Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Cambodian Gas Station
What's this stuff in bottles by the side of the road? Iced tea? Cambodian drinking water? The cast-offs of a tour bus with a broken loo?
It's gasoline. Commercial service stations are few and far between in Cambodia, especially in the countryside, but people need to fill up their motorbikes to get around. The solution: independent roadside petrol vendors. One American dollar will get you a litre of gas and a few hundred riel in change. Forget the standard nozzle, hose and digital display! It's not necessary here. Your gasoline is pre-measured, decanted into Johnny Walker or soft drink bottles then poured through a funnel into your waiting vehicle. The station attendant might be a chatty nine-year-old or an octogenarian who can barely walk. There's no need for frills as long as the gas can get you from point A to point B, right?