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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?"
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.
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...