Getting around Phnom Penh can be something of an adventure. It’s possible to rent a bicycle or motorcycle, but the traffic is not for the faint-hearted (think 5-way junctions with no road markings or traffic lights). Travellers renting a motorcycle must wear a helmet as it’s not just a good idea for safety, but there’s a $10-$15 fine for not wearing one.
Tuk Tuks, Motorcycles and Cyclos
The main mode of transport during a short stay is to use tuk-tuks or motorcycle taxis. Look for them on street corners or flag them down in the street. Prices start from around $3 for a short trip; tuk-tuks charge a little more than motorcycle taxis. Haggle a little but don’t be mean. Note that the tuk-tuk drivers in Phnom Penh generally have a shaky or non-existent command of English, can’t read maps and don’t know street numbers, so it’s wise to look up your destination and help the driver to navigate. It’s useful to learn the Khmer phrases for right, left and straight on (bot sdam, bot chweng, and trong respectively).
The final quaint transport option is to go by cyclo, which is a bicycle-driven rickshaw that can be found in touristy areas.