I would highly recommend Saren Ret whose email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I booked a 3-day tour with him. He is a very nice guy who waits on you patiently even if you are almost an hour late. He is not conscious of time even if the tour finishes after dark. He's also very generous buying us corn cobs for snacks. Ren doesn't abuse you. Whenever we invite him to dine with us, he politely refuses. We were 4 pax in a group & he is generous to give us ice cold bottles of water. We paid him at the last day of the tour. We were so satisfied with him that we gave him a tip. I can say he has one of the best rate too.
He was out tuk-tuk driver for 2 days and I would say that he is the best tour guide/driver in siem reap! We love his tuk-tuk, it was a very comfortable one with cushions and shades from rain or sun. Since it was raining during the time we visited the temples, Sam was very ready to protect us with any rainfall. He even had an umbrella with him. He also gave good ideas on where to eat at and what to buy, or how to say no to the vendors. He\'s a very honest driver - not that type who will take advantage of a tourist\'s innocence. I would highly recommend Sam Sa Vat :) Thanks Sam for a very interesting trip! ,
I wanted to travel from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville and I made a terrible mistake: I bought a bus ticket from "Gold VIP Transport Service". (At some of their agents they called simply "Gold VIP bus".)
The bus was advertised as a comfortable sleeping bus with 3 sleeping beds in one row. It was also told that it was a direct bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville and provided many extra services like free wifi and free drinking water.
On the bus it turned out that it was NOT a sleeping bus at all, instead the sleeping beds we got some chairs with almost zero leg room. We tried to complain but the Glold VIP guys didn't care about that and suddenly they didn't understand English anymore.
The bus departured with 1 hour delay and we were not informed nor about the reason neither the approximated time of the departure. The advertised "extra services" didn't exist at all, none of them, unless if you consider the kmehr lanuage soup opers we were forced to watch (or at least to listen) in the middle of the night on maximum volume in the bus.
But the worse part came just in the morning: it turned out that our bus was NOT a direct bus as it was advertised for all the passangers (even though they bought their tickets to different destinations, LOL) but we had to change the bus two times. Each time we had to wait more than 2.5 hours to get the connecting bus and we were not informed about how long we had to wait. The connecting buses were in even worse condition, they were smelly, dirty and overcrowded, one of them had no air condition.
Finally we got to Sihanoukville at 3 pm. instead of 10 am. Later I hear very similair stories about Gold VIP bus from other travellers.
Fortunately you can find other bus companies in Siem Reap and you can get REAL sleeping bus and REAL direct bus to Sihanoukville (and to Phnom Penh, too.)
I just came back from Cambodia a few days ago. I hired Sra Pon to be our tuk-tuk driver for four and a half days in Siem Reap. He was very reliable. He was always on time every morning and kept his tuk-tuk very clean and tidy. The seat was very soft and covered in fabric seats (most other tuk-tuks have vinyl seats), which is great when the roads are bumpy and the weather is hot!! He even supplied us with bottles of cold water and wet towels in his ice box everyday. He spoke very good English and he could also read English as we showed him the names of the temples we wanted to visit. He brought us to any place we wanted and suggested other places also.
He may not be the fastest tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap but he is the safest and most careful driver in Siem Reap. Everyday we did the morning tour of the temples, followed by 2-3 hour lunch break and rest at the hotel, then did the afternoon tour of the temples. He made good suggestions as when to visit certain temples to avoid crowds. He also took us to different restaurants and other interesting places we wanted to go at night without any complains.
His rates are very reasonable, in fact was slightly lower than the other tuk-tuk driver was asking.
You can contact him at email@example.com
His phone number is (855) 89461575
You will never regret that you hired him to take you around!
I highly recommend any traveller to use the service of this local driver of mine. His name is Mr Dara Rann. To my opinion and a few days experienced with him, I find that he is very honest, reliable and a quiet man. He drove an old Totota Camry. A very responsible and careful driver. He knows every corner and tries to avoid every pothole on the road. Never encouraged you to do shopping to earn commission unless you requested yourself. Even if you don't buy anything, it is OK with him.
His daily rate inclusive of petrol is USD25/day if just around Angkor Wat complex or USD35/day to go further location such as Tonle Sap river or Phnom Kulen. He is also a licensed tour guide at a rate of USD25/day.
The only problem with him is he tried not to drive further than what he is supposed to. I think it is because he tried to conserve as much car petrol as possible. Petrol in Cambodia is very expensive. So pay him extra if you wants to go further or tip him well for his good services.
To my opinion, it is unnecessary to hire him as tour guide. Read your way through and by asking him questions. In that way, you will save by half. He can be contacted at his H/P# +855-12-784448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He doesn't read his email everyday. Give him a few days to respond.
Because we were on a budget, we booked a bus going back to Phnom Penh through our guesthouse. We chose NOMO bus instead of Mekong since there’s a big price difference. Nomo Bus is only 8USD while Mekong is 15USD. Nomo Bus is also air conditioned. Bus tickets were given to us at that moment with the number seats on it. A staff picked up us in the guesthouse and did a few stop overs for the other customers along the way to the bus terminal.
Just don’t expect something similar with the services offered by Mekong. Since Nomo bus is cheaper, the vehicle that fetched us in the guesthouse is a non-air conditioned van and looks like it’s ready to be in the garage at any moment.
At the bus terminal, there are staffs seated infront of the bus and you have to show the
bus tickets to get it stamped before getting inside. The bus also has bathroom.
However, my friends and I, find it uncomfortable when we got inside.. people are shouting (most of them are locals). There’s no order and definitely a big difference to the services by Mekong. Oh well, it’s the choice we made… we just endured the travel. The only thing we enjoyed here is the movies played. Hollywood action movies like Unknown and The Transporter rocked the travelers. The usual videos played in Mekong are Cambodian music videos.
The airport of Siam Reap is very handy, it's a small and friendly with very fast tracks in immigration.
The airport jas only a few gates, some shops with a lot of nice stuff in.
What to buy? "We" bought a tin pill case (they are different size, round and ovals) and some wrist bands. And guess what? I bought spices and took some take-away recipes with me :)
FCC (Foreign Correspondent club) restaurant is here also, the only in the airport, so you have to stand the costs.
Photo 2: This lovely lady with extremely nice Khmer dress where working in on of the shops, I discussed with her a while and she told me that she has two kind of them as working dress and this is for weekday use. I wonder how she looks when dressed to the feast dress :)
Hopefully this is not seen as an advertisement, but I really like Bangkok Airways. OK, this time the service was not OK (fligt was to Bangkok), lunch was not OK, and drinking car disappeared before serving us. But...
Look the plane! The same flight continued from Bangkok to Samui and it's a real Beach Buggy! I was very happy to jump to the plane.
I checked about the night bus from Siem Reap to HCMC and recieved this answer on Trip advisor(by Phil):
The Virak Buntham bus company has night buses at 7pm and 11pm leaving daily from Siem Reap to HCM. The bus is nice a/c bus with toilet on board. It takes approximately 11 hours. The bus is very safe. Price is around 15$US per person.
Paramount Angkor Bus Company is also starting a night bus from Siem Reap to HCM from around November 2010. The bus will be a/c with toilet on board and maybe slightly cheaper than the bus above. The bus will leave 12 mid night and around 10am in the morning.
and this answer from Mekong Express-by Mail:
From: cambodia asia travel (Mekong Express Bus) [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: a night bus from Siem reap
Thank you so much for your e-mail. The bus depart from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh at 7:00PM arrive in Ho chi Minh at 9:00AM. If you leave at 12:00PM arrive in Ho chi Minh 1:00PM. The cost for one ticket is $21per/person. The bus provide you only a blanket & cold water. I'm waiting for your reply.
For furthermore please contact anytime.
Thanks & Bestregards,
when travelling from siem reap to phnom penh or vv choose the Mekong Express VIP bus at about $12 each way. the bus is comfortable,ac, with a hostess aboard and a PROPER toilet.
unfortunately we made the mistake to be talked into Paramount VIP Express at about half the price. the bus is a disaster. seats are uncomfortable, broken and although there is ac the vents are broken, so you cannot direct the ac.
the worst part is the "toilet". you have to go down a winding metal steps into the cargohold, which is full of cargo, motorcycles etc. to get to the "toilet you have to move through a space about 4.5 metres high and you can only squeeze into the toilet sideways as there are buckets behind the door. it is impossible to actually reach the toiletbowl, so you do your business into a small bucket and try to throw the contents into the bowl.
pay the extra $6 and travel Mekong Express VIP and travel in comfort.
when travelling from siem reap to phnom penh or vv make sure you go by Mekong Express VIP bus. the cost is about $12 and definitely worth the little extra. the bus is ac, comfortable and has an onboard hostess and most important a PROPER toiler at the back of the bus.
we were unfortunately talked into taking the Paramount Express VIP bus from siem reap to phnom penh, the cost was about $5.50. the seats were torn and broken, although the bus was ac the vents were broken so we could not direct the airflow.
the worst part was the "toilet". to reach the "toilet one has to climb down a narrow steel ladder into the cargo hold which was full of cargo, eg motorcycles, parcels, luggage etc.
to reach the "toilet" one has to bend down as the access to the toilet is only about 1.5metres high, one has to squeeze sideways into the toilet as the door cannot be opened fully because of the buckets behind the door. it was impossible to reach the actual bowl, so you use a small bucket, do your business and throw the contents as close as possible to the bowl. it is a total disaster.
spend the extra $6 and have an enjoyable, comfortable trip.
Se Kong was an excellent tuk tuk driver and I highly recommend him. We had him for four days: from when he picked us up from the airport until the day he dropped us off back at the airport. We were staying at The Golden Temple hotel which arranged for him to be our driver. He is honest and reliable.
The first day, Se Kong took us to Angkor Wat at sunrise. He was prompt to pick us up from our hotel at 5am. He even bought us something to eat because he knew we didn'thave any breakfast. He was always friendly and courteous. We told him that we want to take things slow and he gave excellent recommendations so that we saw everything but didn't have to rush. From Angkor Wat, he took us to Angkor Thom and then Se Kong dropped us back at our hotel so that we can rest. He picked us up again at 3:30pm where we went to see another temple and sunset. It was definately worth the $10USD to have a private driver for the whole day!
On the second day, Se Kong drove us to more temples. He is fluent in English and Malay and he's learning chinese too. We thoroughly enjoyed our day because of him. On our last day, he picked us up early in th morning and dropped us at the airport which was only $5 USD. I gave him a tip of course for making our trip in Siem Reap a memorable one.
Please call him if you're giong to Siem Reap. He can arrange everything and make your trip stress-free! You can tell him that you were referred by Angela (Canadian).
On exiting the airport, past the cell phone (Sim card) shops is where you pay a flat rate of USD 7 to get to your lodgings. In the cab, you'll be asked by your driver if you need a car to get around the temples. The initial quote will be USD 30/day (excluding petrol for farther sites like Banteay Srei or Kulen) as stated on your receipt.
The trick is not to express interest, stay silent for awhile and your driver will drop the price to USD 25/day. From here, you can start bargaining if you're going to go to the temples for 3 or more days. USD 20-25 should be the average price for a driver. As mentioned, farther off places like Banteay Srei or Kbal Spean will attract a few more dollars.
You can also ask your driver to get you an english speaking/other language guide. It costs an additional USD25 per day.
The front desk of my hotel bought the ticket for my I paid $ 11.
tuk tuk picked me up and took me to the bus station checked in they gave me a ticket stub for my luggage and told me what number bus to board. Its a long 5 or 6 hours ride with a 30 min break for food.
the bus has ac and overhead storage for carry on luggage and a bathroom in the back and window shades.
They gave us a free bottle of water and a box of bread and jam.
When I was in Siem Reap, I found a good and reliable Tuk tuk driver. He waited for me at the airport and all count only 15 usd/day anywhere in Siem Reap. Some of the tuk tuk driver will charge different fees from the airport. He took me and my wife any places that I wanted to go around Siem Reap. His Tuk tuk is also clean and he always on time for every oppointment that we made. He can speak Malay, Thais fluently and a little bit Mandarin besides Khmer. His name is Se Kong. Can be contacted by phone: +855 12256503 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.