The town of Siem Reap, in Northwestern Cambodia is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th-15th centuries. Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. Siem Reap now serves as a small gateway town to the world heritage site of Angkor Wat. It is a vibrant town with modern hotels and restaurants, still managing to preserve much of its culture and traditions. Siem Reap ranked fourth in the World’s Best Cities of Travel and Leisure survey in 2014.
By the time you arrived at the airport there is no problem on getting a ride if your hotel does not include the service of picking you up because the airport has a service center for that, you’ll be ask by the airport personnel if you have a ride, if not they’ll tell you to proceed to the service counters. You might be thinking that the ride will be expensive because it is at the airport, you’re wrong because it is not, the drivers have strict rules about not line-jumping or undercutting each other. This means prices are set and you will not usually need to bargain. You’ve got four options for getting to Siem Reap from the airport: taxi, moto, tuk tuk, or van taxi. It is also safe, the drivers, they’ll not scam you– they have this airport id’s (the Cambodian drivers are the kindest, in my opinion).
The range of the services offered are:
- Tuktuk- $6
- Motorcycle- $2
- Taxi- $7
- Van- $10
In my case, my friend and I decided to take the tuktuk, we split the $6 into two, so we paid the driver for $3 each.
Before I went to Cambodia, my last stop was Malaysia, the plane ride from Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap is two hours, and mind you Malysia is one hour ahead of Cambodia, so I think the flight would take around 3 hours. My next blog will be the Temples of Angkor.