Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

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) and listen to English commentary en route. 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 40-minute drive to the Killing Fields, see a documentary on the Khmer Rouge regime. There will be around 1 hour and 15 minutes to explore the site. An audio guide is available in 15 languages along with a map of the fields.

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

2. 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: Tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeng Ek Memorial

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

You will be picked up from your hotel at between 1:00 pm to 1:20 pm 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.

Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

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

Your Euro-Khmer guide will pick you up from the hotel that you stayed in Phnom Penh and our guide & driver 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 Private Tour: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, S-21

5. Phnom Penh Private Tour: Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, S-21

Explore the troubled, but fascinating history of Cambodia on a 6-hour sightseeing tour in Phnom Penh, and visit some of the city’s most beautiful pagodas and palaces, as well as the infamous genocide museum of Tuol Sleng. Following a hotel pick-up, your guide will take you to the Royal Palace, built in 1866 by the French after King Norodom relocated the royal capital from Oudong. Located on the western banks of the Tonle Sap River and Mekong River, the palace complex features stunning Khmer architecture, divided into 4 main compounds. The grounds of the Palace are also home to the Silver Pagoda, which received its name because its floor is made of 5,329 silver tiles. Learn about the Khmer kings, resident at all times, with the exception of the period when the Khmer Rouge took control in 1975. See gold and jeweled Buddha statues in the Silver Pagoda, and the Angkor Wat style Bell Tower. Then, 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, the Genocide Museum traces the story of the Killing Fields and the torture and executions that took place from 1975-79. See exhibits that tell the stories of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners that were killed. Return to the city center for a drop off at your hotel, or a riverside café or bar if you want to take in the sunset.

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What people are saying about Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 299 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!

Our half day trip to S-21 and the Killing Fields was excellent. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and sensitive to the complicated nature of visiting these two sites. His English was excellent and easy to understand. He was willing to answer any questions we had and we appreciate the he shared his own family story with us as well. The transportation was clean and well maintained. I highly recommend visiting these two sites with a tour guide who can answer questions and explain the significance of both places.

My tour with Hong was so good. He was so knowledgeable and his English was very good so it was easy to understand. I learnt so much about the Khmer Rouge regime and Cambodian genocide that I did not know before. Hong was so friendly too :)

Very good experience the guide Channak Sok was fantastic given a lot of information that you do not read in the books Highly recommended for young and old especially with this guide

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.