My girlfriend and I travelled to Siem Reap and Mara Long from Angkor Wat Tour Guides was our guide.
We truly could not have hoped for a more lovely trip. Mara facilitated all our random "I want to try" ideas, including taking us to a night market and helping us find the best street food (Snake and tarantula are fine! try them!), shopping for and cooking a meal in a home, visiting a house party, and even took us to the the best barber in town!
From airport arrival to airport departure (6 days total) Mara and his driver treated us like royalty and like friends, from opening the car door to taking all the photos we asked, to laughing at my silly jokes. They created a schedule where we got to see so much and kept it at a pace where we did not get bored or overwhelmed. He even changed it up as he got to know us, we prefer hikes to car rides, so he took us off road on foot through the jungle to get from site to site when possible!
Mara gave an introduction to every location we went, then stayed within earshot as we explored the ruins, answering any questions we had and showing us routes to take to see interesting things.
One of the many highlights was a special request, we wanted to volunteer with children so Mara arranged a whole day where we got to teach English to children. He got us to the school early enough where we were able to give gifts to the children and play with them outside (hula hoops and soccer balls go a long way!) There was a teacher there who had a lesson plan in place, we simply augmented.
By default Mara would drop us at the hotel each night, but often we would ask him to drop us somewhere else in town (go dancing at 1 AM in Pub Street! Super fun!) and he was happy to oblige. The hotel was fine and met all the needs just fine, limited (very slow) WiFi access, pool, GREAT breakfast buffet, and a measly fitness center, fine clean beds, nice view, good temperature controls.
We went during the peak tourist season so Mara designed our itinerary where we took the opposite routes of the mass crowds, so we were never crowded. Only one time did we get overwhelmed, that was at a buffet style restaurant for dinner and a show, we actually left after only getting one plate each because we were impatient and the lines at the buffet were literally over 20 min long (Not Maras fault, just tell him if your not interested in the buffet dinner and a show place).
Unless you have a spending problem you can literally spend 10$ a day (drinks, snacks, tuk tuk rides) and be just fine. $2 more per message :)
I did not experience a problem with my gut, all food and drink digested just fine, though I did not directly have tap water I had ice in my shakes and drinks. Walking around Siem Reap expect to be offered Tuk Tuk rides, messages, or items for sale once every 10 feet, but the offers are not annoying and respect a simple "no thank you" (but who turns down a $2 half hour message anyway!). Bring US currency, ATMs charge $5 per use, try not to have 100$ bills, i got them turned away a few times. The hotels accept standard Asian style and US (2-prong only) electric plugs, UK style plugs will need an adapter.
ENJOY YOUR GREAT TRIP!!
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