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Reviewed January 12, 2010

You will need at least 2 full days with a good english speaking guide to cover Angkor! We had a great guide that showed us all that you can see in 2 days. (3 days would be perfect) Mr. Phok Boonsith, Cell: 85512928194 ; email: phokboonsith@yahoo.com. He is an accredited guide with 6 years experinece. For a good price he can arrange aircon mini bus and pick you up from hotel and take you to one temple after the other with lots of info along the way.

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Reviewed January 11, 2010

We travelled to Siem Reap last November (we are a couple).
Before travelling, and according to other reviews read here, decided on a personal guide to help us around siem reap (we were travelling from Lisbon to London, London to K. Lumpur, and from there to Siem Reap), staying only two days.
Before departure, we contacted, by e-mail, severel private guides, in order to stablish a tour, suited to our needs, as well as get quotations.
Well, he received several answers back, but, without a doubt, the most professional one was the chosen one: Mr. Sowanna Yun
We could not ask for more. It started with the fact that we, on the survey e-mails sent, we mentioned that we were arriving at 10 o'clock in the morning, and wanted to start seing things on that day.
Sowanna was the only guide that actually read the e-mail, so his purposal was to pick us up in the airport, taking us to hotel, for check in, etc, and not, as we saw in other guides: "sunrise at 5 o´clock in the morning"...
His answer, besides being the fastest one, was the best.
During our tour Mr. Sowanna was not late not even once, and not even a minute.
Even if we decided to sleep an hour after lunch, he would wait for us at the reception.
We managed to visit a lot of temples during our 2 days stay... exactly the ones we wanted, and at the best times (Sowanna knows the hours to see every temple, so we are always able to visit when there are fewer people there - we have lots of photos in which you see no one...).
Also, he knows how to take pictures - always checking for the best angles - and he has no problems in sending everyone else off the site... just to take a picture of you... alone! lol
It is also good to mention that he carries, in his car, lots of refrigerated water, that is kept fresh throughtout the day, with massives amounts of ice, and that he is always offering to you - included on the price.
As it is too hot, Mr. Sowanna is always making sure that you catch the cold air from the car's A/C.
One other thing that was important to us, was that not even once the guide tried to take us to the "comission shops". The only visit to an artisans centre was replaced by sleeping hours, without any complaint from Mr. Sowanna.
With him, our experience was the best of all.
Just enough words, just enough temples, just enough explanations, and we honestly believe our journey would not have been the same if we had other guide.
And, believe me, although we are experienced travellers, we did not know what we were going to find.

In case you have some specific questions, please contact us.
Greetings from PORTUGAL!

8  Thank LisboaWorldTraveller
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Reviewed January 10, 2010

Angkor Wat and all the Angkor ruins and temples are simply amazing. These grand structures and carvings were done from 800 to 1200 years ago and are awe inspiring. I recommend a guided tour, which are quite cheap in the scheme of things and also recommend if only 2 people take a tuk tuk, 18 US a day and much nicer to see everything then a boring van or car.

However I would say get here soon, these ruins will be overun (already too busy) soon, and perhaps walking through them will be closed to tourists in teh future like Leaning tower of Pisa etc.

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Reviewed January 5, 2010

One of my favorite places I have ever visited..it is an amazing structure, I stayed for hours walking around. This civilization, Khmer, was 1 million strong back when London was a village. No one bothered me and I was left to wander around anywhere I wanted.. The Cambodian people are some of the nicest, friendliest people you will meet.

8  Thank Matt S
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

The temples and ruins around Siem Reap are beyond belief in scope and grandeur and must be seen to comprehend how magnificent the whole experience is. This area was the capital of a once-mighty empire and at one time a million people lived there, London had a mere few thousand inhabitants then, for comparison.
A good guide is essential for helping to understand all the magnificent structures and carvings you will see. Many of them tell stories of historic events and tales from Hindu mythology, so it enriches the experience to have an informed guide. Ours was named Rath Sophoan, and he was one of the best. Cambodia also went through a tremendous trauma under the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970's, and if your guide lived through that, as ours did, then you can also learn more about that sad chapter in history and the current somewhat desperate situation in Cambodia.

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