Spotlight On: Cambodia Guide Phe Try
Every month, we put the spotlight on one of the key players who make it happen for your privileged clients. This month, get to know Phe Try, Khiri Travel Cambodia guide.
What are your responsibilities with Khiri Travel?
I have worked as a tour guide in and around Phnom Penh since 2002. I enjoy showing travelers attractive places, good food and Cambodian culture. I would like to attract more people to my country by showing them that our local tour guides have knowledge about the country and its history and are able to answer all the traveler’s questions. Khiri has very good clients so I try to improve my skills as well. I love my job so much.
Please tell us a little bit about your personal life?
I was born in 1976 during the Pol Pot Regime. I lived in a children’s camp and couldn’t study. After the Vietnamese soldiers came to Cambodia in 1979, I was able to go to school. In 1989, after I finished school, I joined the army to fight the Khmer Rouge. I got married in 2004 and have one son and one daughter. In my free time I like reading and going to the beach.
Could you please kindly explain about the traditions of your country?
Cambodian people live in a very traditional way, especially people who live in the countryside. We have Khmer traditional clothes, music and food. In the countryside most people still do agriculture in the traditional way such as using oxen to plow the land for rice planting and growing food.
What are your favorite things about Cambodia?
My favorite places are Kampot and Kep. I love the natural environment in the coastal area as well as the people and the seafood. My favorite festival is the Khmer New Year because it is fun and a good celebration for all the people. Chicken curry is my favorite food. In Khmer we call it kari sach muean.
In what way do you think a traveler to Cambodia can be more responsible?
Travelers should learn more about our history and culture as well as share their experience with the local people. Travelers should also show a good example on caring for nature and the environment. Even a small thing like not throwing plastic bags is good. Also, many visitors go to the Russian market to buy souvenirs. It would be better for them to go to many local places that sell handicrafts and buy direct from the local people.