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“A fantastic Angkor Wat experience with a superb guide (Sowanna Yun)”
Review of Angkor Wat

Ranked #2 of 201 things to do in Siem Reap
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

I spent the 2010 new year's weekend (actually only one and a half days) in Seim Reap visiting the Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. The experience was fanatastic, thanks to the incredible organization of my guide Sowannna Yun (www.cambodianguide.com).

We managed to cover the Angkor Wat complex, the Bayon Temple, the Tha Prohm temple while I was there. I admit that this is not enough time to appreciate the full beauty of this magnificent area, but if you only have a weekend to spare, it would still be worth your while. Ideally, I would spend about 4 or 5 days in and around Siem Reap.

My local guide, Sowanna Yun, made my trip possible. He took me around in an airconditioned car (he also has access to motorbikes and tuk-tuks). His connections allowed us to drive into places where other cars (except police) were prohibited - this saved a lot of time and I got to see a lot of extra stuff. His English is very understandable; his knowledge of Cambodia history and the significance of the temple carvings/statues was amazing; and he knew exactly what pictures to take. I simply gave him my flight itinerary before I left to Cambodia, and Sowanna booked my hotel and arranged my whole weekend.

Unfortunately, I suffered from mild sunstroke on my first afternoon. Sowanna came with me to the hostipal and waited to make sure I was okay. If it wasn't for him, my trip really would have been ruined.

Thank scottseraph
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Reviewed January 24, 2010

I don't think I am saying anything different to what other people have said already. Angkor Wat and it's related temples are simply breath taking to behold. It is an experience that everyone should do.

We did the temples in one day which while it can be done, is still very gruelling. Our guide was Sowanna and he was fabulous and we cannot recommend him enough. He took his time explaining everything to us in easy to understand language. However, we knew our guide was superior to everyone else when we encountered a Canadian tourist who had collapsed during his tour. There were so many people standing around him including his tour guide and no one was doing anything for him. As soon as Sowanna saw the situation he completely took over and started massaging him to get his circulation going and he ordered one of the security guards to call an ambulance. He was very authoritative and competent and everyone there was grateful that he was around.

So I think it is important to have a good guide, but I would also confidently recommend Sowanna because you will be in good hands in the event of an emergency. His contact details are: [--] and his website is http://www.cambodianguide.com

1  Thank phuong8alot
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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.

1  Thank BuffProns
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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.

Thank mvfc
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