THERE is something new and exciting for night dwellers in Siem Reap, Cambodia – it is neither a tuk-tuk nor food truck, but an actual bar on wheels.
This bright red vehicle can now be seen making its round along the famous Pub Street picking up customers as it goes.
Equipped with a complete bar and stools, it adopts an open design and comes with thumping, loud music as well.
According to The Phnom Penh Post, Australian expat Sonya Duck began operating Bar Cycle Cambodia in January this year.
She first worked as a teacher in Phnom Penh when arriving in the Kingdom, but is now focused on her business venture.
The tuk-tuk bar idea was hatched when Duck visited Bali in Indonesia, where she had her first mobile drinking bar experience and enjoyed it immensely.
Inspired, Duck decided to bring the service to Siem Reap.
"After my experience in Bali, I decided to start a tuk-tuk bar business in Cambodia. I chose Siem Reap to give tourists who visited temples in the morning something fun to do in the evening,” she told The Post.
Bar Cycle Cambodia is certainly the first of its kind in Cambodia, but Duck says her business is also the first to bring the tuk-tuk bar experience to the Indochina region.
According to Wikipedia, the first multi-passenger human-powered vehicle called the party bike – or “pedal pub" – was invented by Het Fietscafe BV from the Netherlands in 1997.
She said that many of her first-time customers opt for the one hour tour, but after experiencing the fun, most of them extend the tour a further hour.
A one hour tour will get you around Siem Reap’s riverside area, Pub Street and night market with a free-flow supply of beer, vodka, gin, soft drinks or water, as well as a Wi-Fi connection.
She said people can also book a tour for three-and-a-half hours.
The vehicle operated by Bar Cycle Cambodia was imported from China and shipped to Siem Reap.
Richard from Manchester, England, on his first trip to Cambodia with his partner, told The Post: “It’s really fun and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
With only one vehicle available, Bar Cycle Cambodia offers its service from 4pm to 10pm on demand. Customers can book a tour for a maximum duration of three-and-a-half-hours.
The tour route usually goes through Siem Reap's nightlife hub, but Duck said customers can choose their own route if they wish.
However, the bar is not allowed to enter the vicinity of temples due to religious and cultural sensitivities about drinking alcohol.