We weren't sure when we arrived in Battambang by slowwwwww boat (8 hrs 20 mins) to be greeted by a hoard of tuk tuk drivers hassling us if it would be the place for us. However the following day by pure chance we flagged a tuk tuk driver and asked him to show us the sights. This is where our luck really kicked in. We had found a wonderful English speaking ex teacher now working as a tuk tuk driver. He was truly a delightful gentleman. He quoted $18 dollars for the whole day and took us to see all sorts, not just the main tourist attractions, giving us a real insight into Cambodian life.
We did a cooking class in the evening and he turned up un-expectedly to give a free lift home.
We introduced him to other guests and he tried in return to give usanother free lift to the bus station. He was such a genuinely nice guy making a living for his family. He used to earn $30 a month as a teacher but couldn't afford to carry on teaching when he started his family and got a loan for his tuk tuk which he has now proudly paid off. He was just a delight and turned Battambang into our favorite destination. His name is Sarath and his local number is 092 21 82 46 and i would recommend him without reservation which despite using trip advisor for many years I have never before done.