APOPO Visitor Center
APOPO Visitor Center
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Join us at our Visitor Center and experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how we train rats to save lives. You will learn about the mine clearance process from our guides, enjoy a series of videos showing our work and can read all about how Cambodia became one of the most mine affected countries in the world. Every tour is led by an experienced and friendly tour guide that speaks English. Take the opportunity to learn more about landmines, Cambodia, APOPO, and African-born HeroRATs. See a HeroRAT in action! We have designed and built a demonstration area where the HeroRATs will sniff out buried items, scratch at the surface to indicate they've found something to trainers and of course receive a tasty treat as a reward. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • AusFamily123
    Sydney, Australia261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best things we did in Cambodia was visit this place
    We took our family of 3 teens here today. It was one of the best things we’ve done in Cambodia. We did it on our way home from the temples. Our guide was not only extremely knowledgeable but also very entertaining. He explained how they train African rats to dismantle land mines and how fast they can do it compared to humans. We learnt the whole history of how they are trained and then the rats did a demonstration. It was so heartening to see that there is something making some headway into this tragic problem in Cambodia. Our children were fascinated. Great gift shop too - we all bought something and made a donation. This is a great charity. Highly recommend a visit here.
    Dear AusFamily123, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 9 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Sharon H
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Clever hero rats
    We were recommended to go here and really enjoyed this one hour tour. The guide was great and it was very interesting. The use of the rats to clear land mines was demonstrated and we even got to cuddle one. Tuk tuk is around $6 return from Siem Reap town centre.
    Dear sharonhP7623SS, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 9 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Marie C
    Perth, Australia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most humbling experience ever
    We had never heard of the APOPO visitor centre and we are so glad that our Hotel Manager told us about this place. It is entirely funding by your ticket entry fee and donations. The tou goes for about an hour and you get to cuddle a rat, which will change your whole view on rats, as they are gorgeous. The education on the land mines is invaluable and thet make a very serious and devastating event nice. I left hoping I could make a difference somehow which is why I am writing this review. This organisation needs awareness and I believe that you must go there. It is very reasonably priced, it is close to town, it only takes an hour, you are helping save lives and you will have a truly amazing experience.
    Dear Marie C , We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 24 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • r2thebizel
    Pattaya, Thailand3,152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    APOPO - Outstanding Place Doing Outstanding Work
    This is an outstanding place doing outstanding work. If you book a tour (and can be as easy as messaging them via Google Maps), they explain and show what the rats do with a live demo whilst letting you read and watch the videos in your own time. You can handle the rat and they appear to be really well looked after even after retirement. Well worth your money to help fund this amazing work…
    Dear r2thebizel, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • LEH_Abroad
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do whilst in Siem Reap - incredible work being done here!
    We are so pleased we had time to visit the Apopo centre in Siem Reap. What an incredible initiative. We all learnt so much from the time we spent at Apopo and it certainly left a lasting impression on our children. The staff did an incredible job of sharing their unique insight and personal experiences, and as for the Hero Rats - WOW! Well worth the visit, amazing work being done here 👏
    Dear Lucy H, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 7 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • AmyMel1981
    Beijing, China17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice family friendly activity
    We really enjoyed learning more about the fantastic work that Apopo does clearing mines in Cambodia. It’s a very family friendly experience and lasts about 1 hour, so it’s a good thing to do if you have a morning or afternoon spare in town. Our guide was really knowledgeable, and our boys loved learning about and holding a “Hero Rat”.
    Dear AmyMel1981, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 9 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Liz
    Balwyn, Australia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    I loved this tour! The guide was very informative and did a great job answering everyone’s questions. Watching the rats work and holding one was the best part of the tour and the gift store was very good too!
    Dear liz19820, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 21 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Marina Celander
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I never thought I'd say this but I love rats!!
    This was such an amazing, different, and unique place to visit. I love that by visiting and buying merch we support such an important cause and land mine detection in a country that has one of the highest rates in the world of maiming and death due to accidental land mine detonation. At the end of the tour which explained how the rats are trained and how the land mines are detected, we got to hold one of the rats working at the APOPO Visitor Center. I almost locked lips with a rat named Dora at the end, and I don't regret it one bit! haha! I learned so much from our visit there, and if I'm ever in Siem Reap again, I would go back just to support their cause again! Such a great place!!!!
    Dear Snorken_travel_bug, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 21 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • coppers_sis
    Kolkata District, India26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful and informative way to spend a morning.
    An informative and fun day. A great way to learn more about the landmine problem in Cambodia and understand how it affects the lives of the local people. Our guide was energetic, knowledgeable and very friendly. Patiently answered all our questions and his and the handlers passion for the work they do is very apparent. Love the rats and the chance to cuddle them. A must see if you are in Siem Reap.
    Dear coppers_sis, We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 21 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Michele W
    Siem Reap, Cambodia38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must to see when traveling to Siem Reap
    As an expat living here I bring friends here who are visiting Siem Reap or recommend to people I meet on the street that are visiting. It is amazing to see the work that APOPO does with these wonderful intelligent little guys and gals. The staff are very knowledgeable and will give you an experience you won't ever forget. The work these amazing little not so little guys do is beyond imaginable. The lives that have been saved through their work is incredible. This is a must see for anyone traveling through Siem Reap, it is very inexpensive to visit and worth the time to see! You get to hold one as well it you want to! I do when I visit and it's fabulous 😍
    Dear T6706KFmichelew , We're very pleased to have you at our center and thank you for a valuable review about us. We're really elated that you enjoy the visit here. We hope you can recommend this further to people around you. Best regards, APOPO Team
    Written 2 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 August 2023
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RossM
Geelong, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We learnt more about the horrendous history of land mines and unexploded ordinance and the impact this has on so many lives within Cambodia. Plus the great work that is done with rats and human handlers to find these and right the wrongs of the past. We would recommend people to visit the centre and learn about the work. Plus we should all lobby our Governments to sign the agreement and stop the manufacture of these horrendous instruments of war that continue to wreak havoc many many many years after the war has finished.
Written 22 June 2024
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Hannah
New Zealand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Highly recommend this centre and tour. We learnt so much and were amazed by these clever rats. Knowledgeable and lovely tour guide - highly recommend going.
Written 17 June 2024
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Thix77
Mount Vernon, WA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We saw this on one of the Siem Reap YouTube travel videos and had to check it out. So glad we went!

Keng was our guide and he did such a great job educating us about these amazing Giant African rats that truly are heroes here in Cambodia and around the world.

This is a must stop if you have an hour to spare! You even get to hold one of their life saving rats! Don’t let that scare you….these are cute little creatures and it’s like holding a cuddly bunny!
Written 16 June 2024
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dy d
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The Amazing mouse in Siem reap And was been to help the people in Cambodia 🇰🇭 and farmer 🧑‍🌾 The mouse 🐁 is wonderful.
Written 14 June 2024
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Ann-Marie N
Greytown, New Zealand125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
In a town of impressive things, this is at the top of the list. Learning how rats have been trained to sniff out landmines so they can be dealt with and the land used by local people is amazing. Well worth doing. As well as learning about these very clever rats, you get an opportunity to hold one.

You can also support this amazing cause by grabbing a meal at Sister Srei cafe in town.

Tip: Apopo doesn’t sell bottled water but has safe drinking water available so you can refill your bottle.
Written 9 June 2024
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Jo M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The short time spent at APOPO visitor centre was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
The tour lasts about one hour, lots of information from our knowledgeable guide, as well as plenty to read around the centre about all of the important work that APOPO does. It definitely makes it feel like a positive experience around something that is so grim.
These African pouched rats are great deal larger than a regular rat, but they resemble a possum in size, and they’re actually adorable.
The handlers give a demonstration of how the rats work out in the field, and you even get to hold one for photo! They also sell pretty good T-shirts at their gift shop.
Written 8 June 2024
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laur102938
Boston, MA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Fantastic experience!!! We loved learning about the rats, as well as some of the history behind the organization and its important work in Cambodia. It was really fascinating to see the demonstration. We also loved meeting Valerie the HERO rat! It was a unique experience, I would highly recommend.
Written 7 June 2024
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Hugo_Wa
Zevenaar, The Netherlands494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Great experience and you are supporting the organization that clears the landmines. Visit on the way to or back from Angkor Wat or just when in time in Siem Reap.

The visit takes about one hour and costs 10 USD.
Written 23 May 2024
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mollybbbbb
Pequot Lakes, MN17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What can I say that hasn't already been said...this was a cool place to visit!! Changed my view of rats. What a unique way to save lives.
Written 21 May 2024
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Paradise315273
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very informative and interesting experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered any questions. The trainers and the rats are just amazing. Great experience to see such important work. Well done Apopo for all that you do!
Written 13 May 2024
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