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Getting In & Out Siem Reap

By plane

Siem Reap International Airport (IATA: REP) 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.

Cambodia Air

The airport is served by:
Air Asia (Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur)
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-Inchoen)
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 7km from the town centre. see the prepaid booth just outside the terminal. Prepaid tuk-tuk rides for slightly less are also available. Thrill seeking solo travelers without much baggage can save a few dollars by opting for back of a motodop. 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. Buses tend to leave in the morning or early afternoon. There are also night buses on some routes.

Bus in Cambodia

Many buses terminate at an out-of-town bus station to the east of Siem Reap, from where travelers will need to take a tuk-tuk into town. 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 Hwy 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 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 but far more comfortable option is by Wi-Fi-equipped minibus. Trip by minibus takes only 4-5 hours.

Kampong Cham
Soung
Battambang
Sisophon
Poi pet (for Aranyaprathat, the main route into Thailand)
Anlong Veng (for Ban Pakard in Thailand)
Koh Kong (via Phnom Penh, a long journey)
Sihanoukville 10-12 hour overnight sleeping bus or daytime sitting bus. Should be booked at least 1 day in advance.
International services

Laos

Pakse
Don Det in the 4,000 Islands region

Be wary of the sleeper bus from Siem Reap to Vientiane. A second payment may be sought for travel onward after stopping for the border crossing. Unscheduled trip delays and an unexpected change to a different service may occur on-route. Be alert to issues of personal security and watchful concerning your possessions and luggage, especially whilst sleeping.

Thailand

Bangkok: The ticket is valid for the whole journey but you will change buses in
Poi pet From Bangkok: Agents in Kao San Road offer tickets to Siem Reap. Government bus from/to Bangkok: In 2013, the Transport Company of Thailand Government started a daily direct service from Bangkok (Mo Chit bus station) to Siem Reap and back. The Cambodian side of the company is named Nattakan.

If travelling independently to the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border, see those towns' articles for advice on how to reach the border, survive immigration and avoid the "Government" bus scam.

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City: 12 hours on a sleeping bus. Have your Vietnam visa ready and valid before taking this trip, visas for Vietnam are not available at a land border even if you have visa on arrival.

By boat
A more expensive and more time consuming option from Phnom Penh (6 hr) or Battambang (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.
By shared taxi
The quickest method of getting from the Poi pet border to Siem Reap is a shared car. Four seaters car 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. The trip discover to some of the temples north of Angkor Wat. Companies include Helicopters Cambodia and Helistar Cambodia.

 

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