Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Getting Around

Phnom Penh's main streets are in good shape but some smaller streets and footpaths are rutted, pot-holed, clogged with garbage and stagnant water. Then there are the parked motos, sleeping people and building materials. Many smaller streets bear either no or misleading signage, however Phnom Penh is logically laid out and navigating is not too difficult.
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Walking can be a challenge in Phnom Penh. Remember the "little" gives way to the "big" in this city. Pedestrians come last, even on the cluttered but once grand and wide French-built pavements! To cross safely, judge gaps in the traffic and proceed with care - give oncoming vehicles ample time to see and avoid you or try to cross with the brightly coloured and revered monks. There is almost no street lighting off the major boulevards and walking at night is not recommended. Traffic signals and pedestrian crossings are generally ignored by drivers.

Metered taxis are growing much more common in the city. They can be found in the tourist areas such as the riverfront and Street 51 bar area in the evenings. Easier, call one of the taxi companies for pick-up. Non-meter taxis still run throughout the city and can be found along the riverfront tourist area and near major hotels - fares must be agreed in advance.

Monivong Boulevard by Alex

Motorbikes can be rented for USD5-6 per day and sometimes can be arranged through the guesthouses. Traffic is chaotic and dangerous, even by Southeast Asian standards - wear a helmet and drive carefully. Two rental shops are in Monivong Boulevard - Lucky Bike Rental and New Bike Rental. Accept that paying USD1-2 police "fines" is part of driving in Phnom Penh. Motorbike theft is common and therefore park in designated guarded areas and pay a small parking fee. Use a lock and chain, which should be provided.

Motorbike Taxis
Also known as motodops or simply motos, motorbike taxis should take you anywhere in the city cheaply. A trip from Sisowath Quay toPhnom Penh's Central Market costs about 2,000 riel (USD0.50) - fares are higher at night. Often little English is spoken by the driver and no helmets are provided.

Also known as remorque moto, tuk-tuks are motorcycles with a cabin for the passengers hitched to the back. They are cheap costing USD2-3 for a trip in the city and USD7 to the airport. Most tuk-tuk drivers can be hired for the day (USD20-25) or half day (USD12-15). Always negotiate and agree on the price ahead of time. Drivers in the tourist areas may speak some English. Tuk-tuks are plentiful in Phnom Penh but driving standards vary. Drivers generally do not know their way around and may stop to ask for directions. 

Traffic in Phnom Penh by Sundgauvien38

Cyclos are three-wheeled pedal-cycle rickshaws. They are slow, offers a scenic ride and romantic (at least for some). Though once a traditional form of transport in Phnom Penh, they are waning in numbers.

Phnom Penh is notorious for its massive traffic jams, and rightly so. In addition, traffic is chaotic and motorcyclists are seemingly suicidal. Therefore, most tourists consider driving in Phnom Penh a nightmare, and it is highly recommended that you stick to public transport and not try to drive yourself around.
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