How to get around town…
PopShops™ affiliate storesSiem Reap is a small town. You can walkaround the downtown area and still cover a lot of ground.That said, there are several choices oftransportation to get around this town. Especially useful when you’retrying to visit the Angkor temples, whether near or far.
Since Siem Reap’s terrain is pretty muchflat, it’s is easy to cruise around with bicycles. You can even go toAngkor Wat using bicycles, because although that’s rather far, it isstill doable. I personally think bicycle is the way to go for gettingaround town (once you get over the traffic quirks here). You can rent a bike easily from your hotelor guesthouse. There are also many small mom and popplaces that rent out bicycles. If you see several bicylceslined up by the street or major roads, you can be sure they are forrent. The rate ranges from $1 – $2 per day, and choices vary, from aproper mountain bike with speeds, to the regular cruising bikes. Theywill alsogive you the bike lock when you rent, so you can wander around withoutworrying about the bike.There is charity organization that rentsout bicycles through guesthouses for $2/day. The proceed will be usedto aidprojects for the rural areas. You can find out more aboutTheWhite Bicycles here.
The white bicyles
Somehow, in Siem Reap foreigners aren’t allowed to rentmotorcycle and drive it themselves. So the next best choice is to rentone and hop on behind the driver. No helmet is provided, so hop on withthat risk in mind. If you’re a solo traveler, moto would begood choice. It’s cheaper than tuktuk, and faster as well. The goingrate is between $6 – $8 per day. PS. Although theoretically foreigners arenot allowed to rent motorcycles, there is a tour company that doesthat. You can find out aboutdirtbiking from Hidden Cambodia Adventure tours.
By far the most popular choice of SiemReap and Angkor transportation. A tuktuk is amotorcycle pulling a hoodedcarriage. Some can fit only 2, some others up to 4 (or moreif you cansqueeze yourselves in). It is comfortable method for exploring thearea. The cushion is comfortable, you can put your feet up if you’rereally tired, and lean back and just enjoy the sights. The hood is alsoa big plus, because it protects you from the hot sun or the pouringrain. Some tuktuks also have plastic ‘doors’ and’windows’. Most of the time they are rolled up to keep them out of theway, and pulled down only when necessary. The plastic barriercomes in several sections, but they all zip up together nicely. This feature could be particularly usefulwhen it’s raining outside or if you find the wind and dust are just toomuch. Tuktuks usually cost $10 – $13 per day,and drivers usually charge few dollars more for longer distances. For ashort ride to town, it’ usually 2000 Riel – $1 per ride. Also, you won’t have a hard time findingan empty tuktuk. Tuktuk drivers fully anticipate Siem Reap tourism toincrease, so their number seems to increase as well. Some even have awebsite that you can book in advance, like Mr Pik Savuth at AngkorTuktuk, or Mr.Sotheara, atAngkorwat Driver.
Taxi, Car or Van
You can also rent a car or a van to getaround. Although they are a bit of an overkill for short distances, Iwholeheartedly love them for long distances. If you plan to go to Phnom Kulen, KbalSpean, Banteay Srei orBengMealea, you might want to use a car or a van. Those Angkortemples are rather far for a tuktuk ride, and the roads aren’t exactlytuktuk friendly, ie. bumpy roads and dust particles flying around.A car /van should cost $20 – $30 per day,depending on the distance. At this point it helps if you can find otherpeople to share the ride.
So In Short…
Getting around Siem Reap is tremendouslyeasy. Traffic isn’t so bad either, merely regular slowing downs andstops at the lights. It is still such a small town, that youcan get from point A to point B in five minutes, and reachfarawayAngkor templeswithout traffic. There is no stress at all in regards to traffic, butbe forewarned that sometimes drivers go around a bit recklessly. Thiscould look a bit alarming, but since all drivers are used to drivingstyle, it seems they get around just fine.
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