Though it is not a big city, Siem Reap, Cambodia offers some rather challenging traffic. A tuk-tuk is a great way to get around. It puts one closer to the action, affords a maneuverability denied to cars, and provides greater comfort and safety than a motorbike, or moto. That being said, not all tuk-tuk drivers have the same regard for safety...and accidents do happen.
While in Siem Reap, we were lucky to acquire the tuk-tuk driving services of one Longdy Ouk. Longdy guided us expertly and safely through the streets of Siem Reap, along the roads to the temples, and out into the Cambodian countryside.
Longdy was always courteous and reliable. He explained a great deal to us about the temples and Cambodian culture. He shared stories of his life, his achievements, and his goals for the future. Twenty-seven years old, he is named Longdy after the French lundi, because he was born on a Monday. He speaks Khmer, English, Thai, & Spanish. He is studying to become a licensed temple guide and then plans to marry his girlfriend of three years. A good man with a quiet humor and a gentle soul, Longdy came to be our friend.
The following video compiles clips of various journeys taken during our stay. It is rough but it provides a glimpse of the adventures we had riding with Longdy.