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Kent Kobayashi

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I traveled to Cambodia in January of 2019

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Asia > Cambodia > Siem Reap > Useful Info
Submitted on May 18, 2019 Useful Info

How to hire a private taxi for a day to easily get around Siem Reap

  • If you're not on a super tight budget, the most comfortable way to get around Siem Reap is to hire a private car to drive you around for the entire day
  • Because Siem Reap is so big and all the temples are spread out, getting to all of them can be a big hassle. This is made much worse by the intense heat there especially in March - May
  • The alternative to hiring a private car is to rely on tuk tuks to get between the temples, and each tuk tuk ride will cost you $2-$4 USD
  • The other benefit of a driver is that they can also give you some narration about the history of Siem Reap. While they're no tour guides, it's still nice to get some context of what you're seeing
  • Average cost to hire a private transport for a day (8 hours) in Siem Reap:
  • Tuk tuk: $15-$25 USD (seats 2-3 people)
  • A car: $30-$50 USD (seats 4 people)
  • A van: $40 - $60 USD (seats 6-8 people)
  • If book online and negotiate, you can usually get the lower end of this range. There are plenty of drivers that you can find online and book ahead of time. Finding them is super easy. I listed some below
  • Alternatively, the simple way is to simply ask your hotel to get a car for you. If you go through your hotel, you will likely pay the higher end of this range. This is the option I went with because I was too lazy. The cost was definitely higher, I paid $50USD for the entire day of driving
  • You don't need to tip your driver. Tipping in Cambodia is completely optional, and only tip if you felt like you got an amazing service. Even if you tip, a few dollars USD is more than sufficient. Remember that Cambodia is a very low cost of living country, where the average household income is less than $1,500 USD per year
  • If you Google "Private Taxi Siem Reap", you will see lots of options to choose from, including
  • This Tripadvisor listing of many providers
  • Siem Reap Taxi Service: http://www.siemreaptaxiservice.com
  • Taxi in Cambodia: http://www.taxiincambodia.com
  • Angkor Taxi Service: https://www.angkortaxiservice.com
  • Cambodia Taxi Driver: https://www.cambodiataxidriver.com