Thursday, November 20, 2008

Angkor Guide: John Teng

We were HIGHLY impressed with our guide in Cambodia. Trying to be useful, I posted a recommendation on several travel forums. On the off chance that anyone reading this is looking for a guide in Angkor, I thought I’d post it here as well.

I searched this forum and others looking for recommendations for a guide for our trip to the Angkor Wat/Siem Reap area. Eventually, I contacted John Teng and arranged for 3 days of guide service plus transfer to/from the airport for our party of 8.

We could not have been more pleased with John and his colleague Saru. At every turn, John’s knowledge and reliability inspired confidence and put us at ease.

From the first moment, John was consistent & dependable. If he promised something, it happened when and how he said it would. When he was unsure about something, he warned us in advance about possible pitfalls. He was particularly careful to explain costs in advance in order to avoid surprises.

John answered our myriad questions with skill and good humor (even the third or fourth time we asked them). He was flexible enough to accommodate our interests even when they diverged from the more standard itineraries.

The burgeoning tourist trade in the area results in constantly rising prices. However, John’s rates seem remarkably reasonable given the quality of the service(s) he provides. Based on our experience, we would HIGHLY recommend John Teng’s for anyone planning a trip to Angkor Wat/Siem Reap.

John Teng

(+855) 12 995 977, (+855) 16 518 888


Our particular itinerary ended up as follows:

Day 1:

  • Pick up from the airport & transfer to hotel.

Day 2:


  • Ta prohm
  • Ta Keo
  • Victory Gate
  • Bayon
  • South Gate


  • Angkor Wat

Day 3:


  • Phnom Bakheng
  • Baksey Chamkrong
  • Preah Khan
  • Lo Lei
  • Preah Ko
  • Bakong

Day 4:


  • Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages
  • Les Artisans d'Angkor school


  • Banteay Srey
  • Cambodian Land Mine Museum & Relief Facility
  • Pre Rup for sunset

Day 5:

  • Pick up from hotel and transfer to the airport.