Stephen BangsUnited Kingdom
Our second tour with Polan K following yesterdays disaster. We were taken to a local silk farm where nobody spoke English and our Guide new nothing about what we were seeing. We then went to the home of one of his relatives, which was quite interesting. Our Guide spent a lot of time either on his mobile phone or going off to speak with his friends and seemed generally disinterested in our satisfaction. I would NOT recommend taking any tours with this Guide.
Stephen BangsUnited Kingdom
This was the first of 7 tours we booked with Tours by Locals during our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam and was by far the worst and extremely disappointing. Our Guide merely acted as a taxi driver taking us to the Genocide Museum and Killing Fields where he stayed outside and we were given audio guides and then to the Royal Palace where he handed us over to a Palace guide. Quite frankly we could have organised this ourselves for the cost of a Tuk Tuk and the entrance tickets.
Gary AttewUnited Kingdom
A moving and extremely informative insight into the dark years of the Khmer Rouge and the dreadful suffering of the Cambodian people. A special thank you to LAN for his well organised and extremely professional tour. Once again ToursByLocals paid off and we experienced far more than we could have ever hoped with the professionalism and knowledge of this guide. Thank you.
Lisa TuUnited States
Polan is amazing! We had such a great time seeing and learning the history of the sites in Phnom Penh. He has a great sense of humor and is extremely knowledgeable about the different places we visited. There was a great balance of information and giving us time alone, especially when we visited Choueng Ek and Tuol Sleng. Hearing his own personal experiences was very emotional but added so much depth. Thanks so much for sharing your story and hospitality, Lan! Highly recommend him!
Robert OzolsUnited States
Polan is very knowledgeable and able to convey the historical facts about Cambodia excellently. All 10 of us were so immersed and learnt a lot. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Highly recommended!!
Trevor NewtonUnited Kingdom
Polan is an experienced guide who knows his history of Phnom Penh. He has excellent English. he also found us a guide within the Royal Palace. We enjoyed our day.
Mark LittlewoodUnited Kingdom
Very good tour guide adapted to our needs. Spoke excellent English.
i spent a fantastic afternoon with polan who catered for all my requests (architectural highlights and off the beaten path sightseeing locations). i can highly recommend polan as a tour guide. thank you!
Polan was amazing. From the moment of pick up to finish he was friendly great sense of humour. The whole day was one of the most enjoyable days of our stay in Cambodia. We will never forget him and would highly recommend him for a tour. We wish him all the best. Phil and Kate Hunt (Australia)
David SimonaireUnited States
I highly recommend touring with "Lan"! He is very knowledgeable, speaks fluent English and is easily understood. He was punctual and customized the tour that I wanted to see. His personal (and tragic) family experiences ensure he is able to convey the full-scale of pain suffered during Cambodia's dark period. He understands the long history of his country and can bring many details to life. Lan has his own Tuk Tuk and took me around in it. I always felt safe - he's a great driver. Thanks Lan!
Jason WilliamsUnited States
Excellent tour yesterday with Mr Lan, using his comfortable minivan. Mr Lan speaks perfect English (a bit of French too), and gave us many very interesting explanations about Phnom Penh and the history of Cambodia. Thank you Mr Lan !!
Colin KempUnited Kingdom
Very good tour, speaks perfect English and has a good knowledge of Cambodian history..
Irvine RodgerUnited Kingdom
Poland was an excellent tour guide. He spoke very good English and was engaging. Particularly moving was his recollection of the macabre Khymer Rouge days. The words he spoke will forever be remembered by me, He is very highly recommended
Irvine RodgerUnited Kingdom
See comments on the accompanying tour.
Martin WarnetteUnited Kingdom
Lan was accommodating, offered suggestions which was relevant for places to visit and was flexible with the tour I wanted to undertake by customising what I wanted. I would recommend Lan
Joy PeckUnited Kingdom
Absolutely wonderful tor with Polan, such a knowledgeable guide and very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend Polan he showed us a real insight into Cambodia. In three words hE WAS GREAT.
Jose AyalaUnited States
Lan was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable about all of the sights, thorough, and took his time in all we did. Highly recommend him!
Michael NaylorUnited Kingdom
Lan was excellent.Typhoon Lando delayed us and he kept optional dates open. Our 6 day stay in PP reduced to 1.5 so we had to substantially rethink the program. Lan was flexible, picked us up at the airport to maximise the time we had with him, and open to all our last minute replanning. He has that knack of knowing when to leave us alone (Choueng Ek) and when to give us information. His personal history helped to illuminate Tuol Sleng in a very personal and touching way. Wish we had more time with him.
Lan was an excellent guide. We requested an airconditioned mini van as we were a group of 4. He was knowledgeable, polite, gentle and had excellent English. he told us his families story about the regime. We visited the Killing Fields and S21 prison,(extremely sad) Royal Palace and Markets and had a lunch at a good restaurant recommended by Lan. This tour makes you appreciate the people of Cambodia and their struggle. Would recommend Lan!!
William E.United States
We enjoyed Oudong Old City but thought we would of seen a bit more like seeing the residential or something. Don't get me wrong we liked what we saw but be aware you need a lot of energy for walking up & down steps We opted to do around 5 hours only just to see Oudong City but had to pay for full day tour which I wouldn't do again and in that time we got stuck in a traffic jam to do with VIP for over half an hour The guide was very nice & helpful If you are doing Oudong don't do it in the heat of day
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: They just want to see The Oudong, they don't want to see the other things. I took them to visit two places, first visit pagoda near by the Oudong Mountain call ( Vipassana Thurak ) where the monks and nuns do the meditation and than we clamb up to the hill to see the old temple. It was stuck on the way back about 40mn because the police blocked the road, when we arrived hotel around 4PM. Total about 7 hours for this tour
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We have asked Polan to consider offering this tour at a different time of day and reminded him to set the duration of his tours accurately, as this tour was listed at 8 hours when it was only meant to be 5
Richard RickenUnited States
Lan is an outstanding guide. This is my second tour with him, and we went to completely different places. Additionally, Lan is able to add his personal, local flavor to all places visited. Of all the Tours By Locals guides I have used in Thailand, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam, Lan is head and shoulders the very best of all of them. Highly recommended.
Robert JohnsBonita Springs, FL, United States
Lan provided us with an excellent two day tour of Phnom Penh. He tailored the tour to fit our needs and schedule. He is personable and passionate about his home country and his english is excellent.
Excellent guide. He took us everywhere we asked, and he also kindly took us to see his family. Thoroughly professional.
Wolfgang PordzikPotomac, MD, United States
Polan is extremely familiar with Phnom Penh - and the city's historic burden. We could not have hired a better tour guide to introduce us to Cambodia's capital. Polan did an outstanding job - his knowledge, combined with his personal engagement and his excellent English language skills made for a very educational and moving experience. HIGHLY recommended.
Avril K.United Kingdom
Lan was great. He was very punctual and a very careful driver. He took time to explain in great detail the trips we were doing and also took time to answer any questions we had. It was a much more personal insight into the history of Phnom Penh. Would thoroughly recommend Lan.
Ye Hwa LeeMalaysia
Overall we are very happy with the tour guide, Mr Polan. For the two days' tour in Phnom Penh, Mr Polan had taken us and completed the tour in a timely manner. With his excellent driving skill, he had safely taken us around Phnom Penh city. We really appreciate his kindness and willingness in taking care of us during the 2 days period.
Stuart PlowmanUnited Kingdom
Touring Phnom Penh in a tuk tuk is the only way to go, Lan's knowledge of the city's roads and traffic provided a safe environment to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Cambodias capital. His personal reflections of the events or the Khmer Rouge years added greatly to the S21 and killing fields visits. Thankyou Lan for a very informative and satisfying day out.
Excellent tour, very knowledgable and informative guide. LAN was excellent, spoke very good English, very polite. Took us to some fantastic places and we experienced the culture of Phnom Penh with a true local, it was just great. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
My guide was imformative and conducted tour in friendly and knowledgeable manner, would recomend to anyone. Great Day
Richard RickenUnited States
If you like tours that are individualized, this is the tour for you. Poulon's tuk tuk is the way to see Phnom Penh and the surrounding countryside. NOTE: Bring a wrap for your face as it is quite dusty.
Noah PennartzUnited States
Polan was a good guide and very flexible with the schedule and what I wanted to see. I would recommend him.
polan's is knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and eager to share and adapt the itinerary to the needs of the visitors....punctual and proactive. i would do it again without hesitating
Lan is not only a reliable and responsible driver, he also knows the area well, and the prices and possible costs, and his suggestions on where to dine and shop were very valuable to us. Lan speaks good English and has a clear sense for his customers needs and interests. Based on this positive experience, we consider going again and would certainly choose Lan's service again. We strongly recommend him as a local tour guide to anyone who wishes to see the sights and places of Phnom Penh and around.
Laura SiligatoUnited States
Lan was a great guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. He clearly loves Cambodia and showed me some of the great things about Phnom Penh. I enjoyed my tour and was appreciative that Lan took the time to make sure I was happy and saw everything I wanted to. I would recommend this tour!