Now that we have returned I wanted to write and let you know how pleased we are to have made this trip with your expertise and assistance. We can't imagine having done it any other way, particularly having watched so many other tour groups herding large groups from the bus to a quick look at a temple, and NEVER seeing these groups in some of the other most interesting places we got to go. With one minor exception, the coordination among our guides and drivers was perfectly choreographed and we were so well cared for. Each of our 4 guides was helpful and knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our experience special. We particularly enjoyed Sarath during our days in Siem Reap.
I would highly recommend your organisation to anyone I know considering going to Cambodia.
Though the temples, museums, and palace were all outstanding sights to visit, our favorite memories will surely be the people and the unique things we had opportunity to see and do. Sarath taught Jon to fish using the round net with weights around the edges and though he didn't catch any fish, when he fly fishes he often doesn't catch any either and still has fun. Throughout the country we met children that were delightful --- the kids at the temple near Kompong Thom that were learning to play traditional instruments, the kids at the orphanage learning the alphabet, the teenage boy at the market in Siem Reap that knew the capital of every country, the kids performing with shadow puppets.
Our planned activities were excellent --- learning to cook some of the Cambodian food, visiting the weaving village, and seeing the pepper plantation near Kampot. And our unplanned activities were amazing ---- planting rice and driving the ox to plow the field, having lunch with the other workers in the field, coming across a parade of villagers celebrating the engagement of a young couple.
We loved our accommodations (though maybe not the one in Kompong Thom so much): Amanjaya in Phnom Penh had a fabulous view of the busy street along the Mekong River and we were fascinated watching the traffic. The Veranda Natural Resort in Kep was like living with Swiss Family Robinson in the trees and your suggestion of the Kampot green pepper and salt shrimp was my favorite dish of the whole trip. The Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap was beautiful and relaxing and the staff delightful and always interested in what we were doing and amazed at how much more interesting our itinerary was compared to most tours they see.
We were both surprised and pleased at how open the people were to our questions and the honesty of their answers. We learned so much of the history and culture of the country that we were woefully uninformed on prior to our trip. We were both saddened by the great difficulty that remains for the people of Cambodia and impressed with how much initiative many of the children and adults alike exhibit. We are also grateful that your compnay contributes to try to improve their lives through your foundation.
Our greatest regards to all of your staff that contributed to our memorable trip.
Lisa Nicholson and Jon Huffman - August 2007
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