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Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

1. Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

Your Euro-Khmer guide will pick you up from Phnom Penh and drive you to the killing fields of Choeung Ek – 15 km south of Phnom Penh. The infamous killing fields have a bloody history. Once an orchard and a Chinese cemetery, the Khmer Rogue, lead by Pol Pot, turned the place into what became known as the killing fields. Over four years they massacred and buried 2.5 million people. After remembering the dead, return to Phnom Penh to visit Tuol Sleng Prison. Meaning hill of the poisonous trees, Pol Pot turned a once popular high school into a high security prison. 20,000 people were imprisoned there, many of whom were tortured for information. Today it serves as a museum and a reminder of darker days. Your Euro-Khmer guide will return you to your hotel or guesthouse in the early evening.

Phnom Penh: Killing Field & Village Quad Bike Tour

2. Phnom Penh: Killing Field & Village Quad Bike Tour

This tour of 4 hours will allow you to explore the brutality of the Khmer Rouge with a professional English Speaking tour guide. The Choeung Ek killing field is a former orchard and one of the mass grave sites found after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. After visiting Choeung Ek, you will take your private Car or Minivan to an authentic Cambodian village, where most people still live in the traditional manner established by their forefathers hundreds of years ago.  On the way to and from the village, you will witness the beauty of Cambodia's countryside and Local people, including rice fields on the side of the road.

Phnom Penh: Culinary Underground Local Food Tuk-Tuk Tour

3. Phnom Penh: Culinary Underground Local Food Tuk-Tuk Tour

Embark on a journey to discover the local food culture of Cambodia. Enjoy views of some of Phnom Penh’s best-known landmarks, such as the Independence Monument, as you zoom across the city in a tuk-tuk. Meet your guide outside your hotel or residence and hop aboard the tuk-tuk. First stop, enjoy fresh rice noodles topped with traditional sauce and fresh herbs.  Following this, take a seat on the floor and learn about Cambodia's turbulent history over curry and a banana leaf salad. Third stop, pull up a plastic chair at this popular local spot for some crushed eggplant and Cambodia's famous prahok. Learn also about the importance of rice in Cambodian cuisine. Lastly, feast on a selection of meats roasted in a ceramic jar over an open fire. Finally, sink a local craft beer or cocktail at a rooftop bar. At the end of the tour, bid farewell to the guide and the tuk-tuk will drop you back at your hotel, or wherever you like within the city.

Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

4. Phnom Penh: National Museum, Russian Market & Wat Phnom

Get an insight into the art and culture of the Khmer Empire on a half-day tour of Phnom Penh, and experience life in the city today at one of the most vibrant markets. You will start your tour at the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses Khmer art and sculptures from different periods of Cambodian history. See bronze statues, stone heads, and traditional ceramics among the 14,000 items in the museum's collection. Inspired by Khmer temple architecture, the museum complex was constructed between 1917 and 1924, and renovated in 1968. Continue to the Russian Market, named from the time when most foreigners in Cambodia were Russians. Bargain for souvenir gifts among the stalls selling silks, carvings, and curios. End your tour at Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake temple. Enjoy lovely views over the tree-lined avenues of Phnom Penh at sunset, and explore the shrines, pagodas, and murals depicting stories from the Reamker - the Khmer version of the Ramayana - the grounds.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Thank you Get your guide we had a great tour. Chaanak was our guide for the day and he was amazing. He brought to life the sad history of your country in a very compelling and engaging way. His personal stories and family history made the whole tour even more engaging. He couldn’t have been more helpful. Very well informed and good fun to spend a half day with. The itenrary was exactly right for us the car and driver was also excellent. A very moving tour. We would thoroughly recommend it and a big thank you to Chaanak!

He is such an awesome tour guide! I recommend him 100%. For those of you who don’t know or maybe know a little bit about the genocide, he explains the uprising of the Khmer Rouge, during the killing fields, and following up with what makes Cambodia it is today. If you are a history fanatic, you will love him. Book him now!

Our guide Fresh was v knowledgeable of this period of Cambodian history and was v friendly. The experience is of course traumatic, but important to understand the relatively recent history of other nations.

Excellent tour with even better guide and driver. Highly recommend. Although heart wrenching, this is a piece of history that must be shared widely so it is not repeated.

The guide is wonderful; knowledgeable , friendly, and helpful. The experience is worth having.