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Phnom Penh Guide


Two Wheels
Unless you have experience driving in Southeast Asia, hiring a motorbike is not really recommended. In Phnom Penh they frequently get stolen (and you are liable, even if it was the owner who stole it back with a spare key!!), so keep it in your guesthouse at night. A better option is to hire a motodop (motorcycle taxi). They know their way around, usually speak a bit of English and are inexpensive.

But if you must: Lucky! Lucky! and New! New! are two rental agencies renting out 250cc and smaller 110cc bikes. 250s cost from $6 to $10 a day depending on the condition of the bike.

Four Wheels
You can hire cars from ATT car rental, though it is better to hire a taxi or arrange a minibus through a hotel travel agent.

ATT Contact Number

Phnom Penh: 166 Norodom Blvd, tel: 016-909-090
Siem Reap: on the road to Angkor, tel: 016-636-363
Poi pet: on the main road, tel: 016-545-454


The riverside promenade is teeming with restaurants with fantastic foreign (and Asian) food at surprisingly low prices. Great steaks and pasta and pizza can be had for the cost of an aperitif at a restaurant back home. Most have chalkboards outside advertising their fare and prices.

Way to go

You can fly in from Bangkok, Saigon, etc, or almost any major town in the country. If you are hankering after a bit of adventure, and are coming from Siem Reap, consider taking the six-hour scenic boat ride (about $25) through the Tonle Sap Lake.

Where to stay

Phnom Penh has a big range of accommodation from about $5 for a dingy guesthouse with shared toilet to modern luxury for up $200 or so, and everything in between.


The restaurants along the river make a nice spot for an evening drink, but much of the rest is pretty seedy stuff, where people indulge in sins of all descriptions — especially the discos.
One of the more respectable pubs is misnamed “The Cathouse”, with a friendly staff, comfy decor and low prices.

Phnom Penh map