To go to Killing Fields, what is the difference among different transportation, tuktuk and taxi or tour bus?
Tuktuk: Tuktuk is handy to find in Phnom Penh. It will cost $20 – $30 (depending on the numbers of the passengers) for a round trip including S21. But most of the tuktuk drivers don’t speak English, so communication is limited, only “How are you?” “Where do you want to go?”And you cannot get more useful information from the drivers. The main problem is the pollution in Phnom Penh. As there are 1.5 millions motorbikes registered in Phnom Penh, the major transportation for locals is motorbike, and there are a lot of cars on the road, so the air is heavily polluted. And the traffic in Phnom Penh is always busy (Khmer New Year and traditional Khmer holidays are exception, as most of the residents in Phnom Penh go to provincial home town), if you take a tuktuk, you will find yourself surrounded by many motorbikes, tuktuks, cars and trucks on the way to Killing Fields; it is dusty, noisy, extremely hot and smelly when passing by a few open sewage; inhaling the badly polluted air and fume from the bikes and cars for 2 hours (round trip) on a tuktuk is not easy for many tourists who use to live in clean fresh air environment. And tuktuks are not insured in Cambodia, there is no protection for passengers when accident occurred.
Taxi: taxi fare to Killing Fields varies from different companies. Most taxi drivers speak little English, communication and information is limited. There is no enough leg room for European people.
Phnom Penh Shuttle Bus
Free pick up and drop off from most centrally located hotels and guest houses: when the tour is finished, drop off at riverside can be arranged for free of charge for passengers who stay in hotels far away from riverside but want to spend some time at riverside as most activities and other attractions are at or near riverside.
Choice of morning and afternoon departure: visit time will be efficiently arranged, avoiding lunch time at Killing Fields where food is more expensive.
Air-conditioning: our tour bus keeps you safe, cool and comfortable with more leg room and bigger sightseeing windows. No dust, no bad smell, no noise, no heat.
Recorded English commentary: English commentary will be played on board, you get more information about the sites you will visit.
Documentary: an English documentary of 50 minutes will be played on the way to Killing Fields, you will learn more about Khmer Rouge regime and the recent history of Cambodia.
Tour assistant: an English speaking tour assistant on board will help you during the tour (tour assistant is not tour guide, this is not a guided tour)
One bottle of drinking water: drinks sold at Killing Fields are more expensive than in the city.
Free WiFi: you can keep in touch with friends and family while sightseeing.
Tour price: if you are solo traveler, our price is cheaper than taking a tuktuk and with much more service; if you are couple or travel in pair, our price is same as taking a tuktuk and again with much more service; and we offer family discount as well, please contact us by email for more details.
Supporting Working Scheme of Youth Cambodia: we employ university students to work part-time. As most of the universities teach half day, many students will work part-time to support their studies. And we pay our workers higher than the government standard.
Is it a good idea to stay at a hotel/guest house far away from city center cause accommodation is cheaper?
We would suggest you to stay near riverside area, the reasons are:
you might save a few dollars on the accommodation if your hotel is far away, but you have to spend $10 or more on tuktuk transport every day.
And it is not a pleasant experience to bargain the tuktuk fares every time you need to go somewhere.
The major attractions of Phnom Penh are in riverside area, such as Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, National Museum, River Cruise, Independence Monument, Bus Station, Night market and Central Market, restaurants, bars, cafes, they are all at walking distance, very easy to organize your activities.