When Sang Myung Hun first came to Phnom Penh from South Korea, he had a hard time
picking out the motodops. Apparently, the usual uniform of colorful face mask, flip-flops
and worn Gap t-shirts didn't scream "moto taxi".
So when the business Hun works for, water purification company Gang San Co. Ltd.,
celebrated its one-year anniversary in Cambodia this November, he got a promotional
idea: motodop hats.
Hun ordered around 1,000 blue baseball caps, reading "moto taxi" on the
front and branded with the company's name on the back. Gang San Co. staff distributed
the hats to motodops throughout Phnom Penh, and even sent around 30 up to Siem Reap,
said Tith Many, a secretary at the company.
So far, motodops, cyclo and tuk-tuk drivers alike have taken to the stylish billed
muak. Those not lucky enough to stumble upon a distribution site sometimes even buy
caps from their friends.
Motodop Em Earn praised the hats while perched on his moto near the FCC recently.
"It has helped my business," he said. "The hats are useful so passengers
can recognize us."
But some Phnom Penhoise predict that actual motodops won't retain this advantage
for long. Word on the street is that the "moto taxi" hat might join the
ranks of the (slyly sold) police badge as a must-have Cambodian souvenir. Motodops
were recently spotted on the riverside trying to hawk their headgear to foreigners.(photo: