5 Essential Locals To Befriend On Your Travels
#1: THE TUK TUK DRIVER
A Tuk Tuk driver can be a useful person to know – these guys are in the transport trade so the one thing they know is places to go. Borrow their expertise to guide you to the lesser-visited sights, to pick the quietest time to descend on the tourist-riddled attractions, or to find the best lookout points from which to watch a sunset or photograph a landmark.
The trick is to ask a lot of questions and not to be put off when they initially tell you only what they think you want to hear – eventually they’ll realize that you want more than the standard tourist repartee. Quiz them on the most popular places for locals to hang out, the best parks to relax in on the weekend, the yummiest restaurants to eat at.
As an added bonus, befriending your Tuk Tuk driver considerably decreases the risk of being heavily overcharged or winding up bribing your way out of a carpet stall hours later.
By Zoe Clare Smith