Car Hire in Siem Reap
This information is correct as of August 2015
Offering traditional attractions that feature the most of the Cambodian culture and history, drop by Siem Reap and rent a car to reach its destinations. Its most astounding attraction is the Angkor Wat, which started out as a Hindu temple for the Khmer empire, before becoming a Buddhist centre near the end of the 12th century. Once you finish a tour on this fascinating landmark, you can turn to other points of interest here that include Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Bayon, Preah Khan, Banteay Kdei, Beng Mealea, and Bakong.
Where to hire a car in Siem Reap
Local car rental companies within Siem Reap and the Siem Reap International Airport include Cambo Car Rental, Sao Vuthy Car Rental, Pisey Meas Car Rental, 7Makara Electric Car Unit, among others. They allow reservations made in advance, which is convenient for planning your means of transport. Communicating with various providers can help you determine which rates and terms of usage would be appropriate for your needs. Various models are provided here, allowing you to choose which type you want to help you navigate across the city to the different sites in the region.
You will find it easy to rent a vehicle here, with the cars available with drivers also for hire. If you are not confident with getting around the town, drivers or licenced tour guides can be hired starting from around US$45.00 to US$50.00 or approximately AU$62.70 to AU$69.67 per days, with the drivers often needing a tip of US$5.00 to US$10.00 or AU$6.97 to AU$13.93.
There are also instances when hotels and guesthouses arrange car rentals by request from their guests. Upmarket hotels, though, often charge more for this service, so you should weigh your options carefully. When it comes to requirements, it is in your best interest to get a Cambodian licence, although your driver licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP) are permitted by law. A local licence will let you off easier, especially if asked by the police to present your documents. To clarify, contact your provider to find out about other necessary documents to arrange.
What to expect when hiring a car from Siem Reap
Located within the northern part of Cambodia, Siem Reap serves as the capital of the Siem Reap Province and one of the most sought-after parts of the country. The town is a well-known resort town and works as the primary gateway to the Angkor region, as well as the Angkor Archaeological Park. Driving here is regulated on the right-side of the road with most vehicles offered with automatic transmission.
Travelling in the area, starting from the main airport that serves the city, can be done via NR6 or National Highway 6. You will, however, encounter a large number of motorcycles, which is the popular mode of transport in Cambodia. One-way streets are common in Siem Reap and the surrounding communities, making it essential to have a detailed map or GPS of the areas you will be visiting.
Getting to your destination
Also referred to by its romanized name Panomping, Phnom Penh is the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Among its attractions include Royal Palace, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Silver Pagoda, choeung Ek, Wat Phnom, Independence Monument, and the National Museum of Cambodia.
For a good five hours and 26 minutes, reach the capital city of Phnom Penh from Siem Reap by driving 320 kilometres down NR6, and Jawaharlal Nehru Blvd/Jok Dimitrov Blvd.
Battambang of northwestern Cambodia is the capital city of Battambang province. It can be found by the Sangkae River and offers Barseat Temple, Wat Ek Temple, Ba Nan Temple, Prasat Snung, Phnom Sam Pov Resort, Sek Sak Resort, and Boeng Kam Pinh Puoy Resort, in addition to many more.
Drive to Battambang from Siem Reap in 172 kilometres or two hours and 41 minutes via NR6, Nr5, 159 D, and Street 202.
When in Kampong Cham, visit various fascinating parts of the region such as Chhrouy Chek, Haong Waterfall, King’s Residence, Koh Pen Beach, and the man-made Resort of Teuk Chha. In addition, you should not miss going to Nokor Bachey Temple, Phnom Ham Chey, Phnom Srey and Phnom Pros, to name a few.
Kampong Cham from Siem Reap takes around four hours or more to traverse via NR6. For around 259 kilometres, drive down NR6, 71, NR7, and PR222.