Sunday, November 26, 2006

"Mr. T" For Hire: Motorcycle Taxi Driver Extraordinairre, Siem Reap, Cambodia

This post will be something of an advertisement, a plug for a young, up and coming tour guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

If you're ever in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and need someone to show you around, please consider calling my friend, Thy. He's a local fellow, has his own motorbike, and works at the airport bringing tourists into town after they arrive. Because he's one of many official drivers, though, he only works every 3rd or 4th day. So, chances are pretty good that he'll be available to show you around.

He's a licenced motorcycle taxi operator, has all the proper permits, and was a very competent and most importanly, safe driver. He obeyed traffic rules (such as there are in Cambodia), and got me, Melody and Lori around to wherever we wanted to go.

He also knows the town and its sights well. While riding around, he was able to talk about the history of the area, both ancient and the more recent, Khmer Rouge time. He also recommended checking out the fishing village on the Tonle Sap Lake, which turned out to be one of the higlights of the entire trip.

If you'd like to contact him, he gave me permission to put his information on our site here.

Mobile # (in Cambodia): 012 78 54 88

His rates are reasonable, and we basically worked out the price before hand. For a full day riding around with him, I paid $10 (plus another buck for a tip). If you have several people who want to get around, he has friends that he can bring along, and you can negotiate a group rate.

He's a personable fellow, speaks English well, and is also working hard to learn Spanish to fill a niche that is currently underrepresented. His ultimate goal is to be one of the main tour guides operating in Angkor Wat. There's a bit of an "old boy" network, though, that makes it hard for independent guys like him to break in. But, he's working hard, has a clear vision of where he wants to be in a few years, and is doing what he can to achieve it.

He would welcome your assistance, and you'll enjoy your experience even more for having had him as your driver and tour guide.

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