My husband and I just got back from a Southeast Asian adventure and I must say that our time in Siem Reap was one of our highlights. The reason our time was so special was because of our Tuk Tuk driver. The reccomendation came via Facebook from an old friend, so I felt comfortable contacting him.
He was prompt and reliable and spoke very good English - trust me this is a plus. Though he was not an official guide, he knew a lot about the history of the temples, but did not overwhelm us with information.
He took us around the usual temples and then a bit off the beaten path. A gorgeous hike that led to hidden ruins made us feel like real life Indiana Jones. Then we got to experience village life when we stopped off to explore and meet some of his friends. Every restaurant and place he picked was special and made us feel a part his world for a few days.
We wanted to visit an orphenage, so he not only selected one slightly out of town that does not get as much attention from tourists, but helped us pick out food and negotiate a good price for rice and other necessities.
By the end of our trip, this man was not only our driver but our friend. I strongly reccommend him to help make your adventure better.
If you want his email or information, just let me know. shoot me an email. I can also tell you about the orphenage we visited. These kids were something else... 60 kids live together, go to school, learn English and make some incredible artwork. We bought a few pices for under $10 and they are so special to us and proudly adorn our walls.
We are currently in communication with the director (a former orphan) to try to help him keep up with the demand for food and school supplies.
We loved Siem Reap from Dr. Feet massages, to the black ginger and sesame gelato, to the kebabs on the street, and the fabulous Amok we enjoyed over lunch.
Siem Reap is amazing... enjoy !