In my 3 month trip around the world, I had many guides, but the best was Sowanna Yun, my guide for three and a half days in Siem Reap, Cambodia (License find his web page at www.guideforangkorwat.com or www.cambodianguide.com). Although I arrived at my hotel later than expected after traveling for over 16 hours from Perth, Australia, Sowanna was there to meet me as he had promised. He gave me time to freshen up and we left for a boat tour of the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake with unforgettable views of the sunset and people eating dinner on their house boats, kids paddling around in big pots, floating churches and schools, and a crocodile farm. Back at the hotel for a late dinner, I tried an excellent coconut fish dinner recommended by Sowanna as a typical Cambodian meal. Over the next three days, Sowanna took me to see many beautiful temples throughout Siem Reap and told me fascinating stories about their histories. I had equated Siem Reap with Angkor Wat, but thanks to Sowanna’s excellent tutelage, I learned that there were many other equally amazing temples to view. Sowanna not only was knowledgeable about the history of the temples, but also had a keen eye for the best photo opportunities -- as I snapped away, he would tell me that there was a better view coming up, and he was always right! I also was interested in the more modern history of Cambodia and, on my request, Sowanna took me to visit the Land Mine museum, which I highly recommend. He also suggested a visit to an English language school, where I was able to interact with children who were studying English either before or after their regular school day as well as to talk with their teachers. This opportunity to talk with Cambodian people was a highlight of my trip. Another unexpected highlight was a trip to another floating village on Tonle Sap Lake that was high and dry on stilts during the dry season when I visited. Sowanna was very accommodating in rearranging the schedule we had originally planned in order to visit this village. After taking a boat ride along a narrow channel where we saw homes perched precariously on high stilts, we disembarked and walked through a small village where we came upon a wedding and talked to people preparing food for the wedding celebration that the whole town would attend. This opportunity to see how people are living in Cambodia was a very special experience. In sum, I highly recommend Sowanna Yun. He is extremely knowledgeable and reliable; his English is excellent; and he will go the extra mile to show you the sights you want to see.
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