Cambodia’s ever-growing transport landscape is becoming increasingly exciting, with new options appearing seemingly weekly, and many making use of the country’s fintech revolution, with cashless payments and helpful application support boosting usability and popularity.
In addition to existing ride-hailing services in Phnom Penh such as PassApp and iTsumo (and the perennial cyclos, motos and tuktuks), recent months have seen the start of a water taxi and airport rail service, the expansion of the public bus system, and Grab emerging triumphant in its competition with Uber.
With most of these new services being highly smartphone orientated, the high smartphone ownership and cheap mobile data in Cambodia has greatly increased the use of such platforms, according to Grab Cambodia Country Head Yee Wee Tang. Since their recent arrival in Cambodia, Grab has expanded from its initial car ride-hailing service to include moto and tuk tuk options, the latter also being expanded to Siem Reap.
“Since the start, Grab’s vision is moving SEA forward by solving transportation problems and making transportation safer, more convenient and accessible to all. And we see smart mobility which functions by multiple transport services as a solution. We’d surely look for opportunity to launch more service in Cambodia in the near future,” noted Mr. Wee Tang.
The company is looking to integrate its services with the Kingdom’s new public transport options, with the aim of allowing people to move “seamlessly across multiple modes in one journey, reducing congestion while getting a more affordable ride.”
Part of the convenience of such mobile-based transport options is the use of cashless payments, a rapidly growing sector in Cambodia. From Grab’s own GrabPay to local services such as Wing and the rapidly growing Pi Pay. With public bus route app Stops Near Me aiding riders, and the online booking services Bookmebus and Camboticket simplifying national and regional travel planning and ticket buying, it has never been easier to take a ride in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh might lack the large-scale urban transport infrastructure such as neighbouring Ho Chi Minh City’s long-awaited subway system, or Bangkok’s ever-expanding Skytrain network; but with a renewed interest in rail links, and grand airport designs, Cambodian’s are certainly not lacking in options, stressed Grab’s Mr. Wee Tang.
“Providing first-mile and last-mile services for passenger travel between home and a transport station or transit terminal like airport, railway, bus station or water taxi pier is hence a part of our mission. We want to make it easy and convenient for them to get to their final destination with choice of travel options that feed their budget.”
Edited by: Peter Ford