The Cambodia Landmine Museum in Banteay Srei district seeks to educate visitors about the impact of mines and the importance of clearing landmines in Cambodia. There are still millions of landmines in the ground and they destroy families and communities. Over the years since the end of the civil war, Aki Ra, has worked to clear as many landmines as he could. He started to keep them and created a small museum. The money he raised went towards support children and families who had been adversely affected by mines.
Nowadays, the Landmine Museum has grown to become a must-see place to visit in Siem Reap and the museum welcomes thousands of people each month to tell them about the continuing issues of landmines in Cambodia.
They now educate and support at-risk Cambodian children at their relief centre. The children, the staff and their families live on the museum property. However, the relief centre is not open for tourists.
The museum tells the story of Aki Ra and the history of landmines in Cambodia. Moreover, the money raised at the museum goes to funding the relief centre where children are housed, fed, educated and given a bright future which they otherwise would not have had. You don’t often see Aki Ra at the museum as he is out nearly every day coordinating teams which go around the country clearing the mines to make the land safe for communities all over the country.
Road 67, Banteay Srei District, Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 (0) 15 674 163
$5 per person
How to Get There
There are two ways to get to the landmine museum from Siem Reap. If you have an Angkor Pass, you can through though the Angkor Park. Head to the east of Srah Srang towards Preah Dak. Here you can pick up road 67 and head north to Banteay Srei.
If you don’t have an Angkor Pass, head out along national Road 6 towards Roluos. Turn left at at Apsara Road and continue until you get to the Angkor Ticket Office. At the roundabout, turn right and keep going along Road 60 until you reach another roundabout about 3 or 4 kilometres down the road. Turn left onto Road 67 and keep going north for another 20km and you’ll eventually see the museum on the right side.
The distance isn’t too far from town and you can easily take a tuk tuk to the museum. If you can handle a 50 or 60km round trip on a bicycle, then cycling might be a nice alternative.
Why Visit theCambodia Landmine Museum?
The Cambodia Landmine Museum has become one of the must-see attractions in Siem Reap. The museum is very interesting and explains a lot about the problems faced by Cambodians and how the landmines have affected local communities. The money raised here helps to give a bright future to young Cambodians who otherwise wouldn’t have had one.
Its located on the main road along the way to Banteay Srei temple and it’s nearby the Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre. Most guests prefer to visit the landmine museum when they are part of a tour which includes Banteay Srei temple. It’s a quick stop along the way and one which you should consider.
Banteay Srei district only has a few local style guest houses and home stays. Most visitors to the museum will find accommodation in Siem Reap and then make the journey out to the museum. You’ll find all sorts of hotels in Siem Reap town from small family-run guest houses to large 5-star resorts.
If you want to incorporate the Landmine Museum on a tour, then the most popular tour would be a Banteay Srei Tour. This often includes Banteay Samre temple and Banteay Srei Temple. You can stop at the museum and butterfly centre along the way to break up the journey.
It’s also possible to include the museum on a tour of Phnom Kulen or Kbal Spean.
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