Crossing Cambodia

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Advisory sites: Cambodia Travel Guides from Canby Publications

An expatriate (and thus a nuanced?) view on traffic in Canby Publication guides on Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. In their Safety and Security section:
'Traffic accidents are not uncommon in the chaotic traffic of Cambodia, particularly Phnom Penh. The most common form of public transportation is the motorcycle taxi. Unless you buy your own, there are no helmets and the moto drivers are usually not licensed. Car taxi is the safest way to move around the city. ...
In Phnom Penh, moto-romauks ('tuk-tuks') and cyclos (bicycle rickshaws) offer somewhat safer (though not as safe as a car) alternative to mototaxis. If you insist on using motorcycle taxis, try to select your driver carefully. If he appears drunk, reckless or drives too fast do not hesitate to get off (pay him a bit) and get another moto. There are plenty to choose from.
For those who choose to rent a motorcycle and drive themselves, be forewarned that traffic in Phnom Penh is chaotic in the extreme. Between cities, road conditions can be poor and taxi and truck drivers are reckless, taking little heed of motorcycles. Only very experienced riders should attempt driving in Cambodia'.

Chaotic mentioned twice.

In their printed version(s):
'... Phnom Penh is a fairly easy city to get around. Though traffic is congested by the day, you can stilll ...'
And on moto's:
'... They are more prone to accidents and robberies than cars...'
No chaos in the printed version.
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