The beginning of my field recording journey was in Siem Reap, Cambodia and the recording of me starting and driving around on a motorbike Siem Reap is one of my very first recordings. I haven’t much at this time, only my Zoom H1 Recorder! We rented this Motorbike from our Landlord and the price was around 40 US Dollar for the month. Normally you pay around 5 US Dollar a day for a motorbike if you walk around the town and look around the shops! Also, most foreigners aren’t allowed to drive with a motorbike around Siem Reap but nobody ever stopped me. A tricky area where they could stop you is if you drive up to Angkor Wat and if you do it and you don’t have a ticket to the temples you are doomed. But having penalty money in the pocket is always a good idea. But as I said nobody ever stopped us and you see many foreigners driving around. If you planning on getting a motorbike and the police stops you just smile be polite and wear always a helmet.
A good resource for my about information like renting apartments or know whats going on in Siem Reap is the Facebook Group “Expats Living in Siem Reap”
The Sound of my rented motorbike is special because this bike must be older than 10 years and passed the 70000 km already. A country like Cambodia or Vietnam shows you of what kind of high-quality materials these bikes are made off. If you walk or drive around Siem Reap you can see all the Tuk Tuks. Imagine one person driving with a trailer behind and sometimes is the trailer full of six people. It is incredible.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
– Marcus Aurelius
The equipment I used to capture this sound.
Zoom H1 Recorder
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