We booked a two-day tour with Angkor English Guide and we were very satisfied with their services. I don’t usually book tour guides, as there is so much information online and one can easily find the answer for every question they might have without paying for it. However, I found it compulsory to hire a tour guide for a place like Siem Reap, as the place is filled with history and symbols and having someone explaining them to you makes a big difference.
While I am positive there are many other tour guides in Siem Reap, I would like to STRONGLY recommend the one we had, Mr. KROOCH BOPHA. He not only has a good knowledge of his country’s history, but also has a pleasant personality.
He had been a monk for 17 years and he had only stopped two years ago, at the requests of his family, as he is the older brother and has to provide for the entire family. We were very grateful for all the stories and the historical and religious insights he told us, but especially for the fact that he shared his own story with us. While he was still a monk Mr. Bopha funded a school, where he teaches children English, Computer Science and Morality. The school was built with foreign donations and it’s open to anyone interested in learning, free of charge. Mr. Bopha was illiterate until the age of 19, when he became a monk, so he wants to make sure he gives something back to the society. Furthermore, he is positive that for the country’s situation to change people need to be educated and he is trying, to the best of his efforts, to help.
He pays teachers’ salaries from the donations he receives from his foreign friends/ clients, but in months when no donations come in, he pays them from his own pocket. In a country where a monthly average salary is $128, Mr. Bopha has to pay 5 teachers and the bills (approximately 700$). While we were not able to help more, we will definitely try to find the means to do it in the future!
If you are travelling to Cambodia and need a tour guide, ask for Mr. Bopha! Travel, learn and help!
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