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Tuk-tuk ban damages Phnom Penh's charm

Tuk-tuk ban damages Phnom Penh's charm

Dear Editor,

As a

regular visitor to Cambodia, I was shocked to read about the ban on

tuk-tuks using Sisowath. While regular offers of tuk-tuks can be mildly

annoying, they are an integral part of what makes Phnom Penh special.

Their instant availability outside one's hotel makes getting around in

Phnom Penh easy and enjoyable.

On a practical level, what am I

supposed to do in future when I want to get from my hotel at one end of

Sisowath to the bus depot at the other end for my trip to Siem Reap or

Battambang? Carry a heavy suitcase for a kilometre?

More

importantly, what more lucrative area is there in Phnom Penh for the

tuk-tuk drivers to make a living? Why are these guys who are attempting

to make an honest living banished from the busiest tourist area? Why

not target the RCAF-registered luxury vehicles that still illegally

park on the footpath or wherever they like along Sisowath?

Daniel Doyle

Visitor of Phnom Penh

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