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Siem Reap's roads are about to get raucous

How far can a stretch limousine be stretched? About as much as Sokha Angkor Resort’s ten-cylinder, white version in Siem Reap has been. This curious machine takes the concept about as far as it can go.

Sokha’s Siem Reap stretch limousine, and its black counterpart at the Sokha Beach Resort in Sihanoukville, are touted as the longest limos in Cambodia with both machines measuring 9.5 metres.

But don’t bother asking about the tech specs of the 2005 Ford limousine because nobody seems to know and nobody cares.

What time it can do the standing quarter in is irrelevant, and its top speed is unknown because it’s never driven above 60 kph for safety reasons.

As for its turning circle, well it’s a joke. Eat Socheat, Sokha’s senior airport representative, who mostly drives this beast, says the limousine is “not easy to turn around corners because in Cambodia the roads are not so wide”.

He wryly adds, “Actually, it’s not easy to drive.”

And little wonder because this mechanical monster is really a pimped-up karaoke lounge on wheels that’s built for comfort, not for speed.

Sokha’s newly beardless general manager Emmett McHenry adroitly ignored questions about technical specifications and instead pointed out what is really important about the vehicle – namely an excellently stocked bar, comfortable seating capacity for 8-10 passengers, and a thudding karaoke sound system that belts out beats accompanied by pulsing neon lighting in the ceiling.

The ride around town is smooth and the view through the greenish-tinted windows is surreal. It’s the ultimate party machine, now available for hire for those who dare.

Rates are one hour, $84; half day, $315; full day, $525.

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