Activity House 41Eo, Street 306, Boeung Keng Kang I, Phnom Penh, Royal Kingdom of Cambodia. Published on: 03-07-2016
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House 41Eo, Street 306, Boeung Keng Kang I, Phnom Penh, Royal Kingdom of Cambodia.
I've been traveling in Cambodia a few times in the last 6 months, to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Mango had a full day tour for US100 I thought was expensive as most of the tour attractions are very low cost admission, example Wat Phnom is US$1. Anyway, they had a half day tour where I joined with a few others for $50, still a bit expensive when it was a 3 hour tour, but the van was air conditioned and roomy, the tour guide was very knowledgeable almost to the point of too much detail. Overall, you are paying for the knowledge or the tour guide and from what the tour operator says is the high cost of transportation insurance. Anyway, at end of the day they need to make money and I had a need for fill time, so it worked in the end. Another reviewer had a half day tour for $36 and mine was $50, while the Mango website shows half day is $75+, I am sure prices vary depending upon where you are from, the agency will judge your affordability.Overall, I had a good time and would recommend Mango again, just make sure you are clear what you want to see, we saw Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Independence Tower and Diamond Island, the last two sights not much to see but drive and look.
Several email communications prior confirming our slightly different requirements, (we were travelling with a wheelchair, so access was our main priority).Bruce came and met us at our hotel to collect payment, ($36 for both of us for the full day), provide us with a mobile phone pre-programmed with their number in case there were any problems, (there weren't, but this little touch went a long way to instilling confidence from the beginning, and explaining the day, and clarifying our needs. Bruce was very friendly, and was genuinely interested in not only our needs for the day, but also our trip in general. He has also since followed up to get feedback on how we found the access to all sites, so that he can improve the tours for disabled travellers in future. This shows a genuine care.Mr Khun, our driver for the day was waiting outside for us with his Tuk Tuk, and we were very warmly met by him when we finally came out from our breakfast. He expertly strapped my wheelchair to the front of the Tuk Tuk, behind his seat, and securely strapped it in with Bungee Cord. We still had all of our room in the seating area, our view wasn't in any way obstructed, and we felt that the wheelchair was tightly strapped in. This was all done with ease, and we highly suspect that Mr Khun had practiced first!We were offered cold bottles of water and wet wipes, and were introduced to our "lifesaver bag", a backpack filled with ice filled with water and wipes for the day that we could just help ourselves to. This was very much appreciated in the heat and dust of the day, and there were perfect quantities to see us through to the end of the day.Our first stop of the day was the Royal Palace, and as you can't drive down the road to the palace entrance, Mr Khun drove us as far as we could go. He then quickly un-strapped the wheelchair, and helped me down from the Tuk Tuk. This then set the scene for the rest of the day, as he expertly and tirelessly took the wheelchair off, helped me down, helped me up, strapped the wheelchair back on. We can't thank Mr Khun enough for all of this extra help, all done with a smile on his face each time!When we came out of the Palace, we walked across the road to meet Mr Kuhn, but couldn't find him. Eventually he saw us, and crossed the road to pick us up. After that initial loss however, he made special care to look out for us, and would present himself in front of us immediately as we would exit a site.I have written reviews for each of the sites we went to separately, but our structure was as follows:PalaceA drive along the River through the citySilver Pagoda, (we didn't stop here due to accessibility)The Central MarketS21 MuseumLunch at Romden (reservations made by Bruce)Cheung Ek Killing FieldsBack to our hotel for perfectly on 5pm.This was a full day from 9am, (when we set off), until 5pm. We felt that we saw everything that we had on our itinerary, and so much more. For us, this was a perfect itinerary, suggested by Bruce prior to the trip. It took into account our reduced mobility and extra walking time required, as well as access to areas that we would find difficult.It was made clear to us before the trip that Mr Kuhn was not a guide, and we were offered a guide at an extra cost. We chose not to take this option. We don't think we missed out too much through this, as Mr Khun pointed things out to us, and did his very best to explain items to us, despite his limited English. We also had a guide book!It is also important to note that Mango Cambodia Tours supports the locals, as they suggest either Romden or Friends restaurant for lunch. Both restaurants are important restaurants for training of street kids and giving them a chance to seek good work in the future. We ate at Romden, and loved it!I would highly recommend Mango Cambodia Tours for any day trips in Phnom Penh, as they go the extra mile, and really care about meeting and exceeding your needs.A big thanks to Bruce and Mr Khun!
I would highly recommend this tour operator to anyone looking to see the sights in Cambodia. We booked a day tour around Phenom Peng. We were collected by our tour guide, Mr Sa Em, who was just brilliant, he gave us so much information while not boring us at any stage. He was so friendly and gave his own personal stories to us, which made the tour even better.To think about what was done to the people of this country, it really made us all very sad however this tour shows the beauty of Phenom Peng but also showed us how wonderful the people are also.I would definetly book with this tour company again.
Contacted Bruce for some advice on tours in Phnom Penh and Siem reap with little notice. He and the team came up with a fantastic itinerary based on organised activities and free time over 9 days. Our guide Kimthet and driver Sok Kim in Siem Reap were fantastic. Dean in the siem Reap office was so friendly. kimthet was so knowledgable and proud of Cambodia. He is an excellent photographer and knew all the best quieter locations for shots. We enjoyed their company at Lunch on Kulen mountain. Floating village at Kampong Pleuk was great. I had mentioned to Bruce that this trip was for special anniversary and so the itinerary included a water blessing, beautiful dinner at Destination dining and shinta mani had lotus petals on our bed when we arrived. In Phnom Penh, our excellent guides Mr Sinh and Mr Sophea were very knowledgable. All the staff went above and beyond when additional requests were made. Thanks to mango for making our visit to Cambodia so memorable