Tuk-tuk à Angkor. Cambodge, février 2011.
Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.

Tuk-tuk, lady?

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

For once, I do not travel alonebut with a friend. At two, the tuk-tuk is the most convenient way to get from one temple to another in Angkor and circulate around Siem Reap.

A tuk-tuk and two ladies

Tuk-tuks, there were none, or few, during my previous stays in 2001 and 2003 in Siem Reap. It is now found at every corner, and it is impossible to take three steps without being hailed by drivers looking for customers: "Tuk-tuk, ladies? "

Tuk-tuk à Angkor. Cambodge, février 2011.
Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.

We love it, call ourselves "Lady". But we decline each time the proposal, since we have ours, of tuk-tuk driver. His name is Krey, he's the one who picked us up at the airport and wandered us for three days, among the temples of Angkor.

While visiting, he takes a nap.

Notre conducteur de tuk-tuk fait la sieste pendant que nous visitons les temples... Cambodge, février 2011.

Practice, the tuk-tuk!

Advantage of the tuk-tuk race, hair in the wind: it provides quick drying and natural refreshment to the lady who has perspired heavily on the steep stairs of the famous Khmer "mountain temples", overheated by the Cambodian sun.

And then, it allows to enjoy the landscape at moderate speed, to see scroll through all these street scenes typical of life in Asia: street vendors pushing their cart, kids in uniform returning from school by bike, stalls and shops that come alive along the road. There are also all these motorcycles overloaded with various goods that we meet, sometimes a team of cows or a cargo of monks in a van, all between two big VIP tourist bus ...

En tuk-tuk à Siem Reap ! Cambodge, février 2011.
In tuk-tuk in Siem Reap! Cambodia, February 2011.

Siem Reap. Cambodge, février 2011.

En tuk-tuk autour de Siem Reap. Cambodge, février 2011.


  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. I loved this virtual escapade in tuk-tuk, with the photos that echo the text, but too short for my taste! 🙂 Yes, I'm exaggerating. I almost forget that you are on vacation, free from everything and even do not write anything! But it would be frustrating anyway.
    Thank you, dear ladies! 😉

  2. I love ... hair in the wind, it changes strange cuts that can be under water in the current. Enjoy, enjoy ... and then Lady, the tuk-tuk is much less dangerous than the bike!

  3. Ah! Ah! You who boasted to discover these temples on your bike ... .I see that you taste the pleasures of tuk-tuk! Me too, when I went we had our own tuk tuk for 3 days , and it was great !!!!
    Yesterday I swapped the tuk tuk for a modern bus, but much less exotic ....

  4. @Fabrice: Yes, it's the entrance to the Angkor Thom compound ... For the rest, am very happy to be a girl.

    @Ysbilia: Yes, the days go by really fast. And as for once, I do not travel alone, I spend less time in front of the computer in the evening ... And then it happens that the connection is capricious, so I often postpone my "holiday homework" bloguesque overnight ...

    @IsaM: I enjoy ! I am now at Koh Phi Phi, and the departure for the dive cruise at Similan is in a few days ...

    @David: Buy me postcard, ma'am. Buy me scarf, lady. One dollar. Cheap price for you ...

    @ Helen: Yes, in the days when it was not so touristy, you could rent your bike and go for a walk. Now, it does not seem too much to me, though, I did not ask, since we were two. The tuk-tuk is a very nice alternative!

  5. @ Marie-Julie: Yes, they are everywhere in Angkor, the tuk-tuks, but it upsets the landscape less than all these rows of big VIP buses for groups ... I was there for the first time in 2001, like you, and there I drove myself the bike; in 2003, there was an obligation to take a motorcycle with the motorcycle; finally, in 2011, I plebiscite the tuk-tuk! 😀

  6. @Statik: Hello, little static ant, the other girl has already returned to France, at the moment (I'm extending in Thailand, to make bubbles). You'll ask him verbally, but I think the "tuk-tuk experience" he liked ... 😉 As for the tuk-tuk driver, we did not see him curl, but he was very happy to have us for loyal customers for three days in a row.

  7. Me who was looking for you in Rennes ... That's it, I know where to find you: in a tuk-tuk!
    Sencha is even more fan of Cuban coco taxi 🙂
    Kisses and good end of journey! In Rennes, it's rain & #8230; 🙁

  8. @Audrey: My journey ends ... I take the plane back in a few hours. After Cambodia, I continued in Thailand. There, I could find myself under water, to make bubbles ... 😉
    I'll tell that in future posts. Bizzz

  9. "Special prrrriiiice for you lady! One dollar, lady, one dolllaaarrrrrr! "

    Haha, it will always make me laugh so much by remembering their "ladyyy"!
    In Angkor, I also had my tuk tuk driver, for the distant temples, who preferred the bike for the nearest ones!

    Thank you for bringing me back to life with your blog!

  10. Super article! We find these little details that make a trip to Cambodia is never forgotten. This "ladyyyyyyy" or "Siiiir" so special at the beginning and that by dint of returning constantly becomes usual ... It makes you want to leave again 😀