Getting around Siem Reap is generally easy although it can be a bit overwhelming at times. There are three major modes of transport that locals make use of to get around the city. Tourists can make use of any of the three as well.
Choosing to travel around Siem Reap by taxi is rather an expensive mode of transport. Taxi drivers have a tendency to charge foreigners in US Dollars rather than in Cambodian Riel. Tourists will definitely have a hard time getting the drivers to agree on the standard local rate. But also consider if there are several of you to share the cost as being in groups might leave the taxi meter something to consider. Going by cab is also worth the money during unfavorable weather conditions as most roads that head to the famous Angkor Wat are dusty. To get a general idea of the pricing of taxis in the city, the cost of a 7 kilometer trip from the Angkor International Airport to the city center of Siem Reap is about USD 5.
Another great way of getting around Siem Reap on land is to hire a tuk tuk. Tuk tuks are metal rickshaws that are attached to a motorbike. They do have transparent flaps that can be lowered during the rain that can also help block the wind. Tuk tuks are generally cheaper than cabs and are a great authentic way to get around the city capital. It is much more advisable to hire tuk tuks for the whole day along with the driver especially when going touring and sightseeing. It can also be a convenient way for tourists to take fabulous action photos without being impeded by car windows. This is well worth the money considering that the driver can double as your tour guide and can even supply you with cold bottled water. Competition is fierce when it comes to tuk tuks as there seems to be an oversupply in the city. Try to help the small city out by not haggling down too much.
Bicycles can also be used by travelers as there are several places around the city where you can rent them. There are great for getting around the city center but are not advised for further trips. Many hotels in the city offer free use of bicycles so make sure to ask if such services are available upon check-in.
For those who have money to spare, getting around Siem Reap by helicopter is especially extraordinary. Get to see the small city from an aerial point of view or fly through the vast landscape of the region’s capital to see its most impressive scenery. A helicopter ride will probably cost around USD 1000 per hour but views of the landscape are spectacular.
Siem Reap is a small and very walkable city and many attractions can be easily reached by foot. Unfortunately, some small streets around town degrade into small swamps of muddy potholes especially after rain showers, which will make the roads a challenge to navigate. But in the end, whatever mode of transport you use when getting around Siem Reap will depend on the your budget, level of comfort and eagerness to experience the excitement of the city.