Cambodia’s busy capital Phnom Penh is located at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. Here is where you can enjoy the majestic beauty of Khmer architecture reflected in Phnom Penh’s tourist attractions such as the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda or the National Museum of Cambodia, which displays artefacts from around the country.
Spend the whole day discovering Phnom Penh's past and present. Take a look at some of the Khmer Rouge’s infamous sombre locations and learn about the region's dark history as well as its current politics. Then get out of the capital, pay a visit to an island on the Mekong, where you'll experience the local residents’ life along the river.
To begin with, you’ll be picked up at the hotel by our chauffeur. Your tour starts as you learn about the date of April 17, 1975, when Phnom Penh was taken by the Khmer Rouge.
Your guide will take you to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which was turned into the S-21 prison camp. It was right here in this museum that the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime unfolded. As you discover the museum, you’ll discover the barbarism of the Khmer Rouge, including torture instruments, documented in photos and memorabilia.
Afterwards, you’ll be introduced to a large stupa made up of about 8,000 human skulls and bodies of those executed at Tuol Sleng – the Choueng Ek Memorial. This is viewed as one of the infamous Killing Fields in Cambodia where masses of people were buried by the Khmer Rouge.
Your half day horror tour ends with some local snacks while your guide’s providing you with some knowledge of how the Cambodian people struggled, and how the country managed to move forward.