My wife and I will be traveling to Angkor Wat/Siem Reap in mid-November. I have seen some old posts here and on other forums with guide recommendations but nothing is that current.
Does anyone have any suggestions and what pricing you have seen for the guide + driver?
I know that guides can be booked through hotels, but I am typically hesitant of such arrangements.
I have visited Angkor 3 times and always used a moto guy, $8/day, affiliated with the GH I stayed at. With 2 of you, I would use a car or one of the tuk tuks if the weather is not so hot. Here is a great resource of all things Cambodian. Listed are many drivers and guides that have not cheated their previous customers. Figure $12/day for a tuk tuk, $25/day for an a/c car. Good luck with your planning.
By all means use vegasmike's link. I visited Angkor Wat last year and booked a tuk tuk driver via email which I recommend or an aircon car if you wish. Personally I don't see the point going by car as you will inevitably want to visit for the sunrise (5am pickup when it is cool anyway). A/C car simply drives you from one site to the next. I found a tuk tuk added to my travel experience. If your only ever going to visit the one time I thoroughly recommend the 3 day pass ($40US) because to me this area is one of the (unrecognised) wonders of the world. If you wish to engage the services of an english speaking guide then I guess an a/c car would be in order but you will pay a daily fee for the driver as well as the guide.
I travelled to Siem Reap in September I used vegasmikes link and contacted Sam At by email who arranged a tour guide for $20 a day.
I used a tuk tuk from the hotel, but Sam can arrange this too if you want. The hotel tuk tuk driver was very safe so we used him throughout our stay.
We did not use any taxis, the guide travelled in tuk tuk with us, we had a fantastic time.
In Cambodia it seems to be the rule that you are either a driver or a guide not both. The guides all wear a uniform and have been to University to learn their subject and speak English, so expect to earn more than the driver as a result.
We booked our guide for two days and learnt so much about the history of Cambodia the way of life for the farmers etc.
Our first night we thought we would watch the sunset but it was raining so we got the hotel tuk tuk driver to drive past all the temples then drop us off at bar street.
We stayed at Prince d' Angkor which was fantastic 5* hotel for the price of 2-3*
I agree with Stone, tuk tuks definitely enhance the experience, but avoid if older n go for car, in part because the road conditions here are far from ideal (till at least earlier this year)