Remnants of a Khmer Rouge Era


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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: cambodia, cambodia

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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 capital’s most shocking sites in Cambodia’s historical annals.


What's Included

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

All applicable taxes and service charges

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

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

What's Not Included

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

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

Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.

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

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

Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • 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.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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 comf
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • 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.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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 comf
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy


What To Expect

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Pick up from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver and transfer to the Tuol Sleng Museum (Prison S21). During the Pol Pot regime, Tuol Sleng, formerly a high school (Tuol Svay Pre School) was converted to a detention centre known as S21. After interrogation and often torture, prisoners were transferred to The Killing Fields, where they were tortured again and brutally killed. Today the building houses exhibit paintings and photographs of many of the victims. Visitors can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the torture devices used to extract confessions in Stalinesque purges of the regime in the late 1970s. Do expect a sobering visit, where the building houses exhibits, paintings and photographs of many of the victims indicating its harrowing past.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

We end the morning/afternoon at the Killing Fields at Cheung Ek, located just outside the city centre, seen as a depressing experience of the harsh reality of this part of Khmer history. It was a Chinese Cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known Killing Field. The remains of almost 9,000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in this area. A memorial stupa has been erected and displays over 5,000 human skulls, bones and clothes of the victims. During the Khmer Rouge years, thousands of Cambodians were tortured and imprisoned in detention centres around the country. A visit to this sobering site reveals the photos documenting its checkered past, and the pagoda that was converted into a prison during the regime that is now a monastery.

We return you to your hotel either at around noon (in case you have chosen the morning tour) or at around 6 pm if you decide to book this tour in the afternoon. The total duration of this tour is approximately 4 hours.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Reviews

Must Visit to understand the violent past in Cambodian History
Rdelvalle81, 27-10-2019
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.
A must see
HarrietK40, 14-09-2019
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.
Heartbreaking but essential
TheNEHProfessor, 18-08-2019
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.
A very sombre and chilling experience
Steve R, 08-08-2019
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...
VERY SAD BUT INTERESTING
robertwE4813PD, 15-01-2020
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.




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