Sep 15 2011

Go-karting in Phnom Penh

Published by at 8:32 pm under Sightseeing & activities


If you’re looking for something to do of an afternoon in Phnom Penh and have exhausted all of the genocide-related possibilities, you’ll be pleased to hear that on the outskirts of the city there’s a functioning go-kart track about 8km past the airport.

Get ready to race!

It’s not particularly close to town — be prepared to to spend some time in a tuk tuk — but Phnom Penh’s go-kart track is worth a visit if only because it embodies everyone’s favourite part about Cambodia: the free-spirited lawlessness and lack of intervention when it comes to engaging in dangerous behaviour.

Go-karting in paradise.

Beautifully situated among rice paddies and surrounded by palm trees, go-kart racing in Cambodia can be a surreal experience, only heightened by the sound of gunfire coming from the neighbouring shooting range. The track is over 900 metres long, with 11 turns and a 150 metre straight-away (I’ll admit that I didn’t count the turns and and cribbed that information from my favourite Phnom Penh map by Canby Publications).

Kicking back at the go-kart bar, watching the races.

Workers are blissfully indifferent to the deportment of their customers, and speeds of over 60km can be reached on the track. Drinking and driving is not only permitted but encouraged, and cold beers are served in the bar that overlooks the track, which is a pleasant place to hang if you happen to be terrified of driving (like yours truly). Luckily, they provide helmets and optional blue and yellow jumpsuits for both safety and style.

A sunset that any car-lover can appreciate.

Each race is 10 times around the track (almost 10km) and costs $12. Depending on how fast you drive, each race lasts about 10 to 18 minutes. It may not seem like a long time, but it’s exhausting, and most find one or two races more than enough. Try and time your visit so you catch the beautiful sunset over the track and surrounding paddies.

Kambol Go-Karts
Kambol Village, off National Highway 4, past the airport, next to the shooting range.
T: (012) 232 332; (023) 220 501
Open daily, 9:00 to 18:00.

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  1. elizabethon 20 Sep 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Saw this article while in Phnom Penh, waiting a few days for our Thai visas, my finace is a big car guy so he was really excited when I showed him. We went out to and it was very beautiful and pretty fun! It was a bit expensive and we were the only people there, it was kinda of a ghost town, but other than that and the pretty bumpy road, it was a fun experience go karting around cows grazing in the grass and rice paddies all around. Recommended, and thanks for the idea Linda!

  2. Rebeccaon 29 Mar 2013 at 7:44 am

    A group of us went to S & P Go cart on a recent visit to Phnom Penh earlier this month. It was a lot of fun. So much fun, that I let my inner hoon out whilst trying to catch up with the boys and in my excitement, stuck my leg against the wheel whilst bumping into a friend around a U Bend.

    I’m in China now and the scar is all but gone, but it makes for an annoying aspect to the holiday when you’re running around trying to find dressings and antibacterial ointments for fear of getting your leg infected. Remember that the go carts are quite basic and you’re most likely not wearing a helmet… keep your feet in the frame and keep your arm well away from the hot engine.

    I’d probably go back again though! ; )

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