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Cambodia Angkor Air At Siem Reap International Airport

Airport To Hotel Transport

Pre arranged airport pickup is what we do best. Don’t wait until you have arrived in Siem Reap, book your pickup now!

Tour Highlights:

  • Drive Through Siem Reap To Your Hotel

Tour Walkthrough:
The driver will before you land and pick you up at the Immigration Exit of Siem Reap International Airport then help you with your bags into the Tuk Tuk or Car. From there he will provide a comfortable ride to your Hotel or Hostel in Siem Reap. Should you need to make any additional stops eg: Shampoo, Toothpaste, Cigarettes, ATM, etcetera, please let the driver know before departing from the Airport.

Estimated Tour Time:
20 Minutes

Tour Includes:
Siem Reap International Airport Pickup And Drop Off At Your Hotel Or Hostel In Siem Reap

Tour Excludes:
Additional Locations

We must have the following information to ensure proper service:
Flight Number (if possible)
Arrival Time
Hotel / Hostel You Are Residing

Tour Cost:
Tuk Tuk $5 USD
Car $10 USD

Why you Shouldn’t Buy from Street Children when Visiting Cambodia

It is natural to want to help the street children you will undoubtedly come across when visiting Siem Reap. They will stare at you with their big brown eyes, tug on your shirt and say, “One dollar, just one dollar”. You will think, “Sure, what harm will one dollar do?”. But the sad reality is, that one dollar can do a lot of harm.

When we buy from street children, the responsibility to earn money shifts from the parents onto the child. For every sale a child makes, their parents see the value in it. They see the money that the children bring home each evening and realise it is an ‘easy option’ for them to get food on the table. Although every situation is unique, we are perpetuating these attitudes and behaviours by buying from children.

Furthermore, it traps children in the poverty cycle. “I need money for school,” is a common line from child sellers. Maybe they do. Public school in Cambodia runs for half a day, though children usually have to partake in extra classes. However, even if the children ARE in school, do you think they will have the energy to concentrate if they are working in their free time? And once they see they can make money by selling on the streets, they are more likely to drop out of school. This means that the child is likely to remain uneducated, thus not being able to break the cycle of poverty as they won’t have the skills or knowledge to access gainful, full-time employment in the future. We would help these children more by not buying from them, and not be perpetuating this negative cycle.

Instead of buying from street children when visiting Siem Reap, shop and dine at social enterprises. These enterprises provide training, fair wages and good working conditions to Cambodians, and often support NGO’s with their profits. It is a sustainable way to help people living in poverty, and you also benefit!

Make sure to ask Chang for his suggestions of which social enterprises to dine at when you book him for your next trip to Siem Reap. And remember, don’t buy anything from that cute child on the street. It just isn’t worth it.

What to pack for a trip to Cambodia

So, you are heading to Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder. Cambodia is a glorious country, and whether you visit during the hot season, rainy season or cool season, you are bound to have a fabulous time. To help you prepare for your upcoming trip, read this guide on what to pack for a trip to Cambodia.

Modest clothing

Cambodia is a modest country, and you will be hard pressed to find locals wearing anything but long sleeves and long pants. To respect the culture, it is best to always have your shoulders and knees covered. If you do find it is too hot, pack a light shirt or shawl to wear over your sleeveless tops, particularly when visiting the temples.

Mosquito repellent 

Don’t enter the country without it. Every year, thousands of people in Cambodia contract malaria or dengue fever, and it can be deadly. At the very least, it will ruin your trip. By simply applying mosquito repellent every few hours, you will be able to skip these tropical diseases and ensure you remain healthy long after you depart the country.

Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer

Cambodians don’t typically use toilet paper. If you are stuck and have to resort to using a squat toilet, it will serve you well to have some sanitary wipes on hand. Hand sanitizer also comes in handy, especially if you are about to tuck down on a meal at a street food stall that doesn’t have hygiene facilities.

Hat + sunscreen

Cambodia is a very hot country (except for December and January), and the fun will be beating down on you all day, especially if you are visiting the temples. To avoid having beet-red skin like many other tourists, wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen to avoid some nasty sunburn.

A book on Cambodia

There are surprisingly quite a few books written about Cambodia, and we do recommend you read at least one either before you visit the country or while you are there. First, they Killed my Father is a true story written by Loung Ung in the voice of her five-year-old self. It covers her life before the Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975, her four years under the brutal regime and what happened in the end. It has been made into a Netflix film, so if you really weren’t into reading, watching it is always an option!

Before you head to Cambodia, be sure to book one of our tours. We have a range of options available to suit different budgets and travel plans, and Chang is a respected driver with years of experience under his belt.

See you soon!

Main Temple Set At Koh Ker

Koh Ker Temple

Koh Ker Temple is approximately two hours into the Cambodian country. We will shuttle you there and back by car.

Tour Highlights:

  • Journey through the Cambodian countryside
  • Koh Ker Temple

Tour Walkthrough:
Your journey to this glorious temple will take you through the Cambodian countryside. Located 120km from Siem Reap, Koh Ker was briefly the capital of the Khmer empire in the 10th century. Despite many hand-chiselled statues being looted and remaining in museums and private collections today, a trip to Koh Ker is certainly worth the distance. Depending on the time of day, you can be hard pressed to come across another soul whilst exploring the collection of structures in the Cambodian jungle. Without a doubt, your favourite structure will be the well-preserved pyramid that you can walk up to witness a spectacular jungle view.

Estimated Tour Time:

Tour Includes:
Hotel Pickup; Transport to and from Koh Ker, a cold bottle of water and a traditional Khmer snack

Tour Excludes:
Entry fee to Koh Ker ($10 USD)

Tour Cost:
Car $90 USD
with Preah Vihear *link* $130 USD