Cambodia is a dual-currency country. Anything even remotely touristy prices its offerings in US dollars. Coins are not used though. Any change under 1 USD is given back in the local currency, Riel, usually at a 4000:1 exchange rate, which exists in bills as low as 100 Riel (well under 1Â¢.)
A tuktuk, southeast Asia’s favourite onomatopoeia, is a different thing in different places. In Thailand and Laos, they’re 3-wheeled (delta) vehicles with 2-stroke engines and a platform behind the driver for passengers. Lao tuktuks are usually much bigger than Thai ones. In Cambodia, a tuktuk is a regular motorcycle towing a 2-wheeled trailer for passengers.
Streetside stands selling a greenish-yellow liquid in old liquor bottles are a common sight in Cambodia. It’s fuel for motorcycles and tuktuks, priced at just over 1 USD per litre.
In Phnom Penh, many tuktuks have a refuelling system consisting of an old water jug that fills the main tank via IV tubing. I wonder if they buy it new or if it’s medical waste.
Touts are annoying wherever you go, but they’re the worst in Cambodia. Among other things, you can count on getting offered a ride several times a minute, and "no" won’t always make them go away: they often also try to get you to book a tour for tomorrow.
In tout-English, the gender opposite of "Sir" is "Lady", as in "Hello, Lady, tuktuk?"
3 thoughts on “Holiday in Cambodia”
i have some pictures of the gasoline bottles.Often they are in soft drink litre containers.
Yeah. I think the whiskey bottles are more fun though :)
you are probably right
love the elephant pictures
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