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Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

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Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

Hello All!

I will be visiting Siem Reap in early October for only 2-3 days. Since I have such a short time to be in Siem Reap I was hoping to hire the services of a guide to help me make the best out of my short visit.

Can anyone give any recommendations on a good and reasonably priced guide to show me Angkor Complex and some of the outer lying temples? Do guides provide transportation (ie car) or would I need to hire a mode of transportation separately?

Thanks everyone.

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1. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

Hi,

You need to hire a driver with car and then a guide. But any hotel can organise this for you either when you make a booking or when you arrive, there is no shortage of drivers or English speaking guides and hotels have a list of the reliable ones. Driver/car is $25 per day for the closer temples and guides start at $25 per day. You will need to pay a small supliment for very early (sunrise) starts or outlying temples

Cheers

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3. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

Easiest to organise both guide and driver through your hotel - they have a pool of drivers/guides they use regularly. This way you're getting someone who is tried and tested by many guests at a given hotel rather than just one poster who has little to compare one guide with.

Angkor is breath-taking, the vast majority of guides are polite, friendly etc and provide cold water - all things they learn at guide 'school'

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helen

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5. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

There will be loads of tuk tuk drivers outside your hotel, they all know English speaking guides so it won't be a problem. the guides all have to have a licence or they're not allowed into the temples.

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7. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

Agree with the others who suggest waiting until you arrive to book a guide. We had a disappointing experience with a recommended guide we had made arrangements with ahead of time, but had outstanding experiences with those arranged while there. I think it made a huge difference to meet someone in person and discuss what was wanted versus making arrangements via e-mail.

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9. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

Lynn011 did you have to meet the guide several days ahead of time to discuss your interest/itinerary? I only have 1.5-2 days to spend in Siem Reap, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to book a guide the same day to take you around. How did you find your guides when you got to Siem Reap were they recommended by your hotel/guesthouse.

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10. Re: Recomendations for Guides for Siem Reap

MCagz - recommendations through our guesthouse worked out quite well, 1.5-2 days really isn't much time, perhaps you can think of it as an appetizer for a return visit:) You shouldn't have too much difficulty arranging when you arrive - could also let the guesthouse know in advance that you will want a guide. We did a lot of reading before going over, so had a good idea ahead of time of what we wanted to see. If you haven't already done so, take a look at Canby Publications and travelfish.org for ideas. A lot really depends on you and how you want to spend you time. We spent a month in Cambodia in Jan/Feb - with six full days in Siem Reap and felt it wasn't nearly enough time. Going back in October for just over three weeks with two of them in Siem Reap - knowing what I know now I suspect it still will not be enough time:) Photos, if you are interested, from our first trip at www.lynnriderphotography.com Hope this all helps!

Edited: 02 September 2011, 17:05