5 Tips on Hailing a Tuk Tuk in Cambodia

5 Tips on Hailing a Tuk Tuk in Cambodia

The tuk tuk or remork kong bai (in Khmer) is one of the popular transportation in the Kingdom, besides the motodop (motorcycle taxi).

It is also one of the local experiences that tourists look forward to as it allows them to see the city in a windowless ride. 

There are, however a few types of Tuk Tuk drivers you'll meet when you're in the city and this could make you feel confused at times, especially when there's a language barrier. 


Here's a few tips on how to easily make your way around the city on a tuk tuk: 

1. When a tuk tuk calls out to you outside the hotel, make sure to acknowledge which driver you wish to deal with. This is because usually there's a few drivers waiting outside and they would say "I call you first!" or "I ask you first!" if you didn't notice them. 

2. Always negotiate for the fee before you get on the tuk tuk. If not they'll put the fee for you at the end of the ride, which could be more than the usual fee. 

3. If you're not sure of the exact location of your destination, you could get assistance from the hotel concierge or a local on explaining it in Khmer. Either that or tell them the street number or a landmark. If they don't know any of these, then take the next tuk tuk instead. A good driver would at least know either one of those things. 

4. Prepare small change, preferable in USD$ or Cambodian riels. For your info, USD$1 = 4,000 riels so you can pay with either currency here in Cambodia. Be aware that most of the drivers do not have change for you. 

5. Take care of your belongings when you're riding in the tuk tuk. This is because some of them do not have covers on the sides or back and this could result in items being snatched when you're on board. Keep your phone and money in your wallet or bag until you arrive at your destination. 


Travel Tip shared by Fienuts