This was one of the best tours I’ve ever taken. Perhaps it’s because of my passion for photography, but the combination of tour paired with photography and great subject matter made it my ideal adventure. First there are plenty of itineraries to choose from. I chose a full day with a focus on the people of the Siem Reap countryside. At the end of the day, it felt like I had been out for several days, in a good way. I never felt rushed. Regis Binard, my guide and mentor, was fantastic at finding subject matter and interacting with those people I photographed. He spoke fluent Khmer with helped break the ice. He also had a very approachable demeanor which helped gain access, a key to getting great photos and more importantly, put the subjects at ease while I went crazy taking photos. Although I’m rather comfortable with a DSLR, he still found ways to help make my photography better. At the end of the day I felt that I had taken some of the best photos I’ve ever taken, all in this single day. Do not think twice about this tour, especially if you have the slightest interest in photography, it will provide great memories and you will make great photographs, both of which will last a lifetime.
Of note this was second time working with Regis. The first time we focused on temples. He knew every nook and cranny of the numerous sites. Better yet he knew the lighting and when and where was best to shoot. If you’re in Siem Reap to see ruins start with a temple tour. I’m glad I did this. It even inspired me to return Siem Reap a second time. Final recommendation is talk to your guide prior and discuss your skill level, what camera system you have, and what you like/want to photograph. They are awesome at communicating with their customers, before and after. Again, this is a tour you do not want to miss.
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