The multitude of temples of Angkor Wat each seemed extraordinary in pictures and guidebooks that I wanted to visit ALL of them but I only had two days in Siem Reap. I emailed several guides and drivers with excellent TripAdvisor reviews to find who could give me what I wanted for the best price with had fast replies indicating reliability in my mind. I went in the off season (burning hot 24 hours a day) so availability wasn't much of an issue. I read all the history in advance and it became clear that to see it all on my timeline I needed a driver not a guide which also made me happy because prices were lower. Mr. Chan was quick to respond, wrote well in English and agreed to my plan with his AC car. He picked us up at our hotel at exactly 5am as indicated in our emails giving us plenty of time to get to the site, buy our passes and get a good spot for sunrise, which everyone says is a big deal but I now think is really overrated. His Hyundai van is clean, spacious and most importantly the AC gets cold fast. Mr. Chan knew the route between temples well, dropping us off at one side and picking us up at the other so we didn't need to double back. He frequently checked to see if we needed any cold water bottles that he provided as part of his service. We drank several but never ran out in our 10 hour day. He also knew all the free bathrooms in the site which was important when drinking all that water. We ended up seeing the inner loop and outer loop (except for banteay srei) for a total of 15 different spots in the one day, being young and fit but still taking hundreds of pictures this is possible but probably not recommended. I didn't want to miss Banteay Srei but didnt want to pay full price for a car again so we had Mr. Chan arrange his friend Smartie to take us there in a Tuk Tuk the next day, along with the three sites in Roluos since they are part of the Angkor pass. Cambodia is filled with friendly people and Mr. Chan & Smartie were among the best we had the pleasure of meeting that made our vacation so enjoyable.
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