How to travel to Siem Reap
Getting around Siem Reap
Getting around within Siem Reap is as easy as pie because the city is small and walkable, with most of the main attractions within easy reach. However, if you don’t feel like having a walk, we provide a list of interesting ways to travel around Siem Reap for your upcoming trip.
Siem Reap Transportation
Tuk Tuks are great for short distances or a quick trip around the town. This kind of local taxi can be found in Siem Reap anywhere.
Make sure to negotiate your fare upfront so you will not get ripped off. Most trips within the town cost between 2 and 4 US dollars, and it could be higher depending on the distance. Tell the tuk-tuk driver the name of the destination, not street names.
Tuk Tuk In Seam Reap
A moto, also known as a motorcycle taxi, can be found parked by hotels, restaurants, and prominent attractions in Siem Reap. A moto drive will cost from US$10 per day, depending on the destination. Far-flung temples will require higher fees. We highly recommend negotiating in advance with your moto driver, as many are known to overcharge tourists.
Car & Motorbike
While the idea of driving around Siem Reap through different spots sounds tempting, there are a few things tourists should keep in mind. For those who can afford a car hire, most hotels and guesthouses offer it with a going rate of US$30 and up.
Renting a motorbike in Siem Reap was illegal for foreign visitors. So if you want to get around on your own motorcycle, you need to hire one in Phnom Penh and ride it to Siem Reap.
You Can Rent A Motorbike To Travel Around Siem Reap At Your Own Pace
Getting around Siem Reap by bicycle is a budget-friendly way as daily rentals cost as little as US$1 per day. Some of the guesthouses around town offer bicycles for rent, as do a few shops around the Old Market.
Mountain bikes are available from cycling tour operators for around US$8 to US$10.
Alternatively, you can try Green e-bikes, an environmentally friendly combination between the bicycle and the motorbike.
Leisurely Get Around Siem Reap By Bicycle
Getting to Siem Reap
To comfortably explore the striking temple ruins or valuable historical sites in Siem Reap, visitors should be aware of the transportation options available to get to Siem Reap.
Traveling to Siem Reap by air is something most travelers do. There are direct international flights to Siem Reap from different Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Singapore, Philippines, and Myanmar.
Domestic links are currently limited from Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Airlines operating domestic flights include Bassaka Air, Cambodia Angkor Air, and Cambodia Bayon Airlines.
You can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. Bring US dollars to pay for it, as proffering other currencies will result in a large "conversion fee". You also need to bring your passport-sized photo.
Airplane is The Quick And Convenient Way To Get To Siem Reap
Another great option to travel to Siem Reap is traveling by bus. It is a budget and surprisingly comfortable means of transportation that many visitors opt for. There is a huge range of bus companies to choose from. Major companies include:
- Phnom Penh Sorya Transport
- Capitol Tours
- Giant Ibis
- GST Express
- Mekong Express.
Tickets are available at guesthouses, hotels, bus offices, travel agencies, and ticket kiosks. Departures from Phnom Penh run throughout the day, and night buses are available. Bus tickets often cost $12 to $15.
Bus From Phnom Penh To Siem Reap
Going by boat is also an interesting way to get to Siem Reap. There are daily express boat services between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh or Battambang.
Boat routes are typically more geared towards locals rather than tourists, so international safety standards may not be ensured. Besides, boats from Phnom Penh have a reputation for breaking down fairly regularly.
Tickets cost $35 and leave from the Phnom Penh Port at 7:30 a.m. From Battambang, boats cost $20 and take 4 to 8 hours or more, depending on the season and water levels (boats do not run during the dry season when the water levels are low).
The Boat From Phnom Penh To Siem Reap
To sum up, tourists have a massive number of transportation options to choose from when traveling to and around Siem Reap. Make sure to choose the transportation that suits you best for a memorable trip. If there is anything you need to know, do not hesitate to contact BestPrice Travel.