Mr. Davith Dam – Local guide in Cambodia
Because of the war I lived with my family in my hometown for only 10 years.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Davith Dam. I have 7 brothers and sisters so I am the number 6 of my family. I have not married yet. I was born in 1980 during the Khmer Rouge Era, the west of Siem Reap city. I attended my primary school in the village from 1985-1991. During that time my country was in the civil war of the Khmer Rouge army. Because of the war I lived with my family in my hometown for only 10 years.
During the worst time, the people in the village were evacuated to Thai border called Site Two and Site B to avoid the danger of the war. But my parents had considered not leaving the country as my parents needed to take care of my old grandmother.
Unfortunately all the schools of Cambodia were closed so I moved to live with the Buddhist monks in a pagoda. At that time only pagodas offered education. I lived with the monks for 6 years from 1992 – 1998 to get my secondary school and high school from the pagoda in Siem Reap. After my high school finished I asked to become a monk. During my monkhood, I attended the University and chose Faculty of English and I also learned Spanish at the same time. I was a monk for 6 years from 1999-2005.
When I resigned as a monk, I worked as a local guide for 2 years from 2005-2007. After that I passed the exam as the license tour guide of Siem Reap Angkor since 2007 till present.
Please tell us your title and job description at Khiri Travel
I have been a tour guide in Cambodia for 13 years and I had worked for other travel companies before joining KHIRI Travel 8 years ago.
In Cambodia, Siem Reap is the main tourist destination. Tourism is the main sector that the people living here can get the benefit to support their daily lives. It is the reason that in spired me to choose a job as tour guide. Working as a tour guide I can get benefits to support my old parents and myself by living in a good situation.
I am English and Spanish speaking tour for KHIRI Travel. I am good at planning travel itineraries, familiarizing customers with the locality by vehicle or foot, and ensuring that the group remains safe at all times and make sure my clients exceed expectations on their trip with me.
What is your favorite destination and why?
My favorite places are the forest and the beaches. Because I like cycling, trekking through the forest or mountains and I love to go to the beaches for a rest as I like adventure tours.
What kind of clients do you work with the most and how do you manage their expectations?
I have been working with Europeans and American clients the most. From my experience with them they like learning and really want to know our history sharing about our Cambodian cultures and daily lives or lifestyle of local people. Those clients who met me were really happy and satisfied that I had shared real knowledge.
Can you describe a tour with families?
Family clients really care for their sons or daughters. As I am their tour guide I am thinking lots about ways to take care of children and make sure all places are safe. The parent client must be happy when they have seen their children enjoy their time. My technique to make them happy I have many funny stories to make them laugh and let them learn a few important Khmer words to say to our local people. As our Cambodian people are really happy and friendly to foreigners. And we are really happy when we see the clients speak Cambodian words.