Testimonials - Cambodia
Here are what some of our customers have had to say about our Cambodia cycling holidays...
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Stephen Boston, Manchester, UK
What more can I say about the last 2 weeks in Cambodia?! Our driver Vutha expertly navigated traffic and roadworks to keep us on time and was always in the right place at the right moment to greet us with ice water and a cold towel after each day’s cycling.
The guide Sokhom was amazing with his in depth knowledge about everything from Hindu origins to modern day Buddhism, Cambodian cuisine to Khmer Rouge and information on all the flora and fauna from Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat. His stories, jokes, sarcasm, boundless enthusiasm and cheeky smile made for an unforgettable fortnight with the Cambodia Crew.
These guys are two beautiful people who I’m privileged to now call my friends. Arkoun thom thom.
Regine Gowdy, Ontario, Canada
This was my first organised bike tour and I have to admit that it has exceeded all expectations. Everyday was an adventure, I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning to start the day. Thanks to Phea and Mr Nal I was able to learn so much about this country, it’s culture and traditions. Phea is an outstanding guide, extremely professional, yet warm and welcoming. Mr Nal is always ready to lend a helping hand, no matter what!
This has been an amazing experience for me. I loved every minute of it!
Karen Allworthy, London, UK
Brilliant trip experiencing the countryside and the lovely people of Cambodia. We were looked after so well by the redspokes team who really went the extra mile to make our bike trip so successful. Phea was a great guide backed up by Mr. Nal and Ramone. Accommodation and food was excellent, the problem was we didn't want the trip to end.
Philippa Mann, North Yorkshire, England, UK
An incredible adventure through the towns and countryside of Cambodia. With Phea and Sekhom as our leaders, we saw the country through their eyes, with their brilliant local knowledge and passion, they showed us so much more than just a country. Every day provided a new and often unexpected introduction! From Kampot Pepper growing to how to milk a Palm tree (!) and meeting local families, school kids, impromptu volley ball games and crazy Karaoke, it was a dazzling assault on all your senses.
We laughed every day (and cried at The Killing Fields) and came away feeling like we had made long term friends, with fellow travellers but most of all our guides. I recommend it without reservation. (Oh, and amazing accomodation, pools, views, fab food - but its MUCH more than just that).
Robert Cieri, Vermont, United States
Guides and drivers were excellent. Attended to our every need and couldn’t have been more pleasant. Water stops and snacks were frequent - exactly as needed on hot days. Side trips were fascinating and gave us a real feel for the culture, religion and way of life. Everyone was open and friendly- we always felt safe and at home. We leave Cambodia with a deep sense of affection for the people and how they have endured a tragic history with a positive attitude and great hope for the future. We hope to return soon.
Catherine Hunter, Vermont, United States
Outstanding trip in every way. The staff was exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. There was a new adventure every day - from varied cycling terrain to eye-opening cultural experiences.
As Americans, whose history is so intertwined with Cambodia’s, we found it particularly meaningful and profound. Thank you.
Diane Tenbuuren, , Hope Valley, England, UK
We are back from a wonderful holiday with redspokes in Vietnam and Cambodia. We had the best guides we could wish for, Le Trung Keen in Vietnam and Art Ourn & Phea (Sim) Ousaphea in Cambodia and fabulous drivers/back up support - a lot of knowledges, very kind, everything you asked they arranged, nothing was too much or impossible. We loved it! Despite the weather, rain at the first three days, we enjoyed the Vietnam N.E. tour.
Magnificent scenery when the clouds were gone and not much traffic on most of the tour – it felt like we did get to see unspoiled Vietnam. And the culture tour in and around Siem Reap was great! We did get to see Angkor Wat and other nice temples, seen how the mushrooms are grown, visited the village on stilts and were moved by the personal account of our guide at the war museum. And this all with the most beautiful tracks to cycle on!
Sheelagh Evans, Winchester, UK
Thanks for the great trip. I can't fault it, its the best tour I have been on. Mr Phea and his team are wonderful.
Mark & Jill Moran, Exeter, UK
Another brilliant trip to beautiful Cambodia with the great company of Phea, Sokhom and Mr. Nal. So well looked after by our guides who were the main reason we booked up to repeat this trip that we first did 2 years ago. The boys love Cambodia and are so keen to share their country with their guests. Nothing is too much for them. It's hot in Cambodia, but if you're OK with that then you can't fail to have a great time on this trip.
Ross Prielipp and Annette Meier, Gravesend, Kent, UK
We have come back to England with wonderful memories of Cambodia, its food, its landscape, its people, culture and history. All these things were brought alive by our fantastic guide Art and driver Det. On the hot and dusty roads the cycling was sometimes hard but the reward of being immersed in the real Cambodia more than compensated for this.The whole trip ran like clockwork but we never felt as if we were constrained within an over organised tour. The hire bikes were perfect for the job, the hotels of a good standard and the balance of cycling, sightseeing and resting just right. Thanks to redspokes and particularly thanks to Art and Det for their enthusiastic portrayal of Cambodia and an unforgettable experience.
Kate Cammidge, Leigh on Sea, England, UK
Having never done anything like this before I was quite nervous. Once we met Phea all nerves vanished! We all seemed to gel very quickly and that helped with the cycling. Pea seemed so pleased and proud to take us to all the places we stopped at. Everyone had a story to tell us it was all so much fun and very interesting. I even got the hang of the '˜red top roads' they were something else. The Cambodian people are a brilliant nation, having gone through all that they have and they still smile! I nick-named it the land of a 1000 smiles. The children reminded me of baby peacocks saying '˜hello hello', it was fantastic! I shall never forget Cambodia and a huge thank you to redspokes for such a well organised trip. Everything, Temples, coast, river and all.
Mark Moran, Exeter, England, UK
Had a fabulous time on our second redspokes tour (which is why I graded trip as "the same" as our previous cycle tour because the other was also redspokes and was excellent). Guides were brilliant and couldn't do enough for you; hire bikes better than expected Cannondale 29s which were ideal; accomodation superb with swimming pools in nearly all of the hotels and "guesthouses" indistinguishable from good hotels. For the trip cost, I hadn't expected such quality hotels. Cambodia and it's people in particular are just beautiful. Really sad to have to come home.
Louise Day, Calgary, Canada
Our guide Phea and our driver Mr Tom simply couldn’t have done enough for us. We are a bit older, and turtles on our bikes. Once they realized our level of biking ,they upped the local tours and slowed down the pace.
We had wonderful tours of organic pepper farms, silk weaving, mushroom farms and even a crocodile farm. Everywhere we stopped, we ended up talking to the locals, some of whom had never seen a foreigner.
I feel we had a wonderful opportunity to see the real Cambodia, it’s farms ,villages and people. A total picture that most tourists would never experience. I would highly recommend this tour.
Ruth and Phil Dunnell, Surrey, England, UK
Phea and Sokhom were a fantastic double act. Informative, entertaining and generous to a fault. We met their families. They shared their lives as well as their country. The whole crew just could not do enough for us. They were great. We thoroughly recommend this tour. As Sokhom would say - "and why not?"
Richard Mann, North Yorkshire, England, UK
This was a great winter holiday and a brilliant way to explore and see the real Cambodia , but with great service, good quality, clean hotels and an enjoyable variety of local food. Our two guides Phea and Sekhom and our day support van driver really just made the holiday. They were fun, informative and attentive. Our bikes re appeared cleaned and lubed every morning, our overnight bags would be waiting for us in our hotel rooms and every day they arranged an interesting sight seeing visit or informal visits and briefings at nearly every regular rest stop.
They carefully selected a variety of cycling routes for us to experience all aspects of Cambodia, connecting by coach transfers. Their company and exceptional service and support really made the trip so informative and enjoyable.
Emma Smart, Bristol, England, UK
An amazing holiday with the most excellent guides. The whole team could not be faulted and were always thinking of our every needs with informative and highly entertaining stories. The itinerary was well planned and varied from beautiful Temples at sunrise to crocodile farms and silk weaving. I would certainly recommend Cambodia cycling with redspokes.
Alexander Bennett, Queensland, Australia
This was simply a wonderful tour. There were two singles with us who seemed to have a very good time, but for the rest of us, all couples in our fifties and sixties, it was just a sublime opportunity to share the experience of this amazing country with remarkably compatible companions.
Every day was a delight. Our guides, Phea and Sokom are extraordinary people who do redspokes proud. They made a great team; nothing was too much for them, no problem one that they would not solve. Their infectious laughter and jokes, good and bad, kept us constantly entertained. We cannot praise them enough. Chakriya and Mr Na similarly daily put a cheerful effort to keep us fed, watered and on the road. It was simply a wonderful holiday, certainly the best short cycle tour we have taken.
Sally and Colin Forster-Youngs, Sidmouth, UK
This holiday was one of our best ever. The tour guides Phea and Sokhom were exceptional. They were great fun, timed everything to perfection, and very attentive to everyone in the group.
The scenery was beautiful and the local people so friendly and we learnt a great deal about Cambodia. I am very happy to recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting this lovely country.
Kieran Kelleher, Kanturk, Ireland
This was my first redspokes trip which I would recommend highly. The organization was excellent start to finish along with great assistance from the support team. It is a terrific way to see Cambodia with diverse routes along the way with plenty of highlights over the two week trip.
Lisa Hughes, Queensland, Australia
Both Phea and Sokhom allowed us into their lives and experiences in a way that made the tour very special. Without their generous sharing of their lives, the tour would not have been as rewarding. They are an absolute bonus to your organisation.
Susan and Michael Latham, Keighley, England, UK
Phea and Sokham, our guides, were truly exceptional in their professionalism, enthusiasm and knowledge of their country. Open and honest at all times, they shared with us the cultural highlights of Cambodia alongside deepening our understanding of day-to-day life in the villages and towns through which we passed.
Ms Deborah Hammond, Washington, USA
Some of the service provided was amazing - the guides washed and lubed my bike when I thoroughly expected to take care of my own bike. Great local restaurants including a sort of treehouse near Tonle Sap lake Back roads travel, visits to small farms and village temples All good!
Johnny Morris, Manchester, England, UK
The guides were fantastic. A great team who looked after all of our needs and kept us constantly entertained with jokes stories and tons of information about the places we visited. They could not do enough for the group. Super friendly and approachable as were the rest of the support team. I cannot praise them enough.
Robert Tuck, Reading, England, UK
Our guide Phea and driver Nal were both extremely helpful and informative. As well as scheduled stops Phea also showed us many interesting things varying from wedding ceremonies to traditional racing boats and riding in an oxcart! In addition they were also willing to share many personal tales and anecdotes from their lives in Cambodia and Mr Nal's life under the Khmer Rouge. There was never any shortage of refreshments and our well-being was always a priority. We sampled many local fruits, produce and culinary delights. All in all, a trip to remember!
Brian and Lesley Corbett, Cambridge, England, UK
We can't think of a better way to experience the "real" Cambodia than riding on dust roads through tiny villages and meeting locals in their homes. But the icing on the cake was the superb support of Phea and Mr Nal - they couldn't have done more to look after us. This was our first experience of riding with an organised tour - and we're converts.
John Thorne, Edinburgh, Scotland
A great trip, fab support from Art and the 3 other Cambodian guides, they worked very well together. It was my first supported bike tour and having the 2 vans, sweeper, fruit and biscuits and water every 25km made a huge difference! The mechanic worked hard to service the bikes and keep them running perfectly. Def worth hiring from redspokes in my opinion. Great hotels were used too, most having a pool and all with aircon. Hotel in Phnom Penh especially well chosen for its location on the Mekong, close to the Royal Palace and National Museum but on a quiet street. Everything was done to make the trip as enjoyable as possible and an excellent first redspokes adventure.
Lyn Kirkaldy, Collingwood, Australia
I'm a 57 year old lady who has only been riding a bike for 12 months. I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this whole adventure. I was able to really challenge myself and always felt safe. Our guide was amazing as a bike guide and was so informative and had a great sense of humour. Then there was Mr Sim our van driver who always made sure we were fed, we called the van the party bus as we loved his music. Then our young mechanic Proc (who we called Bruce) who was at my side the entire time ensuring I was safe. I was like his mum and I just loved him. He couldn't do enough for us. The whole adventure was far better than I expected I just loved the whole experience with the rest of the group too. We just had sooo much fun. Thank you to my niece Laura for taking me on this incredible adventure and thank you to redspokes for an awesome team.
Pierre Gaspard, Beirut, Lebanon
As usual, redspokes have designed a great tour with unbeatable price/quality ratio. David has been an excellent guide
Klaudine Simpson, Cambridge, England, UK
A fun enjoyable tour with lots to do and mini adventures along the way. Good accommodation/ some great choices i.e. rabbit island/ the bungalows. Your guide Dave is a real professional and is a solid asset to redspokes tours. He really ensured that each member had his attention and managed our needs. Big thanks!
Chris Chin, London, England, UK
Our guide, mechanic and drivers/assistants (Pia, November, Nall and Tam) were superb and made our trip a pleasure. A seriously great team. Always smiling, ever helpful and anticipating all of our needs. Nothing was too much trouble. Incredible.
Penny Weir, Aviemore, ScotlandThe Cambodia tour was excellent, a lovely country so full of recent history as well as ancient history, easy biking and a terrific team of local guides and drivers.
We were spoilt!
Barbara Bennett, Swanage, UK
"Heang went out of his way to make sure we had some local experiences which really added to the trip."
Berta and Michael Glodowski, USA
We had an amazing trip. Mike had used you guys before, for his Tibet trip. He couldn't say enough about you guys. My first traveling excursion out of the country doing anything like this. Your services made it so enjoyable for me, that I am READY and WILLING to do something like this again. I am looked. The employees that were our guides throughout the entire trip in Cambodia, were extraordinary. We connected extremely well, and they were excellent in tending to our every needs, at times before we even knew we had needs. They were great. Our friendship has extended long distance to dropping emails and friending on Facebook, also sending pictures of our experience with one another. Some of the most gracious people I have ever met.
Eugene Yurist, London, UK
Overall the trip was great. The information which was sent prior to the start was solid. Mr. Heang was very thorough during the trip briefing and the daily summary in terms of itinerary, sights and sounds and safety. The bikes were well serviced daily, the food - both restaurant and picnic - was great and Mr. Heang, Mr. Ratha and the drivers kept us safe, sound and motivated, i.e. nothing stood in the way of ENJOYING THE RIDE! I recommend the trip and the team highly for all levels of experience.
Chris Cammidge, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Had a fantastic holiday one of my best ever. Excellent leaders, guides and helpers. Had fun throughout the day and saw wonderful sights in Cambodia. Phea was superb and showed us many sights and things we would not have seen on our own. All the team was very attentive. Had a fantastic holiday and really enjoyed it. The team were superb and went well beyond the call of duty. The cycle around the temples was terrific.
Mike Hayward, Benfleet, Essex
I have been on several cycling trips in the past, but this was far and away the best! The guides were first class, the people warm and friendly, scenery spectacular. We were all sad to leave and would love to return one day. We have been home a week and are still on a high! All three guides could not do enough for us and Phea in particular was fantastic.
Renea Jaeger, San Diego, USA
The trip was fantastic! Phea is Cambodia and shows off his country with pride, laughter, and knowledge. A memory that will last a lifetime is cycling by all the rice paddies and stopping to take photos. Vichika (November) asked if we'd like to try pulling the rice. Chris and I laughingly took off our shoes and socks and got to work. After working in the fields for 10 minutes, I have a new found respect for all the local farmers and learned about rice farming with a new found interest. redspokes isn't about driving by the local culture in a van; it's about immersing people in the culture and experiencing what the country has to offer.
Andrew Lindsay , Otford Kent, England, UK
I took part in a very successful Cambodia tour in January 2011. The tour was well planned and we were very well looked after. The hotel accommodation was good and the food excellent. The country is flat so cycling is straightforward apart from sand on some of the dirt roads Cambodia is a lovely country emerging from its past. The people are very friendly and welcoming, to the extent of our attending a wedding. As a result it is a lovely and interesting place for a cycling tour.A unique aspect of the tour was the tour leader who had a fantastic ability to get into conversation with anyone he came across and a keen desire to show his country to us. Through him we had some fascinating conversations with many farmers, shop keepers, children, a medicine man, doctor, palm juice collector and processor and others. This gave us a great insight into the country and really added to the interest of the tour
Glenda Oldroyd, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Fantastic Trip, outstanding guide Phea and support staff, Nail, Mobithan and Vichika what a team, such attention to detail to ensure total satisfaction. Perfect holiday, great balance of cycling, sightseeing and excellent food. Would highly recommend trip and Red Spokes to all.
Carmen Lacasia-Purroy, Wirral, England, UK
Fantastic trip, thank you very much to all of you in redspokes. I have been in many cycling trips in the past, Phea and his team are one of the best teams I've ever had.
Annette Davis, Wirral, England, UK
I have just returned from Cambodia and having been on several similar holidays with other companies, I have been very impressed with this trip. Phea and his team were outstanding-pleasant, fun company and nothing too much trouble. The tour offered excellent value for money with very good accommodation and food throughout. Thanks redspokes and Phea in particular!
Mark Hoskins, Wolverhampton, England, UK
Just the best way of seeing this magnificent country, you feel part of the hustle and bustle and you'll soon lose your voice shouting "hellooo" to all the children as you cycle through the villages. If you want to tick the "Cambodia been there done it" box, you can't until you've cycled it!
Siobhan Leith, England, UK
Phea and his team ( some of the names above are wrong I think) were excellent. They could not have done more to make the trip enjoyable. They were courteous, helpful, informative and fun to be with.I have been doing an annual cycling trip for 7 years and this trip must rate as one of the best.I have always been a little dubious about having just a local team but a British guide would add nothing to the service offered by Phea and his team.
Anne Hunt, Liverpool. England, UK
Phea and his team were absolutely wonderful - and, despite the fact that Cambodia is one of the most beautiful and magical countries I have been to, THEY were the true highlight of the trip. I cannot praise them enough - thank you redspokes!
Don Stephen, Hockley. Essex
What a wonderful trip, being on a bike, seeing the country and the people that package tourists miss out on. The tour was planned with a really good mix of activities, sights and experiences. From out varied accommodation to the small towns and off-road villages we rode through and the great lake with its floating market, restaurant and school and finally the chaos of the Phnom Penh traffic on a bike. Truly a trip to remember at the ripe old age of 76.
Ian Langley, Falkirk, Scotland
I had a really enjoyable trip to Laos with redspokes last year and I was wondering if the Cambodia trip could be such a good experience. I needn't have worried, the trip was great. The visit to Angkor Wat in particular was very memorable. The cycling was varied and interesting and had some flexibility which seemed to allow all the group to enjoy it. I would definitely go on another redspokes trip.
Joe Rood, London, England, UKWell Dermot you have done it again, fuelled my enthusiasm for Cycling and Travelling. Really enjoyed the trip. My only disappointment was losing at Pool, ha ha!I will just have to make sure I get my own back on the next trip. Thanks again redspokes for coming up trumps again!
Owen and Ellen Cooper, Manchester, UK
This is why we travel. The warmth and friendliness of the Cambodian people will stick with us for a long, long time. Fantastic coast, amazing history, gorgeous food, but more than anything, the people. Cycling through the villages and being greeted by enthusiastic, excited people is a great feeling, and the nearest we'll ever get to the Tour de France. If you need a reminder of what's really important in life, take a cycling holiday in Cambodia.
David Harrison, London, UK
Impressed with Mr Huang, everything well organised and able to vary itinerary if requested. Mr Leap, our driver was very supportive and safe. Having been on same tour last year, it was nice to see some variation to the itinerary e.g. Visiting different temples and different routes each day.The specialist guide at the Angkor temples was excellent.The bikes needed some attention at the outset and not all gears engaged during the tour. All in all a great tour and one I would strongly recommend.
Lesley Berongoy, UKI had a wonderful holiday and I would particularly like to comment on how wonderfully Phea managed the trip. I experienced him as a warm, unassuming person, inobtrusive in his manner, putting me at ease. He has a natural ability with people which enabled him to 'hold' the tour. He was aware of each member and quietly took care of us all. He laughed a lot! His great sense of humour and playful fun (echoed by the 2 drivers) rippled through the holiday. It would not have been the same trip without Phea - he would not be easily replaced!
David and Jane Mercer, Rhoon, Netherlands
Our second redspokes tour and again the local team exceeded our expectations, from meeting us at the airport, servicing the bikes everyday, taking time to show and explain the local sights and customs and finally meeting us off the bus when we extended our visit for a few days in Vietnam. Overall we were like a group of friends traveling together rather than just tour guides and tourists.
Zoe Balmforth, UK
Cambodia is a fabulous trip. Easy cycling and plenty of time to take in the exotic sights and sounds of a wonderful country that hasn't yet been overrun with tourists. Most of all it's the Cambodian people who made the tour for me. They are without doubt the most welcoming, happy and gracious people I've come across. Our group of 8 on this tour were all returning customers - all had been on at least one tour with redspokes before. This says everything about redspokes that anyone would need to know. People come back again and again because they provide the best value for money, the best service and the most carefully thought out trips of any operator out there.
Claire Waddington, Oxford, England, UKThis was the perfect break from a busy job. Great way to see the country. David was a legend of a tour guide, he worked tirelessly to try and make the holiday the best possible experience he could.
Eric and Ros Fraser, Hobart, AustraliaWe've never been on an organised tour before but this was a wonderful first experience. David was marvellous and the group was friendly, diverse and interesting.
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