We had the great pleasure of touring the temples and countryside of Siam Reap with Sarak. Even though we just completed the tour in late February our journey with Sarak started back in 2020. We had booked this tour back then and then COVID brought all tourism to a crashing halt.
Jump ahead to the fall of 2022, the world is opening up for travel and we start planning all over again. We contacted Sarak to rebook the trip and he was able to do so and at the price of 2020 booking. He worked with us online to customize our tour. He kept in touch with us to confirm everything was all still on track, as we were travelling throughout Thailand.
He arranged to pick us up at the airport and met us at our hotel. There we once again went over the details, tweaking as required. In total we had three full days of Temple touring and one day of countryside adventures.
What we really want the world to know is how dedicated to Sarak is to his craft and the history and culture of his homeland. The amount of historical information in his head is mind boggling. We were taught so much in our short time with him.
In all we toured 12 temples over three days - should have 13, but we tossed one aside - we were too hot and too tired. They were Angkor Thom, Bayon, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Banteay Srey, Vanteay Samre, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Ta Nei, Preah Ko, Bakong, Bang Mealea, Chaw Srei Vibol. One day was spent touring the local countryside. This included a visit to a small local farm, a small scale mushroom production, and a rice moonshine distillery. After that we headed down the river to visit the people that live in the floating houses on Tonle Sap the Great Lake.
We would recommend Sarak, because of his passion for history and Cambodia. He’s just a great guy to tearless around with.