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“Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap”
Review of Exotic Voyages

Exotic Voyages
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US$79.00*
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Half-Day Hanoi Backstreets Bike Tour with Brunch
Ranked #126 of 854 Tours in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Exotic Voyages provides luxury tailor-made trips throughout Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. We provide a variety of exciting tours from day trips all the way to several week tours. We have experienced English speaking guides and 9 offices throughout the world. Our travel experts have over 20 years experiences with wide and deep knowledge in local travel, creating even the most complex tailor-made tours on your every detail request. Our tours are designed to let you approach the local daily life while enjoying true luxury service.
Reviewed 2 March 2013

Exotic Voyages planned an eight day tour through Cambodia for us. We are an older couple with only one good knee and three good ankles between us, so backpacking and extensive hiking or climbing were out of the question. Mai Phuong found arrangements perfectly suited to us. Our itinerary included Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap with travel by car and river boat with private guides and drivers.

We had a bad start out of JFK due to heavy fog out and limited radar due to damage by storm Sandy. This made us a half-day late getting into Phnom Penh, but our guide helped us to revise our itinerary to avoid spending time on changing departure reservations.

Highlights in Phnom Penh included Toul Sleng prison, the Silver Pagoda grounds, (the Royal Palace was closed due to an ASEAN meeting), the National Museum, and dinner with Apsara dancers. We rode to Battambang, stopping to see family silver smith and pottery businesses. We also toured a floating village at Kampong Luong in a small skiff boat. At Battambang, we climbed 360 steps to the Banon Temple, along with several others in and around Battambang.

We traveled from Battambang to Siem Reap via an eight hour trip down the Sangkae River and across the Tonle Sap Lake. This turned into a remarkable adventure on a 40 foot long river boat with just the two of us, our guide, and the two boat operators. The river provided magnificent views of birds, house boats, fishermen, broad marshes, boats with school children, and floating communities. Some of the river passages were so narrow that the tree branches whacked in through the open sides of the boat, but there was plenty of room for us to be safe toward the front of the boat.

In Siem Reap, we toured a foot market and attended cooking school. The temples were breathtaking: Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Wat.

The November weather was as expected, 85F and humid with brief rainfall each day. We had requested three-star hotels and restaurants serving Cambodian food. The Plantation Resort in Phnom Penh was intimate and lovely, especially the pool. The Battambang Resort had Danish modern rooms in two-unit cabins surrounding a tropical pond. In Siem Reap the hotel Prince d’Angkor is a lovely facility in the midst of the city. All three hotels were just the ticket for tired travelers. The restaurants were clean and the food excellent. There were beautiful Apsara dancers at two of the restaurants in Siem Reap.

Both guides had excellent command of English and were quite knowledgeable. They were very helpful at helping us maneuver over tricky footing and kept the pace at a level we could maintain.

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ExoticVoyages, Manager at Exotic Voyages, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Hi Tom,

It is such great happiness and honor for us to be commented on this possible review. We were very happy to travel with you and Angela in Cambodia. We tried our best to make your trip wonderful, and really appreciate what you praised and suggested to make our service better.
We all from Exotic Voyages wish you and Angela excellent health and spirit to fulfill your bucket list in the future. We would love to see you again and hopefully plan another trip for you both?

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Reviewed 27 February 2013

From the moment our Hanoi Guide, My, met us at the airport we knew we would be in good hands throughout our trip. With the expert advice and help of Mai in the Hanoi office, and our wonderful expert guides in the three places we visited, the two week mixed business and pleasure trip went off without a single hitch. Whenever we asked our guides to make last minute changes, there were no problems adjusting our schedule whenever possible. I was most concerned about my serious food allergies; my wife is a vegetarian. Wherever we ate while with our guides, the restaurants had been informed in advance of our food restrictions. Mai even prepared a print-out in Vietnamese and English of my allergies for us to present to restaurants when we were eating on our own, including instructing the chefs on the avoidance of cross-contamination of utensils, etc. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Exotic Voyages!
Stan Solomon

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ExoticVoyages, Manager at Exotic Voyages, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2013

Hi Stan, it is very great to hear from you. Thank you so much for your excellent review, which makes us more than happy when our service is highly valued. We all here from Exotic Voyages really miss the great time sharing your trip. It was our honor to offer you the great trip. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Asia soon. Wish you and Linda all the best!

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