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Siem Reap Guide

Airport

Located on the west of the city, Siem Reap Airport is about 20 minutes by car.

With the booming tourist trade at the Angkor temples, the airport is undergoing expansion. It is a modern if basic facility and relatively trouble-free.

There are taxis and motodops (motorcycle taxis) to take you from Siem Reap airport to your hotel for a small fee. Bargain if the price seems excessive, but not too aggressively — these guys aren’t making a lot of money.

Transportation

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Two Wheels
As with Phnom Penh, you really need experience to drive here. Better to hire someone to drive you (about $7-10/day). However, there are rental agencies everywhere in Siem Reap.
Four Wheels
Cars and drivers are available for hire at ATT, but you are better off hiring a taxi driver to take you around, or a minibus through a hotel travel agent.

ATT Contact Number

Phnom Penh: 166 Norodom Blvd, tel: 016-909-090
Siem Reap: on the road to Angkor, tel: 016-636-363
Poi pet: on the main road, tel: 016-545-454

Touring the Temples

The Angkor temples are one of the few tourist attractions in the world that cannot possibly be overrated. They are spectacular and well worth traveling the distance to visit. You are pretty free to explore and clamber around (be careful though, since you are responsible for your own safety), but don’t climb up onto any religious icons or the local people will be very angry with you. These places are a national treasure and should be treated as such.

Watch your head for bat droppings and low stone doorways.

Dining

The town centre offers a number of pleasant eating opportunities for Asian and especially foreign (French!) food at very reasonable prices. Just walk around until you find something that appeals to you.

Way to go

You can fly in from Bangkok or Phnom Penh, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat from Phnom Penh for about $25 — a six hour ride down the river and through the Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest lake.

Where to stay

Hotels vary from $3 guesthouses and everything in between up to a couple of hundred bucks for a top room at Grand Hotel d’ Angkor or the Sofitel. The place is packed with accommodation as everybody gears up one step ahead of the tourist boom.

Nightlife

Siem Reap is a very small town, with a goodly handful of friendly little bars (and one seedy disco) concentrated in the town centre. Great place for a pub crawl, though you really don’t want to be hung over while touring the temples.

Siem Reap map