Our experience with Tom couldn't be better. We was sharp on time at 5am to pick us up. With a lot of knowledge on history, he could tell us in details everything about the complex. We spent around 3 hours in Angkor Wat and had a little breakfast pause next to the water, which felt good. We took many pictures of us and waited patiently while we wanted to see something else. We were back on our hotel around 1pm super tired (hot weather!) and pleased with the experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Luiza Thank you so much for a beautiful review and I’m so pleased to hear you earned a wonderful experience from Cambodia, I hope to server you again when you return to visit again. Well, I hope you will share the experience with your family and friends, so then they are confidently coming to visit Angkor Wat as one of the important trip. We love you! God bless you! Thanks Tom
Valerie EvansPalm Coast, FLORIDA, United States
Tom was very knowledgable about Angkor Watt and past and present Cambodian history. He was easy to understand, set a comfortable pace and spoke loudly enough to easily hear him. He navigated the site very well getting around the large groups, so we felt we had ample time for pictures without people in them. He is very good at taking your pictures at various places, knowing they will be a keepsake. Van has air, water and cold towels provided. Would tour with him again and highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Valerie Thank you so much for your your wonderful review and it’s a big pleasure to hear you had beautiful time and would like to return for another visit. We wish you a lot of lucks, healthy and full of loves in your family and your people. Well, if I can make my dream comes true, I’ll travel like you to all the beautiful places on earth. Thank you so much and god bless you! Warm Regards Tom
Marion WegerUnited States
Our recent two day tour with Tom was absolutely fabulous. He made sure that we saw all of the most important and most impressive Temples in and around Angkor Wat. Not only that but we saw them in an order in which made us appreciate each one even more than the last. Tom was incredibly knowledgeable about the sites we visited and about Cambodian history and culture, in general. But perhaps best of all, he is a very personable man and it was truly a pleasure to spend two days with him. Thnx, Tom!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marion Thank you so much for your beautiful review and I’m so happy to hear you had wonderful experience visiting Angkor Wat and the surrounding sites. Well, it’s my huge pleasure to share you our cultures and history to make things more impressive and interesting. Anyway, thank you so much again for choosing to visit Cambodia and take me to be your local guide and I hope you will share your experiences to your family and friends as well. God bless you with a lot lucks! Thanks Tom
Christina MellaceUnited States
Tom was an incredible guide - extremely knowledgeable and worked so well with our group of four. He offered great insight into how to arrange the trip, and we left feeling like we were able to make the absolute best of the short time we had to see Angkor Wat!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christina It’s my pleasure to hear you had wonderful time visiting Angkor Wat, Siem Reap! I hope to serve you again whenever you return to visit Cambodia again, especially your family and your friends who have not been here. Well, on behalf of Cambodian and Toursbylocals, I wish you a lot of lucks, healthy, prosperity and happiness! I look forward to seeing your returning and hope to serve you again! Thank you so much! Tom
Elizabeth AndersonUnited States
Tom was great! He was super friendly, well informed, and highly responsive. We spent 4 days with Tom in and around Siem Reap. We loved his very clean, air-conditioned van with cold water and chilled towels (so nice), and his photographic ability. We especially appreciated that he was able to schedule our day in such a way that we were able to avoid the throngs of people by not doing the standard route. Highlight for me was the day on e-scooters - you get to ride on all the bike paths without the work!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elizabeth Thank you so much for such being so kind and choose to visit Cambodia again! It’s my big pleasure to hear you had good time in Siem Reap, and I hope Paige is doing well now. On behalf of Cambodian and Toursbylocals, we wish you all the best of lucks, healthy, prosperity and full of loves. God bless you! And I look forward to seeing your returning again. Warm Regards Tom
Sarah DiemUnited States
Our tour with Tom was fantastic! We not only saw the incredible sites of Angkor Wat and its surrounding temples but we learned a great deal about the history of the complex as Tom was an incredible teacher. We were always treated to cold water and towels as we traveled from site to site and the fresh fruit on our last day was an extra treat. We would definitely recommend Tom and Tours by Locals to our friends and family should they decide to visit the lovely country of Cambodia. Book with Tom!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarah & Treva Thanks so much for being so kind to me and lovely respectful to our people and cultures! I hope you have beautiful time in Cambodia and I wish you all the best wishes, full of lucks, healthy, prosperity happiness. Hope to see your return in upcoming future to the other sites over Cambodia. Warm Regards Tom
Sophon ("Tom") is a very likable man whose pride and enthusiasm for his country's history is infectious. He organized two excellent days for us covering Angkor Wat and other major temples in the Siem Reap area. In addition to his knowledge of the archaeology and history of the country, he was extremely informative about many other aspects of Cambodia. He took great pains to maximize the comfort and convenience of our tours, and that we got the most out of our visit. We could not have been more satisfied.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark I would like to say thanks so much for this wonderful review and really appreciate to your time! Well, I hope you have good time, good experience visiting Cambodia and thanks so much again for coming to Visit Cambodia giving us jobs, sharing about history, cultures of your country. On behalf of Cambodian and Toursbylocals, I wish you all the best of lucks, healthy, happiness, prosperity and longevity. I also hope you will share your experiences to your family and friends. Warm Regards Tom
Karie SwindalUnited States
Tom was the best tour guide we could have asked for in Cambodia! He was flexible and worked with us to make sure we got to see everything we wanted during the two days. He was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend him and would definitely use him again if we come back!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karie Thanks you so much for your wonderful review and I’m so proud to be your tour guide as well. I really appreciate you so much for doing review here to let other travelers recognize my services. I hope the two days with me here will give you fabulous experience and I also hope you will share your experiences with family and friends. I wish you all the best of lucks, love, healthy, happiness and prosperity. Thanks Tom
Adam ShanedlingUnited States
Your search for the perfect guide in Siem Reap stops here. Sophon, aka Tom, is amazing. He is incredibly friendly, tons of fun, and extremely knowledge of everything Cambodia. My two daughters and I had the experience of lifetime with Tom. Tom knew where to be, where to eat, and who to deal with so we maximized our time. We are better people for spending two days with Tom. Skip the group tours and big buses. Go with Tom, you'll have a memories for life and you won't be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Adam Thanks so much for your fabulous review about me and the Amazing Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia! I really appreciate so much for your wonderful time leaving me a priceless review. You have such a beautiful family as I’m on the way. Well, I wish you and your family all the good lucks, happiness and prosperity! Looking forward to seeing you again as soon as possible! Warm Regards Tom
Lawrence BrettUnited States
Tom was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about Angkor Wat area sights and could answer all my questions. He is very personable , speaks great English, and is a great ambassador for the Cambodian people. I highly recommend Tom for your Angkor Wat tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lawrence Thanks so much for your great review and thanks so much for coming to visit Cambodia. I hope you have good experiences here and I hope you’re gonna share the experiences to your friends and family. On behalf of Cambodian and Toursbylocals, I wish you all the best of lucks, happiness, prosperity and longevity. Warm Regards Tom
Robert K.United States
Cannot say enough positive things about Sohpon. We booked a two-day Siem Reap tour & had a great experience. When I initially wrote him he said he was booked one of the days & suggested another guide for one day and him for the second. I was hesitant to do this but they were both great. We were driven around in a clean minivan with AC stocked with water & cold towels. He is so kind, very professional, and was extremely knowledgeable and extra helpful/considerate with the older member of our group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert Thanks so much for your beautiful feedback! Well, it’s my pleasure, my obligation to share Cambodian history, culture and ways of living to all clients. It’s a must that I have to try my best to take care, and give back wonderful experience to you. I hope you feel warm to have me as your own personal tour guide like friends or family. I’m so happy to get your booking and more than pleased to hear you will come back. I look forward to seeing your returning. All the best of lucks Tom
Rebecca O'ConnorUnited States
We had an incredible experience in Siem Reap with Tom as a tour guide! My husband and I visited Siem Reap with our two boys - ages 7 and 11. Tom was able to customize our trip to meet everyone's needs, which made the trip enjoyable and personal. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history and cultural significance of the temples we toured. Our visit to the floating villages and Tonle Sap were unforgettable. We can not recommend Tom highly enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rebecca Thanks you so much for this valuable review. We have tried our best to offer you the most comfortable experience and I hope I make it to your family. We really hope you will talk about our country to your family and friends and really wish you back to visit us again. We wish you all the best of lucks, love, healthy, happiness, progressive, prosperity and longevity. I look forward to welcoming again. Kind Regards Sophon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul Thanks so much for taking rating the review for me. And I hope you will return to Visit Cambodia again some day! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Warm Regards Tom
Trevor TavaresUnited States
Sophon "Tom" was the best. He was very helpful from the very start and made our trip to Cambodia extra special. He is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Cambodian history and is not afraid to tackle the tough subjects. You can yell he loves his job and his country very much. He took us on an expertly guided tour of Ankor Wat and also doubled as or photographers. He knows the routes and angles so you get no other people in your photos! He is the best and we can't thank him enough!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Trevor I do hope you have good time and carry back beautiful memories from Cambodia back home. I also hope it’s a special meet like friends or family. Gratefully, on behalf of Cambodia and Toursbylocals, I would like to say thanks so much for choosing us to give services. We wish you all the best of lucks, love, healthy, happiness, prosperity and longevity. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in upcoming future! Warm Regards Sophon
Kuan Wai FoongMalaysia
Sophon is really caring and accommodating throughout the tour as we traveled with my grandma to Angkor Wat. We managed to see everything as planned and even extended our tour to the famous Banteay Srei.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kuan Wai I do hope you have good memories and enjoy learning about our culture. On behalf of Cambodian and ToursByLocals, I would like to say thanks very much and wish you all the best of lucks, love, healthy, happiness, prosperity and longevity. I hope to see you again someday in the future. Warm Regards Sophon
Peter WillmottUnited Kingdom
Words can't express how happy we were with the professional manner and knowledge of Tom. We would highly recommended anyone visiting to get in touch with him, his warm smile and friendly personality provided us with the most enjoyable visit to this very special place. We leave here with so many wonderful memories and a greater understanding of this beautiful country and can truly say that this was due to him. Tom you are a star.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter and Carl Thanks so much for this great response. Well, as a Cambodian citizenship, this is what I can do back to my country to leave beautiful smiles all over the world and I do hope you will be spreading this beautiful smiles to friends and your family as well. On behalf of Toursbylocals and Cambodian, I would like to say Big thanks so much for coming to visit our country, of course choosing my services, sharing outside world and cultures to give us better understanding and moving forward.
Patricia WelterNew Orleans, LA, United States
Sophon (Tom) was an absolutely excellent guide. Great English. Great knowledge of Angkor Wat history as well as history of Cambodia in general. Thoughtful, considerate, helpful, honest and very kind. Touring with Sophon (Tom) was like having a friend as our tour guide. Great air-conditioned car when needed. Cold towels and lots of cold bottles of water. Sophon (Tom) was dedicated to meeting our wants and needs. We definitely recommend him !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia I would like to say thank you very much to your family, well, it’s my great honor to introduce Cambodian culture and our history to both of you. I’m very thankful to your present in Cambodia, without you guys, we will not make any different, and changes in term of economy, Love, caring and sharing! On behalf of Cambodian and Toursbylocals, I would like to say Big thanks again and we wish you all the best of lucks, healthy, happiness, love, prosperity and longevity. Warm Regards Tom
David ClarkUnited States
My tour of Angkor was absolutely fantastic. I am so very glad that I had a private tour as I avoided most of the crowds and had my tour tailored to meet my exact needs. Tom (Sophon and his brother, Chea, the driver) were the best! Tom speaks excellent English and was always fun, polite, attentive and very, very knowledgeable about the sites we saw. I highly recommend Tom, his great driver, Chea, and his wonderful Lexus RX300. Do not do Angkor without a private tour guide! Again, I recommend Tom!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David and Lynn It’s honorably to express Cambodian culture, and our main sites to you. Well, I would like to say thanks so much for coming to visit Cambodia from a very long distance, tour present was a big change to this country. On top of that, I do hope you have fabulous experiences and carry beautiful memories from Cambodia back home. Shortly, I wish you all the best of lucks, healthy, longevity and happiness. Kind Regards Tom
Peter SmithREADING, BERKSHIRE, United Kingdom
We asked Sophon to create a tour that was different to that we had mainly experienced in our previous few days in Cambodia consisting mainly Cities and Temples. He took us to the unique fishing village of Kampong Phluk and to Tonie Sap lake. This was exactly what we wished to see. Villagers going through their normal ( difficult) life and to an area that is vital to the economy of Cambodia. His knowledge was first class, his personality and openness made us feel very welcome. Great driver and a vehicle
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Peter I really appreciate you so much and would like to say big thanks to you, well, I was so glad that you decided to experience this authentic lifestyles of Cambodian. I hope this experience will be a big memory to your trip. I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks Tom
Suzanne SuttonUnited States
Sophon provided me a private sunrise tour of the temples in Siem Reap, which was the best way to experience and understand all the history and details of the each of the amazing temples. He and his driver could not have been more accommodating and thoughtful. Sophon was also extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and entertaining. I would highly recommend him over any other tour guide. I will definitely call upon him to help me navigate any part of Cambodia when I visit again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzanne I would like to say thank you very much and appreciate you so much for spending your wonderful time visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia. Well, I do hope you carry fabulous memories from Cambodia back home. Thanks Tom
Suzanne SuttonUnited States
Sophon was the perfect tour guide. He was very easy to communicate with in advance of the date about logistics and itinerary. Even though my friend and I stayed at different hotels, he picked each of us separately and promptly. Sophon was easy to communicate with, flexible to our needs, and knowledgeable. He planned a perfect itinerary that was filled with a diverse range of delicious foods (sans scorpions, snakes, and water bugs, which we learned were only for tourists) and a few locations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzanne Well, I hope you have beautiful experience with our foods. I really thank and appreciate your visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia! I do hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks Tom
It was a pleasure having Sophon (Tom) as our guide. He was very accommodating and his suggestions for places to dine were excellent. His love and knowledge of his country made our first trip to Cambodia very memorable. I can highly recommend him. Elaine and Lewis from Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elaine It was my pleasure as well to introduce you about Cambodian Culture and History. It was a great honor to be your own personal tour guide, with the present of both of you, my brother and I have gotten jobs to improve our economy. Well, I do hope you carried big memories about our culture and history with good experiences, learned something from here. On top of that I hope to see you again in the near future. I wish you all the best of lucks, healthy, happiness and longevity. Thanks Tom
Gianpaolo PaterliniUnited States
Could not have asked for a better guide and day in Siem Reap. Sophon (Tom) our guide was waiting for us at the airport. He took us straight to the temples and informed us all the way of the history and daily life in Cambodia. It was a hot day so for Sophon to have water and cold towels for us as we went from one temple to the next was a life saver! Sophon is also a great photographer. Thanks again for everything. -Gianpaolo and Margaret
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gianpaolo It’s my great privilege to be your personal tour guide. Well, I would like to say thanks so much for coming to visit Cambodia, without you we might not be employed, you have helped to our economy to run out of poverty. On top of that, I do hope you have good experience and also find out about our beautiful cultures to have a beautiful memories here. Hopefully, we will see each other again in the upcoming future! I would like to say thanks so much and appreciate both of you! Thanks Tom
Maxine BaerwaldtUnited States
He has excellent knowledge and speaks with fluidity. He was one of the best tour guides that I have had in my 11 years of travel. He even taught us how to use our cell phones to take some very tech. advanced photos ! Thank you for a wonderful day !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maxine I would like to say thanks very much for coming to visit Siem Reap, spending time to see temples and our culture. On behalf of Cambodia and Toursbylocals, I really appreciate you so much for choosing us to give you services! Well, I do hope you have a good experience during your days trip here and get some extra knowledge about Cambodia from me. Warm Regards Tom
Eileen MontalvoUnited States
We had a wonderful time touring Angkor Wat and other temples with Sophon. He was very informative, entertaining and attentive. He is also a great photographer. Had we met earlier, we would have booked exclusively with him. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eileen I really appreciate you so much for choosing Cambodia in your days trip! I hope you have a good experience here. Happy New Year and I wish you all the best of lucks. Thanks so much for your kindness! And I hope to see you return to visit Cambodia again. Warm Regards Sophon
Our tour guide, Sophon (Tom), was knowledgeable, friendly, and reliable. He picked us up on time, was patient with our requests, and recounted a wealth of knowledge about Cambodia's history and the temples. We enjoyed our tour very much and highly recommend this tour company and our tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert It’s my pleasure to take care you guys and give you warm services as you have spent your valuable time visiting us! Without you and other travelers we will not be able to survive here and on behalf of Cambodian, this is what I can do! Whenever I happen to Penang, I’ll let you know! Anyway, Happy New Year! I wish all of you all the best lucks in upcoming future! Warm Regards Sophon
Sybil VillanuevaUnited States
Sophon (Tom) was very prompt, professional and knowledgeable. He also provided top notch service (cold bottled water to take with us on the tour, a cool towel every time we came back to the air conditioned car, insect repellant (which I forgot to bring), etc.). If back in the area, we would use Tom again as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It’s my honor to be your own tour guide and show you about my own culture. I hope you will come back as soon as possible. Thanks Tom
Gary AttewUnited Kingdom
We had an amazing tour with Sophon and his brother who drove us in a fantastic private mini bus to all the key temples, including Angkor Wat at sunrise and then on to Bayon and Ta Phrom the one known as Tomb Raider, however Banteay Srei and Floating Village Of Kampong Pluk are two main areas we also put on our list. After the floating village we moved out onto the lake and watched an amazing sunset. A long day but one of those lifetime experiences you will never forget. Thank you ��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for coming to visit us, and our culture! I do hope you have learned about our culture and experienced nice thins in life. I hope you will be back some day later. Thanks Tom
Todd DvorakUnited States
Sophon (or Tom) is the guide you want if ever visiting Cambodia. He went above and beyond and made all our our group feel that they have a close friend in Siem Reap who genuinely cares for everyone. No request was too much and he gave us 5 days of open activities that we changed at times by the hour. Many in our group had requests that are completely out of the any planned itinerary (Traditional Khmer Buddhist Monk Tattoo) Sophon on the fly did addition research and made everyone's requests happen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Todd Thank you very much to all you guys who have been here, I’m so glad that you have a great time with us. It’s my honor to show you my culture. I wish you so powerful like the meaning of tattoo and hope to see you again in the future.
Elena KnappenUnited States
Tom (and his driver who gave us the tour) was a wonderful guide! We had such a great day learning about and experiencing Angkor Wat. The car is comfortable and there are always cold waters and cold towels to cool you down. Guide knows tons of information and all the best spots for photos. It was a wonderful experience. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elena It’s my great privilege to be chosen as your own personal tour guide. I hope you have a wonderful experience and enjoyable trip, even though you’re sick. I hope the next day of tour could fill up your journey. If it could happen again, I wish to see you again in the near future and please feel like I’m your friend or family. Thanks Tom