Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.
Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.

Tuk-tuk, lady?

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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For once, I do not travel alonebut with a friend. With two people, the tuk-tuk is the most practical way to go from one temple to another in Angkor and to 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. They are now found on every street corner, and it is impossible to take three steps without being shouted at by drivers looking for customers: "Tuk-tuk, ladies?"

Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.
Tuk-tuk in Angkor. Cambodia, February 2011.

We love it, call ourselves "lady". But we decline each time the proposal, because we have our own tuk-tuk driver. His name is Krey, he is the one who came to pick us up at the airport and who took us for three days among the temples of Angkor.

While we visit, he takes a nap.

Our tuk-tuk driver takes a nap while we visit the temples ... Cambodia, February 2011.

Practice the tuk-tuk!

Advantage of the tuk-tuk ride, hair in the wind: it provides quick drying and natural refreshment to the lady who sweated profusely on the steep stairs of the famous Khmer "temple-mountains", overheated by the Cambodian sun.

And then, it allows us to enjoy the landscape at a moderate speed, to see all these small street scenes typical of the life in Asia: street vendors pushing their carts, kids in uniforms coming back from school on their bicycles, stalls and stores coming alive along the road. There are also all these motorcycles overloaded with various goods that we cross, sometimes a team of cows or a cargo of monks in a van, all between two big VIP buses of tourists...

In tuk-tuk in Siem Reap! Cambodia, February 2011.
In tuk-tuk in Siem Reap! Cambodia, February 2011.

Siem Reap. Cambodia, February 2011.

In tuk-tuk around Siem Reap. Cambodia, February 2011.


  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. I really enjoyed this virtual tuk-tuk escapade, with the photos echoing the text, but too short for my taste!!! 🙂 Yes, I'm exaggerating. I would almost forget that you are on vacation, free to do anything and even write nothing!!! But that would be frustrating regardless.
    Thank you, dear ladies 😉

  2. I love ... hair in the wind, it changes the strange cuts that we can have underwater in the current. Enjoy, enjoy ... and then Lady, the tuk-tuk is much less dangerous than the motorcycle!!!

  3. Ah ah ah!!!You who boasted about discovering these temples on your motorbikeo....I see that you taste the pleasures of the tuk-tuk!!!Me too, when I went there 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, this is the entrance to the Angkor Thom enclosure... For the rest, I'm glad to be a girl.

    @Ysbilia: Yes, the days go by very quickly. And as for once, I don't 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 blogging "vacation homework" to the next day...

    @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 wasn't so touristy, you could rent your motorcycle and ride as you pleased. Now, it doesn't seem to be possible anymore, although I didn't ask, since there were two of us. The tuk-tuk is a very nice alternative!

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

  6. @Statik: Hello, little static ant, the other girl is already back in France, by now (I'm extending in Thailand, to make bubbles). You'll ask her in person, but I think she really enjoyed the "tuk-tuk experience"... 😉 As for the tuk-tuk driver, we didn't see him cringe, but he was very happy to have us as faithful 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 of a fan of Cuban coco cabs 🙂
    Kisses and good end of the journey!!! In Rennes, it's the rain... 🙁

  8. @Audrey: My journey is coming to an end... I'll take the plane back in a few hours. After Cambodia, I continued in Thailand. There, I could be found underwater, making 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 hard remembering their "ladyyy"!
    In Angkor, I also had my own tuk tuk driver, for the distant temples, having preferred the bicycle for the closer ones!

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

  10. Great article! We find these small details that make a trip to Cambodia never forget. This "ladyyyyyyy" or "Siiiir" so particular at the beginning and which by dint of coming back again and again becomes usual... It makes you want to go back 😀