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About me

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Son, I live with my wife and two children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. My job is official state guide to all attractions in Angkor.
I speak English. If you are interested in a guided tour of Ankor, you can contact me via the e-mail address given below.
The group size for a tour usually does not matter. You can book me for a day or several days. I usually pick you up for the tour from your hotel or from the airport. The tours can be made according to your wishes.

Since the distances to and between the temple complex are quite large, you should also book an air-conditioned car.

For 10 years I already work freelance tourist guide in Cambodia.
I am qualified to do tours in Cambodia in English and Khmer languages. On the basis of these certificates I have been licensed and accredited by the Minister of Tourism as Tour Guide.


About Angkor

The Angkor Archeological Park is home to the magnificent Khmer temple ruins of Angkor, including the legendary Angkor Wat, Bayon and dozens of other ancient Angkor ruins (9th-13th century) Khmer empire. The Khmer people were and still are the dominant ethnic group in Cambodia. The name "Angkor" refers to the Angkor period of the Khmer empire, which stretched across much of the Southeast Asian mainland between the 9th and 15th centuries AD, and also refers to the capital of the empire, located north of Siem Reap, Cambodia was centered. The Angkor Archeological Park includes the main temple of Angkor that was the capital city. It's really amazing, with hundreds of sites scattered over more than 400 square kilometers and also some of the impressive achievements in human history. You are guaranteed to be thrilled and moved by their experiences here.

To get the most out of it is recommended to do some background reading, and there are some good resources available to help you get to know the culture of Angkor, which lasted from the 9th century to the 15th century and was an empire centered on learning Angkor even those stretched across most Southeast Asian mainland at its peak. To summarize all this material would be a daunting task here, so here are some pointers and links to resources where people have done an excellent job of doing it:


Beyond Angkor

There are several places a little further off than the main Angkor Archaeological Park, which are also worth seeing if you have the time and budget. I've done archeology in almost all of these places with field crews and know them very well.

As of a relatively short time ago, there is no longer any concern for safety in Cambodia, but most road network is not in good shape, which means that huge temples still remain in the jungle in many areas, little visited or as good as unknown to tourists. Also, some of the jewels of Khmer art and architecture just a short extra drive from the park. This page summarizes the most important ones are:


The Roluos group

One of the first capitals of Angkor (8th to 9th centuries), about 10km southeast of Siem Reap on a well-developed highway. This is regularly visited by tourists and easily accessible. It is well known for the very good quality of the sandstone sculptures, especially the falls on the temples, for the beauty of the inscriptions and for its peaceful rural location.


Banteay Srei

The jewel in the crown of the Angkor temples, this 10th century masterpiece is about 30 km north of the main temple and is delicately carved of red sandstone. It's farther out, but is easily accessible on the highway.


Beng Melea

A classic "jungle temple" - about 50 km away from Siem Reap on the road, in this massive sandstone construction very few visitors and remains a touch of mystery and abandonment. It is accessible via the motorway (can be combined with a trip to the Roluos group) or by a side road from Banteay Srei.

Koh Ker

For a short time in the 10th century,  the capital of the Khmer Empire moved from Angkor to this site, about 3 hours drive from Siem Reap (both Roluos and Beng Melea are on the way). A huge stepped pyramid and enormous sandstone linga and a collection of small but interesting temples makes this a very impressive place, and it is visited little by tourists because of its secluded location.

Phnom Kulen & Kbal Spean

Thousands of linga riverbeds carved into the sandstone at this Sites testify to the belief of the ancient Khmer in the cult of Siva and the importance of fertility and water management to the success of the agricultural empire.

Temples that can be seen on Phnom Kulen, and a large waterfall that is charming for bathing and it is open all year round. Trip  can be combined with a day trip to Banteay Srei, which is on the way .

 

Preah Khan of Kompong Svay

About 4 hours in 4WD east of Siem Reap, this incredible sandstone temple complex  lies in the jungle and it is not  completely visited by the tourists. It is now the subject of a major archaeological study by the University of Sydney team that I was working with for many years.

Banteay Chmar

A beautiful, massive sandstone temple built by Jayavarman VII, the Khmer Empire's most prolific builder, including the classics " Face Towers "which appear at the Bayon Temple in Angkor itself. Although the route here is good and it takes about 3 hours drive west of Siem Reap, few visitors take the time to make it here, but those who are not rich are rewarded by the long galleries of the Bayon's bas-reliefs and the beautiful sandstone sculptures above the doors. I have worked with scientific staff of the Heritage Watch NGO at this point. Overnight, home stay style with Khmer families sitting in a village on the edge of the temple ditch is possible!