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Siem Reap Getting around

  
 
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On foot

Most of the sights in Siem Reap can be seen on foot. But be aware that most of the streets around town degrade into small swamps of muddy water and potholes of unknown depth following rain (almost daily in the wet season), making the roads a challenge to navigate.

By bicycle

Many guesthouses will lend you bicycles either for free or for a nominal charge ($1-3).

By motorbike

You'll have plenty of tranportation offers from motodops (motorbike taxi with driver). Rides within town should only cost $0.50 or 2000 real, although prices can double to $1 at night and during bad weather. Agree on a price first and hop on the back. You can also hire a motodop for a full day for ~$10. Some motodops may be able to provide you with a helmet if you request one in advance.

The rental of motorbikes to tourists in Siem Reap is prohibited. However, foreigners can ride motorbikes they have rented elsewhere such as in Phnom Penh).

Notice the make-shift petrol stations next to the road, selling stolen petrol in old 2 litre Coke bottles. Much cheaper than petrol stations!

By tuk-tuk

Within Siem Reap, tuk-tuk rides should cost $1, with prices doubling to $2 at night and during bad weather (If you don't want to pay $2 just walk away and they most likely will call out to you and agree to a $1 fare). You must state your destination and $1 price up front or you may be charged up to $5 at the end of your journey. Tuk-tuks are ubiquitous. If you plan to stay in Siem Reap for a few days, it can also be a good idea to build a relationship with one tuk-tuk driver as once they know you they will quite often take you to places off the regular tourist route and allow you to experience the "real" Siem Reap.

Caution

A word of advice: pay them for their services only after everything you have arranged is completed. For example, if you arrange for a later trip to the airport and pay them beforehand, chances are that they will not show up. Although you can also bargain on the fees, remember that an extra dollar or two is a great deal of money for your driver and his family.

By car

Cars with drivers can be hired for single or multiple days. While all drivers are familiar with the area and happy to suggest good routes, most speak little English and are not actual tour guides. For an actual licensed tour guide, the charge varies from US$45 per day to US$50 for a driver and English speaking guide. It is customary for the drivers to ask for US$5-US$10 extra for trips to further temples such as the those of the Big Circuit, Banteay Srey and more for remote sites like Beng Mealea.

Transport Companies in Siem Reap

Bike Rental The White Bicycles
is a local charity providing a bicycle service for visitors. Proceeds goes to educate youth and for a clean drinking water project in villages around Siem Reap. The bicycles can be rented at muliple outlets around town. Have a look at their website Bicycle Chari... more
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