Several years ago, I shared a taxi from Phnom Penh to Kep with women who are vegetable sellers. They live in Kâmpôt but sell in Phnom Penh markets.
EVERY morning they wake up at 4 AM and make the 3-4 hrs dangerous journey in tightly squeezed space in a taxi sedan to Phnom Penh.
Every night, they reverse the journey process, arriving home between 10-11 PM, only to start the journey again in 5-6 hours' time.
I had to return to Kep where I was living at the time. I procured the whole front seat of the taxi sedan to myself for $20, emphasizing to the driver that I'm paying extra so that we can go as soon as possible. He decided instead that I was in a generous mood and was not serious about timing and waited for his regular customers, these vegetable sellers, all 6 or 7 of them: 5 or 6 squeezed in the back and another one shared his driver seat to his left side.
I decided to look upon this as an adventure I used to having 15-20 years before, but felt like a meanie having all of the passenger seat to myself even as they're squeezed like sardines in the back and to my left. Fortunately, I had the excuse of a cold which was obvious from my sniffling. They each paid $2.50 (10,000 riels).
Theary C. Seng, 26 Dec. 2017