A great way to get to both Prison S21 and the Killing Fields in one day. This is a hugely sobering experience. It fills in the background history to how world events allowed Pol Pot get into power and commit one of the worst acts of genocide you could possibly imagine.
This tour is exactly how it is described. They pick you up at your hotel if you are in a certain area of the city my hotel was in the designated area, so they picked me up, and they take you to the museum. You are than given about an hour and a half plenty of time to go through the main spots on the audio tour and then they take you to the killing fields. You are then able to tour the fields with an audio guide. Although there were others on the tour bus with me, it is a solitary experience, which was exactly what I wanted. I was quite satisfied, and I recommend this tour to anyone who prefers to experience such things solo.
The hotel pick-up is a huge plus, and makes the entire trip very convenient. We were allowed more than sufficient time to follow the in-house guides at both places, and managed to get a very in-depth and emotional recount of the gruesome details that occurred during that period. Highly recommended mode of transport to visit both places, and a great price as well!
As advertised this tour is really a bus pickup and drop off at the two locations. So, what you get is convenience for the trade off of flexibility. Given that the bus was late coming to get us we were the last pickup it meant that the two stops were quite squeezed. With the benefit of hindsight, it would be easier to organise to travel independently and get to spend a bit more time particularly at S21.
The tour absolutely exceeded our expectations however even though we followed the instructions and phoned the Phnom Penh hop off tour company and arranged a 2:00pm pick up they arrived at 2:45pm which meant that our tour was rushed as the killing Fields has a closing time of 5:30pm if you take the audio tour which is a must otherwise you will not know what is going on!!! We phoned the tour company at 2:15 and again at 2:30pm both times we were told that they would be with us in 5mins. I accept that things can go wrong and the company cannot control traffic etc but they should have been honest about the delay.
Tour was alright. I think it would have been better doing the sites ourselves, as it felt very rushed when we were in there, and then we had long periods of sitting on the bus while they shuffled people around several busses to be dropped off. Hiring a tuk tuk for the day would have been cheaper.
The trip was exactly how it was described, the time was just enough for both, just maybe a touch longer needed for the killing fields. Overall it was a very thought provoking and moving experience. Maybe some fruit or an equivalent snack would be a nice touch along with the water as I found myself really hungry and only junk food snacks were available at the prison/killing fileds. I'll know again to take my own. The guide on board the bus was helpful and friendly. :