Siem Reap Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By plane

Siem Reap International Airport is the second largest airport in Cambodia. Its modern architecture is based on the traditional Khmer-style. Its facilities are limited. There are separate terminals for international and domestic flights.

The airport is served by:

Asiana Airlines(Seoul-Incheon)
Bangkok Airways (Bangkok)
Cambodia Angkor Air (Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh)
Cebu Pacific Air (Manila, Philippines)
China Eastern Airlines (Kunming, Shanghai Pudong)
China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou)
Jetstar Asia (Singapore)
Korean Air (Seoul-Incheon)
Lao Airlines (Luang Prabang)
Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur)
Silk Air (Da Nang, Singapore)
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang)

The airport is around 7 km from the town centre. Prepaid taxis cost USD7, see the prepaid booth just outside the terminal. Prepaid tuk-tuk rides for slightly less are also available. Thrill seeking solo travellers without much baggage can save a few dollars by opting for back of a motodop for USD2. Most hotels offer a free airport pick-up if you've booked in advance.

By bus

Major companies include Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Capitol Tours, and GST Express.

Try to book at least the day before travel. Travel agents and guesthouses will do this for a USD1-2 fee. Buses tend to leave in the morning or early afternoon. There are also night buses on some routes.

Many buses terminate at an out of town bus station to the east of Siem Reap, from where travellers will need to take a tuk-tuk into town. This should cost no more than USD2, or maybe $3 if you're not keen to drive a hard bargain. Anything more will have your driver thinking you are a weak-willed idiot, rather than the generous, naive optimist you perhaps consider yourself to be.

If arriving from the west, consider getting off the bus as it passes through town on National Highway 6, say as it crosses the bridge over the river, before it reaches the bus station. If arriving from the east you have little choice but to face the touts.

Capitol Tours buses, however, terminate at the company's office in the centre of town, near old market, making them the most sensible choice.

Domestic services
Phnom Penh (USD5) 6-8 hours by bus, a well traveled route by both locals and tourists, but often an uncomfortable trip as buses will make many stops and go slow. A more expensive (USD12), but far more comfortable option is by Wi-Fi-equipped minibus. Trip by minibus takes only 4-5 hours.
Battambang (USD3.75)
Sisophon (USD3.75)
Poipet (for Aranyaprathet, the main route into Thailand) (USD3.75)
Anlong Veng (for Ban Pakard in Thailand) (USD4)
Koh Kong (via Phnom Penh, a long journey)
Sihanoukville (USD10) By a 10-12 hour overnight sleeping bus or daytime sitting bus. Should be booked at least 1 day in advance.
International services
By boat

A more expensive and more time consuming option from Phnom Penh (USD35, 6 hr) or Battambang (USD20-25, 5 hr) is to take a Soviet-style hydrofoil across Tonle Sap Lake. These can be fantastic trips giving you the opportunity to view life on the lake, floating houses, working fishermen, and to get a suntan if you choose to sit on the roof of the boat. However, the trip can be ruined due to bad weather. Remember to use sunscreen and take a waterproof jacket. You may not be able to access your luggage during the journey (sometimes the baggage is available, sometimes it is not). If you have the time, it is better to visit the floating villages as day trips from Siem Reap rather than see them from the boat.

The port you arrive at is about 20 minutes south of Siem Reap by tuk-tuk. The drivers will try to charge you USD5 per person but the trip should not cost more than USD5 in total.

By shared taxi

The quickest method of getting from the Poipet border to Siem Reap is a shared car. A four seater car costs USD25-45, depending on your bargaining prowess, and takes 2-3 hr. Even if you're travelling solo, it shouldn't be too hard to find others to share the expense.

By helicopter

Helicopters can be chartered to go nearly anywhere in the country. They seat 5-6 people. Prices start at USD1,000 for trips to some of the temples north of Angkor Wat. Companies include Helicopters Cambodia and Helistar Cambodia.

Battambang (USD1,600/helicopter)
Phnom Penh (USD4,700/helicopter)

source: Wikivoyage

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