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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."

Steve is part of the following groups: Laos Travel Agents, Cambodia Travel Agents
Woman giving a Buddhist monk an offering
Laos & Cambodia: Luang Prabang Overland to Siem Reap - 14 Days

This 14-day overland adventure explores the top highlights of two distinct countries, from the ethnic minority villages, plus the spectacular waterfalls and bucolic "4000 Islands" of the Mekong River, in Laos, to Cambodia's "floating villages" and the great temple complex of Angkor. Along the way, you'll get to explore by river boat, bicycle, and tuk-tuk, while gaining an immersion and intimate insight into the two nations' diverse cultures.

Performers from Phare Circus in Battambang
Feel Good Cambodia: Responsible Adventures from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - 14 Days

Contribute to the betterment of Cambodian society on this feel-good 14-day active adventure that engages you with community projects, from an art school in Phnom Penh and an elephant-care project to restaurants that train young disadvantaged Cambodians for brighter futures. Along the way, you'll hike to waterfalls in the mountains, cycle to countryside villages, explore Angkor's temples by tuk-tuk, and visit the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat
Cambodia History & Nature: Phnom Penh, Mekong Dolphins & Angkor Temples – 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary is ideal for travelers seeking the splendor of Cambodian history, wildlife, and culture. Exploring by pedicab, you'll begin in Phnom Penh for the Royal Palace and National Museum before kayaking the Mekong River in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, then visiting the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat. Finish your adventure in Siem Reap as you explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by tuk-tuk, accompanied by a local expert.

Spend a day with Cambodia's Asian elephants
Angkor to the Mekong: Temples, Nature & Culture - 10 Days

Experience many of the quintessential highlights of Angkor and eastern Cambodia, from the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom to the floating villages of Tonlé Sap, the wild elephants of Mondulkiri, and the endangered freshwater dolphins of the Mekong River. Along with a mix of outdoor activities and cultural tours, you'll visit a silk farm, Cham and Phnong indigenous villages, plus pepper and coffee plantations for a well-rounded and fulfilling adventure to remember.

Catch a sunset over Kep Bay
Siem Reap to the Coast: Phnom Penh, Kampot & Kep - 10 Days

This itinerary covers a wide range of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of Cambodian history and culture. Over 10 days, you'll marvel at exploring Angkor's temples before visiting Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages" and spending two nights in Phnom Penh. From here, bicycle the countryside, explore the seafood markets around Kampot, and head to the seaside resort of Kep, where you'll complete the adventure.

Tour Battambang's surroundings like a local
Active Cambodia: Cycle Angkor & Battambang - 7 Days

Perfect for active travelers who enjoy cycling, this 7-day tour of Cambodia winds at an easy pace past the most majestic temples of Angkor and through the rice fields and idyllic countryside around Battambang. You'll learn about local culture and lifestyle, savor traditional Khmer cooking, and enjoy a performance of ancient Apsara dancing.

Recent trip reviews for Steve

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help m...
Cambodia | Jan 6 - Jan 22, 2023

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suzanne s.
Windsor, CA | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2023

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help match travelers directly with local specialists. We wanted to create an itinerary for Cambodia that was an authentic, personalized and responsible travel experience. Steve provided excellent service for the pre, during, and post travel journey. We were happy with nearly everything that was planned and he matched our travel intentions well with local guides and resources. For the one snag that did take place - Steve worked expediently with the... read more

The kimkim platform is a great tool to help match travelers directly with local specialists. We wanted to create an itinerary for Cambodia that was an authentic, personalized and responsible travel experience. Steve provided excellent service for the pre, during, and post travel journey. We were happy with nearly everything that was planned and he matched our travel intentions well with local guides and resources. For the one snag that did take place - Steve worked expediently with the local hotel to provide us with a solution that went above and beyond our expectations.

Without a doubt, we would recommend kimkim and Steve's management service for SE Asia to our friends and family.

Hotel Reviews
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap
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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh
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Cardamom Tented Camp
Trapeang Rung
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La Passion by Achariyak
Koh Rong Sanloem
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Activity Reviews
Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch)
Siem Reap

Our guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of the temples and made the experience comfortable with refillable water bottles and a kind remork driver. He also used a terrific book that showed visual illustrations of what the temples looked like historically as compared to today. We ended up purchasing several as gifts for friends and family.

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Basket makers, rice noodles & ancient trails cycling tour
Siem Reap

Wonderful way to see truly see local people and families and the crafts and foods they make for their income.

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A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest
Siem Reap

This is a wonderful program that is very experiential. You prepare and feed the elephants and learn about their personalities and have a chance to touch their trunks with careful instruction. Great guide, great lunch.

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Full day Cardamom Tented Camp (Trekker & Explorer Packages)
Botum Sakor National Park

This is a must-do for travelers that like the outdoors and want an off the beaten path cambodian experience. Great bird watching, beautiful and clean river, very kind staff and guides, delicious food. The 'glamping' set-up was very modern and comfortable.

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Phnom Penh Half day, Royal Palace & Central Market
Phnom Penh

Our guide Pich was so wonderful. Knowledgable, fun, and the absolute perfect pace for touring.

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Late afternoon until evening foodie tour
Phnom Penh

This was such a fun experience. We tried the most delicious street food and then ate a local restaurant. We even stopped for a cocktail. This was made truly excellent by our guide, Pich, who participated in eating with us. It was like having a friend show you around the food scene of Cambodia. SO FUN

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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Feb 03, 2023

Hi Suzanne & Bryce,
Many thanks for your kind words, which will be helpful for future travellers when considering Cambodia.
We love to plan bespoke travel and treat each request individually. It was great to know your interests to help match with what we could offer in Cambodia. It worked perfectly except for the beach hotel which has gone downhill in recent weeks. Thanks for all your honest comments there which have been shared and hopefully the hotel will return to the good level of... read more

Hi Suzanne & Bryce,
Many thanks for your kind words, which will be helpful for future travellers when considering Cambodia.
We love to plan bespoke travel and treat each request individually. It was great to know your interests to help match with what we could offer in Cambodia. It worked perfectly except for the beach hotel which has gone downhill in recent weeks. Thanks for all your honest comments there which have been shared and hopefully the hotel will return to the good level of service it used to have.
Hope you plan your next trip with Kimkim and I'm sure there will be an expert ready to assist.
Best regards from Siem Reap,
Steve.

Cambodia Honeymoon
Cambodia | Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2022

Kelsey
Kelsey S.
Lindenwold, NJ | Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Siem Reap was incredible! Angkor Wat is simply breathtaking. The mountain bike tour through the temple complex is the way to go. And sunrise is definitely worth the early wake-up call! Our tour guide for the week, Bun, was super friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed him. And the hotel was beautiful! read more

Siem Reap was incredible! Angkor Wat is simply breathtaking. The mountain bike tour through the temple complex is the way to go. And sunrise is definitely worth the early wake-up call! Our tour guide for the week, Bun, was super friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed him. And the hotel was beautiful!

Hotel Review
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap

Gorgeous grounds and beautiful pool. Our room was huge! Staff was super friendly. Also great location. Perfect stay!

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Cycling the back roads of Angkor (full day)
Siem Reap

Biking the temple complex is definitely the way to go!

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Honeymoon Surprise, courtesy of kimkim
Siem Reap

Thank you so much for the incredible dinner!!!

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Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap
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Half day cookery class
Siem Reap

The chef and his restaurant were incredible. This was a highlight of Siem Reap for sure!

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Apopo Landmine detecting rats
Siem Reap

Great learning experience!

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Siem Reap

The show and performers were super funny and friendly! Great show.

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Trekking at Phnom Kulen
Siem Reap
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hi Kelsey,
Thanks for the glowing review! It was great to meet you and Jon during the honeymoon trip.
Lovely to hear all went so well and you appreciated the guide, hotel, biking through the Angkor complex etc etc! Keep up the beautiful Instagram work which I enjoyed watching. Not just Cambodia, but also Vietnam and Thailand!
Hope you can make it back one day and show you more of Cambodia.
Steve.

A wonderful trip to Cambodia. A really great ...
Cambodia | Dec 18 - Dec 31, 2022

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Alison H.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

A wonderful trip to Cambodia. A really great itinerary was planned before hand which went very smoothly. The choices and timings of itinerary were well suited for my friend and I. The guides and drivers were all very kind and helpful. They were also knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A really great trip which made for a lovely experience and memories, with highlights such as the Angkor temples and beach time at Koh Rong Samloem island. Many thanks for an excellent trip. read more

A wonderful trip to Cambodia. A really great itinerary was planned before hand which went very smoothly. The choices and timings of itinerary were well suited for my friend and I. The guides and drivers were all very kind and helpful. They were also knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A really great trip which made for a lovely experience and memories, with highlights such as the Angkor temples and beach time at Koh Rong Samloem island. Many thanks for an excellent trip.

Hotel Review
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
Siem Reap
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Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jan 07, 2023

Dear Ali & Vicky,
Thanks for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you travel with us in Cambodia. I can see the itinerary ticked all the boxes for you, and I'm glad it went so smoothly. Thanks also for the appreciation of our guides and drivers. Last, but not least, it was nice to meet you during the visit to Apopo HeroRats in Siem Reap.
Wishing you both a fantastic 2023!
Steve.

A perfect trip for seekers
Cambodia | Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2022

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Priti P.
Switzerland | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

I had very memorable and cherished travels during a week long trip to Cambodia over December 2022. From planning to execution, Steve's support and advice was perfect. He understood what I was looking for as a solo traveler and kept my suggestions in mind. I am grateful for the attention to detail and very quick response time nearly always. After two months of planning, it was time to meet Steve before I wrapped up my journey, which was great!

The guides during my trip, both Sreypich and... read more

I had very memorable and cherished travels during a week long trip to Cambodia over December 2022. From planning to execution, Steve's support and advice was perfect. He understood what I was looking for as a solo traveler and kept my suggestions in mind. I am grateful for the attention to detail and very quick response time nearly always. After two months of planning, it was time to meet Steve before I wrapped up my journey, which was great!

The guides during my trip, both Sreypich and Sophoan, were kind and patient with me. They were knowledgeable and answered my many questions on Cambodian culture and history. In addition, the people who drove me around, and those who worked at the places I stayed, were most courteous and professional.

The local specialist and guides are highly recommended anyone planning a trip to the country. With such a layered political history and world famous monuments, Cambodia deserves careful planning and time.

It is helpful to communicate clearly at the time of planning the trip, in putting together a personalised travel plan. Thank you, Steve and colleagues for this refreshing break.

Hotel Reviews
Sambor Village
Kompong Thom
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Phnom Penh Katari Hotel
Phnom Penh
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La Residence Wat Bo
Siem Reap
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Activity Reviews
Sosoro Museum
Phnom Penh
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Short cyclo tour to Wat Phnom
Phnom Penh
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Lunch at Eleven One Kitchen
Phnom Penh
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Banteay Srei & Ta Phrom (same day as sunrise)
Siem Reap
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Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch) - Angkor Thom/Grand Circuit
Siem Reap
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Sophoan is very knowledgeable and excited to share her country and culture with visitors. Grateful for her kindness and expertise.
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Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields
Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh to Kompong Thom via Skuon & Santuk Silk Farm
Cambodia
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Kompong Thom to Siem Reap via Kompong Khleang
Cambodia
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Sambor Prei Kuk afternoon visit
Kompong Thom

Magical place. Highly recommended. Do not skip this in favor of more famous landmarks.

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Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap
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Afternoon Riverside Walk Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat C - free seating in the two side sections)
Siem Reap

Refreshing introduction to contemporary Cambodia after being steeped in history!

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Morning at leisure (car & guide at disposal)
Siem Reap
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jan 03, 2023

Dear Priti,
Thank you so much for your wholesome review! It's lovely to see that Cambodia more than satisfied your interests. I'm personally also pleased that you appreciated a couple of interesting places, Sosoro Museum and Sambor Prei Kuk, that many visitors do not have the time to visit.
It was also lovely to catch up with you in Siem Reap during your 'morning at leisure'.
Take care, and look forward to welcoming your family one day!
Steve.

Amazing Honeymoon in Cambodia!
Cambodia | Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2022

Jon
Jon P.
Cherry Hill, NJ | Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

kimkim did it again, putting together the perfect itinerary for us during a 5-day visit to Cambodia. We especially appreciated our guide, Hout Bunhak, who made the trip extra special and made us feel like family. The travel partner, Travel Asia a la cart was excellent! Our hotel was perfect for our preferences. We hope to return to Cambodia in the future and will certainly utilize kimkim to arrange our next Cambodian adventure! read more

kimkim did it again, putting together the perfect itinerary for us during a 5-day visit to Cambodia. We especially appreciated our guide, Hout Bunhak, who made the trip extra special and made us feel like family. The travel partner, Travel Asia a la cart was excellent! Our hotel was perfect for our preferences. We hope to return to Cambodia in the future and will certainly utilize kimkim to arrange our next Cambodian adventure!

Hotel Review
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap

Great service, perfect location, walkable to many spots in town, nice roof pool.

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Activity Reviews
Half day cookery class
Siem Reap

This was one of many highlights on our trip.

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Cycling the back roads of Angkor (full day)
Siem Reap

This was a great trip and was a nice way to see the temple area.

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Siem Reap

We really enjoyed this visit. The art program involved is quite unique and we would like to spend more time exploring other activities.

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Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Hi Jon & Kelsey. Thanks for your visit and for blessing Cambodia with your honeymoon visit. It was also lovely to meet you both on the first evening.
I'll share the glowing feedback with our guide and all the suppliers involved. Thanks again and I look forward to your return!

Cambodia review
Cambodia | Nov 7 - Nov 11, 2022

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Manjit B.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

This is the second time I have used KimKim, and have been extremely impressed with the whole process of how the itinerary is managed and customised to my requirements .
I found the whole booking process managed very smoothly .
Secondly the guides were exceptionally , knowledgeable and flexible and made it very comfortable for us .
Steve was amazing he ensured we were kept informed , meticulous administration and also put together a list of restaurants that would be suitable to our... read more

This is the second time I have used KimKim, and have been extremely impressed with the whole process of how the itinerary is managed and customised to my requirements .
I found the whole booking process managed very smoothly .
Secondly the guides were exceptionally , knowledgeable and flexible and made it very comfortable for us .
Steve was amazing he ensured we were kept informed , meticulous administration and also put together a list of restaurants that would be suitable to our palate.
The whole trip was excellent and I will definitely be using KimKim again

Thank you Steve and your team for organising and executing this trip for us

Hotel Reviews
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

The front desk were not so accommodating

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Borei Angkor Resort & Spa
Siem Reap
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Activity Reviews
National Museum
Phnom Penh
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Wat Phnom
Phnom Penh
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Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Phnom Penh
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Banteay Samre & Banteay Srei
Siem Reap
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Monk blessing
Siem Reap
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Full day temple free and easy exploration by remork (with lunch)
Siem Reap
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Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Dear Manjit,
Thank you for the wonderful review and also the excellent feedback. I am so happy you are pleased with the whole process. Also, it's especially encouraging that we chose the correct guides for you. We love to customise trips according to your needs. Thanks for choosing Kimkim and we very much look to giving you a memorable journey in another part of the world!

Two weeks in Cambodia
Cambodia | Jun 24 - Jul 6, 2022

Amir
Amir A.
Philadelphia, PA | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

I had an incredible time in Cambodia. I 100% recommend working with Steve (Travel Asia A la Carte). Each leg of the trip was well organized and accounted for. Our local guides (especially Kanha) showed us unique parts of their country outside of the standard tourist traps. Through this, we felt that our funds spend supported local communities. All of the hotels and experiences exceeded my expectations. This was my first trip to Asia and it has left me wanting to return to explore such an... read more

I had an incredible time in Cambodia. I 100% recommend working with Steve (Travel Asia A la Carte). Each leg of the trip was well organized and accounted for. Our local guides (especially Kanha) showed us unique parts of their country outside of the standard tourist traps. Through this, we felt that our funds spend supported local communities. All of the hotels and experiences exceeded my expectations. This was my first trip to Asia and it has left me wanting to return to explore such an amazing part of our world.

Hotel Reviews
Cardamom Tented Camp
Trapeang Rung

Amazing camp thats sole purpose is to support the wild life that is endangered due to deforestation. A must to visit and support.

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Treeline Urban Resort
Siem Reap

The best service Ive ever experienced at a hotel. Amazing coffee shop attached. Great pool and food.

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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Nice hotel in a good area. Service over all good but lacking in some departments (Can be difficult to get a drink at the sky bar!)

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The Royal Sands Koh Rong
Sihanoukville, Koh Rong

Hotel was very clean and accommodating. Staff were fantastic and the food was incredible. Lives up to its rating of a 5 star resort. Make sure to bring money for tips/experiences from the mainland as the entire island does not have an ATM. Apart from the hotel Koh Rong offers beautiful natural world. Incredible island to explore by scooter. There is a feeling the area is rapidly changing and being developed. I imagine it will be a very different place in 5 - 10 years.

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Activity Reviews
Phnom Penh Half day, Royal Palace & Central Market
Phnom Penh
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Cambodia
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Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Noodle Village
Siem Reap

The best fish noodles Ive ever had. Went for seconds.

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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat C - free seating in the two side sections)
Siem Reap
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Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch)
Siem Reap
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Late afternoon until evening foodie tour
Phnom Penh
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Arrival day at Cardamom Tented Camp
Botum Sakor National Park
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Full day Cardamom Tented Camp (Trekker & Explorer Packages)
Botum Sakor National Park
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Hi Amir. Thanks for visiting Cambodia and using our services. Glad to hear you had a wonderful time and appreciated the way we provide services that give something back to the destination. It was also great to have a little chat whilst you were in Siem Reap!

An unforgettable experience.
Cambodia | Jun 24 - Jul 6, 2022

Carlos
Carlos E.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Jul 07, 2022

Cambodia was incredible. I took this trip with my long time friend and had pretty high expectations. With the help of KimKim and Steve, (our appointed local guide) this trip completely blew them out of the water.

Kahna our guide for the first week was absolutely incredible, going above and beyond to explain the nuances of culture and history to us while still keeping us excited and entertained. We were equipped with the information and understanding to complete the trip knowing how to... read more

Cambodia was incredible. I took this trip with my long time friend and had pretty high expectations. With the help of KimKim and Steve, (our appointed local guide) this trip completely blew them out of the water.

Kahna our guide for the first week was absolutely incredible, going above and beyond to explain the nuances of culture and history to us while still keeping us excited and entertained. We were equipped with the information and understanding to complete the trip knowing how to navigate the country. The accommodations and transportation were great and the organization of the entire trip was completely flawless and spot on.

We can’t express how grateful we are. Certain trips give you something money can’t buy, a reset of sorts, a shift in perspective that alters how you look at life itself. Without the help of KimKim, Steve, and Kahna, we couldn’t have had that experience.

Hotel Reviews
Treeline Urban Resort
Siem Reap

This hotel is awesome. I stayed 3 nights coming straight from LA and could not have been happier with the accommodations and staff. The amenities are top notch and would 100% come back and recommend to any of my loved ones.

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Cardamom Tented Camp
Trapeang Rung

This place is a gem. Exploring an area that is largely untouched by humans was an experience I won’t ever forget. The camp’s altruistic purpose gives you a sense of connection with its surroundings, all while offering amazing comfort and insight into the jungle.

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Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Great place, great location. This hotel was perfect for our short stays in Phnom Penh. It had a colonial feel and the hotel helped us with anything we needed.

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The Royal Sands Koh Rong
Sihanoukville, Koh Rong

Incredible resort, amazing staff, world class accommodations.

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Activity Review
Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch)
Siem Reap

This experience was unforgettable and the amount of knowledge and perspective I gained was truly priceless.

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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Thanks Carlos for the glowing review! It was a pleasure to have you travel with us in Cambodia and it's clear you loved the country and its people. We've shared your comments with our guide, Kanha both in person and online. Please let your friends and family know Cambodia is a very authentic destination with lovely, welcoming people. Thanks again.

Laos and Cambodia for the Holidays!
Cambodia | Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2019

Terri
Terri M.
San Diego, CA | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

We had the most amazing experience in Laos and Cambodia thanks to Steve at KimKim travel. He planned everything exactly like we wanted. Luang Prabang was phenomenal. Such an incredible country and our guide Van made it perfect. His english was excellent and he personally made a point for us to have a great time and get a real feeling for the uniqueness of his country. We loved playing games with the locals and eating at "locals only" establishments!
Cambodia was a perfect balance of... read more

We had the most amazing experience in Laos and Cambodia thanks to Steve at KimKim travel. He planned everything exactly like we wanted. Luang Prabang was phenomenal. Such an incredible country and our guide Van made it perfect. His english was excellent and he personally made a point for us to have a great time and get a real feeling for the uniqueness of his country. We loved playing games with the locals and eating at "locals only" establishments!
Cambodia was a perfect balance of temples, history, food and people. We were thrilled with our guide, Mr. Arn. He was very knowledgable about Siem Reep and the history of the country. We asked endless questions and he always had an answer. We really wanted to get to know the people of Cambodia and we were introduced to many locals and tasted local foods and watched the local artisans make their crafts. What a magical country.
Also a shout out to all our drivers. Always on time and having cold water for us to drink and stopping if we saw something we wanted to see or get a photo of! Thank you Steve for an amazing trip!

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Hi Terri,
Many thanks for the glowing feedback.
It was a pleasure to have lovely guests like you wanting to experience the real destination and 'go local' for authentic experiences. Thanks for travelling with us to Laos and Cambodia.

Cambodia Itinerary
Cambodia | Oct 1 - Oct 15, 2019

Bharat
Bharat P.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

It has been an amazing experience visiting Cambodia for a two week period..
To start with a lot of communication was exchanged with Steve and he was quick in understanding what experience we were looking for and he soon suggested the itinerary. With some changes we were assured of a great time and could not wait to get there.
Dy our guide for the Siem Reap circuit and Sreylen for the Phnom Penh circuit were knowledgeable and took care of the plan. The drivers of both circuits were brilliant... read more

It has been an amazing experience visiting Cambodia for a two week period..
To start with a lot of communication was exchanged with Steve and he was quick in understanding what experience we were looking for and he soon suggested the itinerary. With some changes we were assured of a great time and could not wait to get there.
Dy our guide for the Siem Reap circuit and Sreylen for the Phnom Penh circuit were knowledgeable and took care of the plan. The drivers of both circuits were brilliant and made sure the whole itinerary was covered in full but at the same time were flexible enough to ensure the balance between hactic schedule and free pleasure time. All the accomodation were hand picked and were exclusive and luxurious.
A thoroughly enjoyable trip that we will remember for years to come.
Bharat & Hansa

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Thanks Bharat & Hansa for this glowing review. All at Travel Asia a la carte work hard on every booking to ensure we deliver memorable experiences. I will share your comments with Sreylen and Dy and make sure the drivers and operations team are aware of your satisfaction.
Best regards from a sunny Siem Reap.
Steve.

Cambodia Trip
Cambodia | Jun 16 - Jun 22, 2019

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Sheela B.
| Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Steve and his team took such great care of us throughout the trip! Our two guides, Pich and Dy, were wonderful as they helped navigate us around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Not only did they show us the sites but they were helpful in recommending places to visit as well. The itinerary crafted by Steve was well thought out and was very accommodating to my family since we could only walk a few miles per day. I highly recommend using this agency for any future Cambodia travels!

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Hi Sheela,
Many thanks for taking the time to review our services. That really helps future travellers.
We were pleased to welcome you to the Kingdom of Wonder and it seems like both you and your parents have happy memories. Do let us know if you ever plan to return.
Best regards from a sunny Siem Reap in rainy season!
Steve.

Cambodia
Cambodia | Feb 1 - Feb 11, 2019

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Joyce L.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

It was a beautiful trip and the guides, such as Dao in Laos and Mak in Siem Reap went out of their way to provide us with all the experiences we had hope to have. Going to alms in Laos, having 2 hours with a meditation master in Hanchey Bamboo Resort, and visiting Angkor Thom were some of the highlights. While in Siem Reap we stayed at Jaya House. We have traveled extensively and there are few hotels that we have appreciated as much as Jaya House. Thank you for choosing that hotel. ... read more

It was a beautiful trip and the guides, such as Dao in Laos and Mak in Siem Reap went out of their way to provide us with all the experiences we had hope to have. Going to alms in Laos, having 2 hours with a meditation master in Hanchey Bamboo Resort, and visiting Angkor Thom were some of the highlights. While in Siem Reap we stayed at Jaya House. We have traveled extensively and there are few hotels that we have appreciated as much as Jaya House. Thank you for choosing that hotel. It was such a pleasure to work with Steve, our local specialist, in planning the trip. We had some unusual requests and he definitely listened to us and even provided us with options of which we were not even aware. Will definitely use the services of KimKim again, and if we return to SEAsia, will ask for Steve. Thank you.

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Hi Joy,
Many thanks for taking the time to review our services. I am very pleased they met your satisfaction. I will share the comments with the guides.
There was nothing too unusual about your requests. All very manageable and we pride ourselves on doing customised tours. We believe that is how travel should be...changed to meet each individuals needs.
Wishing you all the best and it would be a pleasure to welcome you back to the Far East.
Best regards, Steve.

Authentic Cambodia
Cambodia | Feb 4 - Feb 13, 2019

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Eric R.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

My wife and I spent a wonderful 10 days in Cambodia in Feb 2019 on a trip designed by Steve to see as much of the "authentic Cambodia" as we could in the limited time we had in-country. In short, to say that we enjoyed the trip would be an understatement. Steve's local knowledge and expert planning made all the difference - we hadn't been to Cambodia before so his suggestions and recommendations were absolutely invaluable. Our guides (Reya in Phnom Penh and Dy in Battambang / Siem Reap) and... read more

My wife and I spent a wonderful 10 days in Cambodia in Feb 2019 on a trip designed by Steve to see as much of the "authentic Cambodia" as we could in the limited time we had in-country. In short, to say that we enjoyed the trip would be an understatement. Steve's local knowledge and expert planning made all the difference - we hadn't been to Cambodia before so his suggestions and recommendations were absolutely invaluable. Our guides (Reya in Phnom Penh and Dy in Battambang / Siem Reap) and drivers were just fantastic, and all trip logistics (transport, hotels, restaurants/cultural events etc) were impeccably handled. Our trip really wouldn't have been the same without Steve's input...
We started the visit in Phnom Penh (to avoid the Chinese New Year tourist crush in Siem Reap) and had a great visit with Reya to the Royal Museum, National Museum, and the S21 Detention Centre and Killing Fields (pretty depressing, but obviously an important part of the country's recent history). Next was Battambang with Dy, in which we experienced the French colonial centre, saw the nearby bat caves at dusk (pretty amazing natural phenomenon), took a ride on the Bamboo train, and did a bike tour through local communities to see how they produce rice paper and other local products. Also saw the Phare circus one evening - definitely recommended.
Then onwards to Siem Reap to see some of the Temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat. Totally amazing complex and history - with some of the oldest temples in the area dating back some 1,000 years - but the truth is you'd really need months to see everything! We also spent a morning on the Tonle Sap lake, which included a visit to the village of Kompong Khleang (only possible to drive through in the dry season when the lake level is at its lowest). Here we had a really heartwarming experience - whilst checking out the local fish drying process on an extremely hot day, a fortuitous encounter with lots of kids coming out of school and an ice cream vendor lead to about 70 ice creams being handed out to all the kids in town (plus a few adults as well). The cost was nothing but the happiness generated was incredible.
Aside from the sites we visited and the local cuisine, one of the highlights for us was the Cambodian people themselves - incredibly friendly, dignified, hard working. Truly amazing people.
But back to the overall trip - I can't emphasize the value of Steve's local knowledge in making this trip so memorable for us. I would highly recommend - especially for first time travellers to Cambodia - booking through Steve. And as for us, we will certainly be back in Cambodia sometime soon!

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Hi Eric.
Thanks for your kind words. We worked hard to give you and Pamela a fabulous trip and it paid off. Of course it does help you told us about your interests and preferences. That makes the planning a lot easier.
I will share your lovely comments with our guides and drivers. They are the hardest working of all.
It would be a pleasure to welcome you again to Cambodia.

Travelling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh then Siahnookville
Cambodia | Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2018

Jimmy
Jimmy T.
Australia | Reviewed on Dec 27, 2018

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.

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

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.