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What does a good guide to Angkor cost?

Posted by Lisa on 27/2/2006 at 11:38

What can I expect to pay per day for four of us for a good quide with car?

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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2006 at 16:38 admin

Generally you'd be looking at US$20-30 a day.

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 3/3/2006 at 11:37

I have the business card from the person we used the last time we were there. If you want I can give you his phone number and name. (Is that spamming, would I be aloud to post that information on here?) He spoke great English and was more than willing to answer any questions we had about Cambodia. He picked us up early at our hotel so we could see the sunrise and stayed out late with us until after the sunset (long day). He has an air-conditioned car. It was $20 a day when we went to the temples and silk farm near Ankor. It was $30 when we had him take us to some of the further out temples because it used more gas. I got templed out and split up with my group for a day (I went to the pool and shopping) that day I hired a tuck-tuck driver for $7 for the day. The tuck-tuck driver didn’t speak English, but when I pointed to the places in the guide book where I wanted to go, he was able to understand.

Enjoy your trip. I’m going back again in 2 months and I can’t wait. I loved Ankor.

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 3/3/2006 at 11:39

I have the business card from the person we used the last time we were there. If you want I can give you his phone number and name. (Is that spamming, would I be aloud to post that information on here?) He spoke great English and was more than willing to answer any questions we had about Cambodia. He picked us up early at our hotel so we could see the sunrise and stayed out late with us until after the sunset (long day). He has an air-conditioned car. It was $20 a day when we went to the temples and silk farm near Ankor. It was $30 when we had him take us to some of the further out temples because it used more gas. I got templed out and split up with my group for a day (I went to the pool and shopping) that day I hired a tuck-tuck driver for $7 for the day. The tuck-tuck driver didn’t speak English, but when I pointed to the places in the guide book where I wanted to go, he was able to understand.

Enjoy your trip. I’m going back again in 2 months and I can’t wait. I loved Ankor.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/3/2006 at 14:04 admin

iwillfly525,

Please feel free to post the guide's details.

Thanks!

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Posted by iwillfly525 on 3/3/2006 at 19:29

His name is Mam Banthun. His telephone number is (855)12-952-715. His e-mail is mambanthun@yahoo.com He is fluent in English in both speaking and listening. I know he can read English because he was looking at some English guide books with us. But it seemed to be more of a struggle for him. So if you e-mail him, I would suggest using simple English words.

I have noticed that a lot of my posts are double posting, but I’m only clicking the “post message” button once. What am I doing wrong?

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Posted by lakaidog on 26/3/2006 at 18:39

I tried to e-mail Man Banthan but it was returned as undeliverable. Is his e-mail address printed correctly?

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Posted by makara567 on 31/3/2006 at 11:26

Some people in Cambodia rarely check their e-mail. Please call to remind him

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Posted by offwego on 4/4/2006 at 05:06

best guide ever in Siem Reap

Ponheary Ly or her brother Dara Ly
ponheary@yahoo.com

Both great English speakers, almost exhausting knowledge of the temples, culture, history, both Khmer survivors, very nice people.

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Posted by soonmeng on 2/5/2006 at 12:10

Hi,

Did anyone else try Ponheary or Dara? It'll be good to have more feedback before I commit to any deal. I'll be going in a few months's time. Are there other contacts besides Ponheary or Mam Banthun?

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Posted by tuy on 2/5/2006 at 14:48

I met my guide though my moto driver (i stayed at golden banana) I can't remember by guides name, but he was very good! hmmm that isn't helpful is it. I would suggest if you canot find anyone beforehand, ask your moto-taxi driver as he might be able to recommend someone.

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Posted by Mamabelle on 6/6/2008 at 20:02

Both Ponheary and Dara are great guides and lovely people. We have just arrived home from staying 11 nights with them (Marina Villa Guest House). They have good drivers as well. We were made to feel very welcome by them. We are already planning to go back next year but for longer.

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Posted by dixonstreet on 8/6/2008 at 11:12

ok we had a guide,cost $25 a day,but they not drive,and drivers cant guide you into the temples,its a way of creating more jobs,so if there are 4 of you plus guide u will need a mini van about $25 per day.so you will drop $50 per day and seriously they will work together to take u to places that pay them to take u,commissions are ripe here like everywhere in asia.we sacked the guide

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Posted by lennybruce on 6/7/2008 at 23:40

Re: Ponheary Ly

Besides being a great guide from everything I have read and heard about her, she is also a great humanitarian. One of her clients from Texas was so moved by her efforts in the area of education that she went back to the USA, started the Ponheary Ly Foundation (http://www.theplf.org/) to raise money for new schools. Quite coincidentally, or maybe not, I just wrote something about her this morning on my blog at www.angkortuktuk.org ("Voluntourism"; http://www.angkortuktuk.net/angkornewsblog.htm?blogentryid=3664812)

But be 'forewarned': If you spend a few days with her you could develop a permanent, incurable longing to get involved in either her work or something similar in Cambodia.

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Posted by KRStamm on 10/4/2009 at 09:10

How much did Ponheary and Dara charge to be guides for the day?

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Posted by siemreaprooms on 24/4/2009 at 12:57

If you want a good guide you will pay 25$ per day normally, you can get guides for 20$ per day but they maybe not as good. Of course, some guides who charge 25$ per day may also not be very good.

A car will also cost around 25$ per day for the main temple area and extra for further away places. Your driver can not be be a guide as one poster mentions. The guide must be licensed, the guide can not be a driver either.

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Posted by brucemoon on 2/5/2009 at 19:09

Hi

This is an older 'post', but people may still read with interest.

I did not use a guide. I read up beforehand, and had a good guidebook.

I was amazed at how often I came near people who had guides and as the guide was telling the people about the temple, the discourse was nearly word for word as it appears in the guidebook.

Clearly, English can be read AND spoken!

I also used a tuk-tuk. I approached a couple with my 'plan', that is, what I wanted to do/see over a three day visit. Each offered me a price for the 'event'. The driver I chose had an OK grasp of English, did as he had promised, and I appreciated the honesty and care he offered.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by Puggles on 13/10/2009 at 09:02

I'd like to revive this thread. I have emailed 3 different guides all recommended many times on here and other websites and the prices seem much higher than what some are saying here.

I don't want to offend these guides by offering too low a price but I also don't want to pay heaps more than I should.

Can anyone tell me what the going price would be in November (assuming the prices change due to peak and off-peak) for;
- A guide
- A tuk tuk and driver
- A car and driver

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2009 at 10:11 admin

Puggles: Interesting -- what sort of prices are you being quoted?

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Posted by exacto on 13/10/2009 at 10:16

Puggles,

Were you keen to book your transport and guide before you arrived? Both times I've visited Angkor Wat, I hired the transport/guide through the guest house where I was staying, and the prices were pretty much exactly what I see people quoting here. I suspect you'll get a better price if you go through the guest house, plus, when you go through the guest house, you've got a bit more recourse if anything goes wrong.

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Posted by Puggles on 13/10/2009 at 10:35

Tour guide one;
Day 1 (Elephant Terrace, Agkor Thom and others, floating market)- tour guide $25US - tuk tuk $12US - floating market $30US
Day 2 (Banteay Srie, Jungle Temple and others)- tour guide $25US - Van $30US - Additional $12US for Baeay Srei given it is 'out of town'
Day 3 (sunrise at Angkor Wat then Preah Khan temple and others. Angkor Wat at sunset)- tour guide $25US - tuk tuk $12 - additional $3US for tuk tuk for sunrise visit.

Tour guide two;
Day 1 (Angkor Thom, South Gate,Terrace of Elephant and others, Ta Promh, Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat)- Tour guide and driver/car $75US
Day 2 (Beng Mealea temple stopping at Orphanage and floating village) -
tour guide and driver/car $95US
[This one didn't quote a third day. I then asked if he could give me prices of a 3 day tour with tuk tuk and he responded back with these prices on similar itineraries but obviously spaced out over 3 and with a few more stops thrown in)
Day 1 - tour guide and driver/Tuk Tuk – $45US (Angkor Thom etc)
Day 2 - tour guide and driver/Tuk Tuk – $60US (Banteay Srei etc)
Day 3 - tour guide and driver/Tuk Tuk – $75US (Beng Mealea temple etc)
He also kindly offered a reduced price on the car travel of;
Day 1: $50US – guide and car - Day 2: $60US – guide and car - Day 3: $80US – guide and car

The third operator has sent me a detailed itinerary but is yet to provide a cost which I have now requested again.

There is so much info to absorb and I am so worried about either ripping them off or ripping myself and my husband off. Do I bargain with them and say 'jo bloggs has offered me this price' or do I just say 'what is the best you can do'?

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Posted by lennybruce on 13/10/2009 at 11:16

hi Puggles,

I can understand your confusion and thinking, what's up with these prices and how should I respond. Tour guide is way off the map with his prices for both car and tuk tuk and he knows it I am sure. The guide is standard $25 a day so taking for example your Day 1 with tour guide 2 you are paying $50 for the car for small circuit parts + Banteay Srei and that should not be more than $40 for the car tops unless you are using a minivan and than $45 - $50 should be tops. The same tour with tuk tuk including Banteay Srei should not be more than $25 - $28 for transport max, plus guide would $50 - $53 and not his $60. Anyways just a few examples to show you he is way off the charts.

Tour guide 1 is a good deal, even $1 - $2 dollars under what he could be asking for some bits and pieces, especially for example, if he is taking you to Angkor Thom and others PLUS floating villages for $12 then that is an extremely good deal. Just not too clear what the $30 is referring to regarding the floating villages in your quote.

And I am not saying that about Tour guide 2 because I think you should be bargaining hard with these folks because I don't. I think the drivers should be earning a decent wage, which they really don't to be honest even with standard prices because there are so many drivers, very very few work full months in terms of bookings. But because of the drop in tourist arivals, the competition is even stiffer now and many drivers are going way down on their prices just to have some money coming in.

Your attitude is a good one. Have a great Angkor adventure.

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Posted by Puggles on 13/10/2009 at 11:26

Thanks exacto and lennybruce.

lennybruce - the $30US for the floating markets was an additional charge if we participate in a cruise. It was included at the end of the quote with a few other helpful tips such as the airport tax we should expect to pay and the cost of a pass for the 3 days around Angkor.

The third tour guide has now responded with prices for tuk tuk and car but not with guide although he says the drivers are english speaking. Perhaps this is the better option? He has offered a very detailed intinerary too.

Is it standard to tip the tour guide and or driver? If so, how much should we tip?

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Posted by lennybruce on 13/10/2009 at 11:27

Oh by the way, feel free to check out my Angkor related weblog that I keep since my visit last year. There's some good info and stuff perhaps for you:

http://www.angkortuktuk.org

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Posted by Puggles on 13/10/2009 at 11:49

Great blog lennybruce! I have now also requested details from Savuth. I will also look into the accommodation that you have written about.

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Posted by Sparts on 17/10/2009 at 03:12

I also noticed that there are charities that offer tour guides with all the proceeds going to local schools etc. May want to check that out if you are thinking about getting one.

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Posted by Sparts on 20/2/2010 at 00:59

Ok, the post above is simply an ad - mods should remove it, users should consider disregarding it.

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Posted by indiposh on 5/1/2011 at 11:50

Has anyone heard reviews or used Kim San? We're going in March, and I've been in contact with him. He quoted me $180 for two full days of tours including the guide, driver and car with A/C.

Any suggestions to good places to stay in Siem Riep (nice and clean, but not too expensive)?

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Posted by lennybruce on 5/1/2011 at 15:54

Hi Indiposh:

I have heard of Kim San and he gets good press from his clients so that should be fine. Depending on what the $180 includes, where you will be going and for many how many it includes that (especially temple passes), then $180 can be very expensive. I do not encourage people to drive hard bargains with drivers and guides as they really dont earn much over the course of a month. But on the other hand, I don't like to see people being gouged either. If you would like some more feedback on that feel free to contact me directly through the contact page on my Cambodian weblog - http://www.angkortuktuk.org .

In terms of places to stay, there are plenty of places that are nice and clean, even great and clean, but 'not too expensive' is a huge subjective area. If you share what you would like to spend a night, if you want a place with a pool, looking for a full-on hotel or a smaller guesthouse type place.... then folks can give some good advice. Also check out the hotels and guesthouses overview on Tripadvisor. That is very handy.

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Posted by kptn82 on 17/1/2011 at 13:26

Hi lenny

Do you know if Ponheary Ly still do guide? I tried to email but it came back undeliverable.

I have had a look at the blog/website you provided, there's no mention of guide. And from previous post by you, i gathered guide and driver a different? Can they both be a temple guide + driver?

Coudl you perhaps help me find or direct me to a guide + driver that for 2 or maybe 3 days in Siem Reap?

BTW has anyone use this guide? he seem very professional
http://www.tourguideangkor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=53

Thanks

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Posted by lennybruce on 19/1/2011 at 02:56

Hi kptn82,


Ponheary was still guiding when I stayed at her place in November so I am sure she is still guiding. Try and contact her through Seven Candles Guesthouse ( http://www.sevencandlesguesthouse.com/ ). That is the extended Ly family home annex guesthouse annex offices of the Ponheary Ly Foundation.


In Siem Reap you have guides and drivers. Guides do not drive and drivers are not allowed to accompany guests into the temples. Most people hire only a driver but many people also like to hire a guide. You can first find a guide and have the guide arrange the transport or you can engage a driver and ask him to arrange a guide. But you will need both. Many people who tour on multiple days, hire a guide for only one day when they will be visiting the most major temples. There you will learn about most of the repeating symbols and motifs that you will then see at many of the temples. Be aware, that some guides will not go around in a tuk tuk and only by car. If you need more info or want me to arrange a driver who can then also arrange the guide feel free to reach me through the contact page on my weblog - http://angkortuktuk.org/

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Posted by lennybruce on 19/1/2011 at 02:59

Ponheary was still guiding when I stayed at her place in November so I am sure she is still guiding. Try and contact her through Seven Candles Guesthouse ( http://www.sevencandlesguesthouse.com/ ). That is the extended Ly family home annex guesthouse annex offices of the Ponheary Ly Foundation.


In Siem Reap you have guides and drivers. Guides do not drive and drivers are not allowed to accompany guests into the temples. Most people hire only a driver but many people also like to hire a guide. You can first find a guide and have the guide arrange the transport or you can engage a driver and ask him to arrange a guide. But you will need both. Many people who tour on multiple days, hire a guide for only one day when they will be visiting the most major temples. There you will learn about most of the repeating symbols and motifs that you will then see at many of the temples. Be aware, that some guides will not go around in a tuk tuk and only by car. If you need more info or want me to arrange a driver who can then also arrange the guide feel free to reach me through the contact page on my weblog - http://angkortuktuk.org

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Posted by kptn82 on 19/1/2011 at 08:18

Thanks Lenny

Do you know if either of the circuits can be done in one day?,

I probably want to do the following -
- Sunrise @ Angkor Wat
- Ta Prohm then,
- Ankor Thom for afternoon/sunset (sunset can be optional)

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Posted by KatMachine on 8/2/2011 at 19:36

is there a much cheaper guide? how much does the tuktuk ride cost to get to the temples?

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Posted by nickolt on 15/3/2011 at 11:31

We visited the temples by tuktuk yesterday and the day before. The first day cost us $12, but that is only for transportation. The giude would tell us random tidbits about the temples, and cambodian life, but did not go into the temples with us. That was fine for us because we are not huge Angkor buffs or anything, and were content to just explore on our own, occasionally evesdropping on some english guides. The second day was $20 because we saw the sun rise and went to farther out temples. Again, those figures are for transportation only. The driver will wait at each temple for you as you explore on your own time. PS: HIGHLY reccomend seeing angkor wat at sunrise. It was stunning. I am not an early morning person, and wasn't that up for it, but I am glad we went. I would do the sun rise over sun set if you have to choose.

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Posted by avipatkar on 14/8/2011 at 20:43

I am staying at SR and PP for three nights each in November. Pl suggest me good and economical guest house. Preferably it should be nearer Angkor Wat so as to save on transportation. What mode of transport we should hire to go around the temples?
Can any one help me plan day 1 to day 3 in SR and PP?




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