Toby Keps

Travelled to 12 countries / regions

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Backpacked across Thailand and Cambodia in 2019



Asia > Cambodia > Siem Reap > Angkor Wat > Useful Info
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 Useful Info

How to get to Angkor Wat from Siem Reap town center

  • The Angkor Wat temple complex is located about 6.5km north of the town of Siem Reap. Most tourists stay in the town because there's are almost no accommodations close to Angkor Wat itself

  • It's pretty easy to get to Angkor Wat from town; there are 4 common ways to do so, ranked from best to worst:
  1. Tuk tuk (best way): this is the most common way for tourists to get around Siem Reap. There are many tuk tuks criss crossing the town from as early as 5am to as late as 8-9pm. You can easily flag one on any of the main streets in the town. The fare from the town to Angkor Wat is about $4-$5USD one way, which you can pay with cash US dollars instead of the local currency (in fact you can pay most places in Cambodia with US dollars directly). However, instead of just taking a one-way tuk tuk, you should negotiate a daily charter rate to hire the tuk tuk for the entire day to take you around. This is because after Angkor Wat, there are lots of other temples spread across a large area that it's much better to have your own tuk tuk than to have always find a new one to go to the next temple. Daily charter rate for tuk tuk is $15-$20 per day for an 8-hour day. A tuk tuk can seat up to 4 people so it's actually extremely cheap if you have a small group of peopleUser submitted photo of Angkor Wat
  2. Taxi/car: if you want the comfort of air conditioning, then ditch the tuk tuk and ride a car instead. There is no traditional metered taxi service in Siem Reap. Instead, all "taxis" are actually just private cars that can be hired to get you around town. The taxis also run from around 5am to 9pm. The fare from town to Angkor Wat is $6-$7USD one way, payable with cash US dollars. You can also hire a car for an entire day too, costing around $25-$30USD (more details here). The best way to arrange a taxi is through your hotel, because they do this all the time and have connections to reliable drivers. However, there are also two ride-hailing apps you can use in Siem Reap: Grab and PassApp, both are highly rated on both Android and iOS. To use these apps you need to have mobile data on your phone so getting a working SIM card is essentialUser submitted photo of Angkor Wat
  3. Bicycle: if you're not afraid of heat and want to stay active, biking from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat is an excellent mode of transportation. You can only rent bikes by the day in Siem Reap, but fortunately it's very cheap. You can rent an average bike for just $2USD per day, and you can rent a really nice mountain bike for $11USD per day. There are many bike shops in the town center, for e.g. Aing Kimsang, White Bicycles, etc. Biking from town center to Angkor Wat takes about 30 minutes each way. Make sure to lock your bike at each temple. More details here on bike rental in Siem ReapUser submitted photo of Angkor Wat
  4. Walking (worst way): while it's technically doable, I don't recommend walking from the town to Angkor Wat for two reasons. First, it's a waste of time. It takes 1h30min to walk from the town center to Angkor Wat each way, meaning you need to spend 3 hours a day just to get there and back. Also, going from Angkor Wat to additional fantastic temples like Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm requries another 45-60 minutes each. Seems like an extremely inefficient use of valuable sightseeing time. Also, the weather condition is too hot all year round, with day time temperature ranging from 30C-35C (86F-95F)

  • Some useful tips:
  • Bring lots of $1 and $5 US dollar bills with you to Cambodia to pay for transportation costs. Again, US dollars are accepted for payment as is everywhere in Cambodia so you don't need to change them for the local currency Riel
  • You can use the two ride-hailing apps available in Siem Reap (Grab and PassApp) for both taxi and tuk tuk. These apps work very well in the city and I highly recommend getting a SIM card so you can use these apps to help you get around
  • Bring sunscreen with you when touring the temples in Angkor Wat