Friday, July 26, 2013

Meet Huot, the friendly tuk-tuk driver - in Battambang, Cambodia

When Huot came to pick us up at the bus station in Battambang, we saw a sign in his tuk-tuk stating: "let me offer you a free ride to your hotel, in the hope that you will hire me as your driver while you're in Battambang".

That's what we did. We're independent travellers and we like to take our fate in our hands, but somehow, in Battambang, we felt tired and lazy. We let Huot drive us around and we fully trusted him. That was a great idea.

Huot speaks good English. He knows the places and the people. He's a good guide. Above all, he's been very lovely to our children.

We visited too many places to describes them all. I'll summarise the highlights.

- a visit to a crocodile farm. A thrilling moment for my 4-years old boy!
- the visit of a traditional rice paper factory. The workers cooked some paper sheets to let the children taste them.
- a visit to a group of ladies preparing and selling bamboo sticky rice. Yummy!
- a stop to see giant bats in a tree.
- a 357-steps climb to a beautiful ancient temple.
- a steep climb to a cave and a hill top to enjoy wonderful views.
- the stunning sight of thousands of bats, flying out of a cave to catch insects at dusk.

It's been a great day! Thank you Huot for being such a good guide!