Angkor Wat is a must see when visiting Cambodia. Being the largest religious monument in the world, exploring it by foot is not a good idea. Read below about everything you need to know if you want to visit Angkor Wat by tuk tuk.
When we visited this historic site we chose to visit it by tuk tuk and it was the best decision ever. We had an entire day to explore Angkor Wat and it was enough to see the main temples and admire them. During the rest of our time in Siem Reap we visited the incredible Kampong Phluk Floating Village.
The advantages of visiting Angkor Wat by tuk tuk
You will have the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your needs
Depending on how many days you have to visit Angkor Wat, you can decide together with your tuk tuk driver which temples you want to visit and how much time you want to spend at each of them. If you are planning a 3 days trip to Angkor Wat, read this guide.
The tuk tuk driver will pick you up from your accommodation, wait for you in front of each of the temples and drop you off back to your accommodation.
The price for booking a tuk tuk driver to explore Angkor Wat for one day ranges between $15 and $21. If you only want to see the temples, the price is $15. However, you will have to additionally pay $3 for sunset or sunrise. Usually, tuk tuk drivers will try to ask for more but don’t forget to always negotiate the price!
-> Check out the Top 10 Angkor Wat Instagram spots here!
How to find an Angkor Wat tuk tuk driver
Finding the perfect Angkor Wat tuk tuk driver, will make or break your experience. This is why you need to be careful when choosing one. Read below to find out what you need to be careful about.
Good to know: If you want to avoid the hustle of finding a tuk tuk driver, you can always book a tour online.
You will see that most of hotels/ hostels offer overpriced Angkor Wat tuk tuk tours. This is why the best way to find a tuk tuk driver for your Angkor Wat visit is by yourself.
The only thing you need to do is ask a few drivers if they are doing Angkor Wat tours. You will see that most of them will be happy to be your guide. However, do not forget to ask for the price and negotiate it. If the first offer is too high ($25) or more, I would definitely go and ask another driver.
Look for an honest, friendly, English speaking guide
One of the most important things is that your driver speaks English. You will need to agree on how much time you will be spending at each of the temples and where he is going to wait for you. If he has a poor command of English, it will be difficult to agree on the small things.
Also, look for an honest, friendly tuk tuk driver. Just by having a conversation with him, you will see if you like his personality or not.
Once you find your tuk tuk driver, ask for his phone number/ Facebook
It is important to have the means of contacting your driver in case something happens.
-> To book online your tour to Angkor Wat, click here
What you need to agree on with your Angkor Wat tuk tuk driver
In order for your Angkor Wat visit to run smoothly, you will need to make sure that you tuk tuk driver knows your desired itinerary and expectations.
The price is a deal breaker. If the tuk tuk driver is not comfortable with the price you are willing to pay, he might not show up for the tour. This is why it is important to find a driver whose first price offer is not too high.
Date of tour and pick up time
It is important to agree with your driver on the date of the tour and the pick up hour. Depending on whether you want to see the sunrise or not, you will have to set the hour to start your tour.
What you are going to visit
Most of the tuk tuk drivers will have a map of Angkor Wat with a predefined tour. However, if you wish to visit some additional temples, make sure to inform him.
Where to stay in Siem Reap
I’ve been searching for the best and most affordable hotels in the city. Below are my recommendations. If you’re traveling during high season, I recommend booking your hotel at least on week in advance
- Budget – Okay 1 Villa – good location, spacious rooms, nice pool, friendly staff
- Mid Budget – Siem Reap Palace Residence – good location, modern and spacious rooms, very clean, great amenities
- Luxury – Angkor Village Resort – awesome pool, good location, luxurious rooms, great breakfast, excellent amenities
Finding your Angkor Wat tuk tuk driver might seem overwhelming but you want to make sure that you will have the best experience! Even if there are many things to keep in mind when searching for a driver, I am sure you will find the perfect guide for you! A visit to Angkor Wat by tuk tuk is a must!
May the travel bug bite you!
More about Cambodia:
- Top 10 Angkor Wat Instagram spots – click here
- Visit Kampong Phluk floating village during dry season – click here
- A complete travel guide to Koh Rong – click here
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