Cambodia Travel Guide

Nov 4, 2008

Crackdown on street vendors


Recently, Phnom Penh municipality announced it would no longer tolerate blocking of pavements by vendors, and parked cars, moto's or other objects. Right..., was anyone taking notice of this? Of course not. Like many other announcements by municipality or police, the new policy would probably never be carried out.

Oooppps, wrong thinking this time: police ARE implementing the new rule by removing vendors from around the Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung) and some other streets. But the vendors are very angry, because not only used police force, they also damaged their merchandise and equipment.

While in general I welcome more object free pavements in Phnom Penh, it's quite obvious the actions are only against people trying to make a living. And, add colour to the streets of Phnom Penh.

What e.g. happens to these big SUV's, of which there are (too) many in Phnom Penh, and which are invariably parked on pavements?

Well, guess...

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