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. 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. 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, 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.

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

Practice the tuk-tuk!

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

And then, it allows you to enjoy the landscape at moderate speed, to see all these small street scenes typical of life in Asia: hawkers pushing their carts, kids in uniforms coming home from school by bike, shops and boutiques coming alive along the road. There are also all these motorbikes overloaded with various goods that we pass, sometimes a team of cows or a load 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. J’ai beaucoup aimé cette escapade virtuelle en tuk-tuk, avec les photos qui font écho au texte, mais trop court à mon goût!!! 🙂 Oui, j’exagère. J’en oublierais presque que vous êtes en vacances, libres de tout et même de ne rien écrire!!! Mais ce serait frustrant malgré tout.
    Merci, 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: Oui, ils sont partout à Angkor, les tuk-tuks, mais ça bouleverse moins le paysage que ces toutes ces rangées de gros bus VIP pour les groupes… J’y étais pour la première fois en 2001, comme toi, et là je conduisais moi-même la moto; en 2003, il y avait obligation de prendre un moto-driver avec la moto; finalement, en 2011, je plébiscite le tuk-tuk !!! 😀

  6. @Statik: Hello, petite fourmi statique, l’autre fille est déjà rentrée en France, à l’heure qu’il est (moi je prolonge en Thaïlande, pour faire des bulles). Tu lui demanderas de vive voix, mais je crois que la « tuk-tuk experience » lui a bien plu… 😉 Quant au tuk-tuk driver, on ne l’a pas vu se gondoler, mais il était très content de nous avoir pour fidèles clientes pendant trois jours d’affilée.

  7. Me who was looking for you in Rennes ... That's it, I know where to find you: in a tuk-tuk!
    Sencha est encore plus fan des coco taxi cubains 🙂
    Bisou et bonne fin de périple!!! À Rennes, c’est la pluie… 🙁

  8. @Audrey: Mon périple s’achève… Je prends l’avion du retour dans quelques heures. Après le Cambodge, j’ai poursuivi en Thaïlande. Là, on pouvait me trouver sous l’eau, à faire des bulles… 😉
    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 ! On retrouve ces petits détails qui font qu’un voyage au Cambodge ne s’oublie jamais. Ce « ladyyyyyyy » ou « Siiiir » si particulier au début et qui à force de revenir sans cesse devient habituel… Ca donne envie de repartir 😀