Remnants Of A Khmer Rouge Era - Phnom Penh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8am or 2pm (select when booking) Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from downtown Phnom Penh Hotel. (Transfers outside these areas, conditions apply)
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Cambodia has had its fair share of struggles and oppression since its official birth. Amidst its fabulous heritage that is called Angkor, the current Kingdom is still tightly knitted to the genocide practices of the Khmer Rouge, headed by the notorious Pol Pot. Memories that will not fade away yet are seen as recollections of times past and reminders of what may never return are enveloped during this half day exploration of two of the capitals most shocking sites in Cambodias historical annals.

Highlights

  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

Your tour starts with pickup from your Phnom penh hotel by your guide and driver for the ride to the Toul Sleng Museum (aka Prison S21).

During Cambodia's Pol Pot regime, Toul Sleng, formerly a high school, was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture, prisoners were transferred to the killing fields, where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today, the building is home to exhibits that display paintings and photographs of many of the victims. On your tour, you can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the torture devices used to extract 'confessions' during the regime's Stalin-esque purges in the late 1970s.

After the museum, continue your tour to the Killing Fields at Cheung Ek, located just outside the city center. This site was a Chinese cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouges best known killing field, where the remains of nearly 9,000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in the area. A memorial stupa has been erected with a display of more than 5,000 human skulls, bones, and pieces of clothing from the victims. During the years of the Khmer Rouge, thousands of Cambodians were tortured and imprisoned in detention centers around the country; please note that this visit is a profoundly moving but also depressing experience.

Your tour ends with return to your hotel.

Inclusions

A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.

Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver.

All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.

All applicable taxes and service charges

Entry/Admission - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Entry/Admission - Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Exclusions

Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description

Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, shopping, portage fees and optional tours.

Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.

Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels

Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point

Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.

Return transfers for this excursion apply only are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Phnom Penh.

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Koh Dach, Tonle Bati, and Oudong, any of the river and cruise ferry terminals and Phnom Penh International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.

This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users. The obstacles comprise of unpaved roads, small boats and cruise embarkation and disembarkation and insufficient facilities to provide a comfortable sightseeing tour.

To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.

To allow entrance into the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) in Phnom Penh, visitors are obliged to uphold a very strict dress code to respect the premises and the victims who lost their lives here. It is essential that you dress modestly and appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.

We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.

Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.

Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.

It the customers own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.

It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.

In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old.

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Feb-2020

    とても生々しいです。気分の悪くなった友達 もいたぐらいです。実際に拷問されていた品 が展示されてあり血のりなども付着した前で した。ポルポト時代の怖さを改めて知りまし た。同じ地球上に居ながらまだ子供だったと 言えども恐ろしい事がカンボジアで起こって いたと思うと恐ろしくなりました。 日本では余りポルポト時代の事を勉強してい ないので良い勉強になりました。 ただガイドさんに頼んで説明してもらうか個 人で回るか迷いましたが個人でも充分見て回 れたので良かったです。

  • 15-Jan-2020

    Would recommend this tour. Was very interesting but was great having a guide and not just a set of headphones at the venues. Almost every Cambodian is personally affected by what happened during this period, so being with a guide made it hit home even more.

  • 09-Nov-2019

    De to mindesmærker vidner om den frygtelige tid Cambodianerne har gennemlevet, uden omverdenen vidste ret meget om det. Absolut et must når man er i Cambodia.

  • 27-Oct-2019

    We walked 2 blocks from our hotel to the Toul Sleng Museum and were the first to walk thru the gates at 8am (opening) we took the voice recorded guide to the Museum which was a very solemn guide. You get to walk thru small but somewhat terrifying area which was a school before the horrors of murder of thousands of Cambodians who were detained and horrendously tortured by the Khmer Rouge. It was a difficult thing to listen to the stories which were told and hard to grasp how Cambodians were murdering their own people. The Killing fields are less than 15km south by tuktuk or grab(we used grab because it works out to be the same price but with some comfort) there were several Senior Citizens with us so that was another point to take grab. The Killing fields again offered voice recorded guide to an area less than a football field which was the location of many of those who were detained in the Genocide Museum 15 km north who were then mustered out on 6x6 trucks then were held in small sheds until they were marched out into open pits where they were killed with metal spikes and other objects before their throats were slit (as what the guide said, this was done in order to save bullets). more than 40 years later, its hard to imagine the death which happened in such a beautiful location. You can't help but feel sad, and shed a tear -when you see the killing tree. Its something that other countries may try to erase from history, but the cambodian government and people embrace thisdark past and use it to share with the rest of the world and visitors of from all walks of life an insight to the history of Cambodia.

  • 14-Sep-2019

    This is an experience not to be missed, however it is also very sad and heartbreaking as to what these people went through. There are photos of all the people lost and stories from survivors that leave you in disbelief as to what one human being can and did to another. They are still finding bones and clothing at the grave sites which wash to the surface with the rains.

  • 18-Aug-2019

    I first visited the Tuol Sleng Museum (the "Genocide Museum") and the Killing Fields separately, but went back again and did the half-day tour that covers both. It really is impossible to understand present-day Cambodia without facing it's horrendous history with the Khmer Rouge. It also makes it easier to appreciate the present day efforts in Cambodia to revive the country's culture and arts which were almost wiped out by the Khmer Rouge. For both the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, recorded guide is really essential and is superbly done and is easy to use. It's available in 14 languages.

  • 08-Aug-2019

    What an amazing country Cambodia is, and while the population admirably look forward and not backward, it is such a humbling tour to take, be prepared to learn of horrors that are in some cases are unbelievable in this age, but happened just short years ago. I thoroughly encourage you take the Tuol Sleng or S21 Museum tour first, you can even meet a rare survivor or two... and you simply must use the accompanying audio guide. The audio will even inform you before entering an area that it may be too horrific and you may wish to stay outside and just listen to the audio. The Cheung Ek Killing Fields are 30 minutes away by Tuk Tuk, but compared to what awaited the many others who took this journey is a breeze through the crowded streets of Phnom Penh, you are met with a preserved area that while sobering is a place of remembrance in a garden style setting. Be prepared to face some horrendous stories told on the Audio tour, and I would recommend you do press the 'extra' button when there is an 'extra' to the story... I allowed myself plenty of time... but I would advise you also to allow some 'cool down' or reflective time for yourself after the tour concludes, yes, I was in tears, and needed the time to adjust back into the present day...

  • 28-Jul-2019

    Nous avons voulu savoir ce qu'il s'était passé ici au Cambodge. CEtte visite a été très intéressante et très difficile. La gorge se noue souvent et les larmes montrent aux yeux. L'ambiance est lourde et prendre qq photos à été difficile. Visite memorable

  • 08-Jun-2019

    This was a somber tour but gives you insight and understanding in some of Cambodia’s history. I was fortunate as I was on the tour alone, and my guide (sorry, can’t remember her name, starts w S and means “lucky”, I believe!) was excellent. Though there are audio guides available at these places, I appreciated her personal stories. Would recommend this for anyone who visits Phnom Penh.

  • 27-May-2019

    A must see for us to get a little understanding of the reign of terror undertaken by Pol Pot .The cruelty of this regime is really beyond our comprehension.The museum is a must see place even if only to be amazed as to how Cambodians could be forced to murder their own people. .

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