The sight of people traveling on two wheels is a common one in Phnom Penh. If it’s your first time riding or simply hiring a motorbike or scooter in the region, here are a few pointers that could help you avoid headaches in the long run.
Know the cost. It typically costs between $5 and $10 to rent a scooter for 12-24 hours. Weekly rates vary greatly, and monthly is usually 70-80 depending if it is an automatic or semi-automatic motorbike.
Get insurance. Accidents happen, and you should prepare for when they do. Before renting a scooter in Phnom Penh, call your insurer and ask if they cover you during overseas trips. You never know when that extra cover will come in handy.
Choose the right scooter. Of the three types of scooters, the automatic variety is the best for beginners. If you want more control you can always choose the semi-automatic, whereas experiences riders can handle the manual ones.
Dress the part. Get a helmet to protect your head, long pants to prevent your leg from getting burns from the exhaust, closed shoes to protect against cuts, and sunglasses to shield your eyes from wind and bugs.
Inspect the scooter before renting it. Ensure that the brake, headlights, and gas gauge are in working order. You don’t want to get surprises or accidents along the way.
Keep your passport. Don’t give it to renters in Phnom Penh as collateral. If a company insists on it, look for another.
Get a license. An international driving license could save you if your travel insurance requires a license. Cambodia right now does not require license for anything under 125cc…but that could change.
Take Precautionary Measures. Remember to lock your scooter and take your helmet with you whenever you make a stop. Doing so will prevent you from losing the bike or helmet.
Don’t drink or speed. Any of these could earn you hefty fines or prove fatal.
Use the horn. It might seem rude at home, but in Phnom Penh, it is an acceptable way to get people to move out of the way.
If you follow these tips, you should have an easy time renting a scooter in Phnom Penh.