Cambodia is beautiful, sorrowful, hopeful. For a first trip, as solo female traveller, absolutely landed on my feet with David as tour guide.
The 'physical' benefits alone make getting a guide for Angkor Park advisable: the aircon, cold water, and comfy seats (I think we were in a Toyota Camry, maybe?) mean you can last longer, in greater comfort, and see much more than touring by tuktuk or bike. But the trip was amazing because of the attention to detail, knowledge, and chattiness of David. Without giving away his secrets - I've seen various Trip Advisor reviews that claim certain temples were boring, or lacked things to see. Usually, these people were using the guidebook only. David opens your eyes to unexpected places, views, and historical facts. I'm a history junky, but David's stream of information was inexhaustible. His english is excellent. For me, a big added bonus was being able to talk and learn about more contemporary history and politics with a knowledgeable and erudite Cambodian.
One minor scheduling confusion (I wanted to see a particular temple that's slightly out of the way) was resolved quickly and professionally. Lunch was scheduled at pre-planned restaurants that did not disappoint. Tours ran 0700-1400, which was more than enough, so that by the end of the last temple I was ready to go back to Siem Reap, but not exhausted to the point of "not more ****** temples"!
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