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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.
The 2 destinations i went to were well chosen. i wish we could have included a couple more activities in the afternoons: like cooking shows or mine museum - i had an extra couple of days that helped - the markets in Siem reap are awesome to shop for gifts. the guide we had was very knowledgeable and helped in booking other activities. the taxi that was prepaid did not show on my last day. that was my only complaint and i had to pay extra to get to airport.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The guide was good but not great. Didn't like the second part of the tour it is a waste of time. we werent even offered complimentary water even though we have to pay a lot for the trip.
It is better to get the audio guides for the killing fields and the museum. Not worth paying for this tour. Very disappointing.
Doing what: Phnom Penh Full-Day Small-Group City Tour
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