Great Britain by Tuk Tuk

Cambodia is being educated on Britain’s diverse culture after British Ambassador Mark Gooding launched 300 “Great” British tuk tuks onto the capital’s streets on Dec. 3.

Each of the tuk tuks carries an image representing Great Britain’s unique diversity, heritage, creativity and innovation. Pictures include the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Highlands, Stonehenge and the Angel of the North.

The aim is to showcase contemporary Britain alongside the historic, as well as highlight the creativity of Great Britain as the birthplace of bands including the Beatles and Adele, artists such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Banksy. It is also the country that produced Shakespeare, Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle and is home to world-famous universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge.

At the launch, Ambassador Gooding said, “I am delighted to launch our GREAT British tuk tuks to raise awareness in Cambodia of Great Britain, a country that is both familiar and surprising, a small island with big ideas.”

The campaign is not only to raise awareness of Great Britain but to spur on education about the country in Cambodia. The national language of English is spoken by more than 600 million people worldwide and the country is home to more than 160 nationalities speaking over 300 different languages.

For more information, visit the British Embassy Phnom Penh’s Facebook page at