Siem reap and Angkor Wat: transport, than to move on
In Siem reap public transport is represented in the form of a private tuk-tuk, taxi, motorcycle taxi. The state of public transport in Siem reap no. To move within the city can be on foot, since the town is small, only the lazy will get from the hotel to the market or cafe in a taxi :=) only if your hotel is not somewhere on the outskirts.
In fact, the need to use the transport in Siem reap arises when you need to get to the airport, to the pier "rocket" on the river, to the bus station and, of course, for sightseeing. As practice shows, it is most advantageous to sightseeing hire a vehicle for a long time, ie a whole day, and even better to negotiate the rent for several days and, of course, to bargain. Thus the special benefits of renting and driving yourself, you will not get.
And now about every form of transport a little more:
Tuk tuk in Siem reap is converted into a taxi motorcycle. From two-wheeled motorcycle, among which, by the way, there are sometimes even motorcycles Soviet production, just hitch a stroller-trailer for two or a maximum of four people, and get a taxi.
The tuk-tuk within Siem Reap will cost about $ 1. A charge is made per trip, not per person. As in tuk-tuk can fit 4 people, but most often two. At night or in bad weather the trip can cost twice as much.
Tuk-tuk can be found on any corner. Rather, they don't even have to look, but will have to fend off pesky sentences tuk-tuks to bring you. If you agree to the ride, agree a price and route beforehand and pay before you ride.
Tuk-tuk can be rented for the day for sightseeing around 15 dollars a day.
Taxi, motorcycle taxi
Taxi prices in Siem reap are fixed and contractual, with no counters. The drive from the airport at a fixed rate will cost $ 7. Every time to catch a taxi to get around the attractions, it makes no sense that it's more profitable to hire a taxi for the whole day. The cost of renting a car with driver for the day starts from $ 25. But more about that below.
For short journeys you can use a motorcycle taxi. Trip within the city will cost 0.5-1 dollar.
Within the Siem reap city can be navigated on foot. The town is small and almost all easy to explore on foot.
But it is not necessary to recover on foot visiting temples and other attractions outside the city. In this heat it is unwise and may end badly.
On the bike
Many hotels offer free or rental for a fee of 1-5 dollars bikes. By bike you can explore the suburban attractions, but don't forget about the heat and always have with you enough water.
A great option would be a Bicycle with electric drive, which can be rented from 4 dollars. Even if the battery end (it lasts about 30 kilometers), to go with the pedals.
According to local law foreigners are prohibited to rent a motorbike in Siem reap. But this does not mean a ban on driving motorcycles with foreigners. You can rent a motorbike elsewhere, and easy to use them in here. You can rent a motorbike with driver for $ 10 per day.
Car rental in Siem reap is possible, but the price will be comparable to rent a car with driver. So not much point in own rent there, and safer to hire a car with driver.
Find a car with driver from $ 25 per day (in 2011). The price increases, if the driver speaks English or travel with a licensed guide. For a car with good English speaking and licensed tour guide will have to pay up to $ 50, but you have to haggle. There are in Siem reap and English-speaking guides, but they are few and prices are significantly higher.
Travel to Angkor
The temple complex of Angkor begins at 6 kilometers from Siem Reap. You can get there by taxi, motorcycle taxi or tuk-tuk, and it is best to rent a car with driver or tour guide in Siem reap for a whole day.
Another option is tour buses with a guide. It's a good sightseeing, but not optimal: as a rule, examined only a few major sights on a particular route, to which you have no influence, the price per person is comparable to the price of renting a car for the day: $ 70 for a day trip. The advantage is that you no need to worry yourself about the preparation of the route and that the buses are comfortable.
If you got to Angkor, I don't think to inspect it on foot. Just think: the total area of the "Archaeological Park of Angkor" by different estimations, from 200 to 400 square kilometers, but the route through the "small circle" has a length of 17 kilometers. Great circle has a length of 26 kilometers. Temples are scattered at a great distance from each other, and move between them in the transport. Even a Bicycle can help you here.
About the order of prices for rentals we have written above. The best option is to rent a tuk-tuk from $ 15 per day when travelling on neighbors and churches, and $ 20 for the trip to the far temples. Of course, you have to haggle, especially if you plan to negotiate for the rental for several days.. the tuk-tuk Drivers usually have a very limited vocabulary of English words, and will not be able to tell you anything about the temples. Nor would they with you to go to the temples, and will be waiting for you Parking lots. Another shortcoming of tuk tuks – the lack of air conditioning. So, if you have money, you can rent a car with air conditioning and a driver. For a minimum price of 25 dollars a day you certainly do not get chatty tour guide-driver, but will at least move with comfort and conditioning. With a licensed guide, prices increase to $ 50, and with a guide count to 100. And a couple of additions: the price on both the car and tuk-tuk varies with season and also depends on how early in the morning you leave (the sooner, the more expensive, of course)
A great way to visit distant temples is a Bicycle with an electric drive, which can be rented from 4 dollars. Even if the battery end (it lasts about 30 kilometers), to go with the pedals.
To hire a car or tuk-tuk can be anywhere: in the hotel, on the street, in travel.