The female taxi riders helping tourists in Cambodia
A young entrepreneur in Cambodia has set-up a taxi tour service around Phnom Penh for tourists.
Moto Girl Tour was thought-up and created by 26-year old Renou Chea after her aunt told her about school girls in Thailand offering a similar two-wheeled service. She figured showing tourists around her home city by bike would be a fun way to make a living.
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Now Renou employs two other girls to keep up with demand, with a fourth rider for when business is busy.
It was a brave move by Renou. Taxi drivers and riders in Cambodia are mostly men, with female riders judged harshly. Any female seen to be working with foreigners is assumed to be a sex worker. To keep their reputations safe, Moto Girl Tour do not allow any passengers to hold onto the riders, they can only hold onto the grab rail.
The girls offer a range of tours including day, night and shopping tours. If you’ve got something else in mind they can create custom tours for each individual, which in the past have included crashing a traditional Cambodian wedding.
The business has been doing so well they won the Unique Tour Operator of the Year for Phnom Penh in the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide awards.
The Day City tour, which visits the most popular tourist attractions in the city including the Royal Palace, National Museum, Independence Monument, Wat Phnom and the Central Market, costs 154KHR (£30) including helmet, fuel and a raincoat if required.