“A Must-See while in Phnom Penh!”
Prison S21 (Genocide Museum)
The Museum is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979. The school was converted into a prison and interrogation center in August 1975 by the Regime. The buildings were enclosed in electrified barbed wire, the classrooms were converted into tiny prison cells and torture chambers, and all windows were covered with iron bars and barbed wire to prevent escapes. From 1975 to 1979, an estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned and later killed at Choeung Ek Killing Fields. The buildings are preserved as they were left when the Khmer Rouge were driven out in 1979.
The Killing Fields
For the first year of Prison S21’s existence, corpses were buried near the prison. However, by the end of 1976, they ran out of burial spaces, they transported the prisoners and their families to Choeung Ek extermination centre for execution. Choeung Ek Killing Fields is the largest mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge. 8,895 bodies were discovered at Choeung Ek after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime.
$15 per person
$25 for 2 persons
$10 Children 4-11 years
(For group rate, please contact us by email)
Reviewed by King T on 22 October 2016
Definitely worth visiting. I highly recommend paying the few extra dollars for a tour guide at the S21 prison and getting the audio guide at the Killing Fields to enrich your overall experience.
Reviewed by Paul B on 04 October 2016
It’s worth doing this trip to see what happened. The video in the coach was good and clearly explains the history of the rise and fall of Pol Pot.
Reviewed by Morgan F on 14 July 2016
The tour itself was very organized, comfortable bus and video onboard was good. Overall Very interesting experience, also one I wont forget. It is very confronting but glad I learnt about the history.
Reviewed by shane h on 30 June 2016
It was just what we needed. Picked up from hotel in air conditioned bus.. It is nice to take some of the hassle out of travelling when you have been organising so much and just be part of a tour.. The whole thing ran like clockwork.
Reviewed by Sherunika U on 19 April 2016
A good tour and well worth the cost. The visit to Tuol Sleng was very informative, as was the documentary shown to and from the venues. The visit to the Killing Fields was also very moving. The benefit of this tour is that you get to visit these key sites and gain knowledge without the queues or the dusty drive in a tuk tuk.
Reviewed by Cameron M on 16 March 2016
Really good trip. Well paced without over doing it. Excellent value
Reviewed by MVIC on 12 March 2016
Great trip for independent travelers. The audio guides at both destinations were excellent and everyone was able to move around the sites at their own pace. The video shown on the bus was very informative.
Reviewed by Gordon T on 14 January 2016
Excellent value. Clean ac bus, courteous driver, hotel pick up. All good
What You Can Expect
With a hot climate year-round, this air-conditioned bus tour is a perfect way to see the sights in Phnom Penh.
Killing Fields & S21 Shuttle Bus Tour, a must-see tour while in Phnom Penh, now is available on an air-conditioned tour bus.The tour will start when all hotel pick-ups completed. The bus will take you to Genocide Museum, also know as Prison S21 under Khmer Rouge regime. Recorded English commentary will be played on the bus, giving you some basic background about this prison. The bus attendant will explain some guidelines about the visit. Audio tour is available in English and French at a cost $3, in-house guide can be hired as well for USD $2/person, or you can visit the museum by yourself. The prison is composed by 4 buildings, and there are different exhibition on different floor or room. Two prison survivors sometimes will come to the museum and talk to the visitors. The visit time of the museum is about 1 hour.
Then the bus will head to the Killing Fields. The drive will take about 40 mins. On the way to the Killing Fields, a documentary will be played on the bus, you will learn more about Khmer Rouge regime. Audio tour in 15 languages is also available at The Killing Fields at a cost of $3. If you take the Audio Tour, you will receive a headphone and a control device with numbered buttons. You can follow the map provided and start the Audio Tour. The visit time at the Killing Fields is about 1 hour 15 mins. As the written information is very limited at the Killing Fields, we recommend you to take the audio tour.
If you take the trip in the morning, you will be back to your hotel by 1pm; 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 bus attendant is not your tour guide. This is not a guided tour.
You must submit your hotel details when you make a booking, as some hotels are not eligible for pickup due to traffic conditions.
Free Hotel pick up / drop off (inner city)
Air Conditioned tour bus
Audio English commentary on board
Documentary video on board
English speaking tour assistant
Separate driver ensures more safety
1 bottle of drinking water
Audio tour at S21
Audio tour at Killing Fields
S21 (Genocide Museum): $3 (Free entry with student ID)
* Price subject to change
Killing Fields: $3
Audio Tours: (Optional)
Killing Fields Audio Tour: $3
The Killing Fields Audio Tour is available in 15 languages for $3 per person. It includes stories by those who survived the Khmer Rouge, and by the guard and executioner Him Huy. This audio tour is optional. If you don’t want to take the audio tour, you just pay $3 for entry. As there is little written information at Killing Fields, we recommend you to take the audio tour.
If you take the audio tour, you will receive a map, a headphone, a controller device with numbers on it; there are 19 numbers on the map showing the stops; just press the number to listen to the stories.
* We would like to suggest you to take the audio tour at the Killing Fields as written information there is very little, and use the in-house guide service at Prison S21.
* When you arrive at the site, please start the tour straight away as the time is tight.
S21 (Genocide Museum) Audio Tour: $3
S21 Audio Tour is available in 6 languages.
Highlight Audio Tour: it is about 1 hour. Please follow the numbers printed in RED.
* 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 tour.
Extensive Audio Tour: it is about 2 hours.
* if you are very interested in the history of Khmer Rouge regime and really want to know more or study about it, a half day tour including 2 sites is not enough, we would suggest you to take a private tour in stead. There are other tour companies operate private tours.
S21 in-house licensed guide & fees:
In-house guides can be hired at very little money, just $2 per person.
The in-house guided tour is about 50 minutes.
* If your English is good, we would like to suggest you to use the in-house guide service, because they can tell you some stories on the exhibits. Please pay $2 to the in-house guide at the end and please prepare small money as they might not have change for you.
* BUT We can not guarantee you that an in-house guide is available when you visit the museum. And in-house guide service is only available for groups, and it is not controlled by us. Some times they are busy with other groups.
* When you arrive at the sight, please start the tour straight away as the time is tight.
* Please bring some cash for entrance fees and audio tours. The budget is between $6-$12 depending on your needs.
Don’t want to inhale the dust and fume on a tuktuk for 2 hours?! Take a tour bus!
8:00am-8:45am Hotel pick up
8:45am-9:00am Driving en route to Prison S21
9:00am-10:00am Visit time at Prison S21
10:00am-10:40am Driving en route to Killing Fields
10:40-12:00 Visit time at Killing Fields
12:00-1:00pm Driving en route back to Phnom Penh
1:30pm-2:15pm Hotel pick up
2:15pm-2:30pm Driving en route to Prison S21
2:30pm-3:30pm Visit time at Prison S21
3:30pm-4:10pm Driving en route to Killing Fields
4:1pm-5:30pm Visit time at Killing Fields
5:30pm-6:30pm Driving en route back to Phnom Pen
* Times are approximates.
How to book?
“Book first, pay later!”