Cambodia prepares to conserve disappearing cyclos
PHNOM PENH, Jan 09, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Cambodia is preparing to
conserve the capital's disappearing cyclos or rickshaws, which
used to be a popular means of transport during the French colonial
rule about 80 years ago.
Cyclo is a three-wheeled bicycle with the driver perched on
high above the rear wheel, and the passengers in a bucket seat
slung between the two front wheels.
"If we look back to the old time when Cambodia was ruled by
French, there were thousands of cyclos in the Cambodian capital,
Phnom Penh, but now there are only about 500 cyclos," Tourism
Minister Thong Khon said Wednesday at a meeting with the Phnom
Penh municipal officials and representatives of the Cyclo
Conservation and Careers Association.
He said the gradual disappearance of cyclos was due to the rise
in taxi and motorized rickshaws.
"As the economy is growing, and people's living conditions are
better, people choose to travel by a modern and faster means of
transport, rather than cyclos," he said.
However, the minister said it was very important to conserve
the means of transport in old times.
"We have to conserve cyclos, it will be a way to attract
foreign tourists," he said, adding that tourists can ride cyclos
for sightseeing tours in the city.
Thong Khon said that through the conservation plan, the
ministry will help the Cyclo Conservation and Careers Association
as much as possible, especially through providing English training
for cyclo drivers.
Im Sambath, heads of the association, said that the decline in
cyclos was because drivers cannot earn enough money to support
themselves as people prefer modern transports to cyclos.
Generally, a cyclo operator earns between 2 and 5 U.S. dollars
The conservation plan is made after Prime Minister Hun Sen
voiced concerns over the decline in cyclo number last month.
"Right now, we are concerned about losing the cyclos," he said.
"When means of transport becomes modern, nobody pays attention to
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