The Best Place to Rent a Motorbike in Kampot
February 13, 2019
There are SO MANY places to rent a motorbike in Kampot. (Just to be clear, when I say motorbike, I’m talking about the classic Southeast Asia automatic scooters - pictured above.) You can walk around the main blocks of town and find countless little shops that will rent you a scooter. However, like most things, some places are much better than others.
A lot of the hostels and little travel shops in town will get scooters from somewhere else and then charge you a little extra to rent it so they make a profit. It generally costs $5 a day to rent a motorbike from these places.
The places that have their own bikes to rent out, generally do it for $4 a day. We rented a scooter from Hong Kimeng who normally charges $4 a day, but if you’re renting it for longer he does $25 for the week. He will also require you to give him your passport for the duration of time you have the motorbike.
Some of his scooters aren’t in the best condition, but he was happy to fix the problems we had on the spot. He also traded our bike for a better one as soon as he had one available. So even though we did have a few problems with his motorbikes, he was easy to work with and his shop is right in the main section of town (see map below).
After our week with this scooter, we decided to try a motorbike from Bison Tours (there seem to be a lot of Bison Tours bikes around town, and they came highly recommended). In our opinion, this is the best place to rent a motorbike in Kampot, especially if you are here for a few weeks or more.
The owner, Mr. Bison, is a kind-hearted local who prides himself in running a good business. If you’re staying at a hostel or guesthouse that he trusts, he is happy to rent you the motorbike without taking your passport. He rents his motorbikes for $4 a day or $90 a month.
Mr. Bison was a legend when we had a little accident and smashed one of our mirrors. We brought it to his shop and he replaced the mirror on the spot and didn’t even charge us! While we were there he also looked over the bike, tuned up the brakes, saying he likes to ‘take one minute, to keep you safe.’ He also likes to service his bikes at least once a month to make sure they are all working well.
Bison Tours offers some of the best helmets I’ve seen in town. Everywhere else gives you these little plastic hats that only cover the top of your head and wouldn’t really protect you if you had a bad fall. Bison Tours has these helmets as well but they also have some that come down to cover your ears and more of your head. Try to ask for a better helmet if they have any available.
If you’re planning on staying awhile, and you want an even better helmet, it’s worth it to go out and buy your own for only $15 at the local market.
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