Hiring a car in Siem Reap Airport
You can hire a car from Avis, and pick it up from the Siem Reap branch. There isn’t an exhaustive list of vehicles to choose from, but you will find options for small or larger cars, as well as the choice between a manual and an automatic transmission.
Please note that automatic transmissions are more expensive, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your trip. It is strongly recommended that you organise your booking in advance of your trip.
Leaving Siem Reap Airport
If you are able to collect your hired car at the airport, getting into town is easy: take the National Route/Highway 6 (NR-6) directly into town. It is about a 15 minute drive.
Similarly, you will find several fuel stations along NR-6 on your way to, or from, the airport.
Driving in Siem Reap
Though Cambodia is a small country, driving here can be a little tricky. Traffic flows on the right in Cambodia, but it should be noted that the roads aren’t well maintained, and driving at night as a result can be hazardous. If you are nervous about driving, it is recommended that you hire a licensed driver for the duration of your travel.
If you’re carrying a foreign license, Cambodia requires you apply for a Cambodia driver’s license. This can be applied for at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. You will need your national license, and an International Driving Permit (IDP) to apply.
What can you see and do in Siem Reap?
The huge draw of Siem Reap is undoubtedly the majestic Angkor Wat, but there is more to this town than meets the eye, and plenty to do outside of the temple complexes.
Siem Reap is small but vibrant, being host to visitors from all over the world, it is a welcoming town. Stroll down Pub Street, the main drag where you can grab lunch and coffee during the day, then wander along Siem Reap River when the sun starts to sink, and come back to Pub Street at night to find the venues prepping for midnight revellers. Stop by at the local classic Angkor What? bar, smack bam in the middle of the street.
For history a little closer to us all, visit the enlightening Landmine Museum and Relief facility which raises money to clear the mines that still litter the Cambodian countryside as part of its dark legacy of the Khmer Rouge.
Nearby Siem Reap you can also visit the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, a freshwater lake, and the largest of its kind in South East Asia. There are tours you can take to acquaint you with the local eco-system.
Of course, we must circle back around to the temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. These buildings extend over 400 square kilometres, and each temple is intricately carved. You can spend one day here, but opt for the three-day ticket, so you can explore all parts of this incredible monument to human artistry and ingenuity.
Please note all information is current as of November 2015.