Mr. Sea Say – Local driver in Cambodia
“Many staff in the Siem Reap office are now my friends outside of work and we often gather together.”
Why did you choose to work as a chauffeur and what made you work in the hospitality industry?
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and most of the people here make their living out of tourism. This for me it was a no-brainer. After finishing school I decided to work in a hotel.
It was in 2018 when I started as a chauffeur to be more independent and work for myself. I really like my country and it was also a way for me to show it to as many people as possible.
What makes you enjoy being a chauffeur for Khiri Travel?
First of all, the Khiri team is very flexible and accommodating with me, I have been working almost exclusively with Khiri for the past 3 years. Many staff in the Siem Reap office are now my friends outside of work and we often gather together.
What do you do to make sure Khiri clients enjoy their touring?
The first thing I do is to learn each client’s name so I can converse with them. This helped me improve my English. I also make sure to be there for them as long as they need me. They usually came from very far and the least that I can do is to make sure they get the most out of their time here by understanding their needs. Also, most of the clients are elderly so I make sure to have cold water and make frequent stops.
What are your hobbies?
I live in a village close to Siem Reap and my hobby is farming. I am growing vegetables and own a couple of cows and chicken. This keeps me quite busy at the weekend. Besides this, I enjoy cycling with my friends.
What are your future aspirations?
In the future, I really want to start a transportation company to employ more people and to services more clients. I also want to help supply clean water to my village as not everyone has access to it.