tour. The Killing Fields as such are probably not worth bothering to see as the most information is at the school/jail. Do it yourself.
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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