Moving around Phnom Penh…

Living in Phnom Penh / Friday, January 2nd, 2009

This year my husband and I have decided to buy a new car. For one thing, it’s a necessity here in Phnom Penh. Getting around here is not as easy as in Manila where public transportation is always readily available. There we could easily hail a jeepney, a bus, a taxi or you can get on a train, and if just short distances, there are plenty of tricyles and pedicabs. If you don’t have your own transportation, its still pretty easy to get around Manila.

It’s a different story here in Phnom Penh. Although there are tuktuk’s and motodops around, I still find it difficult since you have to speak the language to let them know where you are going (they don’t have regular routes) and bargaining the price is pretty tough also since most of them are bent on charging foreigners higher prices.

Most people here own motorbikes and believe me the streets here are not for the faint-hearted as a lot of motorbike drivers don’t follow traffic rules. I’ve also witnessed several minor traffic accidents and that is hardly surprising because of too many motorbikes and cars.

We have yet to decided which car to choose but were kinda prefer having an SUV so we can have more space for our kid. Of course, were also looking at a reliable auto insurance for protection against damage to the car or any other liabilities if there is an accident. Cautious and defensive driving is really a good way to be safe when driving a vehicle but with swarms of pedestrians and motorbikes here, its also best to be armed with a good auto insurance policy.

3 Replies to “Moving around Phnom Penh…”

  1. hi bhadet, you should try riding one the next time.. cool experience a bit more breezy than our tricycles..

    yep, were doin a lot of research on cars coz we dont wanna get whats just cheapest and end up paying more for fuel and maintenance..

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