Your guide is the most important element of your trip. They are your host in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam. They are the bridge between the local culture and you as a visitor. Hanuman is proud to work with some of the best tour guides in the region, including many who work full-time for Hanuman and have more than a decade of experience guiding. Many are also Tour Leaders with international travel companies or Fixers on international television shoots, so are some of the most experienced in the business and can really take your trip to another level.
Srei Omnoth qualified as a tour guide twenty years ago and has been with Hanuman for the past seven years, working with all our leading partners, as well as operating as a fixer on film and documentary shoots throughout Cambodia. Omnoth is one of our most popular guides thanks to his lively personality and great sense of humour. Born in Kandal province, Omnoth is married with three children and worked in the hotel trade and with the United Nations before becoming a guide. He is a Sinn Sisamouth devotee when it comes to music, enjoys a game of volleyball and would love the opportunity to visit Nepal as well as the other Indochinese countries. Prahoc (Cambodian cheese aka fermented fish paste) and beer are his meal-time choices whilst The Bayon is his favourite Angkor temple as it retains all of its old-world charm.
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Known to everyone as Paul, he worked in the hotel trade before qualifying as a tour guide in 1995, and joined Hanuman six years ago. He’s an expert on Cambodian history and culture and also has a keen interest in flora and fauna, with a wealth of detail on medicinal uses of plants and flowers around Angkor. In addition to guiding numerous tours with partner clients, he’s also a regular on the safari and cycling tours and with his keen sense of humour, he’s one of the most popular members of our team. He’s married with two children. Angkor Wat is his preferred Angkor temple, whilst the United States would be his choice as a foreign destination. Prahoc (Cambodian cheese, aka fermented fish paste) and beer get his vote too, as does football as his preferred sport and the ever-popular duo of Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea are his musical choices. Read an interview with Polrith in Compass Magazine here.
Sinath has been guiding clients for the past six years in and around Siem Reap, having previously been a tuk-tuk driver. He is married and would love to visit the European countries where many of his guests come from. Besides the temples, he loves the fresh air of Sihanoukville, when he gets the opportunity to enjoy it.
Nicknamed Mou, he’s another Siem Reap resident, who is married with one child. He’s been a Hanuman tour guide for the last seven years, having worked with an NGO before completing his guide training. He loves snooker in his spare time and all kinds of Khmer food.
Married with two young children, Sareth hails from Takeo and graduated from Phnom Penh University with a hotel and tourism degree, beginning his work as a tour guide a decade ago in Siem Reap. He loves the temples, especially Angkor Wat, as well as the northeast provinces of the country. For relaxation, he listens to the songs of Sinn Sisamouth, loves a roast duck meal washed down with Angkor Beer and his favourite sport is tot sey (foot shuttlecock).
Eak is married with one child and was born in Phnom Penh. Like most Cambodians, he loves the beaches of Sihanoukville, while Banteay Srei is his top temple choice. He began as a tour guide in 2003 after working as a marketing officer. Working as a permanent guide with Hanuman for almost 10 years, his favourite tipple is Angkor beer, he enjoys football and golf and for food, he prefers fish amok and samlor karko soup. He’s a fan of Sinn Sisamouth and the present-day heart-throb, Preap Sovath. For his choice of foreign destination, Singapore gets his vote because it’s so clean.Eak is married with one child and was born in Phnom Penh. Like most Cambodians, he loves the beaches of Sihanoukville, while Banteay Srei is his top temple choice. He began as a tour guide in 2003 after working as a marketing officer. Working as a permanent guide with Hanuman for almost 10 years, his favourite tipple is Angkor beer, he enjoys football and golf and for food, he prefers fish amok and samlor karko soup. He’s a fan of Sinn Sisamouth and the present-day heart-throb, Preap Sovath. For his choice of foreign destination, Singapore gets his vote because it’s so clean.
One of the more experienced tour guides in Phnom Penh, Kimlieng is a widow with four children whose English is excellent, so good in fact that many assume she is overseas Khmer. She spent a long period living in Vietnam as a refugee and willingly shares many of her painful personal experiences with guests. She began as a tour guide in 1992 after experience as a clerk typist for a construction company and began working with Hanuman and its partners six years ago. She was born in Phnom Penh, likes to keep fit, enjoys eating samlor prorheur soup and fresh water. Of the Angkor temples, Ta Prohm is her favourite, while Europe would be her holiday of choice.
Married with one child, Mao Lyka was born in Kandal province and studied at the University of Fine Arts before becoming a tour guide in 2005. The mountains of Mondulkiri is her favourite spot in the country, while Paris would be her ideal foreign destination of choice. A big fan of traditional Cambodia food, she loves to play the violin.
Sophoan is no newcomer to guiding, having taken up her duties six years ago, spending the last five as a birding guide. Born in Pursat, guiding runs in the family, as her father is a French-speaking guide and author. She loves her work, especially learning about the natural environment in her own country.
Kunthea has been a tour guide for the past seven years. After graduating from Norton University with a BA in Business Administration, he worked as a receptionist at a well-known Phnom Penh hotel before taking up his tour guide duties in 2006. He loves the coastal areas of Cambodia, whilst England and Hong Kong would be his preferred destinations for a holiday.