Renting a scooter in Cambodia is easy, the biggest challenge is whether you have enough petrol in your tank to get you to your destination (and get you back!) – but you needn’t worry.
While there are a few regular looking petrol stations in Cambodia, the majority of the filling stations are small roadside racks of one liter recycled bottles that are very convenient for for keeping your motorcycle topped up.
During our trip we rented bikes, and no matter how far we ventured out of town on our sightseeing expeditions we were never more than a kilometer away from one of these filling stations, which is really useful when you don’t know how many miles to the gallon (or KM) your scooter does.
Entrepreneurial restaurant owners and small convenience stores all seem to do a side business selling petrol, and most of them proudly display a basic tubular framed rack filled with recycled glass bottles on the road side so that you can drive right up to refill.
The current going rate for a liter of petrol is 4,000 riel (one dollar), although when we were in Phnom Penh we saw it for a little bit less.
I loved this branded Pepsi bottle petrol stand that we came across in Phnom Penh. This vendor obviously takes pride in their branding efforts – and good to see that you can also buy half a liter (in a recycled water bottle).
Not to be outdone … this petrol vendor in Kampot has also jumped on the branded Pepsi bandwagon, although their rack is slightly more rustic.
Recycling in Cambodia
Cambodia doesn’t appear to have a robust recycling infrastructure in place, so it is good to see that bottles are getting recycled at these roadside petrol stations.
Renting a Scooter – Quick Facts
- Average price across Cambodia for renting a scooter is about $4-5 per day.
- When scooters are rented via the guest house or hotel you don’t have to provide any additional ID or a drivers license (as the hotel already have a copy of your passport on file).
- If you rent a scooter from a travel agent, ticket shop, restaurant or anywhere else other than the place you’re staying you’ll usually have to leave your passport as collateral.
- We were never asked for a driving license. Not once.
- Insurance? What insurance?