Bangkok to Siem Reap
Most intra asia fares used to be that high until Budget Airlines started flying, right now there is a sale going on in Malaysia whereby for 306 usd you could visit two or three countries.
www.airasia.com is the best choice for cheap prices. try also malaysian airlines. you may have to take a budget airline through a third country such as malaysia or singapour to get a cheaper fare..if you are including vietnam on this trip, it would be good to look into fares to vietnam from bangkok.Add to your Trip Planner
To experience the local life and enjoy the scenery
Either to take a boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Phan or a reversed way is highly recommended as it provides a different way (if you get tired with plane, train and bus) to explore the local life occurred on the bank side and enjoy the beautiful river sceneries.
Every guesthouse sells the boat cruising ticket at $6 only.Related to:
Taxi from Airport
There is an organized taxi service from the Tourist Transport Association (air conditioned cars) to Siem Reap town. They charge 7 US dollars to any hotel.
They of course provide as well transportation for sightseeing around the Angkor area:
30 $ for a whole day (4 people)
35$ for a Minibus (12 seats)
The driver will give you all the information and wants to schedule something.
This service is of course much more expensive than taking a Tuktuk.Add to your Trip Planner
Taxi From the Airport
The Tourist Transport Association runs a taxi service at the airport. To ride in a taxi from the airport to your hotel will cost you $7 US dollars. It's more than you'll pay if you haggle or get some other form of transport, but it is easy and reliable.
I don't recommend signing up with your taxi driver for a trip to the temples though. You can always get a much better price if you ask around a little.Related to:
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To Angkor Wat and around Siem Reap
The most comfortable way to go around Siem Reap is to arrange a guide/driver to take you around. An aircon car in this hot country is like a blessing. When you have your guide with you, you can get all the information about temples in Angkor Wat as well as other interesting places around Siem Reap. You avoid a lot of hassle entering Angkor Wat and you don't lose time searching for the right way to reach your destination. The guide/driver will cost you around 25 USD per day including meals and fuel.Add to your Trip Planner
Tuk Tuk is a grat way to get around Siem Reap town and beyond. Its basically and motorbike with a covered trailer with seats. Around town you should only pay a dollar. The drivers are very respectful and polite and genrally do not hassle you if you choose to walk. I was fortunate to get a free short trip from one of the drivers on my last day there. Unexpected but left me with a warm feeling towards this form of transport.Add to your Trip Planner
Hire a bike in Siem Reap
For a few dollars a day you can hire a bicycle in Siem Reap and explore the countryside, temples and markets! You can even do the Angkor temples if you have lots of energy!!! There are several bike shops around Siem Reap.Add to your Trip Planner
Great bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap!
Why not take the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap for great photo opportunities. We had a private bus with our tour group and the journey took around 6 hours. We visited a market selling tarantulas to eat and saw many houses on stilts in the countryside. We also stopped at a lovely restaurant with thatched huts over the water! I believe the regular bus costs around $12 one way and takes between 6-7 hours.Add to your Trip Planner
How to get to the temples
The temples of Angkor are located in such a distance from one another that it is impossible to reach them on foot. Cycling could be a good idea but hot weather makes it an effort that only a few decide on. Definitely, the best way to move around, especially if you travel in a party consisting of two - four people, is tuk-tuk. To find one is no problem - despite the increasing number of visitors, there still seems to be more tuk-tuk drivers offering their services. It is a good idea, though, to decide on one tuk-tuk driver for the whole of your stay.
We met ours on the very first day of our visit to Siem Reap. When we got off the bus he offered to help us find a hotel which would suit our needs (it was to be something decent, but inexpensive). Because it was late in the evening it didn't turn out to be easy. After almost two hours we finally found the accomodation and the driver didn't charge us more than had been fixed. We paid him two dollars (including one dollar tip) and he asked if he could be our driver for the next three days. We agreed and never regretted. He turned out to be a very reliable, punctual and helpful young man. He took us to the temples but also suggested some extra attractions, like Tonle sap lake or apsara dances, but without being pushy. When it was time to say goodbye we paid him the fixed forty dollars plus a well-earned tip.Add to your Trip Planner
Just grab a Tuk Tuk and hold your breath
I loved the easy-ness of the Tuk Tuk. You do have to be a bit loyal to your driver. Once you have eye contact initially and 48 other drivers are trying to snag your business, stay strong and stick to the person you flagged first... even if you have to walk across the street. It's only fair.Add to your Trip Planner
VERY NICE AND HONEST TUKTUK DRIVER
due to the favorable responses to my beijing taxi driver tip, i'm posting the contact details of my very helpful, friendly, and english-speaking tuktuk driver.
his name is SOVANNE and he was very accommodating, making sure i got to see everything i needed to see no matter how much time it took (i've been known to sit in total awe of an architectural landmark for hours).
just email him if you want him to drive you around all the temples, you guys can discuss an itinerary and negotiate costs. say miko, his friend from the philippines, referred you.
great guy!Add to your Trip Planner
At every temple there are guides that are more then willing to give a depth of history about the area. They work for tips, so tip them well cause their information is very good. You can even just employ one guide for the full day if you like.
*image: impromptu mapping of our location within the temple ruins, as per how it would have looked before Khmer Rouge raiding and bombingAdd to your Trip Planner
GETTING FROM "A" ANGKOR TO "B" BAR
GETTING AROUND SIEM REAP IS QUICK FUN AND CHEAP.
A TUK-TUK IS THE BEST WAY OF GETTING FROM YOUR HOTEL TO THE RESTAURANTS AND CLUBS OF BAR STREET.
THESE LITTLE MACHINES ARE ALSO AN IDEAL WAY FOR GETTING AROUND THE ANGKOR COMPLEX.. THEY ARE OPEN TO THE ELEMENTS, SO ON A HOT DAY THEY PROVIDE NATURAL AIR-CON. FOR THE MORE FAR OUT TEMPLES AND PLACES SUCH AS KBAL SPEAN IT IS BEST IF YOU GO THERE BY CAR.
KBAL SPEAN IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE, GETTING OUT THERE MEANS A ROAD TRIP OVER VERY BUMPY AND VERY DUSTY ROADS, SO BEING IN A CAR SAVES YOU FROM A THROAT FULL OF SAND AND DUST. PLUS GOING THERE BY TUK-TUK WOULD TAKE MUCH MUCH LONGER.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN SIEM REAP YOU WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM GETTING A DRIVER/GUIDE TO TAKE YOU AROUND THE TEMPLES..THEY WILL FIND YOU !!
JUST MAKE SURE YOU AGREE A PRICE AND THAT THEY HAVE BOTH ACCESS TO A TUK-TUK AND A CAR..YOUR HOTEL WILL IN MOST CASES BE ABLE TO RECOMMEND A GUIDE.
EXPECT TO PAY YOUR DRIVER/GUIDE A LITTLE MORE TO TAKE YOU TO THE MORE OUTLYING TEMPLES AND KBAL SPEAN.
A TUK-TUK FROM MOST SIEM REAP HOTELS TO BAR STREET WILL COST NO MORE THAN A FEW DOLLARS.Related to:
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Take a Tuk-Tuk
In Cambodia, the term tuk-tuk is used to refer to a motorcycle with a cabin attached to the rear. Cambodian cities have a much lower volume of automobile traffic than Thai cities, and tuk-tuks are still the most common form of urban transport.
At the temple complex of Angkor, tuk-tuks provide a convenient form of transport around the complex for tourists. One can hire a tuk-tuk and driver by the day.
Siem Reap tuk-tuks are generally of the style of motorcycle and trailer. Phnom Penh tuk-tuks are by contrast one piece. They are the front end of a motorcycle comprising of steering, tank and engine/gearbox with a covered tray mounted at the back. The power is transferred by chain to an axle mounted to the modified rear fork which drives the two rear wheels. Suspended upon the rear fork is an open cabin with an in-line seat on each side. This arrangement can carry 6 people at ease, with their luggage in the leg space. It is not unusual to see these vehicles greatly overloaded, especially in outer suburbs and around markets.
Tuk-tuks and motos are everywhere. Flag one down and negotiate your price. Prices depend on distance and negotiation skills - usually $1USD around town per person.Related to:
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Angkor Wat touring driver and guide
We found Mr. Marom through the internet, where he was recommended as a driver/guide for the temple areas and we arranged with him, via email prior to arrival, to meet at our hotel in SR. He proved to be the best guide we could have hoped for. With his moto-taxi (kind of a carriage hitched to the back of a motorcyle) he took us everywhere. We purchased the 7-day Angkor Wat pass, and each day Mr. Marom developed a great itinerary that avoided the crowds and helped us get to nearly every temple around. His fee was a reasonable $15/day, and we also used him to go to outlying temples outside of Angkor Wat area. His taxi number is 0061, and we saw some numbers up in the 5000's, so he is one of the originals, having been a driver for 12 years. He has an excellent grasp of English and we had many in-depth discussions about current Cambodian politics and events. Yes, you could get air-condtioned cars - but Mr. Marom is a real character and put us in touch with contmeporary Cambodia and its people which is what travelling is all about.Related to:
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