We stayed at the Angkor Pearl hotel at the end of last month. The angkor pearl is a great hotel. The staff is all very friendly, helpful, and there for you if you need anything. The room was very clean and spacious. It was in walking distance to pub street, and lots of other restaurants and stores. The hotel restaurant was also very good, as it had about 6 different options that you could choose from, and was for a very reasonable price. The hotel as a whole was a great value for the money, and truly made our trip to Siem Reap special.
The highlight of our trip was the driver that we were connected with through the hotel. After reading numerous reviews on here for Sam Tuktuk, we decided that we wanted to have him as our driver during our time in Siem Reap. We emailed him and were very fortunate to find out that he was available for the dates needed. Sam picked us up from the airport in his car (complimentary) and drove us to the hotel. The nice thing about Sam's services is that he gives his guests the choice between using his car or his tuktuk. After we arrived at the hotel, Sam sat with us and helped us plan our itinerary for the next few days. He gave us some suggestions as to what he would recommend as far as an Angkor Wat itinerary, but he was very caring and listened to our input, and gave us prices upfront so that we would know what to expect for our adventure. We agreed to meet the next morning to start our adventure. We utilized Sam's tuktuk for our adventures. Sam is a very safe and cautious driver, and I felt very comfortable riding around in his tuktuk. His tuktuk was in excellent condition and was very roomy. Sam took us around to everywhere that we wanted to see, and was excellent about stopping whenever we asked to take a picture. On our way to Banteay Srei, Sam took us on a less traveled route, that allowed us to take in an amazing view of some gorgeous rice fields. It was apparent that Sam put alot of care into ensuring that his guests were getting the experience that they wanted. At each of the temples, Sam was able to give us some basic background info about the temple. His English was excellent, as he also use to live in the U.S., so he speaks very well. My husband and I are both into getting to know about the local culture, and so one of the highlights of our time with Sam was when he took us to his home village, where his wife had prepared us a home cooked meal and we could meet his family. This experience was so enlightening, and it was truly a special moment to see how life in Cambodia is away from the touristy spots. Sam made our trip to Cambodia so memborable and enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a great driver. He can be requested directly via contacting the hotel, or you can find him on facebook under "Sam Tuktuk".
Overall, the experience at the Angkor Pearl was amazing. We would without hesitation stay there again :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Team New Services New facilities New ways to Make you smile Oct. 2011. New and improved Angkor Pearl ensuring the best value in Cambodian Hotels run and managed by Cambodian-Americans. At Angkor Pearl Hotel, we pride ourselves on quality of service on a genuinely high level and an emphasis on catering to our guest’s every need with courtesy and warmth. Angkor Pearl Hotel is Cambodian owned, operated, and managed by Cambodian Americans since February of 2010. The story behind the pearl dates back years when Cambodia gained independence from France and King Sihanouk called the Capitol "The Pearl of Asia." Hence, we call ourselves The Pearl of Siem Reap. The Angkor Pearl Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Siem Reap. A brisk 10 minute walk lead you to the center market where you can shop for food, clothes, souvenirs, and many more. Getting to the Temples is just as easy. A scenic 15 minute drive will take you back in time to the Khmer civilization where you will discover all of Angkor’s natural beauty. ... more less
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