About Merry Travel
By providing safety, and impeccable service using our extensive experience – we have a wide-ranging portfolio of tours designed to create wonderful holidays, adventures, 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 or modify and book the tours best fitted to our customer’s desires.
Original Founder, CEO, Package Curator & Lifelong Bon Vivant
After more than ten years of first-hand tourism-industry experience in South Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand & Southeast Asia Countries), Samban recognized a unique need for a human-focused luxury boutique agency, a locally-run and sustainable business that could offer the flexibility large companies could not.
Samban established the tour company Merry Travel in December 2009 and has not looked back since. Samban was born and raised in Kampong Speu Province, a charming rural district a short 98km away from Phnom Penh. Move to Siem Reap in February 2002 and in February 5th, 2006 he married his wife, Thany, a talented entrepreneur in her right, and settled in Siem Reap. Now Samban and Thany have 3 children (two girls and one boy).
Noticing a subtle deficit in the quality of Cambodian tours over the years, Samban has long resolved to raise the bar to just slightly above and just beyond world-class standards. Almost everyday he endeavors to make his company just a little better than what it was yesterday. Understanding the connected nature of all things, Merry Travel is very active in community development and pays all its employees above the standard living wage. He directs much of his time and Merry Travel’s resources to improve local communities. His love for the outdoors manifests as earnest interests in professional cycling, off-road 4WD expeditions, dirt-bike jaunts, and canoeing. These adventures and more inform the spirit of Merry Travel’s illustrious outdoor adventures portfolio.
Giving back is our way of reciprocating this unforced magnanimity. We do this by donating cattle, building wells, and sponsoring disadvantaged children to attend school. What we aim to do here at Merry Travel, is to give back to every community that we visit by improving the quality of local education and helping them to understand how to maintain a sustainable living whilst keeping their traditions preserved with honor.
Merry Travel’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.
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 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.
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.
Our founder, Samban, 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 Samban created his own company in 29th December 2009. Samban 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. Samban’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.
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 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.