February 21, 2012

Passenger View - Tuk Tuk - Cambodia

Tuk Tuk Ride in Siem Reap heading to Angkor Wat temples


The best way to travel as a tourist in Cambodia is by renting a tuk tuk and driver for the day. Both in Siem Reap and Phnom Phen the rate was $25 per day. You would get picked up at your hotel, driven to the locations of your choice during the day, and end the day back again to your hotel; it could be up to a 14 hour day. All day long the driver would just wait for you while you went to the various temples, restaurants, museums, roadside attraction, any where.

The day I arrived in Phnom Phen by bus the number of eager tuk tuk drivers was typically large. In January they outnumber the tourist by a large number since it was slow season. You can haggle a bit but they all seem to have a set price to take you from the bus station to your hotel. Once at the hotel they ask many questions about your stay and where you want to visit trying to get you to commit to them for your entire stay.

The drivers usually don't speak much English but they know enough to understand where you want to go. Only once were we taken to the wrong place. If I had to do it over again I would  rent a bike to travel around Angkor Wat. It would have taken a bit longer to get to the destinations but I would have enjoyed being able to stop at all the photographic locations of my choice.

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