Getting around Sihanoukville is easy and cheap. There are a few options for your to get from point A to point B, and anywhere in-between.
Motorcycle Taxis (Moto-dup)
Ubiquitous and reliable, the moto-dup is the best way to get to your destination with minimal hassle. Moto-dup stands can be found virtually anyplace where tourists stay and go. Typically, you will need one taxi for every person in your party. If you have four or more, it's better to take a moto-ramork
, as they can easily fit everyone and the price will be the same... not to mention everyone arrives at the same time. Like most places in Cambodia, drivers will expect to be paid in dollars, although the Cambodian Riel is also accepted. Trips generally start at $1.00 and go up the further you need to be taken. Once you arrive at the bus station, for instance, a moto-dup will charge $1.00 to take you to Serendipity or Ochheuteal beach. For the areas further away, like Otres or Victory Hill, expect to pay $1.50 to $2.00.
Always negotiate the fare before embarking, and keep your bags between you and the driver, or in front of the driver to avoid bag-snatching. Prices are always negotiable, and the first quote you hear from them may be more than the actual going rate. Drivers will rarely take you anywhere for less than $1.00. Wear a helmet if one is available.
Tuk-Tuk Rickshaws (Moto-ramork)
If you're not comfortable riding on the back of a motorbike, then a moto-ramork is a good, but slightly more expensive alternative - trips are charged by trip and not head count, so it may be the cheaper alternative to a moto-dup if you are traveling with multiple people. Fashioned from a carraige attached to the back of a motorbike, these offer you a slower and less harrowing ride than a moto-dup. Since they're covered, they are the better choice when it's raining. The downside is that since the moto-ramork is powered by a standard motorcycle and has to haul the weight of the carriage and its occupants, it is much more sluggish, especially going up the hills around town. They also don't handle rougher, unsurfaced roads too well, so you could be in for a bumpier ride. On average, a trip by moto-ramork will cost double that of a moto-dup for the same traveling distance... a factor that becomes moot if you are not traveling alone.
Renting your own transportation
There is, of course, the option to rent a motorbike or car during your stay. This is the way to go should you prefer to go about town at your own pace, or visit places where taxis normally do not wait. We've actually dedicated an entire article on renting motorbikes and cars