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. 

Siem Reap

    Srei Omnoth

    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.

    Meas Dara Polrith

    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.

    Pheat Sinath

    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.

    Phan Sothy

    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.

    Mao Chandara

    'Dara' qualified as a tour guide over twenty years ago and is adept in foreign languages, guiding clients around Angkor and beyond in French, English and Spanish for many years. Originally from Phnom Penh, he relocated to Siem Reap, is married with two children, and loves to practice his photography skills and cycling as his favourite hobbies in his spare time. He has led individual and group tours all over the country, and spending five years studying in France, has given him a taste for foreign travel.

    Chen Reaksmey

    A native of Siem Reap, Reaksmey is married with four children, and a national singing champion no less. He has been guiding for 18 years and was also a part-time English teacher. An adventure guide, he’s another who is much in demand, when he’s not spending quality time with his family.

    Sanh Sophoan

    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.

    Khim Pothai

    Born in Kompong Khleang, Thai is married with two children. He became a guide over twenty years ago after working with the World Monuments Fund as a field archaeologist. He also works as a fixer for visiting television crews and is one of the most experienced guides around Angkor.

    Heng Fila

    Fila has led tours for the past decade after working as a tuk-tuk driver, chef’s assistant, a Radio DJ and Summer Camp counsellor in the USA. He hails from the floating village of Chong Kneas, and is married with one child. He loves cycling, fishing and cooking in his spare time.

    Nhean Meas

    Meas began as a tour guide fifteen years ago after previously working as a motorbike driver. He was born in Siem Reap and is married with three children. A very popular guide, he enjoys cycling and can also speak Japanese.

    Chim Sopheap

    An expert in bird-watching, Sopheap became a guide after a stint at hotel reception work and is now an accomplished and popular classic and nature guide. Born in Siem Reap province, he is married with three children, and enjoys a game of volleyball and cycling.

    Aing Solin

    Solin will soon celebrate her twentieth year as a tour guide, after she began her working life as an English teacher. She was born in Roluos and is married with three children. As a working mum, she enjoys family time, cooking and travelling.

    Heng Pring Rathana

    Known to all as 'James', he was born in Kompong Speu and worked in the hotel and restaurant industry, as well as teaching in a Thai university, before turning to guiding four years ago. He got married last year and has a newly-born daughter. James loves travelling and sport, particularly football, volleyball and fishing.

    Thol Rithy

    A native of Siem Reap, Rithy loves being an adventure guide, cycling and trekking with guests, when the opportunity arises. He is married with one child, and took up guiding more than fifteen years ago. His sense of humour is much appreciated by his guests.

Phnom Penh

    Chan Sareth

    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).

    Thach Kimlieng

    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.

    To Thanarath

    Known as Naroth, he has been guiding for a decade after initially working as an archaeologist and a guide at the National Museum. He is a native of Battambang and is married with two children. Naroth enjoys family time and a game of badminton, when he‘s not guiding or lecturing on cruise ships.

    Khun Nyphea

    He began his working life as a hotel receptionist before passing his guide exam in 2001. He is a countrywide guide and has excellent experience with the top travel agencies in Cambodia. Nyphea lectures on modern Cambodian history on cruise ships and also has a masters degree in Foreign Relations. His spoken English is excellent, he is adept at first-aid and is one of the most in-demand tour guides in Cambodia. Born in Kompong Cham province, he is married with 2 children.

    Ngeth Sida

    Kampot-born, Sida is married with one daughter and became a tour guide in 2003. He divides his time between guiding and teaching law studies at the Royal University in Phnom Penh. He also worked for a major tour company in operations and product development for a decade. He enjoys cycling, table tennis and playing guitar.

    Kong Vitheany

    Popularly known as Tiny, she graduated as a guide 18 years ago after working as a private school teacher. She is qualified to guide all over Cambodia and regularly lectures on cruise ships on education and history. Born in Phnom Penh, she is married with one son and loves to watch movies in her spare time.

    Kong Eak

    Eak is married with one child and was born in Phnom Penh. He began as a tour guide in 2003 after working as a marketing officer. He worked 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.

    Vann Kunthea

    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.

    Nou Chanthearith

    A very experienced and popular guide, 'Rich' has been guiding in the capital and around the country for the past fifteen years. He hails from Phnom Penh, has two children and even when working, makes sure he cycles every day to keep fit. He also loves football and motorbikes.

    Sambo Panha

    Following in the footsteps of his father, Panha became a guide over a decade ago, after a stint as an English teacher and NGO volunteer in education and health. Married with two children, he was born in the capital and is an avid news watcher when he's not leading tours around the country.

    Kin Thida

    Thida shares with her clients her own experiences as a child growing up in war-torn Cambodia and working with the UN, before she became a guide 25 years ago. A very popular guide, she is originally from Kompong Cham, has two children and when she has spare time, enjoys a beach holiday.

    Sum Saopheak

    One of the new generation of guides, Saopheak was born in Tbeng Meanchey in northern Cambodia and was previously a volunteer with World Vision and a kindergarten school teacher. She passed her tour guide exam six years ago and is much in demand for her expertise and personality.