Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Cambodia
Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive ancient temple complexes in the world. Siem Reap is easily reachable by air or bus from Bangkok or Vietnam.
Citizens of most countries can apply for an electronic visa (e-visa) online for $25 USD or can pay for a visa on arrival for $20 USD. Purchasing a visa (especially at land crossings) requires dodging many scams including paying significantly more for visas at travel agents, fake customs offices and even "tips" and surcharges requested by Cambodian customs officials. A passport photo and an empty, blank page in your passport is required for the visa.
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Bangkok Airways and Cambodia Angkor Air have frequent flights from Bangkok. Departing Siem Reap airport requires paying a departure tax of $25 which is included in the price of your ticket.
Many tour companies sell cheap ground transport tickets though most are scams. A new direct bus operated by Transport Co (government bus company) now makes a daily trip from Bangkok's Mochit Bus Terminal at 9am. Travel time is approximately 8 hrs including stops and border delays. There are reports that they stop at a travel agency to sell overpriced visas. The bus terminates at the Nattakarn travel agency office on Sivutha Rd a couple shops north of the KFC. Buses leave here daily back to Bangkok at 8am.
Siem Reap's tuk-tuks are four-person trailers attached to scooters. Rides within the city should not cost more than $1. Tuk-tuk drivers can provide tours to Angkor Wat for approx $12-$15 not including entrance fees.
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There are many temples in the area and tours can be divided into several circuits. A photo pass is $20 for one day or $40 USD for three days. Since it gets very hot, it is recommended to start early in the morning to avoid the hottest periods and tour groups in the afternoon.
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There is a post office at the northern end of the city. You can stop here coming back from Angkor Wat. There are reports of tourists being overcharged for stamps.
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