Along the route from Morondava to Bekopaka, you'll pass through and by a number of small villages where ancestral agriculture and traditions are still practiced. Foreigners, known as "vazaha" to locals, rarely visit many of the villages so if planning a visit, do approach cautiously. Rumors of kidnappings and banditry from decades past are still prevalent with villagers, and they might take-off running at a quickly stopping or approaching vehicle. It can be incredibly rewarding to spend time in the villages and hear the stories of the average Malagasy person. Giving candy to children is not recommended, but bringing a small Polaroid camera and handing out gifts of photos will forever be appreciated.