March, 2011

Gas Stations in Cambodia




Cambodia has a nickel-and-dime economy, to use an American phrase, i.e., because people have very little regular disposable income, many products are sold in small quantities in an informal market system.  Much of the gasoline or petrol that is sold in Cambodia is sold this way.

Selling gas on the street

This woman is selling gasoline plus bottled water--and maybe marijuana(?) unless the plants in the three cans in front of her table are there for an environmental touch.

Selling gas on the curb

This woman has the simplest of set-ups, along the river with not even a chair with a back for some comfort during a long day of waiting for customers.

Elderly couple selling gas

This is a real mom-and-pop operation (to use another Americanism) with an elderly couple creating a little income in front of their house.

Waiting for customers

This woman sells gasoline, drinks from the cooler, and telephone service from her little "telephone booth" which indicates you can use her cell phone.

Filling soft drink bottles

Soft drink bottles are the containers of choice, and every morning this woman fills a supply of bottles for the day's business.

Ready for business

This woman sells chewing gum and cigarettes in addition to the gasoline in 2, 1.5, and 0.5 liter bottles.  Pepsi bottles seem to be preferred for the larger sizes.

Selling gas

Selling gas

These little petrol stands are everywhere, especially in the cities and towns, and rarely do you have to go more than a half block to find one.  And as soon as you stop, the attendant comes out with a bottle of fuel and a funnel.
Selling gas


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