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    BKK-Siem Reab by Air

    by CyrilHH Updated Feb 4, 2004

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    The best and fastest way to reach Siem Reab from BKK is by air.

    (Just a bit of hearsay: Overland trips may be cheap and exciting but they take a day and a heavy toll on your patience and your back due to bad road conditions after the Cambodian border.)

    Flight tix set u back 250 to 290 USD for a RT and can be booked over the internet from Bangkok Airways or from travel agents in BKK. Flights do fill up, especially the early ones of the day which give u almost a full day at the ruins. However, it is worth checking back for seat availability, since tour operators sometimes give relinquish reserved seat if they could not sell the package.

    Add 500 B BKK departure tax and USD 20 for the Cambodian entrance visa. You can pay in Thai Baht as well, but dont expect change for your 1,000 B just because it is worth more than USD 20... The procedure at immigration takes time and is quite unfriendly, dont let that deter you. Unless u brought cash USD already, you may want to change money at the airport, especially such highly unusual currencies as EURO. In town u also find banks which also give cash advance on credit cards.

    There will also be a departure tax of I believe USD 10 to 20 so keep some USD in reserves.

    There is no ATM at the airport or in town!!! Thus, cash management is essential.

    Turboprop over Tonle Sap rice patties

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    Pickups from the Thai Border

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    The cheapest way to get to SR from the Thai border (where you can arrive by bus from Bangkok) is to share a pick up with other local travelers. In the one I got there were several cambodian peasants on their way to the market. I paid about 150 bahts (4 USD) for the whole 3 hours ride.
    The other way is to come by shared taxis (Toyota Camrys), costing about 300 Bahts (7 USD) if you share it or 1000 Bahts (22 USD) if you take it all for you (more comfort and quicker, as you don't have to wait for more passengers to fill it up).

    At the pick up in Poipet
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    Buses from Khao San Road (Bangkok)

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    The cheapest way to arrive in SR overland is by bus from KSR, Bangkok. There are there many travel agencies and guesthouses (like Nathan GH, for instance) selling you cheap tickets, about 80 Bahts (2 USD).
    You leave KSR in a private bus at about 8 am, arrive to the border in 4 hours, pass the customs (there will be a guide with the group all the time) and then about 4 hours again to SR. So all together it will take you the whole day...

    Advantages: Easy, cheap, you avoid the touts in the border.

    Disadvantages: Looong, boring, U go in a group, when arriving they will take you directly to the guesthouse where they get comission.

    Khao San Road (BKK)
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    Rent a bike

    by SirRichard Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    Cycling is a good way to see SR and a few temples around. If you wanna see all the temples, hire a moto with a driver that will take you there faster. But if you just wanna take a nice ride to Angkor Wat in the afternoon (about 30 minutes) bikes are a perfect choice.
    I rented one for a couple of hours in the evening for 1 USD in front of the Rasmei Guesthouse, by the river.

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    TukTuks

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    You can find here this kind of tuktuks, which can be useful to visit the temples if you are 2-3 and don't wanna rent 2-3 motorbikes. It is useful too when it rains, as they are covered.
    Bargain the price in advance, considering 1 USD will be the maximum charge for a ride within SR.

    Some vehicles
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    Boat to Phnom Penh

    by SirRichard Written Sep 18, 2003

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    You can go from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by boat through the Tonle Sap lake and river.
    There is a speed boat that takes you there in 5 hours (22 USD). Buy the ticket at any guesthouse, and ask them to include a free riding to the pier (otherwise U'd have to pay the taxi there, some 30 minutes). They leave early in the morning.
    At the pier there are food stalls to buy supplies, as the boat arrives after noon and makes no stops.

    On the upper deck
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    Moving around Siem Reap

    by bkarjee Written Jan 4, 2007

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    For moving around Siem Reap town and to visit the temples, I requested my Hotel Manager to arrange transportation. He came up with following rates as on 2nd Jan 2007 in US$ (these rates dont change throughout the year, unless there is a revision of rates). I did come across few travellers who were able to secure vehicles at a cheaper rate than what is quoted here, but they were marginally different.
    All these vehicles come togather with a driver, who eventually also turns out to be your guide. You dont need to pay for petrol. The charges are already included in the offered rates
    Tuktuk
    Tuktuk Per day $ 10
    Extra Charge for Banteay Srei (since it is 40 KM from Siem Reap town) $ 5
    Extra Charge for Kbal Spean (since it is 52 KM from Siem Reap town) $ 10 (additional)
    Extra charge for Sunrise trips $3
    Car/Mini Van
    Car per day $20
    Mini Van Per day $30
    Extra Charge for Banteay Srei $ 10
    Extra Charge for Kbal Spean $ 20
    Extra Charge for Beng Melea Temple (since it is 60 KM from Siem Reap town) $ 40
    Extra charge for Sunrise trips $5
    Mobikes
    Motobike per day $7

    Transport rates in Siem Reap
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    PhnomPenh to Siem Reap by ferry

    by bkarjee Written Jan 4, 2007

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    There are numerous ways to travel to Siem Reap from PhnomPenh-the capital city of Cambodia.
    You may wish to go by road, take a bus or a Toyota Camry taxi (5 hrs)
    You may take flights operated by Angkor airways (45 mts)
    or you may take a ferry service which goes via Tonle Sap lake (5 hours)

    The ferry service is operated by couple of companies and takes around five hours. They charge US$25 per person, which is almost 4-5 times the cost of travelling by bus. All hotels can arrange the ticket and the operators arrange for the ferry point transfers. That means you will be picked up by these agents from your hotel, dropped off at the ferry point at bith the ends. I never undertook this journey, but fellow travellers who did this journey were not so happy about the experience. After one hour of start, the journey really starts to get boring, as there is nothing much to do. In terms of landscape, you keep seing the same thing and you cant move around much, as it is very compact.
    If you decide to sit on the rooftop, facing the sun, you better carry sun blocks and plenty of water. It can get really hot in the afternoons.

    Ferry service between Pnom Penh and Siem Reap
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    Tuk Tuk around Siem Reap

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    Besides walking, the best way (and safe, experiencing the wind as well) to get around Siem Reap is by the Tuk Tuk (carriages pulled by motorcycles). There are Tuk Tuk everywhere, and you can get one easily along the road or at your accomodation.

    Before going off, please negotiate with the driver about the price. The normal rate is US$1 per person anywhere within Siem Reap city, and around US$5 to the Siem Reap International Airport.

    As for full day trips to the Angkor monuments, they will cost between US$15 to 25 per Tuk Tuk per day, depending on the distance of the monuments. Please see my "Tuk Tuk to Angkor Monuments & Beyond" tip for more information.

    Tuk Tuk at Siem Reap, Cambodia
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    Tuk Tuk to Angkor Monuments & Beyond

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    If you want to visit the Angkor Monuments, the best and cheapest way is by the local Tuk Tuk (carriages pulled by motorcycles). The official Tuk Tuk drivers will wear a vest with their numbers stated at the back of the vest, so this is controlled and safe.

    Usually, the driver will charge by per Tuk Tuk per day, and each Tuk Tuk can take about 3 persons to be comfortable. The cost per day is quite affordable (see below), and the driver will send you to each of the monuments of your choice, wait for you to hop-on and going to the next monument and so-on. This is a very flexible way to get around, and it is a very good and relaxing experience.

    When I was there in November 2009, my Tuk Tuk driver was Mr Heanh (see photos). He is a nice and honest person who speaks English, experienced and will guide you to the major monuments. If you are interested, you can contact Mr Heanh when you are in Siem Reap. His contact number is tel: 092-835-719 and his Tuk Tuk number is S20 (unfortunately, he does not have an email address). His charges per day is as follows:

    - US$15 for Angkor Wat, Angkor Thum City and nearby monuments such as Ta Prohm, Ta Keo.
    - US$20 for the above monuments, plus those in the Grand Circuit such as Sras Srang, Pre Rup, East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean & Preah Khan.
    - US$25 for further away monuments such as Banteay Srei (about 40km away).

    Please note that the above rates does not include a guide. Mr Heanh will only tell you basic information e.g. names of the monuments and which era they were built). If you hire a guide (which I did not), I was told it is about US$40 per day. There are various guides who can speak various languages very fluently!

    Mr Heanh & his tuk tuk, Siem Reap
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    Looking For A Good English Speaking Driver?

    by Aidy_p Written Aug 8, 2007

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    If you ever choose to stay in Casa Angkor Hotel, you should look for this wonderful driver - Thara. He is not only a tremendous driver, but also a good Cambodian guide who actually helped Jac and I plan the entire three days that we had hired him for.

    From visiting the temples, to where to dine and what other side activities that we could do, all these were planned out by Thara. He was basically our one-stop tour agency.

    He is also available for hire even if you are not staying in the hotel that he is working at. I have no qualms recommending him to those who want a hassle-free trip but do not want to pay sky-high prices to a tour agency.

    Ad & Thara At The Entrance of The Hotel

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    Siem Reap International Airport

    by victorwkf Updated Dec 14, 2009

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    The Siem Reap International Airport is just a few kilometres away from Siem Reap and the Angkor monuments, which makes it very convenient. This was a new and small airport when I was there in November 2009, and there were a few eateries and souvenir shops inside.

    The problem with Siem Reap is there are not many flights going there, so you need to plan ahead and book your tickets in advance. This is especially during the cooler and drier season between November to February (which is the peak tourist season). For me, I took a flight from Singapore to Siem Reap via the budget airlines Jetstar Asia (via Phnom Penh).

    More photos of the airport is at the travelogue section of this VT page.

    Siem Reap International Airport, Cambodia
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    Mekong Express Bus

    by rainbowseeker Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    The Mekong Express is a comfortable and convenient way to travel between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The service is run by a Japanese company. The coaches are air conditioned and have on board toilets. They leave from each end at 07.30 and 08.30 at a fare of $9 US. Check these times because I have also travelled on a 12.30 departure from Phnom Penh. There is an onboard courier who tells you of the main points of interest along the way and you are provided with a refreshment box. There is a half hour stop at Kompong Thom which has a good eating house and numerous street stalls.
    There is onboard entertainment . On my trip at Xmas 2006 the film was Casino Royale already dubbed into Khmer within days of it's release in the West ! A nice touch was that Santa Claus came on board and gave presents to all passengers while we sang Jingle Bells and Happy Birthday. My photos of this happy event give a flavour of the high standard of the coach

    Mekong Express Santa coming aboard Must be warm in there
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  • Call Sokha to beat the Siem Reap traffic!

    by Mark&Judy Written Mar 12, 2005

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    My wife, son, and I visited in Jan.05. Planning in early 04, I knew that I did not want to drive in Siem Reap myself, nor did I want to ride on a tour bus. On www.asiahotels.com, I found a tourist (P Flanders) comment

    "The highlight of the trip was the Angkor Temples and we had a really good taxi driver. His name was Inn Sokha he was the best taxi driver that I have used on my travels over the years. I would recommend him highly. Email address siemreapagh@yahoo.com."

    I emailed Sokha He responded quickly and was a good consultant in helping me select our hotel. We had several emails back and forth over the year. He never asked for any payment, though he knew I had said I thought such a good driver should get a bit above the usual $20 a day. I think I mentioned $25.

    Mr. Flanders was right: since Sokha grew up in Siem Reap, he knows all the tourist patterns, all the back roads. He drove wherever and whenever we wanted, though he was willing to offer advice. We saw buses, but always going the OTHER way. When we got stuck in traffic, he'd find a less busy street quickly. Once he pulled into a little restaurant in the middle of nowhere, where we would NEVER have stopped. We had one of thethe best meals of our entire one month trip. Sokha is charming, good sense of humor. His English is good. He has one customer from New Jersey who loves Siem Reap and visits twice a year. Always calls Sokha!

    Siem Reap traffic is going from bad to worse. Sokha is your man to beat it!

    PS Sokha does not go through the Wats with you, though he is familiar with all of them. He picks a meeting place and waits. This works fine, though you have to make sure you understand where the meeting place is. For help inside the Wats, we found the Lonely Planet book on Cambodia was very adequate. With it, we only needed a driver, not a tour guide.

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    Country road

    by xaver Written Dec 20, 2004

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    I went back from Siem Reap to Thailand overlad, through the Poi Pet border crossing.
    I heard that entering Cambodia overland at Poi Pet is quite an adventure for the bothering you can have at the border, well leaving Cambodia here, was fine, no bothering at all at the border, the problem, was the road to get to Poi Pet! This a really country road full of holes and red dust. 3 hours and half of pure torture for your stomach as you will be dancing up and down on the car or on the truck.I took a taxi for 25 dollars and I did not envey at all the cheaper open air seats on the back of some trucks, people sitting there got their legguages and faces as red as the street.

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