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Mr. Dara

Siem Reap taxi driver and licensed guide services

Mr. Dara is an experienced, personable, honest, and reliable English-speaking taxi driver and licensed tour guide working in Siem Reap providing driver and tour services for individuals and groups of any size. Mr. Dara has a full selection of package tours or can help arrange a custom tour suited to your specific needs.

Mr. Dara can provide transport to all temples in the surrounding area, trips to the Tonle Sap lake, and countryside tours. As a licensed tour guide, Mr. Dara can provide plenty of information on the temples, culture and history of Cambodia as well as contemporary life in Cambodia.

Read below for firsthand recommendations from previous customers:

Day rates for taxi:

Angkor Archaelogical Park: $25/day

Van services start at $35/day

Licensed tour guide: $25/day

Mr. Dara can make hotel reservations and provide airport pick-up. With Mr. Dara your stay in Siem Reap will be safe and comfortable.

Sample Itinerary for Three days:

Day one : Discover the world's biggest Hindu temple: Angkor Wat.

            +Lunch at local restaurant.

      Afternoon: Discover the great ancient city: Angkor Thom (Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanaekas, Royal Palace), Takeo, Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm.

            +Buffet Dinner with Apsara performance show in Siem Reap.

Day Two : Trip to visit Banteay Srei (The Pink Sandstone temple), countryside tour, Banteay Samre.

            +Lunch at local Khmer eatery.

      Afternoon: Discover the Grand tour (Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Poan, Preah Khan).

            +Dinner in Siem Reap.

Day Three : Discover the oldest ancient city Rolous Group (Preah Ko, Bakong, Lolei .

            +Lunch in Siem Reap.

      Afternoon : Visit the largest lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap Lake, come back to see the Artisans d'Angkor, Old Market (Phsa Chas), city tour.

            +Dinner in Siem Reap.

Day Four : The best of all the temple to see is Beng Meala (lotus pond). It is situated about 70 Km northeast from Siem Reap and takes about one hour and a half to get there. The history of this temple is unknown. According to the architectural style the scholars put this temple to the period of Angkor Wat temple. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps giving this temple great scenery.

      Afternoon : Kompong Kleang village (floating community) on the way back to town. Boat trip is necessary to discover the unusual stilted houses built 10 meters high up from ground and stilts is hidden in raining season. The economy is based on fishing. It is one of the largest communities on the lake. This place is highly recommended.

Recommend sites:

Remote temple site:
-Banteay Srie
-Bbal Spean
-Kulen mountain
-Beng Mealea
-Koh Ker
-Sambor Preikuk
-Banteay Chhmar

Attractive area :
-Silk farm
-War museum
-Cambodian cultural village
-Angkor national museum
-Old market (phsa chas)
-Artisans Angkor
-Oxcart riding
-Horse cart riding
-Countryside tour
-Golf resort
-Kompong Kleang
-Kompong Pluk
-Prek Toal/bird sanctuary
-Crocodile farm
-Balloon ride

From Dara:

Warm welcome ladies and gentleman. My name is Dara, 29 years old. I am working as a tour guide for Siem Reap Angkor and I am based in Siem Reap. I am proud and passionate about my country, so I would like to show you around Siem Reap and other mysterious places surround Cambodia .

I can provide a tailor-made tour to suit you requirements or I can manage for you. My service include providing an air conditioned vehicles and tour guide service. I am qualified as a licensed tour guide by Ministry of Tourism for Angkor and have been working as a tour guide for many years so I can explain Cambodia's history and way of life. If you would like a guide to show you through the Angkor site, I can also organize this for you.

My clients come from a variety of different countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, United State and many more countries. As I have been working as a guide for many years, I promise to provide an exciting trip which is safe and comfortable.

I am looking forward of receiving your enquiries.

E-mail to: ranndara1980@yahoo.com

Call Mr. Dara at 012-784-448
International callers dial 855-12-784-448

Mr. Dara Rinn
#011, Sivutha Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia

For more information, see Mr Dara's website:

www.angkoronetour.com

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Personal recommendations:

I highly recommend Mr Rann Dara. We hired him following reviews over the internet. Like other reviewers, we concur. He made our 3-Day stay in Siem Reap enjoyable. He picked us at the airport and stayed with us the entire duration and dropped us off the airport as a happy bunch. On arrival, he helped us plan the entire trip. He has a easy going personality - good guide. His knowledge of the epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata, his country's history is extremely good. My aunt would attest this point. For scholarly folks - this would be an asset. His English is good. My elderly uncle - who came on this trip - he walks with a cane for support - also recommends Mr. Dara. Mr Dara's help in this regard is noteworthy, especially in the tougher walks of Preah Khan, Ta Prohm...  On the whole, we cherish the warm hospitality of the Khmer people and in our memories marvel at the creations of their ancient kings. Having faced aggressive marketing by hawkers and guides in India, e.g. at the Taj Mahal, this is indeed a welcome surprise.  Vijay, Hyderabad, India/ Chicago, IL. 

"I've found Mr Dara through his website before planning this trip to Siem Reap. During our discussion through e-mails - he is more than helpful in considering which place to visit, the foods and my accommodation. He had suggested me several options and that give me some freedom to choose from. As I was traveling alone, I didn't have any problem as he waited for me in airport (he waited for me with 'big signs - I'm glad!), accompany me to all interesting places in Siem Reap. The rides I wouldnt forget is to Beng Mealea, enjoying sunset in Bakheng, sunrise at the Angkor Wat and the Ta Phrom. He is very punctual and flexible in arranging the itenary so that you guys can maximize the time spent there. Another thing I need to give him credit is eventhough is a Buddhist, he is sensitive regarding y need as Muslim. I didn't have an troubles to look for Halal foods and performen my prayer while traveling. So for those who wish to travel to Siem Reap and other province with an English tourist guide - where you can decide where, when and how long you want to spent; you can arrange it with Mr Dara." - Muhammad Fuaz, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 
 
We visited Siem Reap in dec. 2008. We found Mr. Rann on the internet and booked him via e-mail. He proved himself as very reliable, competent and friendly. We asked him to be our driver and our guide. It was very comfortable to drive with him, he has a nice car and he drove carefully; it was obvious, that he new nearly every pothole in the region. As a guide he managed to guide us without meeting too much other tourists; he knows all the nice places and he told us nice stories and facts about them. We got a lot of information not only about the places of interests but also about culture, religion, politics etc.He is very polite and and I’m sure, that I again would ask him to be our guide when I return to Cambodia. Jo & Dagmar from Germany, Jan. 2009 

November 2006: We recently visited Siem Reap for three days. We contacted Mr.Rann Dara through email and booked him to be our driver for those three days. And it was a pleasant treat to be driven around by him. He is born and brought up there and knows a lot about his country and people. Though not an official guide, he can tell you all about the history of this wonderful place. He is a very helpful and pleasant person. He is honest and always arrives 10 mins earlier than your said time. He helped us plan our trip very well taking into account what time the place closes and how much time it takes to reach there and go around and when its crowded and all the minute detls which when missed can become very frustrating..He came before dawn to takes us out to Angkor wat for the sunrise and stayed late to drive us to the Bakheng hill for sunset without any complaints..And he would politely remind us everytime he picked up to check if we had our Tickets with us.He helped us make this trip a very memorable one.. Prati

August 2006. Dara was our driver and to some point guide on our recent visit to Siem Reap and Angkor. We found him to be polite, pleasant and most importantly, punctual for all his appointments. He used a Toyota Camry for the four of us throughout our four day stay. Spoken English came easy for Dara and that helped tremendously. After the first day he became more of a friend than a driver. This was demonstrated through his sincerity when recommending places to visit and his frank explanation of Khmer culture. I recommend his services to anyone who may wish to visit Siem Reap. C. Tan, Malaysia

January 2005. We came to Siem Reap in January 2005 to visit Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. We weren't originally planning on hiring a car and driver and definitely were not thinking about a guide (given our tight budget). We were glad we did. With Dara Rann we got a driver and guide all in one package. Dara is an extremely kind, gentle & pleasant individual and, while he is not yet an official guide, he was a wealth of knowledge about Angkor Wat and his country. His English is exceptional and he was more than happy to share his extensive understanding of the area and its history with us. He was happy to tell us many interesting stories of his culture, country, family, and what it was like to live and grow up in Cambodia. Dara spent some long days with us, without complaint. He woke before dawn to drive us out to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise, drove us back into town for lunch, then drove back to the temples so we could watch the sunset. At times when the temples became too crowded for us, Dara took us to some of the more out of the way temples without hesitation. The temples that Dara helped us discover were extremely peaceful and serene. Meeting and getting to know Dara was one of the highlights of our trip. Navigating our way around without scuh a wonderful driver would have been frustrating and difficult given the size of Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples. We would recommend Dara to anyone planning a visit to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat. R. & A., Canada

January 2005. Earlier this year my mother, brother and I traveled to Siem Reap to visit the fabulous ancient religious complex of Angkor Wat, and we were greeted at the airport by Dara Rann. From the very beginning he demonstrated the courtesy, hospitality, and kindness that we later came to experience with so many of the Khmer people. He was a delight in every way, always arriving on time to escort us to the various temples while revealing keen awareness of the related historical and cultural aspects that are so rich and prominent at Angkor and the surrounding environs. He helped to make this trip a very special experience, and I very much recommend him to anyone who is planning a trip to this wonderful jewel of Cambodian culture.- J.D., USA

February 2005. Our family of three people from Russia were staying in Siem Reap for three days. Mr. Dara was our driver. He took us to various temples and showed himself as a very knowledgable and experienced person. He gave us lots of explanations thus serving a real guide. He helped us to better understand the rural life of Cambodian people and also brought us to interesting places not frequently visited by foreigners. He is an honest, reliable and pleasant person. His English is quite good and I would recommend his services to any English-speaking tourist to have a pleasant stay in Cambodia. - Russia

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