“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
$28 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 tour assistant will explain some guidelines about the visit. Audio tour is available in 6 languages 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 floors or rooms. 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 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 TOUR ASSISTANT 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 within our free pickup zone due to traffic conditions, you will be advised by our office to go to meeting point for pick up.
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 safety
Audio tour at Prison S21
Audio tour at Killing Fields
In-house guide at Prison S21
S21 (Genocide Museum): $5, $3 for under 18 with ID
Killing Fields: $3
* Price subject to change by Cambodia Tourism Board
Audio Tours: (Optional)
S21 (Genocide Museum) Audio Tour: $3
S21 Audio Tour is available in 6 languages.
* Our visit time assigned at the museum is 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.
Highlight Audio Tour: it is about 50 minutes. Please follow the numbers in RED on the Prison map.
* 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.
Extensive Audio Tour: it is about 2 hours.
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 site, 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 $8-$14 depending on your needs.
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.
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 – 10:15am Visit time at Prison S21
10:15am – 10:55am Driving en route to Killing Fields
10:55am – 12:10pm Visit time at Killing Fields
12:10pm – 1:15pm Driving en route back to Phnom Penh and hotel drop off
1:30pm – 2:15pm Hotel pick up
2:15pm – 2:30pm Driving en route to Prison S21
2:30pm – 3:45pm Visit time at Prison S21
3:45pm – 4:25pm Driving en route to Killing Fields
4:25pm – 5:40pm Visit time at Killing Fields
5:40pm – 6:45pm Driving en route back to Phnom Pen and hotel drop off
* Times are approximates.
How to book?
“Book first, pay later!”
Booking via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can make the booking via email. Just leave the name of your hotel/guest house, hotel address, room number or name, date of the tour, time of the tour, then we will contact you to arrange the pick up. And you can pay on the bus.
* Booking via email : 12 hours in advance (please wait for our confirmation reply; if no reply due to internet problem, please ask your hotel/hostel reception to call our local number 016 745 880)
* For last minute booking, please call us! You can ask your hotel reception to call us. They will help.
Phone booking: 016 745 880 (7am – 10pm)
If you have a phone, please call us directly. We speak English.
Or you can ask your hotel reception to call us. They will help.
Call from overseas: 855-16 745 880
Text message booking: 016 745 880 (24 Hours)
Please send text message to our phone about your booking information: Hotel name, hotel address, hotel number, guest name, guest room number, date of the tour, time of the tour, number of passengers. We will contact you to arrange pick up.
Booking at any travel agent
You can also book this tour at any travel agent in Phnom Penh.
Booking at your hotel/hostel
Some hotels/hostels run their own tuktuk tours. But if you prefer to take our bus tour, you can ask the reception to call our number 016 745 880, and you talk direct to us. If they don’t know about our tour, you can just email us.
Last Minute Booking
Please call our local number 016 745 880.
You can pay on the bus when we pick you up.
Main Ticket Offices
Tourist Information Centre
Add: Riverside opposite Royal Palace
Worldwide Travel & Tours
Add: corner of Sts 130 & Sisowath Quai, Riverside
Silk Travel & Tours
Add: #221 Sisowath Quai, Riverside
Friends Travel & Tours
Add: #353 Sisowath Quai, Riverside
Sethbo Cruise & Tours
Add: In front of Night Market, Riverside (near City Bus Terminal)
CTT Travel & Tours
Add: #223 Sisowath Quai, Riverside
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 Wat Phnom: A
– near Riverside: B
– near Central Market: C
– near Royal Palace: D, E
– near Independence monument: F
– in Kirirom area: G
– near Aeon Mall: H
– in BKK area: I
– near Prison S21
Pick up will be from A, then followed by B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I & J.
Drop off will be the reverse.
If you want to be dropped off at Riverside, just tell the tour assistant.
Please note that Sokha Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel (The Great Duke Hotel), IRoha Garden Hotel, Frangipani Living Art, Double Leaf Hotel are not in our pick up zone due to traffic problem (might be stuck for extra 30 minutes).
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 (The Great Duke 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 from our bus, we can arrange pick up but you will have less visit time at the Prison, other passengers have 1 hour and 15 minute, you will have 45 minutes only, so we recommend you to spend $2-$3 for a tuktuk to go to the Prison to start earlier then join our group later 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.
Pick up for 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 9:00am depending on the location of your hotel and the traffic condition.
*You will have about 1 hour 15 minute 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 depending on the traffic.
Pick up for 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.
Our booking office will confirm the pick up time with you before the tour by email or by phone.
As this is a shared tour, please be on time for pick up. Do NOT stay in your room during pick up time, please wait near the reception desk of your hotel/guest house.
Pick up might be delayed due to traffic sometimes. If you don’t see the bus show up at pick up time, please ask your hotel/guest house receptionist to call our local number 016745880.