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    Marom Hem - Fantastic tuk tuk driver

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 8, 2014

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    Many months before our first trip to Siem Reap I had been reading about Marom Hem on the Tales of Asia site. All the comments on him were excellent so I sent him an email. We corresponded for a few months before our trip and booked Marom for all our tours in Siem Reap, including picking us up from the airport.

    That was back in 2006, we have been back many times since and we always use Marom for our visits to Siem Reap, I would not think of booking anyone else! Every place you can see on my website that we have been to in Siem Reap over the last 8 years has been with Marom.

    I don’t know if any of you know how the numbers on the back of the tuk tuk drivers work but Marom's number is 61. Back in the early 1990’s when all drivers had to be registered in Siem Reap the numbers for some strange reason started from 45 instead of 1.

    So Marom was in the first 20 registered tuk tuk drivers in Seam Reap. He knows all the good out of the way places without tourists, we just love him and he is a good friend. His rates are standard, he never expects more, he is a very safe driver, extremely knowledgeable, well spoken and trustworthy.

    We highly recommend contacting Marom if you are looking for a tuk tuk driver in Siem Reap.
    Another reason we liked being with Marom is not once did he try to pressure us to go to various shops etc so he could get petrol vouchers, commissions etc. He was there for us and that was it. He does not rush you and we feel extremely comfortable with him at all times.

    So if you are looking for one of the nicest, safest, friendliest tuk-tuk drivers in Siem Reap who has been around for a long time and knows all the good places to see, then contact Marom at:
    maromtuktuk1@gmail.com or emailmarom@yahoo.com
    You can also call him on:
    (855)12994285

    He checks his emails quite regularly so it should not be long before you hear back from him!

    Contact Marom for his current rates as I am not sure if the ones below have changed.
    Day Rates for Marom's tuk-tuk which seats 2 comfortably are:
    Angkor Archaeological Park $15
    Banteay Srey $22
    Kbal Spean $30
    Beng Mealea $40
    ($45 To Bantey Srey and Beng Mealea)
    Lake Trips
    Kompong Phluk (wet season only)
    1 - 3 people $70
    4 - 6 people $90
    Kompong Khleang
    1 - 3 people $80
    4 - 6 people $100

    Countryside tours are $25 - $35 depending on the distance traveled.
    Phnom Kulen cannot be accessed by tuk-tuk but Marom can take you there on his moto or organize a car etc.

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    Wat Preah Prom Rath

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 7, 2014

    Wat Preah Prom Rath is located on the river side close to the Old Markets. There are beautiful colorful buildings, gardens and modern style statues. You can see a lot of money has been spent in here.

    It is a very pretty and peaceful place with bench seats around the grounds to sit and admire the gardens and statues.

    So that was our last morning spent with Marom, he took us to places we would never have know about if we were not with him.

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    Wat Preah Inkosei

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 7, 2014

    Wat Preah Inkosei was built on the site of an early Angkorian Hindu Temple and there are still 2 temple ruins in good condition dating from around 1000AD at the back of the main complex behind the Buddhist Pagoda.

    One of the temple ruins has an excellent lintel over the doorway showing the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. There is also a small shadow puppetry workshop here and if you see any Monks, say hello as they like to practice their English.

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    Wat Bo

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 7, 2014

    Wat Bo which was built 425 years ago and is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Siem Reap; there is also a new Temple in there near the end of completion.

    This was a very special visit for us. There is an area where antiques and art objects made from bronze, bone, silver etc are kept, including bones and skeletons thought to be over 1000 years old so Marom asked could we go in and look around, which we did.

    Then an old man came over to us, he could not speak a word of English and he went over to the very old Pagoda and opened it up for us, including some windows so we would not be so hot.
    We sat inside this amazing 425 year old Pagoda with him for about an hour asking him questions through Marom. I told him he had a beautiful smile; his reply was he had just got new teeth.

    This man was a monk for a long time, and then he left, married, had 9 children and has gone back to Wat Bo where he has been living for the last 20 years.

    He is called a Master as he organizes everything that happens at Wat Bo. He invited Angie and I back for a special meditation event that afternoon in the Pagoda that only happens certain times of the year. Sadly it was our last day and we did not have time, but we will definitely go back next year. 151 monks live at Wat Bo and we watched the cooking process for lunch, very hard hot work on little wood ovens.

    Wat Bo still also retains the traditions of a Buddhist Monastery by letting young and poor people come to take refuge, receive an education in traditional skills such as wood carving, hide carving, music and dance and be provided with food and a room in the dormitory.

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    Phnom Kulen

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 7, 2014

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    Phnom Kulen is where the 500 year long Age of Angkor began; it is the mountain on which Jayavarman II initiated the royal God of the King linga cult in 802AD. This declared a unified and independent Khmer Empire under a single ruler and began what would become the Age of Angkor.

    There are several minor ruins, waterfalls and hundreds of linga stands in the Siem Reap River. There is also an active Pagoda, with lots of stairs but well worth the climb to the top to see the huge reclining stone Buddha. This area is extremely popular with the Khmers for picnics etc as there are beautiful waterfalls and swimming areas.

    It is a little bit of a trek to get down to the main waterfall and once again there are more slippery, rickety and difficult stairs, but it is very beautiful once you are there. We went to Phnom Kulen with Marom, his sister and her 2 children as they had never been before (Marom has many times) so it was very exciting for them as well. Marom also bought along an esky full of beer, he knows how to look after us.

    Phnom Kulen is only just over 50 kilometers from Siem Reap but it takes about 90 minutes to drive there and nearly one hour of that is spent on a terrible pot holed dirt road that climbs up the mountain.

    We had a fantastic day here, got caught in a couple of tropical rainstorms, went swimming, had Cambodian racing chickens for lunch, so called due to the small amount of meat on them. It was a 7.5 hour day and we all came back wet, tired and happy. There is also a $20 entry fee to Phnom Kulen.

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    Roluos Group of Temples - Preah Ko

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 6, 2014

    The Roluos Group are 3 monuments that represent the first major capital of theAngkorian/Khmer Empire. This group of Temples are about 13 kilometers outside of Siem Reap and entry is included in the regular Angkor Circuit pass.

    Our last stop was Preah Ko which is six towers standing on a platform with beautiful preserved carvings. Preah Ko means Sacred Bull and you will see statues of the bulls at the front of the Temple.

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    Roluos Group of Temples - Lolei

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 6, 2014

    The Roluos Group are 3 monuments that represent the first major capital of theAngkorian/Khmer Empire. This group of Temples are about 13 kilometers outside of Siem Reap and entry is included in the regular Angkor Circuit pass.

    Next stop was Lolei which are the ruins of an island Temple. Lolei was the last major Temple to be built at Roluos before the capital was moved to the Angkor area. There is also an active Pagoda built among the ruins.

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    Roluos Group of Temples - Bakong

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 6, 2014

    The Roluos Group are 3 monuments that represent the first major capital of theAngkorian/Khmer Empire. This group of Temples are about 13 kilometers outside of Siem Reap and entry is included in the regular Angkor Circuit pass.

    Bakong is the most beautiful of the group and the biggest standing 15 meters high and surrounded by a beautiful moat. It was constructed by the third Angkorian King as his state temple and then future Kings added more buildings.

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    Kbal Spean

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 5, 2014

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    My sister and I went with Marom Hem by Tuk Tuk to Kbal Spean which is 63 kilometers from Siem Reap. This is where the fun started, we had to walk up a mountain for 1.5 kilometers and it was so hot.

    The walk is classed as moderate but in the heat it felt quite difficult in places, it would be dangerous if it had been raining. There are a few wooden stairs in the very steep sections but the rest of the walk uphill is over boulders and in between tree roots etc. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the top and took us 30 minutes to come down.

    Once you are at the top it is very beautiful, this is where you will find the River of 1000 Linga’s, plus carvings in the rocks of Buddha and other various images. The majority of them are under water, so this is a very different place to visit.

    There are also a couple of small waterfalls. Entrance here is with the normal Angkor Pass.

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    Beng Mealea

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 5, 2014

    Beng Mealea is a huge Temple in the jungle that covers one square kilometer and a definite must see. It is about 65 kilometers from Siem Reap and took us 2 hours by tuk tuk. There are 2 ways to go there, one is a good sealed road and the other way is on a bumpy pot holed road that goes through little villages, rice paddies, jungle etc.

    This is the way we went and then came back on the sealed road.

    Beng Mealea is constructed in the Angkor Wat style under the same King that built Angkor Wat and they say it may even have served as a prototype for Angkor Wat. A lot of this Temple is over run by the jungle and massive trees but the best part is there are hardly any tourists there. There are no bas reliefs and not many carvings but it is an amazing place and well worth the trip.

    The admission price is $5. Up and around the complex are wooden walkways and stairs but once you are at the top there are guides (not the children) who will take you down inside the complex. What an adventure this was, very hot and at times a bit scary as there is a bit of climbing over the ruins etc.

    All of us loved Beng Mealea and the trip there and back.

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    Angkor Wat

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    This world heritage site is the must-see sight that brings people to Siem Reap. It's size and beauty has to be seen by any serious traveller.. The temple was built by the Khmer culture, specifically by Suryavarman II. It was actively used until late 1500's when the Khmer culture collapsed after being invaded by Thailand.

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    Jungle Temple

    by DSwede Updated May 21, 2013

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    From walking around here, you can easily see why this temple was used as the inspiration of the movie Tomb Raider. The jungle is slowly growing over and engulfing the ancient temple.

    Its official name is Ta Prohm, but in reality most people (and tour operators) just call it the Jungle Temple.

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    War Museum

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 5, 2013

    We visited the Siem Reap War Museum and there was a $5 entry fee and it was definitely worth it, especially for Gary and my brother in law Brett who have 45 years army experience between them. This fee includes a guide however we did not use him as we just wanted to take our time looking around.

    There was so much to look at and play with, tanks, anti aircraft guns, rocket launchers, planes, etc. If you have a Military history you will like the War Museum, we found it very interesting and really enjoyed our time there.

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    Kampong Khleang Fishing & Floating Village

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 5, 2013

    Another big day out was going with Marom to Kampong Khleang which is at the northern edge of the Tonle Sap about 60 kilometers from Siem Reap; it is more remote and less visited by tourists than Kampong Pluk which is much closer to Siem Reap.

    Time has really stood still at Kampong Khleang; you will see a part of Cambodia that few people ever get to see, the centuries old traditional way of life. The centre of the village is actually an island with a school, markets, Temples etc, life is very busy here and the people are so friendly and happy to see you visit and not one single person will ask you for money!

    This was such a fantastic day; we loved the trip there by tuk tuk, so many fantastic photo opportunities and so much to see along the way. The trip was very dusty at times as you’re on the main highway with tons of trucks etc, but we were prepared and wrapped ourselves up.

    We went through the village on stilts which is amazing with houses rising up 10 meters high; during the wet season when the Mekong flows into the Tonle Sap the water rises to within 2 meters of the houses. One ledge we were standing on that was up very high had water a meter higher than the actual ledge last year – just hard to imagine.

    I am not sure but I think we paid $20 to hire a big private boat to see the floating village. It is quite big and they are mainly Vietnamese people who originally came to Cambodia to fight the Khmer Rouge, some decided to stay but as they could not buy land so they built floating houses on the water.

    This area has now grown into Cambodia’s largest lake community.

    It was a fantastic day spent getting on and off the boat to see fish being salted ready for sale in Phnom Penh, fish being gutted or just looking at a fisherman’s daily catch. Just watching everyday life, I loved our time here and highly recommend a visit to Kampong Khleang.

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    Cambodia Cultural Village

    by Cathy&Gary Written Apr 5, 2013

    We did not realize just how big the Cambodian Cultural Village is so make sure you allow at least 3 hours and check when the shows are on.

    There are miniatures of famous historical buildings that are set out as 10 separate villages each with their own displays and different shows such as Aspara dancing, the Peacock dance, a traditional Wedding Ceremony, acrobats, etc.

    The museum has displays of wax figures depicting how Angkor Wat was built and the lifestyle of the Khmers during the Angkor period.  

    Was it worth the $15 entry fee, I am not too sure about that as we were only there for a couple of hours and I do not think I would bother going back to see what we missed.

    The Cambodian Cultural Village is on National Highway 6 about 3 kilometers from the airport.

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