Tuol Sleng Museum, also known as the Museum of Genocidal Crimes, was once used by the Khmer Rouge as a detention and torture center in the late 1970s. The Killing Fields at Cheung Ek are an important memorial site for both Cambodians and visitors from around the world who want to honor those lost during a dark period in Cambodia's history. Visit both of these sites on this 4-hour tour with a guide. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
Your tour starts with pickup from your Phnom Penh hotel by your guide and driver for the ride to the Toul Sleng Museum (aka Prison S21). During Cambodia's Pol Pot regime, Toul Sleng, formerly a high school, was converted to a detention center known as S21. After interrogation and often torture, prisoners were transferred to the ‘killing fields,’ where they were often tortured again and brutally killed. Today, the building is home to exhibits that display paintings and photographs of many of the victims. On your tour, you can see the crude cells built in the classrooms and the torture devices used to extract 'confessions' during the regime's Stalin-esque purges in the late 1970s.After the museum, continue your tour to the Killing Fields at Cheung Ek, located just outside the city center. This site was a Chinese cemetery before it became the Khmer Rouge’s best known killing field, where the remains of nearly 9,000 bodies have been excavated from mass graves in the area. A memorial stupa has been erected with a display of more than 5,000 human skulls, bones, and pieces of clothing from the victims. During the years of the Khmer Rouge, thousands of Cambodians were tortured and imprisoned in detention centers around the country; please note that this visit is a profoundly moving but also depressing experience.Your tour ends with return to your hotel.