On exiting the airport, past the cell phone (Sim card) shops is where you pay a flat rate of USD 7 to get to your lodgings. In the cab, you'll be asked by your driver if you need a car to get around the temples. The initial quote will be USD 30/day (excluding petrol for farther sites like Banteay Srei or Kulen) as stated on your receipt.
The trick is not to express interest, stay silent for awhile and your driver will drop the price to USD 25/day. From here, you can start bargaining if you're going to go to the temples for 3 or more days. USD 20-25 should be the average price for a driver. As mentioned, farther off places like Banteay Srei or Kbal Spean will attract a few more dollars.
You can also ask your driver to get you an english speaking/other language guide. It costs an additional USD25 per day.
I just came back from Cambodia a few days ago. I hired Sra Pon to be our tuk-tuk driver for four and a half days in Siem Reap. He was very reliable. He was always on time every morning and kept his tuk-tuk very clean and tidy. The seat was very soft and covered in fabric seats (most other tuk-tuks have vinyl seats), which is great when the roads are bumpy and the weather is hot!! He even supplied us with bottles of cold water and wet towels in his ice box everyday. He spoke very good English and he could also read English as we showed him the names of the temples we wanted to visit. He brought us to any place we wanted and suggested other places also.
He may not be the fastest tuk-tuk driver in Siem Reap but he is the safest and most careful driver in Siem Reap. Everyday we did the morning tour of the temples, followed by 2-3 hour lunch break and rest at the hotel, then did the afternoon tour of the temples. He made good suggestions as when to visit certain temples to avoid crowds. He also took us to different restaurants and other interesting places we wanted to go at night without any complains.
His rates are very reasonable, in fact was slightly lower than the other tuk-tuk driver was asking.
You can contact him at email@example.com
His phone number is (855) 89461575
You will never regret that you hired him to take you around!
Se Kong was an excellent tuk tuk driver and I highly recommend him. We had him for four days: from when he picked us up from the airport until the day he dropped us off back at the airport. We were staying at The Golden Temple hotel which arranged for him to be our driver. He is honest and reliable.
The first day, Se Kong took us to Angkor Wat at sunrise. He was prompt to pick us up from our hotel at 5am. He even bought us something to eat because he knew we didn'thave any breakfast. He was always friendly and courteous. We told him that we want to take things slow and he gave excellent recommendations so that we saw everything but didn't have to rush. From Angkor Wat, he took us to Angkor Thom and then Se Kong dropped us back at our hotel so that we can rest. He picked us up again at 3:30pm where we went to see another temple and sunset. It was definately worth the $10USD to have a private driver for the whole day!
On the second day, Se Kong drove us to more temples. He is fluent in English and Malay and he's learning chinese too. We thoroughly enjoyed our day because of him. On our last day, he picked us up early in th morning and dropped us at the airport which was only $5 USD. I gave him a tip of course for making our trip in Siem Reap a memorable one.
Please call him if you're giong to Siem Reap. He can arrange everything and make your trip stress-free! You can tell him that you were referred by Angela (Canadian).
when travelling from siem reap to phnom penh or vv make sure you go by Mekong Express VIP bus. the cost is about $12 and definitely worth the little extra. the bus is ac, comfortable and has an onboard hostess and most important a PROPER toiler at the back of the bus.
we were unfortunately talked into taking the Paramount Express VIP bus from siem reap to phnom penh, the cost was about $5.50. the seats were torn and broken, although the bus was ac the vents were broken so we could not direct the airflow.
the worst part was the "toilet". to reach the "toilet one has to climb down a narrow steel ladder into the cargo hold which was full of cargo, eg motorcycles, parcels, luggage etc.
to reach the "toilet" one has to bend down as the access to the toilet is only about 1.5metres high, one has to squeeze sideways into the toilet as the door cannot be opened fully because of the buckets behind the door. it was impossible to reach the actual bowl, so you use a small bucket, do your business and throw the contents as close as possible to the bowl. it is a total disaster.
spend the extra $6 and have an enjoyable, comfortable trip.
when travelling from siem reap to phnom penh or vv choose the Mekong Express VIP bus at about $12 each way. the bus is comfortable,ac, with a hostess aboard and a PROPER toilet.
unfortunately we made the mistake to be talked into Paramount VIP Express at about half the price. the bus is a disaster. seats are uncomfortable, broken and although there is ac the vents are broken, so you cannot direct the ac.
the worst part is the "toilet". you have to go down a winding metal steps into the cargohold, which is full of cargo, motorcycles etc. to get to the "toilet you have to move through a space about 4.5 metres high and you can only squeeze into the toilet sideways as there are buckets behind the door. it is impossible to actually reach the toiletbowl, so you do your business into a small bucket and try to throw the contents into the bowl.
pay the extra $6 and travel Mekong Express VIP and travel in comfort.
Our hotel, the Seim Reap Riverside hotel, arranged for 3 of us to take the "Big Bus" to Bangkok and added the $36 to our bill. ($12.00 USD each) As it turned out, there were only 4 of us so we ended up in a private car to the Cambodia border and connected with an 11 passenger minivan from there to Bangkok. Everyone was polite, the vehicles were in good repair and comfortable. We left Siem Reap at noon and arrived in Bangkok at 6PM. The driver phoned my family there and arranged to meet them near the airport. I am glad that we drove down through Cambodia and Thailand and got to see some of the beautiful countryside. Airfare was around $154 each.
I checked about the night bus from Siem Reap to HCMC and recieved this answer on Trip advisor(by Phil):
The Virak Buntham bus company has night buses at 7pm and 11pm leaving daily from Siem Reap to HCM. The bus is nice a/c bus with toilet on board. It takes approximately 11 hours. The bus is very safe. Price is around 15$US per person.
Paramount Angkor Bus Company is also starting a night bus from Siem Reap to HCM from around November 2010. The bus will be a/c with toilet on board and maybe slightly cheaper than the bus above. The bus will leave 12 mid night and around 10am in the morning.
and this answer from Mekong Express-by Mail:
From: cambodia asia travel (Mekong Express Bus) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: a night bus from Siem reap
Thank you so much for your e-mail. The bus depart from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh at 7:00PM arrive in Ho chi Minh at 9:00AM. If you leave at 12:00PM arrive in Ho chi Minh 1:00PM. The cost for one ticket is $21per/person. The bus provide you only a blanket & cold water. I'm waiting for your reply.
For furthermore please contact anytime.
Thanks & Bestregards,
I highly recommend any traveller to use the service of this local driver of mine. His name is Mr Dara Rann. To my opinion and a few days experienced with him, I find that he is very honest, reliable and a quiet man. He drove an old Totota Camry. A very responsible and careful driver. He knows every corner and tries to avoid every pothole on the road. Never encouraged you to do shopping to earn commission unless you requested yourself. Even if you don't buy anything, it is OK with him.
His daily rate inclusive of petrol is USD25/day if just around Angkor Wat complex or USD35/day to go further location such as Tonle Sap river or Phnom Kulen. He is also a licensed tour guide at a rate of USD25/day.
The only problem with him is he tried not to drive further than what he is supposed to. I think it is because he tried to conserve as much car petrol as possible. Petrol in Cambodia is very expensive. So pay him extra if you wants to go further or tip him well for his good services.
To my opinion, it is unnecessary to hire him as tour guide. Read your way through and by asking him questions. In that way, you will save by half. He can be contacted at his H/P# +855-12-784448 or email email@example.com. He doesn't read his email everyday. Give him a few days to respond.
Tuk-Tuk is the most convenient, economy choice of transportation. With $10 you can charter one for a day going around Angkor archeology park, or Tonle Sap (lake). $15 if you want to go a bit further, e.g., more than 15km distance. You only pay at the end of the day.
I recommend a local driver, his name is "Oad" (by pronunciation) kind and honest guy, drives very safe. His mobile is +855 92 742 921
To be taken around the angkor wat park for the day, should cost $10. The driver will drop you off and wait for you to return, you can take as long as you want. To go to Banteay srei, will cost $20. It is worth visiting, has nice carvings.
Its best to rent a driver and a car for the entire day for US$ 20, its the best deal as some of the drivers also double as decent tour guides. However if you need a tour guide then get one too.
Unless you are a back packer and want to do it yourself, you are better off with this option as 20$ is bloody cheap for the whole day.
Siem Reap International Airport is very beautiful airport with modern architecture is based on the traditional Khmer style and its the second largest airport in Cambodia.