Siem Reap can be reached by either domestic air from Phnom Penh and Bangkok and other flights from major cities in Southeast Asia. For visitors travel overland travel from (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos) please check out the international border crossing information. Cambodian visas are available on arrival at both international airports and most international border checkpoints. The crossing at Aranyaprathet (Thailand) /Poipet (Cambodia) is most convenient to Siem Reap. The road from Phnom Penh to SIem Reap (National Highway 6) is very good condition and so you can reach there by regular buses, taxis and vans running between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as a daily river ferry service.
Siem Reap Arrival
- Visas : Visa have to be applied for most nationalities to enter Siem Reap and Cambodia. Visas are available on arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport, the Phnom Penh International Airport and most border crossings.
- Airport Departure Tax : Domestic: US$6. International: US$25
- Siem Reap International Airport is 6km from Siem Reap town, close to the temples, offering special views of Angkor Wat temple during landings and take offs. Outside the terminal is a ticket booth for registered taxis into town. Independent taxis and motorcycles wait just outside the airport. The price is the same for both: motorcycles are $1 and cars are $5 into town. Most hotels offer free transportation from the airport but you must notify them in advance of your arrival.
- Siem Reap Ferry Dock : The ferry to Siem Reap arrives at Chong Khneas near Phnom Krom, 12km south of Siem Reap. There is always transportation waiting at the dock. Mototaxis charge about $1.50-$2 and cars $4-$5 for the 20-30 minute ride into town.
Flying is, of course, the easiest way to get to Siem Reap. Bangkok Airways offer several daily flights to/from Phnom Penh. For more detail, please contact a travel agent.
Ferry Traveling in Cambodia around (July – March) daily ferries carry out the Tonle Sap river and lake between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Then trip is marked by a hill, Phnom Krom, when arriving Siem Reap near the ferry dock at Chong Khneas 12 km south of Siem Reap. In the dry season when the water is low, the ferry stops short of the dock and passengers transfer to smaller boats to traverse the final few hundred meters.
- Ferries Schedule: Depart at 7:30AM daily from the Phnom Penh Port on Sisowath Quay near Street 104. Tickets $25-$35, (251km, 4-6 hours). Tickets can be purchased through hotels and travel agents around. At Siem Reap, the ferry docks at Chong Khneas, 15km south of Siem Reap town.
Taxis and motodups await passengers at the dock. Travel is best during the wet season when the river level is high. The ferries are ‘local transport’ and are of variable quality and comfort, often noisy, crowded and over-air conditioned. These ferries in no meet international safety standards yet. Travel is best during the wet season. During the dry season when the water is low, ferry service is usually uncomfortable.
Bus travel is the most popular means of overland transportation between Phnom Penh city and Siem Reap. The road (National Route 6 is in very good conditions There are several bus schedule for both directions, taking around 5 to 6 hours drive. Many guest houses, bus companies and travel agents offer a/c bus. It is recommend to buy ticket from your guest house and travel agent. It is varies depend on level of comfort of bus and services include: guide, snacks and on-board toilet. Most buses at least make two stops along the way – at Kampong Thom and Skun for snack and lunch. Phnom Penh doesn’t have central bus station. Buses departure from different companies different stations.
In Siem Reap the main bus station is located near Borey Seang Nam a couple of kilometers east of town center. On arrival, moto taxy from the station into town run $1-$2 and tuk-tuks cost about $2.50-$3. For passengers departing Siem Reap, most bus companies offer a free shuttle service from the hotel/guesthouse to the bus station.
The following bus companies offer regularly scheduled daily service between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh:
- Local shared taxi: $10 per person. Departs from southwest corner of Central Market in Phnom Penh. 5-8 hours
- Private taxi: US$50 or more for the whole car. 4-5 hours. Negotiate the price with a local taxi or arrange a private taxi through your hotel or travel agent. Generally speaking, the better the car, the higher the price.
Motorcycling to Siem Reap
The road to Siem Reap is in good condition, but driving in Cambodia is still challenging in driving. Speeding taxis, animals and oblivious children on the road are the norm. It can be made in an easy day, but two days with a stop over in Kampong Thom is a more relaxed alternative and allows time to visit the pre-Angkorian ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk as well as minor ruins along the way.
Leave Phnom Penh via the ‘Japanese Bridge’ and follow 6A north 75km to the Skun intersection. (Skun is known for its exotic foods – check out the fried spiders, turtle eggs and more at road side stands.) Bear left and follow Rte. 6 to Kampong Thom – about 2-3 hours. In Kampong Thom, the Arunras Hotel (062-961294), Stung Sen Royal Hotel (012-309495) and Mittapheap Hotel are all decent mid-range places. Arunras Guesthouses and Restaurant next to the hotel is the place to eat cheaply. From Kampong Thom to Siem Reap the trip takes another 2 hours..
Siem Reap to/from Battambang Province
The Road from Siem Reap to Battambang (National Road #6 and #5, across Sway Sisophon): Road travel is generally the easiest, fastest. The road from Sisophon to Battambang is paved and in good condition. Taxi A private taxi is $40-$50. 3-5 hours. Bus The bus costs $6/person and takes about 5 hours. Rith Mony buses depart in both directions at 8:00AM and 9:00AM. Neak Krohom buses departs in both directions at 7:30am.
Siem Reap is more ways to get around on foot. The Angkor Archaeological Parkis 4 kilometers from town and the temples inside the park are as much as 3 to 4 kilometers, usually require of transportation to tour the Park. Moto-romauks (‘tuk-tuks,’) motodups (motorcycle taxis) and car taxis are the most popular forms of transportation around town and the temples.
Tuk Tuk (Moto Romauks) Motorcycle Taxis/ Trailers
Two-person motorcycle trailers (Tuk Tuk) have surpassed motorcycle taxis (motodups) as the most popular form of transport. Tuk-tuks are covered offering some protection from sun and rain. In Siem Reap most drivers can speak some English. For short trips around the town, forefingers pay 40000R for motorcycle trailer. To the temples, transportation is usually rented by the day. Rates run $6-$9/day for a motodup, and about $10-$15/day for motorcycle trailers.
Cars taxis are usually hired on a daily basis. The average car taxi is a fairly new Toyota Camry with air-conditioning. Car taxis run around $20-$25 per day to tour the main temple area and town. There are extra charges if you want to go to more distant temples such as Banteay Srey, Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen, etc. The driver will charge about $10 extra to visit Banteay Srey.