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

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • 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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National Museum of Cambodia , Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Front Entrance of National Museum of Phnom Penh

8:00 AM
Phnom Penh , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Drop off at centrally located hotels in Phnom Penh.

The day starts by learning about the tragic and fascinating recent history of Cambodia. See the location where journalists camped out in 1975 on the eve of the Khmer Rouge takeover, and the ghostly building that has been left burnt-out and bullet-holed as it stood after the war.

Confront Cambodia's tragic past, on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. Then head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields.

Finish by sampling some interesting Khmer snacks and exploring how this recent history and politics continue to affect the lives of average Cambodian.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Confront Cambodia's tragic past, on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Killing Fields and S21 Tour
Head out of the city to the Choueng Ek Memorial, where a pagoda made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of one of the infamous Killing Fields.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Small-group tour maximum 12 people per tour
  • Please note: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing, especially when visiting temples. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
  • For most of the year it is hot in Cambodia. Please keep hydrated and bring sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Cambodia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Phnom Penh Small-Group Tour, including Genocide Museum and Killing Fields?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
A tough but necessary experience
Eric_R
, Mar 2020
Da, my guide, was great. Informative and personable, detailing an atrocious act with the detail and empathy it deserves.
star-5
very sad and tragic but feel one should do this if they are here
Stephen_R
, Jan 2020
I did enjoy learning and the subject matter was tough but you know going into it when it says killing fields it is just that
star-5
Very well organised tour
Brendan_K
, May 2019
In no way can this tour be described as enjoyable, but significantly educational and thought provoking. It was about four and a half hours in length. Firstly we visited the prison which was pretty horrific and then met with one of the very few survivors. However, this cannot prepare your for the killing fields which has been pretty much preserved and is horrific in every way imaginable. I felt that I learned a lot about how terrifying this period in history was and realised that every family in Cambodia was impacted; no more so, than our excellent guide for the trip, Neang.
star-5
Well worth it
Keelin_O
, Jan 2019
This was a fascinating tour which really brought home the horror of what happened in Cambodia during the 1970s. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and was able to answer all the questions the guests had, in relation to the tour and general knowledge about Cambodia. Her English was excellent, and she was very friendly which meant that it was easy to understand everything and chat with her about the history of the country. I would highly recommend this tour rather than visiting the sites alone.
star-5
An important and memorable trip
Tony_C
, Oct 2018
An emotional and heart-breaking journey into Cambodia's recent history. Our guide, Chanchesda, carefully and knowledgeably took us around S21 and the Killing Fields and looked after us at the end with snacks. A trip you must make.
star-4
This was a great tour to do and our...
Joshua_L
, Jul 2018
This was a great tour to do and our guide Nong Maichak Reya was fantastic and extremely knowledgable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A quintessential experience for all travelling to Phnom Penh
Jennifer_D
, Jul 2018
This is a harrowing, sobering, and necessary tour for any and all travelling to this marvelous city. Immersing yourself in the recent history truly gives one a perspective on the country in its present form - all locals you meet are absolutely kind and welcoming; to know this all happened so recently shows the true resolve of such wonderful, strong people. Our tour guide, Da, was absolutely wonderful for this tour. She has a quiet but courageous resolve, and her extensive knowledge will give you even more insight, pairing appropriately with the information already presented at the museum and killing fields. She was an absolute blessing to get to know and spend the morning with. Not for the faint of heart. The Cambodian people do not forget this event, but they are aiming their future towards a bright one; these locations give motivation to never let such horrors happen again in their country. I give the highest recommendation and would like to thank Da for her time and her heart.
star-4
Great tour. Guide was informative...
Alex H
, May 2018
Great tour. Guide was informative and the tour is a must do when in Phnom Penh. Be prepared to be emotional during the tour.
star-5
Absolutely harrowing experience that...
Karynna_T
, May 2018
Absolutely harrowing experience that I recommend to anyone visiting Phnom Penh. Our guide was very sweet and knowledgeable. It was heartbreaking hearing her childhood stories and having to experience what she does every day living with the past of the Cambodian Genocide. She gave a lot of helpful information in the bus rides and during the tour. As a solo traveler, it was great to be in a small group, and make a few friends during the tour.
star-5
Da was a fantastic guide. Her...
ERICA_D
, Mar 2018
Da was a fantastic guide. Her personal insights and experiences made the tour very personal and meaningful. The content of the tour to raise awareness for the historical facts in Cambodian history is a must for anyone planning a visit to Phnomphen
star-5
we had a wonderful tour, our guide...
Jessica_A
, Mar 2018
we had a wonderful tour, our guide was Reya and she was lovely, very knowledgable and friendly. It was a great tour, not to long in length it was all just perfect. would highly recommend
star-5
Great tour. Very moving walking about...
Louis S
, Mar 2018
Great tour. Very moving walking about the Museum and the Killing fields.
star-4
The tour was extremely interesting...
PierrePaul_V
, Mar 2018
The tour was extremely interesting and our guide Reya is knowledgeable and very friendly. Maybe a bit more information during the visits would be beneficial some of the exhibitions were showing a audioguide sign and it is a bit frustrating not to have any info. Overall a must do if you are in Phnom Penh
star-4
To being honest, 3 hours is not...
Machiko A
, Feb 2018
To being honest, 3 hours is not enough. I wanted to spend more time at each site and dig deeper the history. But on the other hand, maybe 3 hours are enough for me because I am not sure if i could handle my emotion facing tragic history of Cambodia.
star-5
This tour was truly amazing. We felt...
Jamie D
, Feb 2018
This tour was truly amazing. We felt informed and accomodated. The tour guide was kind, respectful, and extremely knowledgeable. We highly, highly recommend this tour--cannot say enough good things!
star-5
Chanchesda made this tour for us...
Helen_B
, Jan 2018
Chanchesda made this tour for us. She was amazing, very knowledgable, funny and kind. If you can do the tour with her as your guide you will come away with a true insight into the suffering of the Cambodian people.
star-5
I was collected by my guide, Da...
kelly_r
, Jan 2018
I was collected by my guide, Da, along with my fellow trip guests. The trip was, as I expected, very emotional. Da was brilliant, she was very informative and knowledgeable and also giving us our own time to wander around both the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields to have our own thoughts and process what we had seen. At the end of the trip, we went back into Phnom Penh to the market where we were treated to some local food, which was delicious. Da is a great ambassador for Phnom Penh and would choose her every time should I be back in Cambodia.
star-5
Yes Cambodia should not be about...
Ellen d
, Dec 2017
Yes Cambodia should not be about just the killing fields, and the Cambodia living arts dance was wonderful, but, you must take this tour. I would like to think its a lesson, but we havent learned a thing. But its important to learn history, and this tour gave me a chance to learn. Our guide, Da, was informative, honest and thoughtful.
star-5
This tour was fabulous. A...
Laura E
, Dec 2017
This tour was fabulous. A confronting, moving and informative experience. Our guide Da was extremely knowledgeable, giving a comprehensive account of this period of time. Well worth the money.
star-4
the guide, a young woman, was very...
Roselee B
, Dec 2017
the guide, a young woman, was very engaged and informative. as usual, with such tours , I wish I had more time at the sites, though we were given free time at both. Nonetheless, a visit not to be missed. Meeting two of the survivors at S-21 was very moving. traffic in The. Its is horrific. One needs to be patient about pick up times.

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