Travels Through The Khmer Country

Hopefully a resouce and a record of an all too qick trip to Cambodia in 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Phnom Pehn Transportation

Phnom Penh is a fairly easy city to get around. Though traffic is getting more congested by the day, you can still travel the length of the city in less than 30 minutes.

Motorcycle Taxi (Motodup)
The omnipresent ‘moto’ is the most common and fastest form of public transportation, but not necessarily the safest. They are more prone to accidents and robberies than cars. Motos can be found virtually everywhere in town, just step to the curb and they will find you. Motos cost from 1500R-4000R for a trip in town and $6-$8 per day. Prices go up at night and for multiple passengers.

Motorcycle trailers (‘Tuk-tuks’)
Motorcycle trailers and cabs (‘tuk-tuks,’ romauks) are growing in popularity. They are comfortable than motodups and are covered, offering protection from the sun and rain. Unlike the noisy, two-stroke tuk-tuks common to Bangkok Thailand, Cambodian tuk-tuks offer a quieter, more pleasant ride. Tuk-tuks for hire gather in popular tourist areas such as the riverfront and in front of tourist hotels. $1-$2 for short trips and $10-$15 for the whole day. Prices vary depending on the number of passengers and where you pick up the tuk-tuk.

Public Taxis
There are a couple of small on-call taxi services. Taxi Vantha is reliable and available 24 hours. More common are unmetered, unmarked taxis, which can be arranged through your hotel or travel agent. A car with driver costs $20-$30/day. Shorter jaunts run a minimum $2-$3.

The humble cyclo can be a romantic and practical form of transport though not as safe as a car or fast as a moto. Cyclos are easier on the nerves than motos and during a rain they offer a drier ride. Curiously, cyclos often charge twice as much as a motodup.

There is no in-city bus system. Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Co offers bus service to several destinations along the National Routes as well as Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

Motorcycle Rental
Motorcycles (100cc-250cc) can be rented for $5 - $9/day. Tourists often rent 250cc dirt bikes, though they are a bit too much bike for the slow city traffic. For in-city driving, 100cc is recommended. A 250cc is perfect for the poor roads outside Phnom Penh. Chaotic traffic makes cycling in the city challenging in the extreme. Roads outside the city vary in condition. If you do decide to ride, drive slowly, stay right, wear a helmet and remember that medical services are limited.

All courtesy of Candy Publications another excellent on line resource for Cambodia


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