My plan is to take the bus from HCM city to Phnom Penh then I would like to rent a motorbike to explore the south down to Kampot and Sihanoukville. Has anyone did this before? If so where did you rent? How much per day? I heard you have to leave your passport as security deposit, I don't like the sound of that. Thank you for your help!
#1 skottypa has been a member since 20/1/2011. Posts: 9
........I'm assuming you're an experienced rider with an understanding of how Asian road rules work, otherwise I wouldn't advise the trip. The road to Kampot can be a bit dangerous - you need your wits about you, as well as a good helmet. Total, the gas stations, publish an excellent road map of Cambodia that might prove very useful.
You do need to leave your passport when you hire, but there's usually no cash deposit. Never had a problem getting my passport back, but then I've never damaged the bike either! You'd be expected to pay for repairs if you did make a mess.
There's several decent motorbike rental places in PP - you can grab a Cambodian Pocket Guide when you arrive and check the listings. Have rented from New! New! and a place on St 130 (I think) by the river. Dirt/trials bikes are from about $12 a day. A normal scooter can be had from $5 or so, depending on age and condition. It's a long way to go on a moped, though! The advice is always to buy your own padlock, to avoid any 'stealing back' scams and always, always lock your bike when you stop.
The police are much better here recently about not stopping bikers just because they're foreign, but it makes sense to always wear your helmet (legal requirement), ensure your lights are off during the day and not jump red lights or go the wrong way down a one way street when there's police around. If you do get stopped, don't hand over your licence. A couple of dollars will usually fix problems, certainly if you haven't actually broken the law.