|We have just returned from 3 wonderful days in Siem Reap. We are so happy that we engaged Sovann Eath as our tour guide. Sovann is everything you would expect of a tour guide. He has in-depth knowledge of the sites and places in & around Siem Reap. Having been a school-teacher for 8 years, Sovann's communication skills and command of English language are sound. He has a pleasant sense of humour and takes pride in providing quality service. He picked us up from the airport and then drove us everywhere in his air-con car throughout the 3 days. The ice-cold water and cold towels were most refreshing when we returned to the car from the hot outdoors. He tailored the itinerary such that we avoided the tourist bus throngs. He organized our restaurant bookings and massage appointments and drove us to the markets and waited until we had finished. At the end of the 3 days, we not only learn about the temples and places we visited, but also about the culture, history, traditions and everyday life in Cambodia. And for anyone visiting Siem Reap and looking for an air-con car and English speaking guide, Sovann Eath is very highly recommended.|
|I came back from my visit in
Siem Reap, it was an unforgettable trip in my life because I hired a
handsome young guide, Sovann Eath (David), he took me
to see as many temples as possible from morning till sunset, he never
show his face tired of me, he was always smile all the time and every
evening he took me to local restaurants with delicious Cambodian food, I
would recommend Amok Soup with either fish or chicken with the coconut
flavor. He speaks very good English with great command of English
speaking, one of the reliable, punctual, friendly tour guide. He was
everything I need during my trip in Angkor, you won't be regret to have
him as your tour guide in Angkor.|
John, United Kingdom.
I understand that some would rather go it alone without a guide but my experience was the opposite. I am an art and architecture professional and had done a good deal of research before my visit but the insight and information our guide had to offer was invaluable. The ability to name the hundred of characters in each narrative frieze, having in-depth information on each site, directing us to the real local restaurants and not the touristy ones, not to mention his humor and warm personality ... these were only a few of the things that made our 10 day trip an experience of a lifetime. He made our visit the best it could be. Having spent a good deal of money to get to Siem Reap I am so glad that I had the good sense to spend a bit more to get the most from our visit.
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We visited Siem Reap on a budget of $600 per person for 4 days & 3 nights - including flights on JetStar from Singapore, food & beverage, tours, taxes, guides, local transport and just about everything. Our hotel was the Le Meridian Angkor and you will not find a good 5* hotel closer to Angkor. The rooms are large, comfortable and the service good. It does need slight property improvements but our overall stay is 'good'.
Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples as well as tours around the Tonle Sap are 'must-see' activities as are the after hours chill out places in Siem Reap. Whatever your tastes, there is plenty to offer. We enjoyed the Meric Restaurant in Hotel de la Paix - great Khmer food, fine dining style, the Raffles outdoor dining experience with Apsara dancers and 50 cent beers in Pub Street.
One thing I would strongly suggest is getting an experienced guide. It saved us a lot of time with logistics for a start. Armed with local knowledge and locations which we liked to see, our guide was able to plan a memorable trip, shared history, insightful views, jokes and even where to shoot the best photographs.
So, how do you go about finding the 'near perfect' guide? Looking around the web helps but recommendations from friends and fellow travellers help make our choice for Ratanak Eath.
A young man with a friendly disposition, Ratanak was very helpful and informative. Instead of the many touristy places, Nak took us to places outside the norm and visits time to perfection for photography. As a guide for many years, he has been to Angkor Wat some 500 times and knows every nook and corner. Over the three days, we became good friends and shared common experiences. This made it our visit all the better. Everything ran smoothly as per our plan.
We found Ratanak an avid photographer too and he took some memorable photos for our party of eight family members.
So, many thanks Ratanak for your jokes, patience with my old parents and some times late children. We had a great visit and would recommend you strongly to friends and those who are planning to visit Siem Reap soon.
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|“Unbelievable, awe-inspiring, not to be missed!”|
If you are a traveler and explorer of ancient ruins, this site surpasses all expectations. I spent three days in Siem Reap, and left wishing I could have stayed longer. Orchestrated by Ratanak Eath, day one started with a boat trip to the floating village of Kompong Kleang, and then a tour of Beng Melea. On the second day we explored the ruins of Banteay Srie, Preah Khan, Ta Prohm, Bayon, and Phnom Bakheng. Day three started predawn with Angkor Wat at sunrise, followed by a cooking class and market tour at the Paper Tiger. We finished the day with a tour of Artisans d’Angkor Silk Farm. What made this trip was Ratanak Eath (Nak). His English was perfect, intelligence sublime, and his sense of humor quirky. He was extremely knowledge about the historical significance of each site, and had no trouble making us westerners relax and enjoy his country. Nak is also a knowledgeable photographer and was a great assistance with his suggestions on how, and where, to capture those quintessential photographic memories.
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