Here you can see what some of our past guests have had to say about their experiences with Cambodia and Savuth and Mau (or the other guys that sometimes help out).
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Sorry Leonard, I'm a little late to give you some information about our visit in Angkor. Everything was perfect and MAU was really an excellent Tuk Tuk driver. Always on time available, friendly and efficient, it was a pleasure to be with him. He knows perfectly places and travel time and he suggested to start at 5 am for going to Banteay Srei. Mau was PERFECT. Thank you very much for your help!
We stayed at Villa Kiara, a very good hotel. This is a small hotel with 17 rooms, very quiet, 5 minutes from the center of Siem Reap. The staff is friendly and efficient, prices in this period quite reasonable.
The weather was very hot (but we like the heat!) And the light was harsh ... and there was a lot of dust. Of course we take a lot of pictures but the results are a little disappointing. It does not matter, the most important was to discover a country that we do not know and we were impressed by the Cambodians who are really kindness ... so different than Chinese people, which we begin to know well after 7 or 8 trips in this country.
Angkor is a FANTASTIC site and we will do another trip in this country to understand better the historical sites and the rest of Cambodia and its inhabitants.
It is Roël from Canada - I hope all is well with you. I returned home from Cambodia a couple of days ago. I had a great trip but it is nice to be home. Thank you again for all of your help with my trip. I really enjoyed myself and Savuth was excellent. I have actually recommended him to a couple friends, so hopefully he is able to pick up more business.
I ended up hiring him for 6 days in total. Mostly seeing the temples, but he did take me on a day long trip around the Siem Reap area for me in addition to the other sights. He was great with his recommendations and took me places where no one was present - so I could have the best photo opportunities. If I go back to Cambodia, I would be happy to use his services again.
I am in the process of sorting and processing my photos. I will send you a link to them once I am done (in about a week or so) so you can view them. Again, thank you again for all of the wonderful advice and assistance. It is very much appreciated.
Take care, all the best, Roël
NOTE from Leonard: In the meanwhile, Roël has some amazing pictures up on his website. Take a look and enjoy!
This was our 2nd trip to Cambodia in 2 years and this time as well as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh we visited Kampot, Kep and Sihanoukville. Our modes of transport were by boat, and private motor vehicle. Although we made most our bookings on line ourselves we found that the hotels can organize vehicles and 'safe' drivers etc at very reasonable prices and are a great source of information regarding trips, rather than travel agencies.
We have enjoyed Savuth's services for the past 2 trips and can highly recommend him. He is always happy, smiling and has a great sense of humour. It was like meeting an old friend again this year.
Savuth knows what the road conditions etc are like and the best time of day to visit the sites to escape the crowds. We were lucky enough to go to his home and meet his family who were all so welcoming. His tuk tuk is spotless and he is a very careful driver as well as being punctional and patient when waiting around sites for us.
He is an honest and modest man working hard to provide his family with their basic needs. Cambodians are such humble peopdle who, despite not having what we westerners take for granted, enjoy life.
If you have reached this site and are trying to decide to use the services provided here I would say "do not hesitate at all". We have no complaints about the experience. If the other drivers are half as good as Mao then they are excellent.
The only suggestion I have for my fellow travellers is; Pay your Tuk Tuk driver well. A few extra dollars out of your pocket means very little to you but, can make a big difference for your Tuk Tuk driver. These guys work very hard and should be paid accordingly.
Marion, Australia (June, 2012)
We are home again after a whirl wind & exciting holiday. I'll leave out Rangoon & Koh Samui. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Savuth. He was so helpful with the sight seeing and very accommodating with our preferred times & evening outings. +++ the chilled water, very thoughtful.
Savuth is a delight & I do hope his tuk tuk business builds up easpecially with your help. Please say hello from us & we really will recommend him to all we know who intend to travel to Siem Reap. The temples were grand scale & quite awe inspiring with their exquisite carvings. We loved the experience of tuk tuk travel -- definitely the only way to move around -- I'm glad you recommended this -- thank you. We only brushed the surface in Cambodia but there were so many similarities with Burma. So glad I stumbled across the web site while surfing for info. on Angkor.
Tracy, Singapore (June, 2012)
Banteay Srei was my favourite temple. The cravings are so delicate. Really amazing. The 45 mins country-side ride was enjoyable as you are able to see how the locals go about their daily lives. :)
Mau was our driver during the first evening and 2nd day of our Siem Reap trip. He was especially patient (we met him 1 hr later than the pre-arranged time due to flight delay but he still welcomed us with a smile when we finally walked out of the hotel to meet him). We enjoyed his company and would recommend the tuk-tuk service to those we are planning to head to Siem Reap. Great experience! Thank you Leonard for the suggested itinerary over e-mail and to Mau for your safe driving!
Andrew and Harumi Macphail (Australia and Japan - May, 2012)
We found that using a Tuk Tuk to tour the temples was one of the highlights of our visit to Cambodia. The temples are very interesting but most of all it is the people of Cambodia that leave a lasting impression.
We highly recommend having Savuth as your driver to tour the temples. Please convey our thanks to Savuth who was such an exceptional person it changed the nature of our holiday. He was reliable, very honest and helped point us in the right direction when it came to the best way to vist the temples. The website offers a priice list which is a big help in knowing what costs are involved. We actually though the prices quoted were per person but it is per tour which was very reasonable..
Maria and Martin, Frankfurt (March, 2012)
After a few very nice days in Siem Reap wie wanted to tell you that we enjoyed a lot beeing with Mr Savuth - it was very nice meeting him and he always had good ideas what to do. Please say Hello to him when speaking/mailing the next time with him. We also wanted to thank you very much arranging all this so great! If we should go to Siem Reap again or any of our friends wie will contact you again :-)
Just back from our unforgettable experience in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Savuth was superb! My 8 year old son misses him. Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for your part in it all.
Hi there Leonard....just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our time in Cambodia. We met up with Savuth and he was marvelous taking us to all the temples and then picking us up in the evenings to get us to restaurants and back.We loved the temples and particularly Banteay Srei, Bayon and Ta Prohm. We actually felt that Angkor Wat was not as impressive, apart from its size, but then it was marred by scaffolding, which rather spoilt its grandeur. Savuth was such an exceptional person to show us around, listened to what we wanted to do and made it happen.
Here is a photo of Mary with Savuth, at a roadside stall, where we purchased a few goodies and watched them making the palm sugar.
So thank you once again, Leonard....... without your generous help, we would not have had the great time we did and I can see why you have left a little bit of your heart in Cambodia.
Our best wishes, Edward and Mary.
We start early morning every day, and Savuth has picked us from hotel from 4.30AM, we are lucky that we have very clear weather during our Trip, and we enjoy especially for taking many Photo at all places we arrived. Savuth is a very Nice Man, he drive his Tuk-tuk very safely and doing his Job very Profesional. Also we have many information from Savuth about the best time to visit all the Places we want to go. And Savuth also know for the best food at Siem Reap for us.
We visited Siem Reap for 5 days at the begining of June 2011. It truly is a wonderful place! The people are so welcoming and friendly and have a real sense of humour. We visited Anglor Wat for only one day and decided to travel around and immerse ourselves in the local culture for the remaining 4 days. Before we left Australia our children (8,11 & 13) had raised a significant amount of money and pruchased good leather footballs, puzzles, games and high bounce balls. In Siem Reap we purhcased school books, pencils, rubbers, rulers, skipping ropes, pencil sharpeners, coloured pencils and art paper. Loaded with stuff we visited several schools and an orphanage (Harmony Farm Orphanage near Beng Mealea). We were deeply affected by the level of poverty of these outlying schools, they literally have nothing to play with and their library is so under resourced it is a fallacy to call it a library! During our stay in Siem Reap we arranged for Savuth and his mate Chang to drive us around and it was one of the highlights of our stay.
Savuth is a very capable and safe driver. He is friendly and relaxed and we had an amazing time learning about Cambodia from him. By the end of our time in Siem Reap I was sad to say goodbye. Savuth also advised us on which schools to visit, chosing the poorer ones and paving the way for us by speaking to the teaching staff and translating for us. We couldn't have done it without him. We decided to only take tuk tuks for all of our day trips some of which covered considerable distances (130km return). I wouldn't consider taking a mini-van or car because you lose touch with your surroundings. You miss communicating with people on the road side, you miss the smells and "feel" of the place. Even though the temp outside is warm driving in the tuk tuk keeps you cool and comfortable. I definitely recommend engaging Savuth (and his friends) as your driver/s it will be an unforgetable experience!
The visit to Cambodia was very humbling, considering the extremes the population has encountered. We spent a week in Siem Reap. Well worth staying that long. Many people were just so friendly and accommodating, welcoming the tourists with open arms, and always happy for a photograph to be taken.
Just the same as in every country there are scams and people looking for alternative ways to get a dishonest dollar. This included: a scam on the river/Tonle Sap trip where you can "buy" books and rice at a shop on the river to be delivered to an orphan school just up the river, at extremely inflated prices....such as 50k bags of rice for $100. There are other ways to give directly to schools, so don't be fooled. Many unofficial tour guides approach you, and commence discussions and before you know it they expect payment, including the very friendly policemen who are at some of the sites. Obviously their income is not very much. Also there are the young kids everywhere selling postcards, etc. They are on a great wicket when compared to the rest of the population, earning well above the average wage, so don't get sucked in by them.
Seeing Anchor Wat on first sight was emotional. It is an awesome place, with just so much to see. Just as memorable was the visit to the landmine museum. This really spells out what the country has gone through. If you are going to donate to a good cause, this might be a good one.
Take plenty of chilled water everywhere. Soak up the hospitality, and appreciate the culture of these lovely people. By all means haggle and bargain, but just remember there is a big gap between their standards and our own. Pay can be as little as $5 American a week, and houses on small plots of land can start at $8,000.
I urge people to consider Savuth's services while in Siem Reap. Rates are competitive, and the personal service and flexibility adds great value. Many drivers in Siem Reap are struggling to keep in front at the moment, but Savuth deserves the support in order to provide for his family, and to put them through the best education he can afford for them.
After missing Savuth at the airport, due to some misunderstanding with a hotel driver from the Agoda website, we didn't get to meet Savuth until the following morning. Be aware that there are many schemes by drivers to secure you for your time, even if you haven't booked them. Even if your name is on a placard, make sure it is Savuth, and not a driver that has got your name from a hotel booking site. Thankfully Leonard followed up with a phone call that afternoon to clarify the situation.
Savuth is a quiet, modest and very polite and humble person. Savuth was able to listen to what we wanted to see, and put together a program that covered everything. Always on time, and stocked with chilled water, Savuth was able to work out our capabilities and tailer each day to suit our needs. Savuth was a safe and careful driver, keeping his Tuk Tuk in clean and good condition. Savuth's wife is lovely, and we are just a little sad we couldn’t find the time to meet his children. The complimentary trip back to the airport was appreciated.
Just a note here from me, Leonard: This is a great comment from Cathy and David about the kids selling stuff everywhere. To the tourist it can appear that these kids could actually be making a good deal of money for poor kids. That was my impression on my first trip. And surely if there was no money to be made then they wouldn't be there. However, I have been told by folks at various NGOs that these kids are sadly not ambitious young entrepreneurs but are being exploited by abusive parents or mostly by borderline gangster types who enjoy the fruit of these kids' labors. So please, as charming as these kids are try and resist purchasing anything from them.
I am home now, back to Jakarta. Mau was good. My friend and I were so lucky to have him. He even could make nice photo of us. :-) I enjoyed staying in Siem Reap. Too bad that I only stayed for a very short time. :-( Hope that I could go back there someday. Thank you very much for your help.
Just arrived back from a splendid trip to Cambodia and Thailand. I want to say you special thanks for having organised Mr. Mau who showed us the temples of Angkor perfectly. He is a very good driver and a lovely person. Once again thank you so much for your perfect service and helping!!! May you always be on the sunny side, God bless you!
We visited Siem Reap in January and the weather was very comfortable with us. Not too humid, and quite cool. It made exploring the various temples throughout the day much easier to handle. My friend and I do hope to be back again in Siem Reap, to indulge in more off-the-beaten track adventures or charitable works.
I had Savuth and Mau drive us around on two separate days. They were both friendly and very punctual. Savuth kindly helped accompany my aged mother when she waited at the tuk-tuk because she knew she was unable to negotiate some of the temples with steeper staircases.
Both of the drivers allowed us our own sweet time to tour the places. On the farther trip to Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre, Mau was our driver and we felt really safe travelling with him. Thanks also to the ever-patient Leonard for dealing with my email enquiries. Wish I could have met you too ;)
Well I have fallen for Siem Reap, a wonderful place but it is the people that are so lovely. Have had 3 great days with Mau, exploring the amazing temples, he has been great. Off to bkk tomorrow for xmas and new year and then back to ubud, bali. I think what you are doing for these guys is fantastic and I will promote them to anyone I know coming here. Have a great xmas and 2011.
We're back home now. Thanks for sending Mau, he was great, very professional and very nice. We were very happy with him. We loved Siem Reap, we hope to go back one day. Thanks for the restaurant recommendations. We had lunch at Khmer Kitchen, the place you recommended....we liked the food a lot. We also went to Touich our last night, and it was fantastic!!..... Sobey, (the owner) picked us up in his really cool jeep, and we had a lovely meal. His wife is the chef and she cooked a great meal....Irv has this fantastic whole fish and my meal was outstanding as well. The place was beautiful. They were all very nice, it's a family business Sobey said, the entire family is involved....great momories. Thanks again!
I am not sure I can find anything different about Cambodia that hasn't been said before. It is a remarkable country. Obviously there are some amazing temples and historical places to see, but most of all the Cambodian people are exceptional. They are friendly, welcoming and warm. We spent 2 and half weeks in Cambodia moving from busy and buzzy Siem Reap to more rural areas such as Battambang and Kompong Cham. We wanted to break the temple visits with some countryside and rural activities, and we were not disappointed.
I musn't forget all the wonderful advice that Leonard gave us, his help has been fantastic!
We pre-booked Savuth service in advance for a couple of days (Roluous temples + Kompong Phluk, and Bantei Srei and Kbal Spean). We had 3 days and a half more in Siem Reap and after only spending half a day with Savuth, we decided to hire his service for the entirity of our stay in Siem Reap, so 5 and half days. And we did not regret it.
We have heard some not so good report about tuk tuk drivers in Siem Reap (e.g. not turning up on time, not going to the place requested...). With Savuth none of this would ever happen to you. Savuth was always very punctual (he was arriving well before the agreed time), very thoughtful, charming and accommodating. Whatever we decided was good enough for him and also whenever. One example, he knew that we wanted to keep Angkor Wat for our last day and he made sure to drive as far away possible from it so that we did not get a sight of it. He was always very knowledgeable on the country history, the way people live, food... He even went to harvest from a tree (literally climbing the tree) some forest fruits for us to try. He always made sure that there was plenty of cold water for us to drink. He always waited patiently when we visited the temples, no matter how long it was taking. He knew how to avoid the coaches. When we needed to buy some special items, he was purchasing them for us.
Well I could carry on and on about how good Savuth is, but if you read few of these testimonies, you'll see that everybody that has hired him had a wonderful experience.
What an amazing place, the history and temples were a real eye opener. The service provided by Savuth was excellent, he was on time, had plenty of suggestions and the boat trip to the fishing village on Tonle Sap lake was a memorable adventure. On our tour of the temples he even bought cold drinks for us and arranged the guide which made the visit even better. He showed us many points of interest and his english was very good. He added to our enjoyment of our visit and would recommend him to anyone visiting. Will definitely use him again on our next visit.
Cambodia is a magical country with captivating landscapes and some of the warmest, most inviting people you will encounter. My wife and I visited Cambodia as part of an around the world trip including destinations in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and Cambodia was by far the most fascinating and inviting locale we visited. The people live by simple means but are industrious, and surprisingly optimistic and cheerful, especially given their suffering. If you have an opportunity, visit Cambodia and discover for yourself this astonishing land and wonderful people.
If you are planning a trip to Siem Reap and the temples, the best way to get around is by tuk tuk. You will travel comfortably and have a better opportunity to see and experience the local life than you would with alternative transportation options. Most importantly, Savuth is not only a pleasant companion, he knows the temple circuit and the exact times, for example, when large buses of tourists arrive and can avoid such crowds. He ensures you have the best possible experience. We cannot recommend him highly enough.
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