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Steve Lidgey

As general manager, I oversee our team in handcrafting unique journeys. We believe in letting our guests experience the destination by, where possible, giving them interaction with local people. Fortunately, in Cambodia, people are very open and eager to meet tourists making interaction easier. I believe travelers should also give something back to the place they are visiting - that can include just being friendly and communicating with local people. As a travel agent, we then help on the rest in order to do things in a responsible manner by supporting as many local people and projects as possible.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Cambodia is a small country so we cover the whole country for all budgets. We specialize in personalized travel, listening to our guests and creating unique itineraries according to the interests, budget and other requirements. Where possible we try to include local interaction, be that stopping at the side of the road to try local snacks with vendors to staying at local community homestays."

How did you get involved in travel?

"After I left college I worked in Germany for a hotel that was only open from Apr-Oct. Working hard I was able to save lots of money and travel to see the world. After visiting 50+ countries I decided to get a job that allows me to help others travel. First I worked back in my home country (England) before moving to Cambodia where I set up my own travel company.
The personal desire to travel is still there. However, instead of counting countries, I prefer to explore places I like in more depth and off the beaten track. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Inevitably I should mention Cambodia. I was lucky enough to visit in 1994 and had Angkor Wat almost all to myself. It wasn't a happy time in Cambodia as the civil war was still going on and there was an air of sadness to the country. Many places were off limits and I hired a motorbike to visit the temples. It was educational more than enjoyable at that time.

Fast forward to 2011 when I next visited Cambodia for a tourism trade show. I was able to see the country developing as a destination with friendly, welcoming people. The dangers were gone and the natural happiness of the Cambodian people returned. I decided to look for work in travel and moved later that year to the capital, Phnom Penh."

Recent trip reviews for Steve

Jimmy

Travelling from siem reap to phnom penh then siahnookville, Cambodia - Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2018

Traveler: Jimmy T. - Local specialist: Steve Lidgey

This was an absolute pleasure from planning right through to the experience, which raged from navigating the crowded terraces of Angkor Wat to an impromptu game of "hacky-sack" Cambodian style at night on the riverbank in Phnom Penh. Our principle guide, Sarun, was a wealth of historical information and our night food Vespa Adventures tour was a highlight. The local specialists were Travel Asia a la carte and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants a tailor-made tour. Just make sure you include the Phare Circus - a highlight of our two weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Steve Lidgey, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jimmy & Sue,
Thanks for travelling with Travel Asia a la carte. It was a pleasure to meet you in Siem Reap and I'm glad to hear that the tour was an 'absolute pleasure'. The information received during the tour planning about your likes and dislikes was exactly what we needed to plan the perfect trip.
Please share with your friends and family the wonders of Cambodia and hopefully they will visit us someday.
Happy New Year for 2019 and thanks again.