Meet the team
By providing safety, impeccable service using our extensive experience – we have a wide-ranging portfolio of tours designed to create wonderful holiday, adventure or even extended business trip memories. Our collective “can do” attitude enables us to assist both our travel agency clients and direct customers to select/modify and book the tours best fitted to our customers desires.
Founder & Business Developer
Having seven years tour industry experience Samban established the tour company Merry Travel Asia on the 29th December 2009. Samban was born and raised in Kampong Speu Province which is 48km away from Phnom Penh and after meeting “a very special lady” moved to Siem Reap in 2002 – which was a pivot point in his life. Now married and settled in Siem Reap, Samban has been determined to bring the quality of Cambodian Tours to be equal/better than what is available in any western country. He directs much of his time and Merry Travel Asias resources improving local communities. His love for the outdoors via Cycling, 4WD, Dirt-Biking and Canoeing has been a major influence on the contents of Merry Travel Asia’s out back adventure tours.
Narith has extensive experience in travel industry. He has worked with many international companies before joining with Merry Travel Asia in 2012. He took over the position of General Manager in 2012. The smooth running of the company is an outstanding endorsement to his profession. Equally providing a satisfying work environment to our staff and a solid ‘can do’ attitude for all of our clients from all over the globe. Narith is based in the main office located in Siem Reap, but still keeps close contact with the running of the Phnom Penh office. Still a younger man he can sometimes be a workaholic – but when needed Sam gets him to “assist” on one of our adventure tours.
Thamvoant Sinsen (Voant)
Ms. Thamvoant, easily graduated in tourism eight years ago as an outstanding student. She also gained significant experience in ticketing, accounting, reservation during before joining with Merry Travel in 2009. Her passion of providing quality of services to clients quickly brought about her promotion to Sales Manager. Since then (because of her quick learning ability and knowledge of the online market) her managing role has been expanded to include the online department. Her main passion is traveling.
Jerry Tour was born in Kompong Cham Province and moved to Preakh Sihanouk province after he graduated from high school. He then studied at the Hospitality School of Paul Dubrule where he was trained in operation department with tour companies for several months. Today he is a versatile and seasoned advisor
Travel Consultant for the Russian Market
Always amazed by the countries she visits, Elena, in addition of taking care of the Russian Market, string with patience and meticulousness the thousand and one reservations of hotels, activities or transportation, which will make your trip an unforgettable experience.
Pisey Om (Frank)
Frank moved to the city to further his education and graduated in tourism in 2009. Having no experience when applying to work for Merry Travel Asia, Sam’s hesitancy was overcome by Frank’s intense personality. Frank quickly proved to be a natural working with guests. We also found out that he is quite a bit of a romantic & has had a major input into the development of our leading honeymoon tour. If you like romantic, secluded or off-the-beaten track tours, Frank’s the man to contact.
Chief of Account
Phallarth started working with Merry Travel Asia as a grad worker (graduated in accounting University in 2006). She proved to be very adapt in all her various positions within this department. Currently she is the head of our accounting department. Passionate for streamlining Merry Travel Asia’s accounting process she has implemented better software and communication practices throughout the office. She is an avid traveler and aims to complete her quest of experiencing every tourist attraction in Cambodia.
Linda started working with Merry Travel Asia as a grad worker (graduated in accounting University in 2006). She proved to be very adapt in all her various positions within this department. Currently she is the head of our accounting department. Passionate for streamlining Merry Travel Asia’s accounting process she has implemented better software and communication practices throughout the office. She is an avid traveler and aims to complete her quest of experiencing every tourist attraction in Cambodia.
Mala has worked with many tour companies in Siem Reap. His knowledge from working at the International Airport has given him a strong experience base to use as operations manager for Merry Travel Asia since 2016. “I like our working environment, the challenges of my job, but the most rewarding part of my job is after arranging good food, comfortable vehicles, and excellent tour guides for my clients – I sometimes get delightful feedback” said Mala with smile on his face.
Etienne Papillon (Dara)
“Working with the staff here at MTG is a real pleasure. It’s has a genuine family atmosphere. I started work here to redevelop our web sites in Aug 2015.”explained Dara. Dara was born in Canada. He completed his degree in South East Asian Anthropology 2009, and has moved to Cambodia 2011 to further his deep interest in this area. Having 5 years tourism experience working in Montreal, Dara came to Merry Travel Asia bringing the experience needed for him to settle into our IT department (on-line & web). Dara has been accepted as yet another keen outdoors man. You can find him often trekking, cycling, canoeing solo (or joining in with our tours).
Sokly first crossed the whole Cambodia and satiated (in part) her thirst for travel. Today she travels dozens of reservations from Siem Reap restaurants and entrance tickets to the Angkor Wat temples.
Why Choose Us ?
Insider Access: We let you experience the Cambodia, not just see it.
Merry Travel Asia’s extensive Cambodia network of insiders and experts allows us to create the trip you’ve been dreaming about. Want to make Amok in Siem Reap with a legendary chef? Go to visit temples of Angkor without crowds? How about interaction with local family living in floating village, or have a private helicopter ride to visit Preah Vihea temple? Would you like an off-road ride with Dirt Bike or 4WD to visit the last rain-forest? We can make it happen. We can also arrange for you to travel through Cambodia by bikes and can have you sleeping in a room in a luxury tent in the middle nowhere, or homestay with the hill tribes. We have more knowledge, relationships, and expertise than anyone in the industry, and we use it create one-of-a-kind journeys and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.
In-depth Firsthand Destination Knowledge: We are here in Cambodia
Every travel suggestion we make is based on our personal experiences, and we continue to travel the new places to ensure that our recommendations are accurate and inspired. We don’t just know the best hotels and restaurants; we know the rooms with the best views and the best local dishes. We don’t just connect you with random chefs, experienced g guides, surf instructors, and artists; we connect you with true experts we know well enough to call friends. We don’t just suggest places we’ve read about; we suggest the far-flung islands, ancient temples, and jungle camping that we’ve been to ourselves and still dream about everyday. We are discerning, we are opinionated, and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge with you.
Personalized Service: We create trips that are perfect for you
We learn about your interests so we can create a customized itinerary that really inspires you. We have arranged for art lovers to meet up-and-coming visual archeologist in Angkor and learn centuries old metal-working techniques in Angkor. Spiritual seekers have made pilgrimages to see Hill Tribes deep in the Northeast bush, and have sat with monks in local pagoda in country. We can build a trip around any of your passions or desires, such as outdoor activities, cooking, yoga, archaeology, or volunteering, or M.I.C.E, or student group or just incorporate them into a larger journey.
More than 10 Years of Experience: We are visionaries
Our founder, Sam Ban Theng, was one of the longest experienced tour guides in Cambodia. With more than 10 years experienced tour guide in travel industry to serve clients from very adventurous up to high-end Sam created his own company in 29th December 2009. Sam brought tourists to unexplored parts of the Cambodia and innovated the luxury travel experience by making it completely personal and extreme adventure by Kayaking, Biking, 4WD, Dirt-bike. Sam’s dedicated his life to creating unique, adventure, and luxury trips for travelers who want to experience the staggering and diverse beauty of the Cambodia, and he’s staffed this company with people who want to share the power and joy of travel as much as he does. You simply won’t find another company who knows Cambodia as well, is as excited by it, and who will inspire you to see it so thoroughly.
Peace of Mind: We take care of you
Merry journeys are worry-free. We have expert local staff in every city who are always working behind-the-scenes so you can just focus on having a great time. Our local staff, along with the rest of the Merry Travel Asia team, are available not just to ensure your happiness, but to ensure your safety and comfort as well. When you travel with us, you can feel confident knowing that if you encounter any sort of issue, we will be there to assist you.
Asia still manages to amaze us every time by the people who have the least, but are the most generous and most hospitable. Every beautiful moment spent in the rural areas of this fantastic continent warms our hearts with every locals call. In Asia it’s pretty common to be invited into simple rural homes with offers of tea, lots of smiles and the promise of lasting friendship. Giving back is our way of reciprocating that level of generosity and this is done by, donating cattle, building wells, and sponsoring disadvantaged children to go to school. What we aim to do here at Merry Travel Asia, is to give back to every community that we visit by improving the education of the local people, and helping them to understand how to maintain a sustainable living whilst keeping their traditions rich in culture.
Guides & Vehicules
Merry Travel Asia selects its drivers and guides based on experience, appearance and flexibility. All guides and drivers receive regular training courses in first aid, product up-dates, market knowledge, and company adherence. For Merry Travel Asia we would select only 1st class drivers and guides.
Our guides speak the following languages:
Our drivers mostly speak English, not fluently like the guides, but sufficient enough to make people feel comfortable. In case no guide is required, MTA will select a driver that speaks proper English.
We select our drivers based on 6 key principles:
- Presentation (grooming and personal appearance)
- Helpfulness and friendliness
- Ability to adapt and cooperate with guide
- Reliability and punctuality
- Proven record of safety and maintenance of vehicle
Luxury Limousine (Transfers & VIP land tour)
Luxurious cars can be provided for your VIP clients including BMW and Mercedes-Benz in both cities, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for Airport Transfers and tours.
Toyota Lexus 300 XR / Toyota Camry (1-2pax for regular tour)
The cars we select for our guests are not older than the year 2002. All cars have to comply to our strict safety regulations and are all documented in our systems before they are assigned to any tours. Before guests are picked up, our logistics staff checks the vehicle
We use two types of minivans in Cambodia
- Standard Mini-van of 12-15 seats (3-6 persons), Maidens Ssangyong Made in Korea (2002)
- VIP Mini-van of 12-15 seats (3-6 persons), Toyota Hiace (2014-18)
Bus 25-45 seats
For larger groups we use imported buses from mainly Korea and Japan. The drivers also offer their best services to our guests. All buses have been screened through our safety checklist and all drivers have received training in grooming, care and driving instructions.
OUR COMPANY REGULATIONS
All vehicles are subject to a 34 question long safety checklist. All vehicles are checked daily on seatbelts, air conditioning, tires and windows (no cracks). Drivers are obliged to wear proper attire and shoes and need to be in the possession of a driver’s license. Drivers always open and close doors for guests and offer water and wet towels after sightseeing.