A weekend in Cambodia
So with the days counting down to my departure from Malaysia I knew I had to make a final trip to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.
Why the urgency? I wanted to buy some silk to be able to replicate blinds I had had made for my apartment in Kuala Lumpur. And it was an excuse to get a very quick look at the city again.
Cambodia has its fair share of disabled people given its violent recent history of Khmer Rouge brutality in the late 70s and because of American munitions dropped on the country during the Vietnam war.
Munitions which are still causing damage today. Take a look at this: Cluster bombs in Cambodia
Even the Prime Minister is partly disabled, having lost an eye while fighting for the Khmer Rouge during the civil war.
But disability has not meant inability in Cambodia. Its disabled volleyball team is one of the highest ranking teams in the world. Disabled volleyball
Things are finally changing in Phnom Penh. Tuk tuks are one of the cheapest ways to get around the city. But gaining access to them if you can’t walk is nigh on impossible, requiring you to climb a very small step and then over a barrier
Now though a wheelchair in a tuk tuk is possible. Look at this:
Simple solution right? Take out the forward facing seats, and turn the back into a ramp.
I had planned to take a trip round the sights of PP using the tuk tuk. But blisteringly high temperatures made this impossible for me. (I can’t sweat anymore so dangerous overheating can happen to me really quickly.) I did an aircon car version only.
Mobilituk has been around for more than a year and word is slowly getting round, so if you want to book a trip here are the numbers:
Oh by the way Phnom Penh’s Pochentong airport has had a massive upgrade since I was last there. (and doubled the price of visas to pay for it)
There are even plenty of disabled loos, but guess what? Only ONE railing. Sigh
No toilet paper either…