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25 October 2009 17 Comments

Aaahhh Cambodia… We watch it in travel documentaries, we read it in history books, we saw it in Tomb Raider, we talk about it and dream about it. Who would’ve thought we’d see it this lifetime? It was almost surreal arriving at the Siem Reap Airport. And when we were greeted by our host Meang together with the tuk-tuk driver Piron, we felt like we were in a dream… Mainly because he said “kamusta?” which is “how are you?” in Tagalog, Ron and I instantly reacted in unison–“Pilipino ka?”. Meang is fluent in Tagalog because he spent several years in Makati to study and work.

The pick-up was free and it’s good old Khmer style ride–The Tuktuk. we were taken on a sight seeing pre-tour around the city. It was scorching hot but the fact that I am inhaling Cambodian dust was enough for me to suck in my complaints and enjoy the ride.

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tuktuk

I booked a different hotel initially but Ron decided to change it after seeing the website for Prohmroth Guesthouse. When we got there, I was happy we decided to make the change. The room was nothing short of perfect. It was huge and homey and our toilet tissue was pink. We had our own bathroom and a queen-sized bed which was totally opposite of what we had in Kuala Lumpur. We opened the window and there was a temple that greeted us. I had to restrain myself from taking bricks that are shaped like little buddhas.

taprohmView from our room

But it wasn’t really just the nice ambiance and the huge bed that would make us book this hotel again when we go back to Cambodia. It’s Meangsophean Suon and his family that made our experience wonderful to the Nth power. He arranged our tuk-tuk ride for three days. He gave us tips on our tour. He reserved a seat for us when we wanted to watch Apsara. He even took Ron on a food trip on our last night. He was more than a landlord to us and up until now, we still keep corresponding. We would never want to stay anywhere else.

prohmrothFacade of Prohm Roth Guesthouse

meangRon with our Khmer friends

Prohm Roth Guesthouse
# 251 Pub Street extension, Phum Mondul I,Khum Svay Dangkum,
Siem Reap Angkor City, Kingdom Of Cambodia.
Phone: +855 (0)12 46 64 95, (0)17 356 817
Email: prohmroth_guesthouse@yahoo.com or smart_khmer@yahoo.com

FLIP’N PERKS: when you arrive/book for reservation, tell them that you heard it from us, and they will give you a discount!

Check out what other backpackers has to say, CLICK HERE!

and oh! they got the best hotel/hostel breakfast that we experienced to date. That one deserves a separate article.

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  • http://www.prohmroth-guesthouse.com Meangsophean Suon

    Dearest Ron & Monette! It’s such a great honor to have received such an amazing descriptive review from you two! My family and I will always be very grateful for your stay, support, recommendation and endorsement of our guesthouse to the world of Pinoy. It’s always a great pleasure for us to get serve all who come in and turn some big bargainers into big buddies.. We will be very pleased to welcome many more Pinoy to our guesthouse and will be ready to assist everyone with their travel and tours needs! Please NOTIFY us in advance to avoid confusion and disappointment! Once again, thank you for everything…. Happy Halloween to everyone there! We missed you Ron and Monette! Wish to see you sooon with some great people coming to Siem Reap!

  • http://whattaworld.wordpress.com Mr Whattaworld

    Now the breakfast really got me curious… I wonder what is it. The best I ever had was in Old Penang Guesthouse and Number Twenty Guesthouse in Malacca. And reason why I said it was wonderful was because of the homey atmosphere and the refillable coffee and the eat all you can bread and jam. :)

  • flipntravels

    this one is really good. believe me
    we will be posting it tomorrow, :-)

    will check it out when we go malacca, come with us . hehe

  • http://www.hostelio.com/germany/lubeck/baltic-hotel.html Hostelio

    I wasnt going to comment as it was written a while ago, As a ex pension owner, I would like to thank you for your enjoyable work on your website. I will keep checking your blog for new entries as we are also working on our blog and I want to share some of your posts with our readers if its ok for you. Peter

  • flip'n travels

    thanks for dropping by ;-)

  • http://riandrew.blogspot.com chyng

    I’ll be visiting SR next month, pinoy may ari ng GH na yan?

  • flip'n travels

    chyng, nope Meang is pure Khmer. fluent lang sya mag tagalog kasi he studied in manila for several years. you should stay there, sulit. tel him you heard it from us para may discount ka.

    inggit kami, we want to go back

  • http://www.prohmroth-guesthouse.com Meang

    Warmest greetings from Siem Reap Angkor!
    Ron & Monette, how are you doing? As always, we are sooooo grateful for your kindest and sweetest support & recommendation. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon. And also we are ready to serve more great Pinoy soon!
    Chyng, if you’re ready to come over, please let us know. We can pick you up from the cute airport. We’ll prepare our jeepney for you. The colorful ones like those in the provinces of Pinas.
    With much love n regards from Meang and the Team!

  • http://riandrew.blogspot.com chyng

    ^ I will contact you once I reached SR. Ü

  • flip'n travels

    it’s our pleasure meang… you got the best place in SR. can’t wait to see you soon. i’m missing the breakfast

    RON

  • Jasmin

    Hi-It’s nice to stumble on this website. It’s nice to know that someone know at least how to speak Tagalog. I’m planning to go to SR via PP and Saigon. I only have 5 days to go backpacking and I’m a SOLO female traveler. I’m interest to stay in your place for 3D2N. I hope you could also help me to go around the town plus visit the famous Angkor Wat.

    Thanks in advance.

    Jasmin

  • rayanne

    hi there…

    our blog is very insightful. me nad my hubby are planing a trip to SR by june via PP.
    i emailed him and asked queries and was surprised to hear from him,pronto! :) hopefuly, Meang will help us plan our itineraries — tours, where to eat, transport and the likes… :0

    cant wait to see cambodia soon…

    many tnx

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  • Suzette

    Thank you Ron and Monette for this series of blogs about Siem Reap. We are going in May so I am contacting Meang via email as of this writing.

    More travels! :)

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    Hey Suzette… we can contact him in facebook for you. Send our hugs to Meang and the little boys!

  • Suzette

    hahaha I thought my message did not get through. I just got word from Meang. We are definitely staying in their place. Yes, I’ll definitely do that.Oh great! I’ll check out FB then.

    Thanks again for the tips. It will be a great help for our DIY trip. Regards…

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