The first thing I think about coming to Cambodia is how loose it is. Immediately after getting off at the airport, I feel the loose atmosphere of the Cambodians working inside the airport. Most people are watching smartphones. Visa counter staff are also watching the smartphones in a row.
It took me a while to get a visa and it was quite late to leave the airport. Every time, I think it’s good to be the last one, considering that if you’re with a child, you’ll line up and rush to line up. Therefore I try not to rush and go slowly.
I took a taxi from the airport and told the driver where to go.
Perhaps the most famous market in Phnom Penh is the Central Market. The next is Orsay, or Tuol Tompoung in Cambodian aka Russian Market. The road from the airport to Tuol Tompoung is very easy and I think almost 100% of the drivers around the airport in Phnom Penh know where it is.
Shortly after I started running, the driver asked me where to go again. He handed his smartphone to me to write the destination on Google Maps, but it is all Cambodian language, in Khmer. I can’t read and write in Khmer and he doesn’t understand English.
Then the driver made a voice input on the smartphone.
Navigation of Google Maps has started the guidance. In the darkness in Phnom Penh at midnight, my wife and kid’s are tired and sleeping on the back sheet. He drives at a very slow speed on a road unknown to the driver. It is about 15 to 20 kilometers per hour.
The driver, who seems to have no idea of the way, sits next to me and calls the headquarters several times to ask where Tuol Tompoung is. But no matter who says what, the car is operated by Google Navi.
The car runs where I don’t know. I’m going to the street of Navi, so I thought it would be okay. The navigation tells us with a big alert sound. Besides, his ultra-low speed driving makes me feel that I don’t know the road but will not cause an accident.
After a while, the car suddenly came up where I know. It proved that the navigation was correct. Even the man who doesn’t know the way, I think that these apps and smartphones are excellent for carrying out their duties.
The magical tool that allows a man to be a taxi driver even if he come out of somewhere and don’t know the way. He may be surprised that he can work because of those hi-tech devices, apps and good internet connection.