How to Reach Phnom Penh


Walking in Phnom Penh can be a challenge. The wide boulevards and promenades that once graced the city have since become parking spaces and market stalls.  This is not a pedestrian-friendly city with little giving way to the man in the street. To cross streets safely, judge the gaps and proceed with care, making sure you are visible to oncoming traffic, or try to cross with the revered and brightly coloured monks.  There is almost no street lighting and walking at night is not recommended.


Cycling can extend the perimeters of the city, but ride slowly, be visible and predictable.


Self-drive cars are not advisable and cannot be rented per day; other modes of transport are more suitable for seeing the city. Car taxis are also rare and most will not have a meter and fares need to be negotiated in advance.


Motorbikes can be rented cheaply by the day, sometimes through guesthouses.  Traffic is dangerous and chaotic.  Wear a helmet and drive carefully.

Motorbike-taxis (motordops):

These can take you anywhere cheaply.  Fares are higher at night and with more than one passenger.


These consist of a motorcycle with a cabin for passengers hitched to the back.  They are cheap and plentiful.  Drivers in tourist areas may speak some English.


These traditional three-wheeled cycle-rickshaws, are slow, scenic and romantic, but sadly waning in number.