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    Marom Hem

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 7, 2014

    Many months before our first trip to Siem Reap I had been reading about Marom Hem on the Tales of Asia site. All the comments on him were excellent so I sent him an email. We corresponded for a few months before our trip and booked Marom for all our tours in Siem Reap, including picking us up from the airport.

    That was back in 2006, we have been back many times since and we always use Marom for our visits to Siem Reap, I would not think of booking anyone else! Every place you can see on my website that we have been to in Siem Reap over the last 8 years has been with Marom.

    I don’t know if any of you know how the numbers on the back of the tuk tuk drivers work but Marom's number is 61. Back in the early 1990’s when all drivers had to be registered in Siem Reap the numbers for some strange reason started from 45 instead one 1.

    So Marom was in the first 20 registered tuk tuk drivers in Seam Reap. He knows all the good out of the way places without tourists, we just love him and he is a good friend. His rates are standard, he never expects more, he is a very safe driver, extremely knowledgeable, well spoken and trustworthy.

    We highly recommend contacting Marom if you are looking for a tuk tuk driver in Siem Reap.
    Another reason we liked being with Marom is not once did he try to pressure us to go to various shops etc so he could get petrol vouchers, commissions etc. He was there for us and that was it. He does not rush you and we feel extremely comfortable with him at all times.

    So if you are looking for one of the nicest, safest, friendliest tuk-tuk drivers in Siem Reap who has been around for a long time and knows all the good places to see, then contact Marom at:
    maromtuktuk1@gmail.com or emailmarom@yahoo.com

    You can also call him on:
    (855)12994285
    He checks his emails quite regularly so it should not be long before you hear back from him!

    Contact Marom for his current rates as I am not sure if the ones below have changed.
    Day Rates for Marom's tuk-tuk which seats 2 comfortably are:

    Angkor Archaeological Park $15
    Banteay Srey $22
    Kbal Spean $30
    Beng Mealea $40
    ($45 To Bantey Srey and Beng Mealea)
    Lake Trips
    Kompong Phluk (wet season only)
    1 - 3 people $70
    4 - 6 people $90
    Kompong Khleang
    1 - 3 people $80
    4 - 6 people $100

    Countryside tours are $25 - $35 depending on the distance traveled.
    Phnom Kulen cannot be accessed by tuk-tuk but Marom can take you there on his moto or organize a car etc.

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    Getting around Siem Reap

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    These tuk-tuks are a lot smaller than the Phnom Penh ones.
    They are good for 2 people and are covered which offers some protection from the sun and rain.

    Tuk-Tuks are great for getting around Siem Reap and most trips around town only cost $1. We booked Marom Hem for our 3 days there at a cost of $10 per day. More info on Marom in my travelogues.

    Some would prefer air conditioned cars which are approximately $20 - $30 per day to hire.

    We prefered the tuk-tuk, it was not hot in them at all, (and we are no spring chickens and like our comfort) as soon as they start moving the breeze is wonderful, instant cooling effect and also much easier for taking photos!

    (Tuk-Tuks are different in Siem Reap to the ones in Phnom Penh. They only seat 2 people comfortably).

    Marom's current rates are:
    Current rates as of 2014:
    Day Rates for Marom's tuk-tuk which seats 2 comfortably are:

    Angkor Archaeological Park $15
    Banteay Srey $22
    Kbal Spean $30
    Beng Mealear $35
    ($45 To Bantey Srey and Beng Mealear)

    Lake Trips
    Kompong Phluk (wet season only)
    1 - 3 people $70
    4 - 6 people $90

    Kompong Khleang
    1 - 3 people $80
    4 - 6 people $100

    Countryside tours are $25 - $35 depending on the distance traveled.
    Phnom Kulen cannot be accessed by tuk-tuk but Marom can take you there on his moto or organize a car/van.

    Email Marom: emailmarom@yahoo.com
    or
    maromtuktuk1@gmail

    His phone number is below.

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    Chnong Keas Boat Station

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 25, 2012

    The Chnong keas boat station is located at the end of the road going from sivutha boulevard in siem reap to the boat station. The road is dusty and the boat station is the starting point for various tours around the tonle sap lake, depending on your tour package, either a tour of the chnong keas floating village or kampong pluk and or both or a sunset cruise or lunch cruise or if you are just backpacking.

    The boat station is run by the local cooperative where there is a main big boat station house with the ticket buying station and some souvenir shops and food stalls. If you are not part of a tour package, the price of a 2 hour boat tour to the floating village including boat ride is $ 20 per person if less than 10 people in a boat or $ 15 if more than ten.

    there are many boats huddled in the complex and you will see that there is a long concrete stairs going to the boats (because of the rising and falling tides of the tonle sap lake where it can rise up to 6 meters hence the concrete staircase, which are submerged during the wet season months of june to november).

    opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    entrance ticket buying shops long steel plank, concrete staircase beside it at the boat docking area
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    Boats to Tonle Sap and Floating Villages

    by machomikemd Written Jun 25, 2012

    The boat station is run by the local cooperative where there is a main big boat station house with the ticket buying station and some souvenir shops and food stalls. If you are not part of a tour package, the price of a 2 hour boat tour to the floating village including boat ride is $ 20 per person if less than 10 people in a boat or $ 15 if more than ten.

    the boats are all made of wood and have different sizes for different tour group sizes, the trip takes about 30 minutes from the boat station to tonle sap lake and th Chnong Kneas Floating Village and a further 10 minutes to Kampong Pluk (vietnamese floating village). The seats are wooden chairs and you must have some sun block and some eye shades to deflect the heat. The tour takes two hours and goes around the floating village and then to a big floating souvenir station with alligator farm inside then goes back to the boat station.

    be sure to tip the driver at least $ 1 per person.

    inside a boat pose ok the view of the boat station at the Khnong Kneas floating village
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    Private Tour Car

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 20, 2012

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    As all of you must know by now, I am an adventurous person and that I can go on a tour by myself or with friends and others but one thing is clear, I don't scrimp on travel except on airplanes hehehe. So here in Siem Reap, me and my friend took a private tour for 3 days around the Angkor Wat Complex, Tonle Sap and Around Siem Reap complete with our own private tour car and guide and driver via Angkor Travel & tours (ATK) and one thing on a private tour is that you are not rushed for time and you can tour the sights at your own pace!

    Plus, our tour guide gave us valuable tips around siem reap hence I had lots of pictures of around Siem Reap and Pub Street and had night outs there.

    Having a private tour with a car is cheap in Cambodia, unlike having a private day tour in Las Vegas in a limousine that will cost you about $ 300 for a day.

    the ATK tours (Angkor Travel and Tours) and their office at Siem Reap is located at:

    #117, Street 6, Salakanseng, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, kingdom of Cambodia.
    Tel nos: +855 63 963 320
    fax: +855 63 963 620

    the private tour car hop inside cold bottled water included inside with the tour guide
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    MOTO (Motorcycle)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 20, 2012

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    Cambodians call motorcycles "Moto" and they are plentiful around the Siem Reap Area. There are Moto Taxis here like in Vietnam or Thailand that you hop along the back of a motorcyle to any point in Siem Reap for just $ 1 to 2, depending on the distance (they are not allowed in Angkor Complex).

    Or better, you can rent motorcycles if you are on a multi day tour in Siem Reap (officially, foreigners are banned from driving motorcycles, but hey, this is a third world country! and you can rent these motorcycles from motorcycle companies along the main areas of Siem Reap for $ 8 to 12 a day (excluding fuel).

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    Bicycle

    by machomikemd Written Jun 20, 2012

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    Since Cambodia is still a struggling third world country, not many people even own motorcycles but most cambodians own and use bicycles. You can even rent bicycles at many areas around Siem Reap as there are Bicycles For Hire Companies that rent them for tourists. You can even go to Angkor Wat using bicycles! but you must have a good stamina and lower body strength for that. If you see several bicycles lined up by the street or at major roads like National Road 6 or Sivurtha Boulevard or Pokambor Avenue, you can be sure they are for rent. The Bicycle Rental rates ranges from $2-3 per day, and choices vary, from a proper mountain bike with speeds, to the regular cruising bikes. They will also give you the bike lock when you rent, so you can wander around without worrying about the bike.

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    Cambodian Tuk Tuk

    by machomikemd Written Jun 18, 2012

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    the cambodian version of a tuk tuk is like a motorcyle with a carriage like trailer that is attached to the rear end of the motorcycle. It can be quite a bumpy ride in these tuk tuks but it is the main mode of transport around the siem reap area and to the Angkor Complex. There are always a few tuk tuks waiting in front of hotels, guest houses, restaurants or tourist attractions like in Pub Street. Most of the drivers speak a little bit of English. tuk tuk prices depend on duration, on distance, the number of passengers and on the time of day. A short trip in town costs foreigners between US$ 2 to 5, depending or your haggling skills, a full day hire to the temples of Angkor average US$ 20 to 25 plus additional surcharge for temples off the main complex.

    tuk tuks at front of hotel hop on a tuk tuk in a tuk tuk the driver tuk tuk a sivutha boulevard
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    Comparison of Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian Tuk Tuks

    by machomikemd Written Jun 18, 2012

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    Tuk Tuks are a generic Term for auto rickshaws and motorcyles with carriages in South East Asia, particularly in Thailand and the Indochina Countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and each country has it's own version of the TUK TUK. The Thai version is basically a three wheeled auto rickshaw that is shaped like a three wheeled motorcycle . The Vietnamese Version is the Cyclo, a three wheeled auto rickshaw without a roof. The Cambodian version of a tuk tuk is used to refer to a motorcycle with a cabin attached to the rear. Suspended upon the rear fork of the motorcycle is an open cabin with an in-line seat on each side. This arrangement can carry up to 6 people with baggages but the ride will be bumpy.

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    Siem Reap International Airport (Departure Area 2)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 15, 2012

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    Part two of my Departure Area of the Siem Reap International Airport Tips with more pictures

    The Capital of Cambodia Maybe Phom Phenh but Siem Reap recieves 70% of the inbound tourist traffic due to it's proximity to Angkor Wat Complex. The airport is actually small, with just 1 terminal which is separated into an arrival and departure areas. The airport is done into a Khmer style big house. The airport is around 7 km from the town center of Siem Reap and just 2 kilometers from the Angkor Wat Complex. If you have package tours, then it's either a tour bus or a private tour car that would drive you to the airport or you can take a tuktuk or at Moto for $ 3 dollars single trip. The check in counter is moderate in size and they have free wifi service at the airport.

    There are duty free shops called dufry and some restaurants like the blue pumpkin and local cambodian food stalls and a bar at the departure area and some Money Exchange Shops for changin money into Your Preferred Currency (but you can just use US Dollars too since it is the main currency in Siem Reap besides the Cambodian Riel).

    waiting lounge the duty free shops restaurants eating to the plane
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    Siem Reap International Airport (Departure Area 1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 15, 2012

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    This will be my Departure Area of the Siem Reap International Airport Tips.

    The Capital of Cambodia Maybe Phom Phenh but Siem Reap recieves 70% of the inbound tourist traffic due to it's proximity to Angkor Wat Complex. The airport is actually small, with just 1 terminal which is separated into an arrival and departure areas. The airport is done into a Khmer style big house. The airport is around 7 km from the town center of Siem Reap and just 2 kilometers from the Angkor Wat Complex. If you have package tours, then it's either a tour bus or a private tour car that would drive you to the airport or you can take a tuktuk or at Moto for $ 3 dollars single trip. The check in counter is moderate in size and they have free wifi service at the airport.

    There are duty free shops called dufry and some restaurants like the blue pumpkin and local cambodian food stalls and a bar at the departure area and some Money Exchange Shops for changin money into Your Preferred Currency (but you can just use US Dollars too since it is the main currency in Siem Reap besides the Cambodian Riel).

    to the airport with our toure guide and driver ok check in counters checking in
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    Siem Reap International Airport (Arrival Area 2)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 15, 2012

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    Part two of my Siem Reap International Airport Tips of the Arrival Area with more Pictures. I will have a separate tip for the departure area.

    The Capital of Cambodia Maybe Phom Phenh but Siem Reap recieves 70% of the inbound tourist traffic due to it's proximity to Angkor Wat Complex. The airport is actually small, with just 1 terminal which is separated into an arrival and departure areas. The airport is done into a Khmer style big house and the arrival area consists of a small arrival space where you can line up and pay visa on arrival that costs $ 25 US Dollars for most foreigners which is good for 30 days (Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesian citizens are exempted from this) then line up at the immigrations area where they have the latest fingerprint scan and retina scanner (much like the good ole US Immigration Counters in the United States).

    then you can get your baggage at a single baggage carousel and meet your tour guide or get the Prepaid Taxis at the counter. Prepaid taxis cost US$7, see the prepaid booth just outside the terminal. Prepaid tuktuk rides for slightly less are also available. Thrill seeking solo travellers without much baggage can save a few dollars by opting for back of a motodop for US$2. Most hotels offer a free airport pick-up if you've booked in advance.

    There are duty free shops called dufry and some restaurants at the arrival area and some Money Exchange Shops for changin money into the Cambodian Riel (but you can just use US Dollars too since it is the main currency in Siem Reap besides the Cambodian Riel).

    The airport is around 7 km from the town centre.

    front of arrival area pose at Immigration dufry duty free shop money exchange shop our ride
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    Siem Reap International Airport (Arrival Area 1)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 15, 2012

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    This will be my Siem Reap International Airport Tips of the Arrival Area. I will have a separate tip for the departure area.

    The Capital of Cambodia Maybe Phom Phenh but Siem Reap recieves 70% of the inbound tourist traffic due to it's proximity to Angkor Wat Complex. The airport is actually small, with just 1 terminal which is separated into an arrival and departure areas. The airport is done into a Khmer style big house and the arrival area consists of a small arrival space where you can line up and pay visa on arrival that costs $ 25 US Dollars for most foreigners which is good for 30 days (Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesian citizens are exempted from this) then line up at the immigrations area where they have the latest fingerprint scan and retina scanner (much like the good ole US Immigration Counters in the United States).

    then you can get your baggage at a single baggage carousel and meet your tour guide or get the Prepaid Taxis at the counter. Prepaid taxis cost US$7, see the prepaid booth just outside the terminal. Prepaid tuktuk rides for slightly less are also available. Thrill seeking solo travellers without much baggage can save a few dollars by opting for back of a motodop for US$2. Most hotels offer a free airport pick-up if you've booked in advance. The airport is around 7 km from the town centre.

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    Vietnam Airlines

    by machomikemd Written Jun 15, 2012

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    there are many international airlines coming and going to and from Siem Reap International Airport and among the most popular routes are Bangkok-Siem Reap and Ho Chin Minh City-Siem Reap. We came via the latter route via vietnam airlines, which has multiple flights to and from Siem Reap from Saigon every day. Founded in 1956 under the name Vietnam Civil Aviation, the airline was established as a state enterprise in April 1989. Vietnam Airlines is headquartered in Long Bien, Hanoi, with hubs at Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The airline flies to 46 destinations in 19 countries, excluding codeshared services.

    They use an Airbus A 319 or A 320 coming to and from Saigon to Siem Reap and flight time lasts 50 minutes to 1 hour.

    you can contact them below or just log on their website

    Siem Reap
    City Office
    Address: No 342, Road 6 Khum Svay Dangkum Srok Siem Reap
    Open hours: Mon – Fri 0800 -1200 & 1330 - 1630, Sat 0800 -1200
    Phone: 855 63 964 488/ 855 63 965 148
    Fax: 855 63 964 489

    Airport Office

    Address: Office No 106 & 108 Siem Reap International Airport
    Open hours: every day 1100-2100 ( depending on operations of VNA)
    Phone: 855 63 163 198
    fax: 855 63 963 109

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    Get your Cambodian e-visa online!

    by samanthamcder Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It saves time at the airport and was worth it. Visit the site below in the contacts area. It is easy. All you need to do is scan in a passport photo (new ones--not the one in your passport) and follow the online instructions. (Make sure your photo is cropped to the 2"x2" size. The website is sometimes VERY slow--just be patient!

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