What you can expect from this tour
Take a self-guided tour of two harrowing Cambodian sites, each a stark reminder of the atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.
Ride a shuttle bus to 2 historical sites from Phnom Penh
Listen to recorded commentary and watch a documentary
Learn about the regime of the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Audio tours available for purchase on-site
First, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, transformed from the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Then get a sobering look at the Killing Fields, where mass killings and burials took place.
Travel by coach round-trip from selected hotels in Phnom Penh, with recorded commentary and an informative video documentary on board.
Audio guides in different languages are available for purchase at each location.
What to expect
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Phnom Penh hotel (hotel pick up for morning tour from 8.00am to 8.45 according the location of your hotel or from 1.30pm to 2.15pm for afternoon tour) and a transfer to Prison S21.
Travelling aboard a comfortable air-conditioned tour bus, listen to the pre-recorded English commentary along the way, offering some background information on the prison. On arrival, your English speaking tour assistant will show you where to go to purchase your tickets (own expense $5/person, or $3 for under 18 with ID), and he will tell you what time you come back to the entrance/exit of the Prison for the next stop (Please remember by heart this time; if you forget the time, our bus won't wait because there are other passengers in the group and they want to go to the next stop on time). You will have 1-hour and 15-minute to explore independently.
In-house guide can be hired for USD $2/person for 45 minute tour (we would suggest you to take the in-house guide service if it is available, but availability of in-house guide is not guaranteed because number of guides is limited). Audio guides are available in 8 languages at the museum for $3 per person. Audio guide is in 2 versions. If you take audio guide, you will take the Highlight version which is about 50 minutes and is printed in RED numbers on the Prison map. Extensive version is 1 hour 30 minutes and is not suitable for our tour. And please don't spend too much time on one spot, just keep moving from one spot to next spot, otherwise you will find you running out of time and can not finish the audio.
Spend time discovering the harrowing truths of the prison, a former high school which was transformed into a prison under the Khmer Rouge regime, now is home to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The prison is composed by 4 buildings, and there are different exhibitions on different floors or rooms. Two prison survivors sometimes will come to the museum and talk to the visitors.
After meeting back up with the tour assistant at the museum entrance, continue on the around 30-40 minute drive to the Killing Fields. Along the way, a documentary about the Khmer Rouge will be played on the bus offering an important insight into the events that took place during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Before arrival, the tour assistant will collect the entry fee and audio guide fee on the bus in advance, therefore on arrival, you can start the tour strait away, no need to wait a long queue to get the tickets. Entry fee is $3/person. Audio guides in 15 languages are also available at The Killing Fields for $3.
You will have another 1 hour and 15 minutes for your self-guided visit.
As the written information is very limited at the Killing Fields, we recommend you to take the audio guide. It only costs you a cup of coffee in your country.
If you take the trip in the morning, you will be back to your hotel by 1pm-1:30pm; and if you like to be dropped off at Riverside where you want to visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum, you can just tell the tour assistant, our driver is very happy to drop you off there for your convenience.
If you take the trip in the afternoon, you will be back to your hotel by 6:30pm; and if you like to be dropped off at the Riverside where you want to spend the evening or visit the Night Market, just tell the tour assistant.
The tour assistant is not your tour guide. This is not a guided tour. The tour assistant will be on-hand to help with practical information, but is not a tour guide.
*If you are very interested in the history of Khmer Rouge and want to spent more time at the museum, we would like to suggest you to take a full day private tour instead.
Free hotel pick up / drop off (selected hotels in inner city, please check the map at the bottom of this page)
Transportation of air conditioned tour bus
English speaking tour assistant
Separate driver ensures safety
documentary video played onboard
1 bottle of drinking water
*The tour assistant is not tour guide.
*This is not a guided tour.
*Due to traffic conditions, drop off of some hotels will be on the other side of the street, these hotels are: Zing Hotel (near Central Market), G Mekong Hotel (other side of street), Courtyard Marriott Hotel (other side of the street), Raffle Hotel (near US Embassy), Sofitel Hotel (outside the main entrance).
Museum Entry Fee $5, or $3 for under 18 with ID
Killing Fields Entry Fee $3
Museum in-house guide $2 (Optional)
Museum in-house audio guide $3 (Optional)
Killing Fields in-house audio guide $3 (Optional)
*Fees are subject to change by Cambodia Tourism Board
*Fees are in US Dollars.
*Please bring small money notes to pay fees.
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
This tour is a shared tour, please be on time for pickup, leaving time at Prison S21 & Killing Fields
This is not a guided tour
Pick up times: Morning tour: pick up time starts from 8am. If your hotel is near riverfront, pick up time will be between 8am - 8:15am. If your hotel is a bit far away from riverside, pick up time will be between 8:15am - 8:45am, pick up during high season might be a bit longer until 9am, but 1 hour and 15 minutes visit time at each site will be guaranteed. Afternoon tour: pick up time starts from 1:30pm, if your hotel is near riverfront, pick up time will be between 1:30pm - 1:45pm, if your hotel is a bit far away from riverside, pick up time will be between 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Guide services run by Prison 21 are subject to availability
Please wait near the reception desk for pick up and inform the receptionist. Please do not stay in your room as you may miss the pick up vehicle.
Pick up might be delayed due to traffic condition and special events.
Audio Guides: (Optional)
S21 (Genocide Museum) Audio Guide: $3, available in 6 languages
* Our visit time assigned at the museum is from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes depending on the traffic on the road. So you are suggested to take the highlight tour if you take the audio guide. Highlight Audio Tour is about 1 hour. Please follow the numbers printed in RED on the tour map. Extensive Audio Tour is about 1 hour 30 minutes long and is not suitable for our group.
* When you arrive at the site, please start the tour straight away as the time is tight, and do not stay at one spot for too long.
Killing Fields Audio Guide: $3, available in 15 languages
* We would like to suggest you to use the in-house guide service at Prison S21 and take the audio guide at the Killing Fields.
* When you arrive at the site, please start the tour straight away as the time is tight.
* if you are very interested in the history of Khmer Rouge regime and really want to spend more time at the museum, we would like to suggest you to take a full day private tour.
Dress Code: Shoulders and knees must be covered.
About Hotel Pick Up
Please submit your hotel details when you make a booking, as some hotels are not within our pickup zone due to traffic conditions.
We do free hotel pick up if your hotel is located:
- near Riverside
- near Central Market
- near Wat Phnom
- near Royal Palace
- near Independence monument
- near Aeon Mall
- in Kirirom area (due to traffic conditions, guests stay at hotels in this area will be advised to go to G Mekong Hotel for pick up. These hotels are: Orussey One Hotel, Sim Boutique Hotel, V Hotel, etc)
- in BKK area
Please note that Sokha Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, IRoha Garden Hotel, Frangipani Living Art, Double Leaf Hotel are not in our pick up zone due to traffic condition.
Guests who stay at Sokha Hotel and other hotels located in outer North from Street 90 and outer North East from Monivong Blvd and Kumpuchea Krom Blvd are advised to come to Night Market at Riverside (Giant Ibis bus station) for pick up at 8am or 1:30pm.
Guests who stay at Intercontinental Hotel, IRoha Garden Hotel, Frangipani Living Art, Double Leaf Hotel and other hotels located in outer South of Mao Tse Tung Blvd and outer East of Street 163 are advised to arrange your own transportation such as tuktuk ($2-$3 depending on your hotel location) to go to the museum yourself, you have the option to start the visit earlier then meet our tour assistant later at 10am or 3:30pm at the main entrance of the museum to continue the tour to Killing Fields, or you can meet our tour assistant at the museum to start the visit with other passengers of the group. If you still want the pick up by our bus, we can arrange pick up but you will have less visit time at the Prison, other passengers have 1 hour and 15 minutes, you will have 45 minutes only, so we recommend you to pay $2-$3 for a tuktuk to go to the Prison to start earlier then join our group later to go to Killing Fields.
If your hotel is not within our pick up zone, you will be contacted by our booking office and advised of the meeting point.
If you stay at a residential address within our pick up zone, you will be advised to go to a hotel nominated by our office for pick up as residential address is difficult to find.
Please check the location of your hotel before you book this tour.
*Please wait near the reception desk for pick up. Please do not stay in your room.
Killing Fields & Prison S21 Morning Tour
Pick up will start from 8:00, the tour finishes at 12:00 at The Killing Fields and back to PP by 1pm.
*Please finish your breakfast before 8am. If you have not finished your breakfast, our bus won't wait for you because this is a shared tour, there are other passengers on the bus and there are other hotel pick ups.
*Hotel pick up will start from 8:00am; pick up time will be from 8:00am to 8:45am, depending on the location of your hotel and the traffic condition.
*You will have about 1 hour 15 minutes visit time at Prison S21 and 1 hour 15 minutes visit time at The Killing Fields.
*Please note that driving time from Riverfront to Prison S21 is about 20-30 min depending on the traffic, driving from Prison S21 to The Killing Fields is about 30- 40 min depending on the traffic.
Killing Fields & Prison S21 Afternoon Tour
Pick up will start from 1:30, the tour finishes at The Killing Fields at 5:30 and back to PP by 6:30pm.
*Hotel pick up will start from 1:30pm; pick up time will be from 1:30 to 2:30 depending on the location of your hotel and the traffic condition.
*You will have about 1 hour 15 min visit time at Prison S21 and 1 hour 15 min visit time at The Killing Fields.
*Please note that driving time from Riverfront to Prison S21 is about 20-30 min depending on the traffic, driving from Prison S21 to The Killing Fields is about 30-40 min.
*Please contact the local office to confirm your exact pickup time.
*If the bus doesn’t show up on time, please ask your hotel reception to call our local number, they will help you;
*please do not send emails when it is urgent.
*There might be delay due to un-foreseen circumstance.
*Pick up locations and times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions and special events such as New Year celebration, Water Festival and Independence Date Celebration by police's traffic control.
Hotel drop off as pick up, or at Night Market riverside.
Due to traffic condition, drop off of some hotels will be on the other side of the street; these hotels are: Zing Hotel, G Mekong Hotel, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Raffle Hotel, Sofitel Hotel.