Motos in Phnom Penh
11th Dec 2011 Posted in: Blog 0

So, I’ve been to Laos and Cambodia for little more than a month. I spent time far out in the rural areas, and also in big cities like Phnom Penh. There are cars here, but the most important mode of transport is the motorcycle (or moto).

Phnom Penh

There are only a few different models in use, but from the very beginning of my travels I was pretty amazed by the number of ways they are put to use here. Of course, you’ll see a lot of times one or two persons driving on unmodified motos.

Phnom Penh

But you’d also see 2 persons, 3 persons, 4 persons and sometimes even 5(!) persons, if you count kids and babies as persons.

You’ll also see bikes that are in use for transporting massive amounts of goods or modified motos which can pull trailers with even more massive amounts of goods.

Motos are also in use as TukTuks around here, the passenger cabin is also a trailer. There seems no limit in ways these motos are used.

Phnom Penh

But there’s not only the “crazy” stuff. You’d also see a lot of beautiful women driving their moto “in style”. Often matching the colours of their clothes with the color of their moto. Or those stylish office ladies, sitting very upright on their moto.

When I spent a few days in Phnom Penh not long ago, I decided to try to document some of these variations. Of course (like always), the best stuff you only see, when it’s not possible to take a good photo. But these photos might give you an idea…

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