What can I say, I think we totally lucked out with our tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap.
We were picked up by Mr Rith, aka, Mr Why Not (which is also his catchphrase!) at the airport and taken to our accommodation – The Cashew Nut Villas (fantastic place – full review to follow!).
He was lovely and we had a chat to him when we arrived at the guesthouse about seeing the temples the next day. We explained that we had visited before, so we didn’t want to do the usual tour, there were some specific temples we wanted to see. Mr Why Not took this all on board and we arranged for him to take us around the next day. It cost us $20 for each day, which considering we were out for about 6-8 hours, was more than reasonable!
Well, he was brilliant! Our itinerary that day included everything we asked and them some. Mr Why Not was there with fresh fruit (oh my god, the pineapple and mango were to die for!) and cold water when we stumbled out of the each temple, hot and incredibly sweaty!
He was very knowledgeable, teaching himself the history of the temples, and imparting that knowledge to us at each place we visited. His English was great and he was very patient with us as we took our time looking around the temples. He was great fun, joked with us and told us stories about his life and his family.
We couldn’t have been happier that he was our guide for a few days (we spent two days with him touring around the temples)! We asked for him to take us to the airport on our final day, however, unfortunately he was unable to make it (busy guiding other tourists around for the day I hope!). He didn’t leave us stranded though, sending another lovely guy to take us to the airport instead.
We found Mr Why Not through our guesthouse, the Cashew Nut Villas, so if you are staying there, do ask for him!
If you aren’t, he has a website and you can contact him through that. From our experience, I’d highly recommend him to guide you around the temples, he knows what he is doing, will look after you and will make sure you get the most out of your visit.
I know this sounds like an ad, but it’s definitely not! We were just so impressed with Mr Why Not, he worked so hard and I wanted to spread the word!
He was very informative, friendly and great fun! The best tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap? Well, he certainly helped to make our trip a very memorable one!