Can anybody recommed a private travel guide in Phnom Penh
no need for a guide in PP .. just grab a tuk tuk and he'll take you to the places you want to visit.. he'll wait while you explore then take you on to your next stop. $15-20 should get you a full day of sight-seeing, check out the things to do list upper left and also www.canbypublications to make up your list - tell the driver what's on your list and let him determine which is the most effective order to do them in.
Many things in PP are quite close together (Palace, museum etc) and depending on where you're staying could all be in walking distance.
You could do as thmoore suggested but we hired an airconditioned car and driver for $40 a day. He can be contacted at email@example.com. We had a leisurely two days and saw all the sites in comfort. There is a great deal of traffic in Phnom Penh and it was very hot. We wouldn't have enjoyed these conditions in a tuk tuk, especially the trip out to The Killing Fields. Sam is a delightful young man and his personal story is very interesting. We invited him to share lunch with us and enjoyed discussing life in Cambodia.
You could also look at going to Oudon and the silversmith village, takes half a day. We wish we had done that instead of visits to the markets because we are not shoppers!!
Davy Keo was our guide in Phnom Penh onb two separate occasions and can be contacted through Ian, (Angkorlad) on this forum. We thoroughly enjoyed her company and she had us tasting many things at the market which we wouldn't otherwise have done.
If you go to Oudong then also go to the Silversmithing villages with Davy Keo because Davy is working with this community, part Cham Muslims, to develop a community action plan. In addition to which, Davy is also able to get you in to the trade jewellery centre inside Phnom Penh which is not open to the public. But if going to Oudong also have Davy Keo take you to one of the terrible and miserable so-called, "Resettlement Sites". Last time we were there regular poster Lynn001 and others, myself included, purchased 600 Kg of rice and Davy and Khom purchased Fish sauce for these very poor and most miserable "resettled people" Just PM me with an email address for more details and photos. Spoke to Davy today on the phone and the Deputy Primeminister of Cambodia, Sok Ann and his wife had just purchased some of her beautiful hand made flowers at the exhibition in front of Angkor Wat for their own home.
All best regards. ian
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