Phnom Penh Small Group City Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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My guide, Mr Oung Syphat was right on time to pick me up, in fact early. We walked from my hotel to the royal palace (across the street) and began our expertly guided tour. We then went from the Royal Palace to the killing field by tuk tuk where Oung had first hand and deep knowledge on the genocide, being a victim of the Khmer Rouges brutal regime himself. From there we visited s21 and Oung was extremely insightful, pointing out things I should photograph and panels that I should read inside the museum. From there we had lunch at a traditional Khmer establishment and Oung then offered to bring me to some additional places like the central market and a temple. He was extremely knowledgeable and very professional.
My boyfriend and I had a seamless experience with this tour - due to low season we were the only people on the tour and were taken to the sights with our tour guide Sing on a Tuk Tuk. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I'm pleased we booked a tour as we found out so much information that just isn't on the signs. The killing fields and S21 are extremely hard to take in but we wanted to experience and understand the Cambodian culture better. We were fortunate enough to meet an S21 survivor, we bought his book which he signed, a definite surprise and honour to meet him.
The tour guide Sorl was a responsible, cheerful and nice guy. He tired his best to explain everything to us (though we could not really understand him half the time) I thought the price for the city tour was rather high given that we had to pay all the entrance fees to royal palace, the S21 prison, & killing field. Meals was also not included. So what we paid was mainly for the transportation, which is not very expensive in Phnom Penh, and the tour guide.
It ended up being a personal tour. I was driven by Tuk Tuk to sights such as Wat Phnom, an Golden Temples. Visiting the Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, while somewhat difficult to grasp, are important sights to see in Phnom Penh. I had a great time on the tour, the driver was fantastic. Just experiencing the city in that way was incredible. Thanks!
By having this tour guide, I had a deeper understanding of Phnom Penh. The royal palace is very beautiful. The paintings and decorations of the palace are really meticulous. The killing field and its history are so horrible. I hope the tyranny would never happen again.