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Phnom Penh Killing Fields and S21 Hop-on-Hop-off Joint Tour

1. Phnom Penh Killing Fields and S21 Hop-on-Hop-off Joint Tour

Choose between a morning or afternoon 4.5-hour of the Killing Fields and the Security Prison S21. Start with a ride to the Genocide Museum (also known as Prison S21). The prison comprises 4 buildings with exhibitions in several rooms. Prison survivors are sometimes present to talk to visitors and share their experiences. After an hour and 15 minutes at the museum, meet the tour assistant at the main entrance to continue the tour. During a 30-40-minute drive to the Killing Fields, watch a documentary on the Khmer Rouge regime. There will be around 1 hour and 15 minutes to explore the site. Audio guide is available in 15 languages along with a map of the fields.

Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise

2. Phnom Penh: Mekong River Sunset Cruise

Start the tour with a hotel pick-up in the afternoon before transferring to the boat pier. Climb aboard the boat for a trip on the Mekong River, where you can enjoy a joint sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonlesap rivers. Enjoy a sunset view of the colonial sights in Phnom Penh Capital City, the beautiful developing capital city of Cambodia. The riverfront offers views of some of the city’s most interesting sights including you a great opportunity to explore the Mekong. See Tonle Sap, Four Faces River, the Royal Palace, and Diamond Island. Discover the quaint fishing neighborhoods comprised of stilted houses. Relax and enjoy the sunset with free-flowing drinks (beer and soft drinks) and fruit platter, before being transferred back to your hotel.

Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

3. Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

A guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Phnom Penh City. Your first stop is Wat Phnom, a 14th-century Buddhist temple. At 27 meters, it is the highest religious structure in the city. Your next destination is the Royal Palace (under renovation) – a majestic building constructed in 1866 by King Norodom. Stroll through its beautiful gardens while admiring the various pagoda style structures. The silver pagoda is named after its floor, which comprises of 5,000 silver tiles. Inside, it houses a gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds. Finally, you will visit the National Museum – a museum dedicated to preserving the Khmer art. Among the hundreds of pieces are examples of pre and post Angkorian art.

Phnom Penh: S-21 Prison and Killing Fields Half-Day Tour

4. Phnom Penh: S-21 Prison and Killing Fields Half-Day Tour

At 8:00 AM, depart from your hotel and drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, located about 16 kms south of Phnom Penh. Here,you will experience a very moving and confronting experience. The Killing Fields were the final resting place for over 17,000 men, women, children and infants between 1975 and 1978. It is estimated the Khmer Rouge Regime took the lives of between 2 and 4 million Cambodians during their destructive and devastating time in control between 1975 and 1979. Your guide will provide you with a detailed tour of the fields. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It rapidly became the largest center of detention and torture in the country. Prisoners were repeatedly tortured and coerced into naming family members and close associates, who were in turn arrested, brought to S21, tortured and eventually killed. Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison. At 12:00 PM, your tour comes to an end and your guide will transfer you back to your hotel.

Phnom Penh: Morning Market & Guided Breakfast Tour by Tuktuk

5. Phnom Penh: Morning Market & Guided Breakfast Tour by Tuktuk

See how Cambodians wake up and start their day with a morning market and breakfast tour by tuktuk. Discover hidden foodie gems, enjoy some amazing local coffee, and experience the vibrant Khmer culture – this is your chance to kick off your day like a local, with a local! Highlights Include: Meet Aunt Om who freshly prepares sesame donuts, one of Cambodia's most popular morning snacks, and see the passion she has to give each customer a smile. Pork & rice is by far the go-to breakfast for locals...but there's so much more than what's in the name. Grab a stool and sit street-side to find out why. Stroll through a bustling open-air market, try what's in-season, and walk away with a handmade souvenir - on us! Savory crepes prepared with ground pork, garlic, turmeric, coconut milk, and eggs, then eaten by hand in lettuce wraps. Enough said. Visit our favorite neighborhood joints and truly experience breakfast the local way. These are off the beaten path hidden gems. Finish with a signature coffee recipe that won this hip cafe the National Barista Gold Medal in Cambodia!

Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

6. Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour

See the highlights of Phnom Penh and learn more about the history of Cambodia, starting with the Royal Palace, built by the French in 1866 after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Explore the palace complex to admire the Khmer architecture on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong River. See the magnificent Silver Pagoda made of 5,329 silver tiles, and hear about different Khmer kings, resident at all times, except during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Gaze in awe at the jeweled Buddha statues and the Angkor Wat-style Bell Tower. Learn about the turbulent years of the Khmer Rouge at the infamous Tuol Sleng Museum, located in a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners murdered and dumped on the notorious Killing Fields.

Phnom Penh International Airport Transfers

7. Phnom Penh International Airport Transfers

Relax in comfort and benefit from the privacy of a vehicle exclusive to you and your party. Enjoy peace of mind with this private transfer between Phnom Penh International Airport and your hotel. Travel stress-free knowing your onward journey is taken care of. Avoid the hassle of negotiating a taxi or the inconvenience of navigating the public transport system with heavy bags. Book the service and be assured that you’re safe and in reliable hands. On arrival, your driver who will be holding a sign with your name. For departure, your driver will pick you up at your hotel. You’ll be shown to the vehicle and soon be on the way to your destination.

Phnom Penh: Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeng Ek Memorial

8. Phnom Penh: Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeng Ek Memorial

You will be picked up from your hotel at the preferable time you selected by a shared A/C transport to visit the highlights of Phnom Penh and learn more about the history of Cambodia from our professional tour guide, starting with S-21(Security Prison 21)of Tuol Sleng that was In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison. Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison, and then drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, located about 16 kms south of Phnom Penh. You’ll visit the memorial built in memory of the more than 17,000 victims who were killed at Choeung Ek by the Khmer Rouge. Transfer you back after this half day tour completed.

Private Taxi Transfer Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

9. Private Taxi Transfer Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

Start your transfer conveniently form the comfort of your accomodation located in Siem Reap. Here, you will meet your friendly, English-speaking guide before setting off to your chosen destination.  During your comfortable, air-conditioned journey, you will get to enjoy the landscape of Cambodia and witness the locals going about their daily lives. In the city center, take the opportunity to stop for a break and take in the sights and sounds of the city. This door to doo service will take you to the location in Phnom Penh that you desire, hassle-free and in comfort and style. Choose between two types of vehicles: the Lexus RX300 or the Mercedes Istana minivan, whichever best suits you and your party's needs.

Cambodia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

10. Cambodia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Cambodia hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Cambodia and upgrade for coverage in 8 countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: Cambodia: Smart The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

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based on 838 reviews

This cruise was excellent. We were out of the pick up zone and they still accommodated picking us up. The day was overcast, and there wasn’t much of a sunset, but you can’t pick the weather. However, the atmosphere, the tour guide, the people and overall experience was unforgettable. Highly recommend

This is a pick up and trip off tour. As such, it was fine. The museums are informative, respectful and heartbreaking, but an essential experience for adults visiting Cambodia.

My guide was great & super helpful! It was lovely getting into a cool bus with a refreshing complimentary bottle of water after hours walking around outside in the heat.

He was waiting for me with a sign.Very careful driver with air condition.Best thing ever after 33 hours of travel not to have to deal with the chaos outside the airports

Great service. They were right there when we landed and car came right away. Very clean fast and professional