At first we were skeptical about getting a guide for Angkor Wat, but are so thankful we did. After reading the other reviews TripAdvisor, we quickly narrowed down our choices and finally went with Angkor Wat Day Tours because of the "secret entrance" aspect of the whole day tour.
We called around 4pm the day before and was told to submit a tour request form from their website. Shortly after doing that, Narith, one of the guides who happened to be finishing up a tour, gave us a ring and said he would be back in touch with us in an hour to discuss our trip. Like clockwork, he called. We got everything settled and arranged for our guide to pick us up from our hostel (Naga Angkor Hotel) at 5am the next morning. That night we went out for dinner and drinks and met a guy who was also interested in seeing Angkor Wat, so we invited him along. This made for a great day and also cut the per person price of the tour down.
As planned, Tea, our English-speaking guide, and Rang, our driver, picked us up at 5am and we were off to catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. There was no issue that we had another person go with us. There was plenty of room in the air conditioned vehicle for all 5 of us. While driving, Tea gave us the run down of the day and explained everything about tickets, water, and bathroom breaks.
We got to Angkor Wat and Tea showed us the herds of people going into the walls of the temple to view the sunrise over a specific pond. We, with a few others, sat on the outside of the temple near the moat and watched the sunrise in peace while eating our packed breakfasts (not included). After that, we were off to see the sites and enjoy the day!
We went the opposite way of most of the tours, giving us a much less crowded view and experience with the temples. We enjoyed lunch (not included) at a restaurant around noon and got back to the tour once we finished to keep ahead of the crowds of people.
Rang always had the car cooled off and ice cold water for us when we got back to the car. Tea was an EXCELLENT tour guide. He is very informative about the temples as well as Cambodian history. He really knows his stuff and has a great sense of humor!
We are so thankful we decided to use Angkor Wat Day Tour. We can't recommend them enough! Honestly, the best way to see the sunrise and temples!
Thanks, Narith, Tea, and Rang!