Siem Reap Cambodia : Getting To & From
Information about getting to & from Siem Reap Cambodia by air, land and water.
The taxi drivers at the airport are more interested in you booking them to tour the temples and making commissions, as they get none of the money you pay at the desk in the airport.
If the driver tells you the place you want to stay at is “no good”, ignore him and insist he goes to where you want. He is just trying to earn a commission from another hotel.
The same is true when shopping for souvenirs. High commissions are paid here so do your shopping on your own, it will be cheaper.
Siem Reap Airport is 7km from the town centre.
Domestic flights only go to and from Phnom Penh.
The carriers are:
International flights arrive from:
Bangkok (expensive as Bangkok Airlines have a monopoly on the route).
Visa on arrival $20 + one passport photo.
See Transportation Around Cambodia and Visa & Travel Information (To & From Cambodia) for more general information on traveling by air.
There are buses each day (normally setting off around7-7.30am) to and from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh ($3.50 -$6 six hour journey on a good road), and to the Thai border crossings of Poipet and the Vietnam borders of Moc Bai and Chao Doc.
Beware of tour buses that often operate packages from Khao San Rd, Thailand. They sell tickets at very low prices and look on paper to be very good value. Make no mistake about it; this is a scam. The driver will make the journey as long as he possibly can and will make a lot of stops for no discernable reason. The bus will then eventually arrive at a Siem Reap guesthouse (which has a previously arranged commission deal with the bus company) in the middle of the night. It will take a lot of resistance on your part before you’re free to leave. And remember, you’ll be very tired after a journey that takes over 15 hours to complete and is why the scam often works!
See Transportation Around Cambodia for more general information on traveling by bus.
From Phnom Penh
You can leave Siem Reap via boat on the Tonlé Sap towards Phnom Penh (trips generally taking four to five hours and costs $25). The majority of foreigners are made to sit on the roof (wear sunscreen and a hat) and there are some views along the way. The trip is at its best from August to February. The lake shrinks and only small boats operate in the months of March, June and July, and they do frequently break down. Tickets are sold near the market in Siem Reap. Plenty of accommodation touts will be waiting for you upon your arrival at either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. On a practical level the price is a rip-off (it should be $10 - $12) and buses are a better bet.
There is also a fast boat to and from Siem Reap to Battambang ($15). The boat leaves at 7AM from Siem Reap and the four-hour journey has some very pretty sites but it can be a hair raising trip. You can purchase tickets at travel agencies or ask at your guesthouse. There are taxis and pick-ups in Battambang that can then take you to Poipet but you’ll firstly need to take a moto to the market where the taxis and pick-ups are waiting. Share taxi’s and pick-ups are $7 or rent the whole car for $23. From Battambang, it is a two-hour trip to Poipet on a decent road.
Look at Getting To & From Phnom Penh by boat for more info.
Also see Transportation Around Cambodia for more general information on boats.
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