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Getting to Siem Reap & Around

Siem Reap offers many attractions for the tourist. Most travelers' first priority will be a visit to the famous Angkor Temples. So plan your stay around the length of time you intend to spend temple viewing, leaving time to see the many attractions that Siem Reap has to offer. Passes for the temples are available for 1 day, 3 days or 7 days - for more details, see 'Temple passes and guides' later in this section.

As a major tourist destination, there are a number of choices for traveling to Siem Reap by air. It can also be reached by road from Phnom Penh, Battambang and Bangkok and by river boat from Phnom Penh and Battambang.

Most nationalities require a visa for entry to Cambodia. Visas on arrival are available at Siem Reap International Airport and at the Thai and Vietnamese border crossings (although not at the borders with Laos). Tourist visas are US$20 and valid for one month. These can be renewed for a further month but only once. Business visas cost US$25 and can be renewed indefinitely. A current passport and 1 passport photograph is required for both visa types.
By Air

Three airlines fly twice daily from Phnom Penh and there are several daily flights from Bangkok. In addition, Siem Reap can be accessed by air from Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane in Laos. Timetables vary according to the season, and in the high season demand can be very strong. For current schedules and fares, Check Flight Schedules with your travel agent.

Siem Reap airport is approximately 7Km from the city center and both car and motorcycle taxis are available at around US$1and $5 respectively. Many hotels and guesthouses provide and airport pick-up service if they know your flight details in advance.

Visas are available on arrival at Siem Reap Airport. If you are also leaving Siem Reap by air there is a current departure tax of US$6 (domestic) and $25 (international).
By Boat

There is a daily boat service on the Tonle Sap between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Travel times can vary depending on the season and depths of the river. Average travel time is 5-6 hours and tickets are best purchased through your hotel and guesthouse, costing around US$23. Boats depart from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap at 7.00am.

The Phnom Penh ferry dock is located centrally on Sisowath Quay around 1Km south of the Japanese Bridge. In Siem Reap, the ferry dock is around 12Km from the city center. Most hotels and guesthouses will provide a pick-up service at the ferry terminals.

These boats are often crowded and, although safe, they are local transport and are sometimes subject to delays and 'grounding', depending upon the season and river depth. Many travelers prefer to travel on the roof of these boats as the interiors can become hot and stuffy. Beware the sunburn!

There is also a boat service between Battambang and Siem Reap. The running of this service depends on the rivers: sometimes the water is shallow for the boat to operate. This is a truly great river trip with opportunities to get a close-up look at life on the river. Check with Tour operators for schedules, fares and availability.
Overland from Thailand

The Thai border crossing at Poipet is the closet to Siem Reap. Buses run from Bangkok to Aranya Prathet where, on crossing the border, Visas can be obtained. From Poipet, taxis and pick-up trucks are the only regular form of transport.
In and around Siem Reap

Siem Reap is not a large city and getting around is easy and convenient.

The Temples of Angkor are a small distance from the city center and there are a number of transport options for getting to, from and around temples.

  • Motor cycle taxis around US$6-9 per day
  • 2-person covered motorbike trailers (tuk tuk) US$10-12 per day
  • Car taxis US$20-25 per day
  • Bicycles can be rented from many guesthouses for around US$2-3 per day

    It is best to negotiate a rate with your driver before starting out. Most hotels and guesthouses can arrange the type of transportation you require. Within the city itself, most attractions and markets are within easy walking distance, but the same range of local transport is available anywhere throughout the area.

    Temple passes and Guides

    It is essential that you purchase a temples pass prior to going to the temples. Passes can be purchased at the entrance to the park on the road to Angkor Wat.

    Passes are available in 1, 3, and 7 day versions, US$20, US$40 and $60, although these are sometimes subject to change) and must be carried at all times and Shown on request while visiting the temples. You will require a passport photograph for your pass; although these can be obtained free at the entrance gates, the process is speeded up considerably if you already have your own.

    In order to get the most out of your temple visit, a guide can be most helpful. Hotels and guesthouses can arrange official guides, while some taxi drivers are able to offer sufficient information, especially if used in conjunction with one of the many excellent guidebooks available. In general, guidebooks purchased inside the park will be dearer than the same books purchased outside.
    Dress Code

    Many of the temples at Angkor are places of active worship; a respect for Cambodian traditions should thus be observed. Shorts are acceptable, but short skirts and skimpy or singlet tops are unacceptable, as is any other clothing that reveals excessive amounts of skin!

    Footwear should be sturdy and comfortable, as some of the pathways and passages are uneven and many of the steps within the temples extremely steep.

    A sunhat and sun -block are essential - the tropical sun is fierce, even on overcast days.
    Suggested Itineraries

    How you choose to see the temples will depend on how much time you have and, of course, your level of interest. Some temples fall into the 'must see' category. These include Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Bayon, and the tree- root entwined ruins of Ta Prohm.

    For some, the sheer size of the archaeological park can be overwhelming, and it is easy to get 'templed-out'. Take some time out to visit a market or a craft shop, or take a boat trip to add some variety to your stay.

    Because the middle of day and afternoons can become very hot, it is a good idea to plan much of your time at the temples for the mornings. Suggestions of standard itineraries are available in many forms and in many guidebooks. You can also talk to other visitors or hotel staff for ideas.

    The range of accommodation in Siem Reap is vast, with something to suit every budget and taste. Most hotels and guesthouses are located within easy walking distance of the town center.


    Siem Reap abounds with shops and markets and, once again, just about every taste is catered for. Whether strolling around one of the traditional markets - Psar Chas or Psar Leu are good examples - or looking for fine giftware in some of the up market boutiques, those with a penchant for retail therapy are bound to find something eye-catching. Prices in Siem Reap can vary enormously so shop around and do some bargaining.

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