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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
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Recent trip reviews for Steve

Amazing trip to Cambodia
Cambodia | Apr 21 - May 4, 2024

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J-M D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on May 07, 2024

Steve did a really nice job planning our trip to Cambodia. We had a few conversations with him to describe what we were interested in doing/seeing and he came up with a suggested itinerary and made all the arrangements. We were really pleased with the accommodations and the guides were professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Drivers were available when we arrived at destinations so we did not lose any time waiting or trying to figure out transport.

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on May 09, 2024
Dear J-M,
It was a great pleasure having you and your travelling companions visiting Cambodia.
Thanks for the 5 star rating which pleases us. Personally, I'm very happy from our discussions I was able to make good suggestions that provided you with a memorable trip.
It sounds like you coped with the heat (record temperatures!)! It did rain yesterday in Siem Reap and a couple of days ago in Phnom Penh!
I will share your comments about the guides and drivers with our Operations team.
Thanks...
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Dear J-M,
It was a great pleasure having you and your travelling companions visiting Cambodia.
Thanks for the 5 star rating which pleases us. Personally, I'm very happy from our discussions I was able to make good suggestions that provided you with a memorable trip.
It sounds like you coped with the heat (record temperatures!)! It did rain yesterday in Siem Reap and a couple of days ago in Phnom Penh!
I will share your comments about the guides and drivers with our Operations team.
Thanks again and I hope you will recommend our/Kimkim services and Cambodia to your friends & family.
Best regards,
Steve.

Perfect travel, Steve gave amazing advise and...
Cambodia | Apr 4 - Apr 14, 2024

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Anne-marie D.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
Perfect travel, Steve gave amazing advice and made sure everything was organised to perfection. The guide we had in Siem Reap , Dee, was really knowledgeable and engaging, especially with the kids. Will definitely recommend Steve to our friends and anyone who reads this reviews. Read more

Perfect travel, Steve gave amazing advice and made sure everything was organised to perfection. The guide we had in Siem Reap , Dee, was really knowledgeable and engaging, especially with the kids. Will definitely recommend Steve to our friends and anyone who reads this reviews.

Hotel Reviews
Shinta Mani Angkor
Siem Reap
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Royal Sands Koh Rong
Sihanoukville, Koh Rong
Authenticity & Character
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Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Hotel needs to be a bit revamped. Service was average, breakfast really average. Not a 5 star hotel

Authenticity & Character
I’m
Location
Staff
Need more training
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room too dusty
Activity Reviews
Lunch at Eleven One Kitchen
Lunch at Eleven One Kitchen
Phnom Penh

Food was average and we didn’t know what we were eating. Different dish was given to my daughter for some reason

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HAVEN Restaurant
HAVEN Restaurant
Siem Reap
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat A , reserved seating)
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat A , reserved seating)
Siem Reap
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Angkor Wat  morning visit
Angkor Wat morning visit
Siem Reap
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Ta Phrom with optional sunset
Ta Phrom with optional sunset
Siem Reap
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Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Siem Reap
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Destination dining at Villa Chandara
Destination dining at Villa Chandara
Siem Reap
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Food
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Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh
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Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Phnom Penh
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Apopo Landmine detecting rats (private tour)
Apopo Landmine detecting rats (private tour)
Siem Reap
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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The Artisans of Satcha
The Artisans of Satcha
Siem Reap
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I’m
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Historic Rickshaw (pedicab) tour
Historic Rickshaw (pedicab) tour
Phnom Penh
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Central Market
Central Market
Phnom Penh
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Apr 24, 2024
Dear Anne-Marie,
Welcome back home and thanks for taking the time to review the trip.
I am very happy it was a wonderful family trip and that you felt everything was well organised. Also, excellent to hear you particularly liked guide Dy. It helps she has a daughter the same age as your children. We work regularly with Dy and I will let her know your appreciation.
Looking through the comments two negative points:
(i) meal at Eleven One. I am trying to find out what happened here. The same...
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Dear Anne-Marie,
Welcome back home and thanks for taking the time to review the trip.
I am very happy it was a wonderful family trip and that you felt everything was well organised. Also, excellent to hear you particularly liked guide Dy. It helps she has a daughter the same age as your children. We work regularly with Dy and I will let her know your appreciation.
Looking through the comments two negative points:
(i) meal at Eleven One. I am trying to find out what happened here. The same meal was ordered for all 4 of you. I can only assume someone mixed up tables. Our guide, Pich confirmed she didn't ask for anything to be changed so it should have been the same. You should have received a printed menu also. Overall, we get good feedback about the restaurant but will keep an eye on it seeing as it didn't rate too highly.
(ii) Palace Gate Hotel. I will follow up with the management on the points. I can only assume they were short-staffed with Khmer New Year. I can imagine quite a few needed to have time off with their families. However, that shouldn't have impacted on your stay at all. I did stay at Palace Gate a few months ago and all seemed fine. The rooms are a little dated but they also try to keep the 'heritage feel'.

I can see you enjoyed many aspects such as the beach, destination dining at Villa Chandara and hope that all members of the family have wonderful memories of their time spent in Cambodia. It was very hot during your visit (and still is!) so you did an excellent job not to wilt!

Best regards,
Steve.

3 fantastic weeks in Cambodia
Cambodia | Mar 7 - Mar 26, 2024

Ann
Ann D.
Waterford, MI | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2024
We were very impressed with the ease of working with Steve and his quick response to our needs as he put together a 3 week trip through Cambodia. Our guide in Siem Reap Sokin was great. She was knowledgeable, energetic and flexible to our needs. The temples of Angkor of course are amazing!
The next section of our trip took us to Koh Ker which was beyond words. We progressed east to Stung Treng and the Mekong River activities to the most memorable morning. We had breakfast floating down the...
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We were very impressed with the ease of working with Steve and his quick response to our needs as he put together a 3 week trip through Cambodia. Our guide in Siem Reap Sokin was great. She was knowledgeable, energetic and flexible to our needs. The temples of Angkor of course are amazing!
The next section of our trip took us to Koh Ker which was beyond words. We progressed east to Stung Treng and the Mekong River activities to the most memorable morning. We had breakfast floating down the river on a bamboo raft. Definitely a surprise and delight event!!!
The next stop was treking to see gibbons and walking with an elephant in the jungle, also fantastic although a very hot hikes. Our guide from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was Mr Tea who was willing to adapt to our changing needs due to the heat. Our final leg was from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Van Sreylen was our guide for this final portion. She was fun, informative and flexible with the itinerary as we toured Phnom Penh and Battambang. A final highlight was the bamboo train!
Our lodging varied from beautiful Farmhouse Resort to a minimalistic Bambu hotel. We loved the Aviary Hotel in Siem Reap with its location, facilities and wonderful staff.
And a final word about our driver Mr. Ya who went above and beyond to make our trip as safe and comfortable as possible and always did it with a great big smile. We can't say enough good things about him! He's a gem!

Hotel Reviews
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap

Great facilities and a wonderful, attentive staff

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Staff
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Soriyabori Resort
Koh Trong
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Nature Lodge
Sen Monorom
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Phnom Penh Katari Hotel
Phnom Penh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Farmhouse Resort & Spa
Sameakki Mean Chey
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bambu Hotel
Battambang
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Beds were hard and had loud music next door in the evening
Koh Ker Temples Garden Hotel
Srayang
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mekong Bird Resort
Stung Treng
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The Artisans of Satcha
The Artisans of Satcha
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Angkor Balloon (morning)
Angkor Balloon (morning)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch) (Angkor Wat a.m/Angkor Thom p.m)
Full day temple exploration by remork (with lunch) (Angkor Wat a.m/Angkor Thom p.m)
Siem Reap
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Siem Reap to Srayang via Beng Mealea & Koh Ker
Siem Reap to Srayang via Beng Mealea & Koh Ker
Cambodia
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Kayaking late afternoon on the Mekong
Kayaking late afternoon on the Mekong
Stung Treng
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Koh Trong to Sen Monorom with dolphin spotting and local lunch
Koh Trong to Sen Monorom with dolphin spotting and local lunch
Cambodia
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Sunset at the Sea Forest
Sunset at the Sea Forest
Sen Monorom
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Transport
A full day at Elephant Valley Project (ELIE)
A full day at Elephant Valley Project (ELIE)
Sen Monorom
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Ta Phrom, Banteay Samre, Noodle Village, Banteay Srei,
Ta Phrom, Banteay Samre, Noodle Village, Banteay Srei,
Siem Reap
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Food
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Grand Circuit morning tour
Grand Circuit morning tour
Siem Reap
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Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Siem Reap
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Sandbank breakfast
Sandbank breakfast
Stung Treng
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Full day visit to Jahoo with zoologist
Full day visit to Jahoo with zoologist
Sen Monorom
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
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Transport
Dinner at Farmhouse Resort
Dinner at Farmhouse Resort
Kampong Chhnang
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Hill temple visit
Hill temple visit
Kampong Chhnang
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Bamboo train ride
Bamboo train ride
Battambang
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Transport
Half day countryside local industries cycling
Half day countryside local industries cycling
Battambang
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner at Jaan Bai
Dinner at Jaan Bai
Battambang
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Champey Academy of Arts
Champey Academy of Arts
Phnom Penh
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Short cyclo tour to Wat Phnom
Short cyclo tour to Wat Phnom
Phnom Penh
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Central Market
Central Market
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Phnom Penh to Farmhouse Resort via Udong
Phnom Penh to Farmhouse Resort via Udong
Cambodia
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Sunset cruise, Phnom Penh
Sunset cruise, Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh
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Tour of Farmhouse Resort & Spa
Tour of Farmhouse Resort & Spa
Kampong Chhnang
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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Apr 01, 2024
Dear Ann,
Thank you so much for travelling and seeing 'Cambodia in-depth' with a full on three week tour. It's wonderful you could discover more of the country than many visitors who just come for Angkor. Of course, Cambodia has a lot more to offer. However, it's almost unknown outside the country.
Also, appreciate sharing comments about the three guides. All very different characters but excellent at their jobs. And great to hear the driver, Mr Ya took excellent care of you throughout. We...
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Dear Ann,
Thank you so much for travelling and seeing 'Cambodia in-depth' with a full on three week tour. It's wonderful you could discover more of the country than many visitors who just come for Angkor. Of course, Cambodia has a lot more to offer. However, it's almost unknown outside the country.
Also, appreciate sharing comments about the three guides. All very different characters but excellent at their jobs. And great to hear the driver, Mr Ya took excellent care of you throughout. We will let them all know about your kind words.
It was a pleasure working with you to plan the tour and I know your travelling companion, Debra enjoyed the visit as well.
Please do tell as many people as possible about the magic of Cambodia.
Best regards from an even hotter Siem Reap. We might hit 40c in a few days!
Steve.

Everyone was wonderful, especially Horn. He w...
Cambodia | Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2024

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Christian A.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024
Everyone was wonderful, especially Horn. He was always available and helped us a lot. Read more

Everyone was wonderful, especially Horn. He was always available and helped us a lot.

Hotel Reviews
Penh House
Phnom Penh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Sokkhak Boutique Resort
Siem Reap City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Champey Academy of Arts
Champey Academy of Arts
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Central Market
Central Market
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
{{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Spean Praptos, Santuk for lunch & Skuon
{{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Spean Praptos, Santuk for lunch & Skuon
Cambodia
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Food
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Ox cart ride, Village Activities & Sunset drinks in the rice fields
Ox cart ride, Village Activities & Sunset drinks in the rice fields
Siem Reap
Transport
Hidden Temples Cycling (half day)
Hidden Temples Cycling (half day)
Siem Reap
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Afternoon at leisure (guide and driver at disposal)
Afternoon at leisure (guide and driver at disposal)
Siem Reap
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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Late afternoon until evening foodie tour
Late afternoon until evening foodie tour
Phnom Penh
Food
Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
HAVEN Restaurant
HAVEN Restaurant
Siem Reap
Food
Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Siem Reap City Tour with Apopo HeroRats & Artisans of Satcha
Siem Reap City Tour with Apopo HeroRats & Artisans of Satcha
Siem Reap
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat B - open seating in the rear half of the middle seating area)
Siem Reap
A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest (transfer by car to/from starting point in Siem Reap town)
A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest (transfer by car to/from starting point in Siem Reap town)
Siem Reap
Foodie Tour at 3 of Siem Reap's best restaurants
Foodie Tour at 3 of Siem Reap's best restaurants
Siem Reap
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Airport (for Christian & Vanessa)
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Airport (for Christian & Vanessa)
Cambodia
Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Mar 27, 2024

Hi Christian,
Thanks for taking the time to share the review. It's much appreciated. I'm sorry there was no opportunity to greet you as I was in Europe during your visit.
Also, I will let Horn know that again he did a great job.
Hopefully, you can share with your friends and family about your adventures in Cambodia and encourage them to visit one day.
Muchas gracias de nuevo,
Steve.

If I could give Steve more than 5 stars, I wo...
Cambodia | Feb 14 - Feb 29, 2024

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Jason L.
Santa Clara, CA | Reviewed on Mar 06, 2024
If I could give Steve more than 5 stars, I would. He is probably the best travel specialist I have ever worked with. The accommodations selected for us in Cambodia were amazing. Our guides, Barang and Sreylen were excellent.
Steve was super responsive, even booking restaurant reservations for us.
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If I could give Steve more than 5 stars, I would. He is probably the best travel specialist I have ever worked with. The accommodations selected for us in Cambodia were amazing. Our guides, Barang and Sreylen were excellent.
Steve was super responsive, even booking restaurant reservations for us.

Hotel Reviews
Treeline Urban Resort
Siem Reap

Excellent quiet but convenient location in Siem Reap. Staff very friendly, breakfasts excellent. Attached to Brown Coffee which was great. We used the rooftop pool. Very design forward, boutique hotel.

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Maisons Wat Kor

Grounds very pretty. Outside the main city.

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Mattress was very firm.
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Location excellent. We greatly enjoyed the breakfast. When there was a problem with the A/C in our room, they immediately responded and when it couldn’t be repaired quickly, upgraded us to a different room.

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Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Mar 06, 2024

Hi Jason & Carol,
Thank you for your kind words! It's wonderful you appreciated the work put in by myself, our guides, and of course the other staff who made sure that all went well as intended.
It was a pleasure to have you travel with us in Cambodia and I hope you will return one day. Failing that, please help to recommend the country to your family and friends as a future travel destination.
Best regards,
Steve.

Family's trip to Cambodia
Cambodia | Jan 7 - Jan 18, 2024

meredith
meredith s.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 25, 2024
My family's trip to Cambodia was absolutely wonderful
From the first contact with Steve to the fairwell at the airport we could not fault the professionalism the willingness to help for one minute. Our guides Len and Horn where "the best" and our driver "Mr.T" was an absolute gentleman.
We all agreed that Cambodia was our favourite country as the people where so welcoming and kind and not jaded.
Cambodia is an absolute gem and my heart is full of joy when my mind goes back there.
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My family's trip to Cambodia was absolutely wonderful
From the first contact with Steve to the fairwell at the airport we could not fault the professionalism the willingness to help for one minute. Our guides Len and Horn where "the best" and our driver "Mr.T" was an absolute gentleman.
We all agreed that Cambodia was our favourite country as the people where so welcoming and kind and not jaded.
Cambodia is an absolute gem and my heart is full of joy when my mind goes back there.

Hotel Reviews
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Palace gate Hotel was an oasis, an absolute delight to come home to at the end of the day. Loved the roof top bar and the poolside restaurant where a highlight

Authenticity & Character
The decor was cool and cambodian/old time colonial
Location
Very central
Staff
So friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Room was spotless
Canvas & Orchids Retreat (formerly 4 Rivers Floating Lodge)
Koh Kong

Loved the boat ride to reach the island was a relaxing experience Extremely warm welcome and felt relaxed the whole stay Our overwater bungalow was wonderful I particularly loved the wooden shower overlooking the river The well looked after orchids where absolutely stunning and where everywhere

Authenticity & Character
"Island life"
Location
Stunning location Loved diving off our balcony in to the river Swam over to the neighbours for a visit
Staff
Warm and friendly Nothing a problem
Cleanliness & Comfort
Bambu Hotel
Battambang

Only thing that stopped this hotel being 5 stars was that on the nights they have the night club, situated next door, going if there is room put guests in the downstairs rooms as upstairs rooms where quite noisy. Our group where there on a weekend and one has downstairs and the other had an upstairs room, didn't hear a thing downstairs. Just a suggestion ... Anyway we absolutely loved this hotel. The pool was a welcome relief and the poolside bar and restaurant where wonderful, very chill 😎

Authenticity & Character
Felt instantly relaxed. Old world Cambodia
Location
Centrally located
Staff
Friendly and relaxed
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap

What an absolute plstaying at the Avery Loved the pools, the roof bar, the coffee and our room was spacious with a cool balcony. The decor was funky and light filled

Authenticity & Character
Plenty of character
Location
Staff
Incredibly friendly and helpful Genuine and engaging
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Phnom Penh

Loved hearing about the royal families past

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Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Tuol Sleng & Russian Market
Phnom Penh

The genocide museum was shocking. It is a credit to the people of Cambodia to not be full of hate. Found it very informative as we had a great guide

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Champey Academy of Arts
Champey Academy of Arts
Phnom Penh

We all absolutely loved the dancing and seeing the kids creating their art We felt privileged to be at their performance and also lived being involved Please visit and support these great kids as they are keeping their beautiful Cambodian culture alive with this new generation What an absolute delight. A huge highlight ✨️

Quality of Experience
Very genuine
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Dinner at Canvas & Orchids
Dinner at Canvas & Orchids
Koh Kong

Absolutely delicious and the service was great

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Food
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{{start_location}} to {{end_location}} via Hanuman Shooting Range, Udong & Ondong Rossey
Cambodia

Very professional Safety was five star Weapons where excellent

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Dinner at Jaan Bai
Dinner at Jaan Bai
Battambang

Absolutely brilliant food and service Terrific cocktails and amazed that so professional for a training school The staff will go a long way if this is their start.

Quality of Experience
Best place
Food
Food was 10 out of 10
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Transport
Half day countryside local industries cycling
Half day countryside local industries cycling
Battambang

Loved visiting the rice paper, fried banana, fruit plantation, rice wine and sticky rice business What a great group of producers Very interesting to hear their stories and see how it is done

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

This was fantastic Must see

Quality of Experience
Very funny and talented performers
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Phnom Sampeau sunset
Phnom Sampeau sunset
Battambang

The caves and the temple along with the bats migrating out of the cave was a great sight

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Traditional dance performance and dinner
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Siem Reap

Very nice evening The performance was impressive and dinner was delicious

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Food
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A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest
A morning with the elephants at Kulen Elephant Forest
Siem Reap

Very professional operation but still felt personal and the staff and keepers where very accommodating

Quality of Experience
Loved being able to move around the elephants a get some great photos
Food
Delicious lunch, plenty of food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dinner at Chanrey Tree
Dinner at Chanrey Tree
Siem Reap

Very nice evening, quite special event Venue was beautiful in amongst the garden area Food delicious

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Service top shelf
Tatai Waterfall (private excursion)
Tatai Waterfall (private excursion)
Koh Kong

Beautiful swimming spot and highlight was sitting under the waterfalls

Quality of Experience
Food
Cooked lunch on the boat, delicious Enjoyed the whole experience Don't miss out
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was super informative as to local species of vegetation
Transport
Ta Phrom with optional sunset
Ta Phrom with optional sunset
Siem Reap

Must see

Quality of Experience
Short cyclo tour to Wat Phnom
Short cyclo tour to Wat Phnom
Phnom Penh

Absolute blast !!! Best way to see the city, amongst the thick of it.

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Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap

The sunrise at Ankor Wat is an unforgettable experience. Our guide's knowledge of the temple and the best vantage point to view the sunrise was so beneficial to our experience.

Quality of Experience
Unparalleled scenery.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Expert knowledge and experience in relation to the temple. Our driver was so helpful in finding one of our party who became separated from us.
Transport
Our driver was extremely helpful.
Banteay Srei & Apopo Hero Rats (same day as sunrise)
Banteay Srei & Apopo Hero Rats (same day as sunrise)
Siem Reap

Banteay Srei is a unique temple with beautiful stone work. It's quite isolated which means there are no crowds. The setting is lovely. The hero rats experience was fantastic. Learning about the problem of land mines and other explosives in Cambodia was fascinating, as was the demonstration of the rats at work. Great to be able to support such a wonderful organisation.

Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Angkor Thom (morning) by remork
Siem Reap

The scale of Angkor Thom was quite incredible. Definitely worth visiting as part of any trip to Siem Reap. The ride out and back in a remorque (Cambodian Tuk tuk) was a lot of fun.

Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guides explanation of the history of Angkor Thom and surrounding settlements enriched our experience of Angkor Thom.
Bamboo train ride
Bamboo train ride
Battambang

The ride was loads of fun. Great to be out in the countryside watching the rice fields slip by.

Quality of Experience
Being out in the countryside, almost like a (noisy) magic carpet ride.
Countryside walk & Village Activities
Countryside walk & Village Activities
Siem Reap

A beautiful experience. Watching the sun set over rice paddies while sipping a gin and tonic was truly memorable. The hospitality of our hosts was wonderful and felt truly genuine.

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Mar 06, 2024

Dear Meredith,
Thank you for writing such nice words about Cambodia and also taking the time to make so many helpful and positive comments. You really did hit the nail on the head by commenting about how lovely and genuine the Cambodian people are - naturally something you wouldn't know from any guidebook or online review site.
I'm glad the whole family of varying ages had a great time and thank you for your visit. We hope you can return one day and see more of authentic Cambodia.
Best regards,
Steve.

Angkor Wat Bucket List Trip -- January 2024
Cambodia | Jan 22 - Jan 30, 2024

Beth
Beth W.
Aspen Hill, MD | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2024
My mother had wanted to see Angkor Wat in person for 70+ years--ever since she wrote a middle school paper about it. Time flies and it seemed like she might miss her chance. But then in early 2023 we found KimKim and Travel Asia A La Carte. Steve quickly responded to my inquiry and created an interesting trip in Cambodia for us that would accommodate an 82-year-old who struggles in the heat, walks very slow, and needs help getting up and down steps. All throughout the planning process, Steve... Read more

My mother had wanted to see Angkor Wat in person for 70+ years--ever since she wrote a middle school paper about it. Time flies and it seemed like she might miss her chance. But then in early 2023 we found KimKim and Travel Asia A La Carte. Steve quickly responded to my inquiry and created an interesting trip in Cambodia for us that would accommodate an 82-year-old who struggles in the heat, walks very slow, and needs help getting up and down steps. All throughout the planning process, Steve was quick to respond, friendly and accommodating. He organized a fantastic trip for us that included enriching experiences that highlighted Cambodia's history and culture. Ra was our driver throughout the trip, Pich was our guide from Phnom Penh to Battambang and Siem Reap and Kin was our guide throughout our time in Siem Reap and back to the airport. These people are outstanding and made our trip The Best. The activities, accommodations and meals were all super--loved every one of them and everyone we met--but what made the trip great was Steve and his team--Ra, Pich and Kin--and the care they gave to us and especially my mother throughout our time in Cambodia. They were always friendly and respected my mother's slow walking pace, accommodated her when she needed to stop and rest, and never tried to rush her. They helped her up and down steps and in and out of boats and challenging seats and strategized ways to get her to see as much as possible without having her walk more than necessary or miss anything interesting or important. Any they were always friendly and joyful about it. This trip would have been impossible without these wonderful, loving people. Thank you to all.

Hotel Reviews
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh

Loved it!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Maisons Wat Kor
Battambang
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Treeline Urban Resort
Siem Reap
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Afternoon introductory Phnom Penh City Tour
Afternoon introductory Phnom Penh City Tour
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Airport via Spean Praptos, Santuk Silk Farm & Skuon (for Beth & Betsy)
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Airport via Spean Praptos, Santuk Silk Farm & Skuon (for Beth & Betsy)
Cambodia
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Phnom Penh to Battambang via Ondong Rossey & Floating Villages
Phnom Penh to Battambang via Ondong Rossey & Floating Villages
Cambodia
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bamboo train ride
Bamboo train ride
Battambang
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Sunrise (and return to hotel for breakfast)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Phnom Sampeau sunset
Phnom Sampeau sunset
Battambang
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner at Jaan Bai
Dinner at Jaan Bai
Battambang
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
National Museum & Royal Palace
National Museum & Royal Palace
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat A , reserved seating)
Phare, the Cambodian Circus (Seat A , reserved seating)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dinner at Eleven One Kitchen
Dinner at Eleven One Kitchen
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields
Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum, Banteay Samre & local noodles
Banteay Srei, Landmine Museum, Banteay Samre & local noodles
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half day countryside local industries by remork
Half day countryside local industries by remork
Battambang
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ta Phrom (afternoon by remork)
Ta Phrom (afternoon by remork)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Additional airport transfer
Phnom Penh
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Feb 02, 2024
Hi Beth,
It was a pleasure to welcome you and your mother to Cambodia. Naturally, we arranged for patient, sociable, and knowledgeable guides to make sure everything went to plan. I will let Pich and Kin know you appreciated them very much. Also to the driver Ra.
It's great you booked a private tour, meaning we could do things at your pace and not having to rush any visits. We only arrange private tours via Kimkim and is the best way to personalise a tour.
Both the guides mentioned the joy of...
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Hi Beth,
It was a pleasure to welcome you and your mother to Cambodia. Naturally, we arranged for patient, sociable, and knowledgeable guides to make sure everything went to plan. I will let Pich and Kin know you appreciated them very much. Also to the driver Ra.
It's great you booked a private tour, meaning we could do things at your pace and not having to rush any visits. We only arrange private tours via Kimkim and is the best way to personalise a tour.
Both the guides mentioned the joy of the visits, and that the Cambodians found your mother beautiful! It would be very rare for a Cambodian of a similar age to your mother to travel very far.
Unfortunately your travel dates coincided with my trip to Laos for a trade show so we could not meet in person. However, I just about managed to greet your mother before needing to check in for my own flight.
Thanks again and please remember to tell your friends and family about the wonderful trip you had, and hopefully they can also visit us one day.

Perfect trip to Cambodia
Cambodia | Dec 30 - Jan 14, 2024

Charlotte
Charlotte O.
Switzerland | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024
We went to Cambodia for two weeks and the trip was exceptionally organized by our local operator, Steve. All the transports were flawless, the experiences (especially with the local families) amazing and the hotels very nice: The guides were great and we’ve loads of fun together. Couldn’t recommend it more. Cambodia is a great and highly undervalued country which really deserves a visit outside of Angkor Wat. Read more

We went to Cambodia for two weeks and the trip was exceptionally organized by our local operator, Steve. All the transports were flawless, the experiences (especially with the local families) amazing and the hotels very nice: The guides were great and we’ve loads of fun together. Couldn’t recommend it more. Cambodia is a great and highly undervalued country which really deserves a visit outside of Angkor Wat.

Hotel Reviews
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Very central!
Staff
Always smiling and happy to help!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cardamom Tented Camp
Trapeang Rung

Sleeping in the jungle is priceless! Everything from the food to the excursions were amazing. Highly recommended.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It’s idyllic!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
It’s a tent but the bed was very comfortable !
Farmhouse Resort & Spa
Sameakki Mean Chey
Battambang Resort
Battambang
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap
Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Jan 31, 2024

Thanks a lot, Charlotte for the kind words. I'm so happy that all went smoothly and most of all that you feel Cambodia is an underappreciated destination. The country is not well known besides Angkor of course. Thanks to both you and Giulia for travelling with us and hope you can encourage your friends to also visit Cambodia one day!

Wonderful First-Time Family Trip to Cambodia
Cambodia | Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2024

C
Claudia M.
San Rafael, CA | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024
Our family of four (parents and two adult sons) had an amazing trip to Cambodia thanks to Steve and his team. While we have traveled in Asia before, this was our first time in Cambodia and Steve was enormously helpful in crafting a trip that worked for our family and gave us an incredible introduction to the culture, history and beauty of Cambodia. We will definitely be back! We began with 3 days in Siem Reap where our guide Ms. Sokin shared her in-depth knowledge of the beautiful temples... Read more

Our family of four (parents and two adult sons) had an amazing trip to Cambodia thanks to Steve and his team. While we have traveled in Asia before, this was our first time in Cambodia and Steve was enormously helpful in crafting a trip that worked for our family and gave us an incredible introduction to the culture, history and beauty of Cambodia. We will definitely be back! We began with 3 days in Siem Reap where our guide Ms. Sokin shared her in-depth knowledge of the beautiful temples of Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom & Banteay Srei. We enjoyed the traditional Apsara dancing one night and had delicious meals there and at Haven restaurant. Having a guide and driver from the moment we landed at the airport made the trip so much easier. We traveled by boat to Battambang, which was a long trip (@7 hours) but definitely worthwhile as we saw the floating villages and beautiful countryside along the way, and the boat was comfortable and a fun experience in itself. We stayed 3 days in Battambang with Ms. Sokin continuing as our guide - highlights included making lunch with the locals, where we harvested local ingredients and prepared delicious local cuisine as well as the bike tour, where we toured a number of local home-industries. Also the bamboo train was a fun experience and the visit to Phnom Sampeau for sunset should not be missed. We then traveled by car to Phnom Penh, stopping along the way to visit a pottery maker and the market, where we tried some local delicacies (some of us more adventurous than others!). We spent 3 days in Phnom Penh. Our guide there Ms. Sreyhouch led us through the beautiful central market, where you can get anything from fresh food to housewares to jewelry. We also visited the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields, important to understanding the history of the Khmer people. All-in-all, our trip was amazing (but slightly exhausting) - the hotels were all comfortable and accomodating, and we felt that we were really able to see the local experience (particularly in Battambang). The knowledge and support of our guides and driver deepened our experience, allowing us to focus on the experience rather than worrying about whether we were missing something or how we were going to get to the next place. We would highly recommend Steve and his team!

Hotel Reviews
The Aviary Hotel
Siem Reap
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Maisons Wat Kor
Battambang
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palace Gate Hotel & Resort
Phnom Penh
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Angkor Thom (afternoon) by remork (tuk tuk)
Angkor Thom (afternoon) by remork (tuk tuk)
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Traditional dance performance and dinner
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Angkor Wat  morning visit
Angkor Wat morning visit
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
HAVEN Restaurant
HAVEN Restaurant
Siem Reap
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Bamboo train ride
Bamboo train ride
Battambang
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Jan 23, 2024

Thanks Claudia for the review. And lots of information to see that the experiences were not just enjoyed, but remembered for a lifetime. We do love Battambang and after 'temple town' (Siem Reap) and the 'big city' (Phnom Penh) it's a great place to experience Cambodian culture, especially in the small villages.
It was great to meet you and the family at Haven in Siem Reap and check all was going well.
Thanks for travelling with Travel Asia a la carte and Kimkim and we very much forward to you returning again.

Amazing vacation thanks to Steve and his tem!
Cambodia | Dec 8 - Dec 19, 2023

Nick
Nick B.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2024
I cannot speak highly enough about Steve and his exceptional team at Travel Asia A La Carte. Our recent two-week trip to Cambodia exceeded all expectations, thanks to their meticulous planning and unwavering commitment to ensuring our family of four had an unforgettable experience. From the moment we started discussing our preferences with Steve, it was evident that he and his team were dedicated to tailoring the perfect vacation for us. Our family, including two children, has specific... Read more

I cannot speak highly enough about Steve and his exceptional team at Travel Asia A La Carte. Our recent two-week trip to Cambodia exceeded all expectations, thanks to their meticulous planning and unwavering commitment to ensuring our family of four had an unforgettable experience.

From the moment we started discussing our preferences with Steve, it was evident that he and his team were dedicated to tailoring the perfect vacation for us. Our family, including two children, has specific dietary needs, and Travel Asia A La Carte went above and beyond to accommodate them. Every meal was a delightful culinary adventure, showcasing the diverse and delicious flavors of Cambodia.

What truly set this experience apart was our desire for an authentic vacation with a touch of adventure. Steve crafted an itinerary that perfectly balanced cultural immersion with thrilling activities, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Whether exploring ancient temples in Siem Reap, cruising along the Tonle Sap Lake, or engaging in hands-on experiences with local communities, every moment felt like a unique adventure.

The attention to detail in the itinerary was impeccable, ensuring that our family's interests and preferences were seamlessly integrated into each day's activities. The accommodations selected were not only comfortable but also reflected the charm and character of Cambodia.

Steve's team (Horn and Mr Tee in particular) demonstrated unparalleled professionalism and a genuine passion for showcasing the beauty of Cambodia. Their local knowledge, combined with a personalized approach, made us feel like we were in the hands of true experts.

Local specialist: Steve Lidgey
Steve
Steve Lidgey
Local specialist in Cambodia | Replied on Jan 20, 2024

Thank you Nick for the wonderful feedback. We loved that all of your family wanted to experience Cambodia most authentically, and were happy to take part in rice harvests, pottery making, and meeting the landmine detecting rats, amongst many, many local interactions. In the planning stage you said you wanted as local as possible which we were delighted to provide you.
I will let the guides know about your kind comments also.
Please do share your love of Cambodia with friends and family so that they can discover this authentic country as well.