YPT doesn’t only take you to some of the least explored countries of the world: we also take you well off the beaten track in more popular destinations! And so, we are heading to Cambodia for our Dark Tourism tour. We make use of our extensive knowledge of the country, after living here for several years, to show you sites that you won’t find in any guide book.
The trip has you starting in the world famous city of Siem Reap. Here, you’ll see a number of museums and ancient relics related to the contemporary/Khmer Rouge history of Cambodia, of course without missing the wonder of the world that is Angkor Wat.
Coincidently located on the outskirts of Angkor Wat is a Khmer history museum and art gallery built and operated by North Korea: thanks to our local contacts, you’ll receive a VIP tour of the premise. We’ll then take you directly north towards Thailand to the Cambodian border town city of Anlong Veng, not only the last hideout of the Khmer Rouge, but the capital of the last Khmer Rouge state.
Unique highlights of Anlong Veng include abandoned checkpoints, homemade museums and unmarked graves related to the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge. No trip to Cambodia is complete without a true jungle trek into the wilderness as we take you to where very few foreigners have visited before, the last home and bunker of Pol Pot – the leader of the Khmer Rouge.
You’ll then head to the southwest of the country to Battambang, the second largest city in Cambodia and home to some of the most important and forgotten sites related to the Killing Fields. You’ll also ride on a makeshift bamboo train locals created to make use of the old abandoned French railway lines and visit the Phnom Sampeau bat cave which houses the natural pest control for Cambodia’s rice fields.
The final stop for the tour is in Cambodia’s capital – Phnom Penh. Here, you’ll visit the sadly famous S-21, a former high school converted to a torture prison against the innocent, and then the actual Killing Fields located just outside the city. Tourism doesn’t get more dark than here.
However, we will also have a reason to celebrate as our arrival in Phnom Penh will coincide with the Khmer New Year celebrations, which traditionally lasts three days, and during which the streets are filled with people dressed in colourful traditional clothing, dancing, playing games and splashing each other with water. The throwing of water is believed to wash away the sins and misfortunes of the past year, and to usher in a new year of good luck and prosperity.
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Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– All transport from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
– Accommodation on single room basis
– Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
– Local and Foreign English speaking guides
– Breakfasts and lunches
– Visa if required (YPT can provide visa support)
– Travel to/from the tour
– Dinners and drinks
– Personal Spending
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.