Asian Trails Supports Cambodia’s Cyclo Drivers

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Asian Trails Supports Cambodia’s Cyclo Drivers

Recently, our team in Cambodia partnered with Phnom Penh’s KVL Hotel and the Cyclo Conservation and Careers Association (CCCA) to give back to the nation’s dwindling community of cyclo drivers. The three-wheeled, pedal-powered rickshaws were first introduced to Phnom Penh in the 1930s and became a fun and affordable way of getting around the old city.

In recent times, however, cyclo drivers have become increasingly scarce as the city’s resident’s turn to more modern, motorised vehicles and potential workers seek more lucrative professions. Cyclo driving is said to be among the lowest paid sectors in Cambodia as the traditional mode of transport has become all but obsolete.

Now, in an effort to preserve this age-old tradition for future visitors, the CCCA is working to provide greater support for cyclo drivers while boosting the sustainability of their livelihood.

Our team at Asian Trails Cambodia, in collaboration with KVL Hotel, contributed to the CCCA’s efforts by spending the day with cyclo drivers on an excursion around Phnom Penh. After the ride, the team had a chance to sit down with the cyclo drivers to exchange knowledge about how to deliver the best experience for Asian Trails’ guests. Each driver also received a gift of rice and other daily necessities as well as a #RefillNotLandfill bottle to encourage the reduction of single-use plastics.

Asian Trails can arrange, and highly recommends, a cyclo excursion around Phnom Penh. This is not only one of the best ways to experience the city – to see the city from the eyes of a cyclo driver – but it is also a cleaner, more eco-friendly way to travel and a great way to give back to the local community.  To find out more, reach out to us at:

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