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    Siemreab, Cambodia

    Getting around Siem Reap

    The easiest and cheapest way to get from the bus station to your hotel is by tuk tuk. When we arrived in Siem Reap we hadn’t booked a hotel yet. Our tuk tuk driver, Red, drove us to several hotels in the city until we found one we liked. We must have stopped at 7 different hotels until we decided on one. The cost of this trip around the city was a mere $1 US.

      For short trips around the city you can try and negotiate under $1 US, but $1 was pretty standard even for trips consisting of only a few blocks.

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    Siemreab, Cambodia

    Hiring a Tuk Tuk Driver for the Day at Angkor

    Our tuk tuk driver from the bus station was so sweet and his English was so good so we were compelled to hire him for the following day to take us around Angkor. We settled on a price of $15 US for the entire day and arranged to have him pick us up at our hotel the following morning at 4:30 am so we could experience sunrise over Angkor Wat. We later realized we fell victim to the old “bait and switch” as he changed himself out for his cousin who he swore spoke English as well as his own (this wasn’t the case). But even though his cousin couldn’t speak much English at all he arrived promptly at our hotel the following morning and was a great driver.

     

    If you are planning to do the small tour or grand tour circuit of Angkor (both of which include the closest temples) it is reasonable to hire a tuk tuk and driver for $15 US for the entire day. In addition to an all day hire it is not unusual to have your driver pick you up for sunrise, drop you back off at your hotel to escape the midday heat and then pick you up again for sunset all for the same price. The heat gets intense in the afternoon and it’s great to escape the noontime sun and enjoy the mysteries of Angkor in minimal heat.

     

    Tips for hiring a driver all day: Settle on your price beforehand but do not pay your driver until the end of the day.

     

    Negotiate your prices. Drivers will attempt to get more money out of you if they can. When in doubt walk away. There is always another tuk tuk driver waiting to be your guide. Sometimes simply walking away is the best negotiating technique.

     

    Expect to pay $15 US for a full day of the small tour or grand tour circuits. If you want to visit Banteay Srey (37 km from Siem Reap) or Kbal Spean (49 km from Siem Reap) expect to pay between $18 to $30 US for the trip because of the distance and due to the fact that the roads out to Kbal Spean are currently extremely rough and hard on the tuk tuks.

      Website: http://www.canbypublications.com/siemreap/srtemples.htm

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    Siemreab, Cambodia

    Tuk Tuks Around Town Siem Reap is a relatively small city so it’s fairly easy to get around to most of the touristy parts of town on foot, of course the exception being the Temples of Angkor which are the major tourist draw to the area but are located 6km outside town. But most people choose to hop a tuk tuk to get around town. Drivers will bombard you with requests to ferry you around town so it’s easy to get a ride anywhere you want in the city at any time. Always remember to negotiate your price before you accept the ride and don’t pay the driver until you reach your destination. On average expect to pay about $1US for a trip around town. Many of the drivers will of course start their prices higher because they will expect you to negotiate down, but if they are asking too much or bargaining too hard simply walk away and find another driver. Chances are there are five more drivers right there ready to shuttle you wherever your heart desires. But always remember to be friendly in your negotiations. A smile and kind words are always appreciated.

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    Siemreab, Cambodia
    If you plan to visit Angkor Wat and want to send your money for transportation why don't you choose a Bicycle instead of TukTuk?
    REnting a bike costs 1 dollar when a price of a TUKTUK to Angkor is usually 1-20 dollars ;]
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