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Getting Around

Last updated: 18 Mar 2011

Since Siem Reap is not a very big town, it is very easy to get around either by tuk tuk, car, mini van, bus, cycling or walking. Most people who take our Angkor tours or Siem Reap tours will use a tuk tuk to visit the Angkor temples, the floating villages and other attractions. However, people on group tours normally use a mini van or bus, because they are more practical.

Transport for getting around the Angkor temples and Siem Reap

Tuk Tuks (motor bike drawn carriage)

Tuk tuks are one of the best forms of transportation in Siem Reap and they are used for most of our tours, because they are a great way to get around the Angkor temples, the town and surrounding areas. We would recommend using a tuk tuk for our Angkor tours, especially if you are travelling on your own or travelling with one or two other people. If there are 4 or more people in your group, then we would recommend a mini bus because with a tour guide there are too many people to fit into a tuk tuk. The Old Market and Pub Street is a short walk from our villa and guesthouse, but if you do need a tuk tuk for this short ride it should cost no more than US$1. One of our own tuk tuk drivers will usually be available when you need one.

Air conditioned car

If you prefer your tour to be in an air conditioned car, then we can arrange for one of our experienced drivers to drive you around the Angkor temples. The drivers we use for our tours all have a good command of English, which is ideal if you do not need an Angkor guide for the whole duration of your tour. Cars are a good way to get around Siem Reap, especially for getting around the Angkor Temples or for going to the Tonle Sap Lake for trips to the floating villages. A car is also a good way to get to the further away temples like Banteay Srey, Kbal Spean, Roulos or Beng Mealea. Other places where a car is useful, is when you are visiting the Silk Farm or the Landmine Museum.

Air conditioned buses and mini vans

If you are visiting Siem Reap in a large group, then buses and mini vans are by far the best form of transport for getting around the Angkor temples and Siem Reap. Private group tours are our most popular tours, because we have some excellent English speaking bus drivers that are not only experienced drivers but are also very knowledgeable about the Angkor temple area.

Bicycles

We can arrange bicycle tours around Siem Reap and Angkor, but please note you must be pretty fit to take a full Angkor tour by bicycle. We generally recommend that if you would like to do some cycling whilst in Siem Reap, then you just take our one day bicycle tour into the countryside or to one of the nearer temples. If you decide to take a bicycle tour, then be sure to protect yourself from the sun, because the weather in Siem Reap can be quite intense especially during hot season. If you do decide to take a bicycle, please be aware that when a car flashes its lights at you he is NOT giving you way, but telling you to get out of his way!

Which transport should I use for my tour?

Deciding which transport to use for your tour around the Angkor temples totally depends on what mode of transport is more comfortable or exciting for you and within your budget. We recommend using tuk tuks for your Angkor tour, especially if you are on your own or in a small group. If you are travelling as a family with young children, then we would recommend using a car or mini bus depending on the size of your group. You will also need to take into consideration your tour guide if you need one, because you will also need to save a seat for him/her.

For more information about our Angkor tours, please visit our Angkor Tours section.

 

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