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The Killing Fields (Choeung Ek)

15km southwest of the city, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: These were the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

It is difficult to put words to this place, I do think people should see it, be brave it is upsetting, & difficult to understand the atrocities,but it is all there for you to see, indeed in places you can still see human bones just on the ground. Mankind is cruel & there is plenty of this cruelty on view... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A very tragic experience. The audio guide was very moving and the stories were horrifying. apparently during the rainy season bones and clothes resurface every rainy season. Unfortunately a lot was removed from the time when the camp was active.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

One of those places that tourists "must go". About a 30 to 40 minute tuk tuk ride from town, but worth it. Great audio tour which makes grim listening, but is well done and helps to shed further light on Cambodia's recent history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A truly harrowing experience that nearly reduced myself and my partner to tears. Even with beautiful weather we were stricken down with a sense of sorrow! Definitely a must see and a site that should be preserved to ensure the same mistakes aren't made again.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Audio tour was fantastic but such a heart breaking place, tip visit the genocide museum before the killing fields as the audio tour refers back to S-21

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Eye opening experience and a must while in Cambodia. Our guide was very informative and easy to understand.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place shows a poor and sad part of humanity history. A local guide is not necessary as the history is told in audios. Must hear carefully.

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West Lakes, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was unsure about visiting the Killing Fields as it didn't feel right to make this a tourist attraction. However the self guided audio tour is designed to be very respectful of the horrors that occurred here. Although only a small part of Cambodia's history it is very relevant to help understand Cambodia today. Many of the local people we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As I understand the Khmer Rouge was a horrific and still a very traumatic event for the people of Cambodia, and this site is very sacred with many memories - it doesn't have a strong touristy appeal. I certainly wouldn't recommend it others as a day trip.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Go early if its warm. There are drink shops inside and outside. Allow 2 hours there and there are shaded places to sit and reflect. Not as visually disturbing as S21

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