Highway Code

Road users in Phnom Penh have a very relaxed approach about getting from A to B.

Tuk-Tuks, SUVs, motos, rickshaws and pedestrians seem to co-exist quite happily in what seems, at first glance, to be traffic chaos. Driving on the wrong side of the road, going the wrong way down a one-way street or the wrong way round a roundabout are all standard manoeuvres. Junctions are particularly unnerving as priority seems to be a combination of ‘first-come, first-served’ with a touch of ‘who dares wins’ thrown in for good measure

At first it’s a bit scary, but then you realise it works the same way as everything else in the city and the introduction of rules and regulations would only serve to cause total chaos with everything grinding to a halt in no time at all!


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