1. Cambodia
  2. Phnom Penh
  3. Choeung Ek

Phnom Penh's Past - Small Group Tour

Product ID: 3077
Explore Phnom Penh’s recent tragic history. Visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek bone pagoda. Explore the Cambodia of the past and present with a local guide. Explore local politics and finish by sampling some delicious Khmer snacks.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Phnom Penh’s recent tragic history.
  • Visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek bone pagoda.
  • Explore the Cambodia of the past and present with a local guide who lived through the Khmer Rouge era.
  • Explore local politics.
  • Drop into a local market to experience interesting and delicious Khmer snacks.
Full description
Explore Phnom Penh’s past by seeing some of the classic buildings of the Khmer Rouge era. Learn about the tragic and fascinating recent history of Cambodia, walk through the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum,and visit the bone pagoda memorial at Choeung Ek. Finish by sampling some interesting and delicious Khmer snacks.

Itinerary

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 Cambodians.

Your trip

This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Dress Standard

Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
Tipping

If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Urban Adventures destinations.

Includes
  • Entrance fees to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek Killing Field, English speaking guide, transport (air conditioned vehicle), Khmer snacks.
What’s Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature, Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide.

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Meeting point

Front Entrance of National Museum of Phnom Penh. Address: Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh.

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Important information
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Children policy: Children must be 6 years of age or older. Please note that the content of the trip is more suitable to older children.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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pick up on time, good tour, not for children or very emotional people

We were a really small 5 people group. Our guide was knowledgeable, but her english was not so good, so she used rather simple words. She said it was her first tour and an only-guide... Started with the killing fields. I think we could have stayed a little longer in the field as it was very rushed. (There are bones and skulls displayed and other stuff, so it's really not for something everyone). Afterwards we had some rice-flour based snacks and a cold drinking coconut there, that was delicious. Then the museum, also a little rushed but very informative. We had an old and noisy bus but AC was working and not set too cold. I would do it again.

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October 9, 2017

Humanity at its worse!

This is must see tour to honor and remember those who suffered under the Khmer Rouge's brutal regime. There are not enough words to express what is to be seen at the museum and killing fields. It has to be experienced. Our guide, Da, was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions in a professional and respectful manner at the sites. Excellent tour! Never to be forgotten for the intensity of emotion. Two survivors were available to speak to visitors just added to the experience.

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February 17, 2017

Harrowing and informative

We felt this trip was perfect our guide Picheda om was very knowledgable and obliging. Our group were a party of 8 and the pace and content of the tour was excellent. We enjoyed the Khmer snacks and coconut drink. Hotel pick up and drop off was a bonus too as were still very tired from our long journey from the UK. Thank you!

March 25, 2016

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