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Phnom Penh: Private City and Genocide Tours

1. Phnom Penh: Private City and Genocide Tours

1. The first stop will be at a couple of the most significant sites in Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom and Lady Penh Statue. Before visiting the actual Temple you will see the statue of Lady Penh, who Phnom Penh is named after. Learn her story before taking the steps up to the Wat (Temple). Entry fee: $1pp 2. Wat Onnalom was originally built in 1442 after the capital was founded in 1434 by King Ponhea Yarth. It is one of the most important monasteries in Phnom Penh. Free entry. 3. The National Museum was built in 1920 while Cambodia was a French colony. It is worth visiting, if only from the outside, to admire one of the best examples of traditional Cambodian style building. Free 4. The Royal Palace is most beautiful in the morning with the sun as it faces east. Perfect for photography opportunities. The public park in front is popular with local people to relax and socialise with family and friends. Outside visit only: Free. 5. The Cambodian Vietnam Friendship Monument commemorates the former alliance between the two countries. It is located not far from the Royal Palace in Botum Park. Free. 6. The King Norodom Sihanouk Statue stands impressively on the largest park strip in Phnom Penh. It was built in honour of the King in 2013 after his death the year before. Free. 7. The striking Independence Monument is nearby, representing independence of Cambodia from French colonisation which lasted for 90 years, from 1863 - 1953. It was built in 1958 and completed in 1962. Free 8. The darker and tragic side of Cambodian history takes us to the Genocide Museum. Formally a school, the site became a significant centre of imprisonment and torture during the Khmer Rouges reign. Approximately one and half hours is a suitable time to spend here. An audio guide is included in the entry fee of $10 pp. 9. We make a lunch stop at a local restaurant before heading to the Killing Fields, 45 minutes from the city. This is the second significant historical site of Khmer Rouge Genocide in Phnom Penh. An audio guide is included in the entry fee of $6pp. 10. The Russian Market is a great place to pick up Khmer products for souvenirs, many of which have been sourced from local businesses and organisations. Free. 11. Explore Diamond Island at the end of the tour, the 'Paris of Phnom Penh'. A swamp prior to 2000, it now continues to develop as a satellite city to the main central city of Phnom Penh. Along the way you will see the Patriarch of Monks Statue, the Buddhist Institute, the Cambodian Parliament Building, China Town and other newer developments of the capital. Nearby is the confluent of the Tonle Sap, Upper and Lower Mekong Rivers and Tonle Bassac. You will learn the significance and uniqueness of the rivers that meet here and flow through Cambodia. Free.

The killing Field and S21 half day tour.

2. The killing Field and S21 half day tour.

For this haf-day tour, the travelers will be picked up directly at the hotel or at the departure point. For the whole the tour, the travelers will be accompanied and escorted in the comfortable van by the tour guide from the hotel or the picking up point plus a very warm welcome and hospitalities by the tour guide. On the way from Phnom Penh to the Killing Field, the tur guide will be doing presentation about Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot as, it takes around 25 minutes and 15 Kilometers. At the Killing Field, the travelers will experience the seeing and getting more deeper understanding about the atrocities committed by Khmer Rouge, like seeing the bones, the rags of bones, the clothes, the rags of clothes, the Killing Trees ( where more than 300 children and babies were slaughtered at the tree, their heads were smashed against that tree), the graves and the mass graves and specially the memorial stupa full of 9000 skulls, classified into sex, age, nationalities and causes of death). Then the travelers are coming back to the city center to visit the Genocide Museum ( S21). At the Museum, the travelers will find out a lot more about that regime and especially the atrocities to the victims at that prison. Even more shocking, the travelers will see the blood, small toilets of the prisoners, rooms, cells, photos ( with sad and hopeless eyes contact and facial expression looking to the travelers). The visitors will even be able to have chance to see the survivors and they will be telling the travelers how they could survive from that brutal prison. It is building by building. Then the tour guide will escort you back directly to the travelers' hotel by the professional driver safe and sound. During the whole tour, travelers can ask any questions and raise any concern.

Half Day Silk Island Tour with English Speaking Guide

3. Half Day Silk Island Tour with English Speaking Guide

In this trip, our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and bring you to see the Golden temple which was built in 1928. After we will catch a ferry to silk island and you will enjoy seeing the lifestyle of people, the seasonal crops that grown on this island and visiting the silk farm where you will learn about silk the processing of silk production from caterpillars to main products.

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: Historical Guided Tour

5. Phnom Penh: Historical Guided Tour

Our driver and knowledgeable guide will be waiting for you at your hotel, ready to take you on an incredible journey. Royal Palace is your first stop are home to King Sihamoni and closed off to the public, but you will be able to visit the sacred Silver Pagoda that lies in the palace complex. This sacred site provides an opportunity to experience a unique part of Cambodian history, culture and art that no other place in the country can offer. Then, head to the Wat Phnom when exploring the city and it is a 14th-century Buddhist temple that stands at 27 meters tall, making it the highest religious structure in this area. This temple has a long history, offering visitors insight into the culture and religion of Cambodia. The complex features several highly decorated structures, including a large stupa at its center. Your included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum will introduce you to the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Your expert guide will tell you the story of this period in detail, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of this dark chapter in Cambodia's history.

Alternative Tour to Silk Farm, SilverSmith Village and Udong

6. Alternative Tour to Silk Farm, SilverSmith Village and Udong

After crossing the Tonle Sap (river) by bridge, stop at the impressive Golden Temple and then cross the mighty Mekong by ferry to reach Silk Island. Silk Island, known as Koh Dach, gets its name due to the silk production on the island. We will spend time exploring the island, seeing local people at work, with the opportunity to talk to them and learn about life on the island. Local women weave silk scarves and skirts in the shade of their houses and export to the marketplace in Phnom Penh. The handmade goods are also for sale on the island. Spend an hour or more inside a Silk farm seeing and learning about silk production from the silk worm, silk worm food, cocoons, silk thread and silk production, as well as relaxing in the gardens on the farm and along the Mekong river. From Silk Island to Udong is about an hour by very comfortable road. You will see a village where original people make jewellery from silver and copper. After that, you will see the biggest Buddhist centre at the foothill before cliaming up the mountains of 300 steps. There are 5 original stupas on the top of the mountain. Once you reach the top, you will see a beautiful landscape and a Buddha stupa where the local paying repect to buddha relics and more ten thousands statues underground. The four other stupas are King's properties and ashes of different generations of kings. Returning to Phnom Penh, we will take approximately 90 minutes, and we will seek out some hidden street art before going back to your hotel. This tour is approximately 8 hours.

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

7. 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.

Tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

8. Tour in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

and accompany you to prominent locations rich in history and art. A one day tour in Phnom Penh, We will first visit the Wat Phnom sanctuary hill temple. The National Museum, 1.5 km away from Wat Phnom, has collections of Khmer art, including sculptures, Khmer pottery, bronzes, and ethnographic artefacts. After that, we'll proceed to the Royal Palace, a structure with Khmer architecture that includes a defensive wall (kampeng), throne hall (preah thineang), temple dedicated to the Emerald Buddha (Wat Preah Keo Morakot), stupas (chedei), towering spires (prang prasat), mural paintings, and head to the independent monument. The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum will be the next destination; it commemorates a tragic period in history in an effort to inspire visitors to spread peace. Next, we'll explore the killing fields, which are a number of site in Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge dictatorship is believed to have executed and interred more than 1,000,000 people. We really hope you enjoy Phnom Penh and our trip itinerary to the fullest.

Half Day Tour of Tuol Sleng and Choeng Ek Killing Field

9. 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.

Half Day Royal Palace, National Musuem and Wat Phnom Tour

10. 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.

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This tour is a great start to any trip to Phnom Penh and to Cambodia in general. Be ready to live the most intense emotional rollercoaster ever, as you’ll go from the magnificent Royal Palace to monuments that were the theater of the darkest times in human history. If you have children under 20 with you don’t take them on this tour, though. I’m an adult and some monuments traumatized me.

Mr. Hong our guide used to be a history teacher, and his passion and talent for prividing information in a fascinating way made this trip so enjoyable. I wish I could have Mr. Hong guide us for our entire stay in Cambodia! the prison is very interesting to see, and I woukd highly recommend this tour.

We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide Sophy was extremely helpful, kind and very informative. He also gave us lots of nice recommendations of things to do and places to eat in Phnom Penh after our tour. We would really recommend this tour. Thanks Sophy.

This tour and my guide was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour to other travelers.

Excellent guide who really brought history to life for us.