About Apopo Visitor Center

Apopo is an NGO, training the rats to detect the landmines, to avoid tuberculosis and to save many lives. It offers a tour and demonstrates how the rats are trained for heroic work. It takes about 9 months to train a rat. The socializing of these rats starts when they are 4 weeks old. These trained rats have helped in saving many lives by detecting explosives. They can sniff the explosives and their light body weight prevents an accidental explosion. A visit to the place helps in the noble cause as the fee goes in the maintenance of the center.

Must See

  • Live demonstration of mine detection by the hero rats.
  • Videos of the work done by the rats.
  • Meet the hero rats.
  • Souvenir shop selling t-shirts and jewelry.

How to reach

It is 4 km from the city center. One can hire taxis, motorbikes, bicycles, tuk-tuks or tour buses. The prices can be negotiated depending upon the distance and the time. Taxis can be hired for a full day at the cost of $30 for a full day for 2 people. Tuk-tuks can be hired for a full day at the cost of $13 to $16 and can accommodate 4 people. Motorbikes cost for a full day range between $3 and $10, they are easily available in the city at all places.


  • Purchasing a ticket goes towards helping the community.
  • There is a small gift shop from where t-shirts can be bought with hero rats printed on them.
  • You can also adopt a hero rat. A certificate is issued to the owner and updates are given on a regular basis about the adopted rat.
  • Query the trainers for more information.
  • Carry water bottles along with you.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Carry hats and sunscreen to protect against the sun.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, it requires a lot of walking.

Visit Time

Sunday:        Closed

Monday:        8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:       8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:      8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday:          8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Entrance Fee


The entry fee is $5.

The entry is free for Cambodian nationals and children under 6 years of age.


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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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