Donald PellmanUnited States
Sam, as he is known, speaks excellent English and can draw on his many years of experience as a guide to make each tour a smooth and informative event. As he indicates in his information on the tours by locals site, he does arrange the schedule to minimize contact with other visitors to the temples; we found this out when we went back ourselves on a following day at slightly different times and found crowds to be significantly larger. As many other reviews have noted, he is an adept photographer.
Alison ClinchUnited Kingdom
Kamsan was our guide for a day's tour of Angkor Wat and other main temples. Kamsan was a great guide - his English is superb which made the visit interesting as he was able to teach us a lot both about the history and the construction of the temples. He has a lot of experience so was able to avoid the crowds as much as possible - he was also very flexible. As well as being knowledgeable Kamsan has a great sense of humour and made us all laugh with his very creative photos. A most enjoyable day out.
John PearceUnited Kingdom
Kamsan was a wonderful guide who went to great lengths to make our excursions comfortable, informative, enjoyable and amusing. We were a group of 4 friends and family from Wales and each of us have high praises for him. His wife would prepare chilled towels for each trip which had essential oil. After each site visited these were so appreciated us after being out in the hot sun. We truly felt like Kamsan had become our Cambodian friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John and All, I would like to say thank you so much for your great support and feedback. I do love reading your beautiful writing about my professionalism. Your visit was so nice for Cambodian people to have job to do. And thanks for being friends together. Happy Chinese New Year:) Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Steve SamuelUnited States
Kamsan was great. Very knowledgeable and helpful - especially his iphone "trick" photo techniques! We spent 2 long days with him - one which started at 4:30 am. All good!
I did this tour with my wife and we both loved it! I strongly recommend it! We could learn a lot, see things through different angles and enjoy the company of Kamsan. He is very friendly and experienced, knows the best ways to avoid the crowd and make the journey unforgettable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rodrigo and Mariana, It was my most pleasure to meet you from Brazil. You were both so lovely and friendly. And it was my pleasure to make your holiday great. Happy New Year and all the prosperity to you and family:) Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Robert WoodUnited States
Kam is a fantastic tour guide with a thorough knowledge of history and the temple sites. He has a great sense of humor and was able to keep the kids interested. He effectively guided the tour to avoid the greatest concentration of tourists, no easy task at Angkor Wat. Very good English. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob, I would like to say thank you so much for your contribution to proof my professionalism and qualification. I appreciate it very much. You have a wonderful family. Happy New Year, and all the Best Wishes to you and your loved ones. Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Edward John KoeppenUnited States
San was THE BEST tour guide you could want! He knew exactly where to go and what time to be there to miss the crowds. He was knowledgeable about Cambodian history and culture and was always smiling and happy. We will be using him again in our next visit!!!
Jeff L.United States
I've been to Angkor twice in the last 10 years. Both times with local guides. San's tour was on time, informative, and comfortable. He arrived with a driver in a new SUV with terrific air conditioning, a supply of cold water and chilled towels. We toured both the most popular temples and the less visited. His English is good, as is his command of the history and culture. He took us into Angkor Wat by the little used back entrance, which was novel and much appreciated. Highly recommended.
My wife and I just had an amazing time with Kamsam. Everything he promises is true. San and his driver picked us up each day in a Luxury SUV that was spotlessly clean and in fantastic condition. He showed us all the must see sites and temples in the area. He provides water and refreshing cold cloths for the journey. His promise to take you away from the crowds is 100% accurate. San is a kind, passionate man that loves his country and his job and loves to share his knowledge about it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brigita and James, It was my most pleasure to be your guide for your holiday in Cambodia. Your positive contribution is really appreciated. This is another proof for the readers to book my service with confidence. Again thanks for your support, review and recommendation. Thanks and Best Regards Kamsan
Really great tour with mr. Kamsan! He has a lot of knowledge, and he knew his way around to take us to places with less crowd (avoiding the group tour time, knew his secret place to take pictures.. etc), which was really great! He took us to one more temple to visit since we were ahead of our schedule. If you are looking for an English tour, I strongly recommend him ;) and he knows some iPhone tricks to take some fun photos!
It was an enjoyable time and Kam really knew how to time our tour such that we avoided the worst of the crowds. He also brought us into little hidden nooks and areas of the temples few people know about. We also stopped by a local market to look at the produce and purchased peppers, chilies that otherwise would cost twice as much as in the city. Thanks for a great first time experience of Siem Reap.
A very first time tour to Siem Reap and World s wonder Angkor Wat. Our tour Guide Kamsan (San) gave us an excellent opportunity to go through historic temples and covered 4 major temples and Kbal Spean in just 1 day which normally is covered in 2 days. San was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the temples and Cambodian culture. Definitely recommended if you are visiting the Siem Reap! He is a good photo shooter and helped us to take many from his and our cameras.
We had two wonderful days in the company of KAMSAN our tour guide in Angkor Vat, Siem Reap. He was always very punctual and went the extra length to make us safe and comfortable. He is very knowledgeable on Hindu Mythology and good give right explanation at the right moment ! We wish him well ! With his help one of our item out of the long wish list which will be fulfilled with Tours by locals !!
Juan Pablo Garcia DeLucaMexico
Hsien P.United Kingdom
Family had a great day wth Kamsan in July. A liitle late with review - sorry Kamsan. A great guide, knowledgeable, fun to be with and knew how to avoid the crowds. Kamsan & driver was also very accomodating stopping whenever we wanted we see anything interesting/photo opportunities. We were also well pampered with the really cold lightly scented eucalyptus towels each time we got back to the car. Thanks to Mrs Kamsan. Highly recommended. Power family.
Very knowledgeable and personable. Kamsan was punctual, professional and provided a great day for our family. I would recommend him if you are in the Siem Reap area. Regards, Erik L.
San was the best! Very informative on the temples, Cambodian history, and current culture. The best part was how flexible he was at rearranging events when my kids got tired of temples and wanted something more interactive for our second day! His knowledge and ability to reconfigure our itinerary last minute made our stay a million times mor enjoyable. Thank You San
Karen FullerWASAGA BEACH, ON, Canada
San delivered what he promised with this tour - an experience of the temples around Seam Reap without hordes of tourists. He knows exactly where to go and what time to get there to avoid the crowds. We were there during a heat wave - hotter than normal (45C) and the air-conditioned car, cold water and icy towels he provided made the day both doable and enjoyable. A highlight was the "Indiana Jones" temple - got there early and were the only people there. San is well organized, on time, knowledgable.
Kathy WilliamsUnited States
Sam was great! He suggested we start early to avoid the crowds on New Years' Day. He always was able to get us in a perfect location to see the temples before the crowds arrived. He helped my husband learn more about taking the perfect photo. Can not recommend him highly enough! He made our trip very special.
David KasselUnited States
Kamsan was outstanding, truly a professional. Treated us like VIP's, as well as the driver. San was so knowledgeable and his years of expertise as a guide showed at all times.
Linda H.Monterey, NSW, Australia
My husband and I were shown around Siem Reap for 2 days on a private tour with Kamsan as our guide and Sal as our driver. We were very pleased with the comfort of the car, courtesy shown to us with fresh cold water and cold face cloths throughout 2 very hot days. Kamsan is very knowledgeable about his city and Angkor Wat temples. Highly recommend Tours by Locals and Kamsan as your personal guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda Big thanks for your great review. This is really helpful. Thanks and Best Regards Kamsan
Our tour with Kamsan was excellent. He arrived at the hotel on time, was organized for our tour and he was able to keep us away from the crowds at the temples we visited. He has a comfortable vehicle. Kamsan was very knowledgeable of Cambodian history and the sites we visited. He was also very good with issues related to current conditions in the country. He made great suggestions on things to do in Siem Reap. Kamsan spoke good English and the tour was very interesting.
Kenneth SharpUnited States
Amazing experience! Kamsan is extremely knowledgeable about the history of the sites and knows how to avoid the crowds. If you can only do one tour, THIS is the one to do!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kenneth and Harrison, Thank you very much for using my service, and recommendation with the great review. This is very helpful, and I am much appreciated. It was my great day to be your guide as you were very engaged and friendly. I was so happy to share stories with you. Thanks and Best Regards Kamsan
John BrothwellUnited States
This tour was excellent and went beyond our expectations. Kamsan was a very good guide and took us in back ways to be ahead of the crowds as well as giving us all the history of the temples. Kamsan was excellent in answering all my questions about family life, beliefs and many topics not related specifically to the temples, too. Separate the driver, comfortable car, good lunch. Water only provided. Need pay for entrance fees separately, but Kamsan got us through that quickly. Very happy we did this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John and Carol, I would like to say thank you so much for your valuable time to write such a great review. Your contribution is really much appreciated and helpful. Thanks a lot for your books that I love reading them. You made me miss you all the time, and your books probably change my life. I'll keep you updated. We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday with our professionalism. Again, thanks for your support, review and recommendation. Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Kamsan was really excellent guide with extraordinary knowledge of Angkor Wat. Always there for us and at the same time invisible so you can really enjoy wonders of Angkor Wat pacing the secret paths less crowded.
Kevin KerrUnited States
Kamsan made our day at the temples a memorable one. He was knowledgable, energetic, and his English was excellent. Not only was he a great source of information but we found him to be very entertaining. He was a pleasure to have as our guide. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kevin, I would like to say thank you so much for your valuable time to write such a great review. Your contribution is really much appreciated and helpful. We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday with our professionalism. Again, thanks for your support, review and recommendation. Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Ananthram ReddySan diego, CA, United States
Good guide and punctual. Could have given a little more history. Would strongly recommend
Michael MitchellUnited States
Kamsan was absolutely fabulous. We've had the opportunity to utilize Tours by Locals throughout the world and his knowledge, attention to details, and attentiveness is unmatched. He has spent many years researching the background of the temples and the greater Siem Reap region and helped us truly appreciate and understand the forces that created the Siem Reap masterpieces. Of particular note he always found a way to beat the crowds and even enabled us to be alone in one of the great temples.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, I would like to express my sincere thanks for your great review of my ultimate service. Nothing happier than making my customers the greatest holiday. Thanks again for feedback Best Regards Kamsan
I wish I could rate Kamsan as 10 out of 5, but the software won't allow it :-). Absolutely the greatest tour guide you can get: expert in history, best spots for taking pictures, smart strategist to avoid crowds, and a guru in iPhone photography. Also he organised the logistics extremely well (icy cold after each leg of the tour; driver was on time etc.). A big THANK YOU for the experience as I was on a tight schedule and managed to see everything I planned.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alfred, I would like to say thank you so much for your valuable time to write such a great review. Your contribution is really much appreciated and helpful. We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday with our professionalism. Again, thanks for your support, review and recommendation. Thanks & Best Regards, Kamsan
Great 5 star tour with Mr. Kamsan. He took us to great places and timing everything perfectly to avoid the Chinese crowds. He is also an amazing photographer and took some great shots of us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hugo, Big thanks for your time to post a very great review. This is proof about my service. Thanks and Best Regards, Kamsan