Are you looking for an Angkor Wat Tuk Tuk driver?If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Me and my tuk-tuk. (Click on the small photos on the right to see more photos of Angkor Wat...)
- About Angkor Wat, Tuk-Tuks and your Angkor Wat Tuk-Tuk Driver:
Let me introduce myself first. My name is Jin Sojeat – but you can call me MJ (short for “Mr Jeat”) - and I am one of Cambodia’s finest tuk-tuk drivers (honestly!). I live in Siem Reap (the town close to the Angkor temples - and probably the town you will be staying in for your visit). I therefore know this area very well. And I speak good English (and Cambodian, of course).
I have been a tuk-tuk driver for over 10 years now and in that time have done hundreds of tours to Angkor Wat and the surrounding Angkor temples. There are over 100 temples and monuments from the Angkor period (covering 3000 square kilometres) around Siem Reap. Luckily a number of the best ones are reasonably close together, meaning you can see anywhere between 5-15 of these over a period of 1, 2 or 3 days (or even longer, if you have time) with the help of some transport.
I tailor trips to suit your schedule and interests, but everyone does the highlight of this area – a trip to Angkor Wat, the most famous and impressive temple here (and possibly worldwide). A day-trip to this temple and the surrounding ones will give you a great introduction to the amazing architecture and culture that flourished in this country between the 9th and 14th centuries AD. [For more information about Angkor Wat and Angkor history provided by Wikipedia, click HERE]. If you have more than one day, there are plenty more temples to see – and other attractions.
Siem Reap and Angkor are great places to use tuk-tuks (unlike, say Bangkok), because the distances between the temples are large (several kilometres sometimes, so it can get exhausting if you opt to cycle and then need some more energy to climb up and down the temples, pretending to be Indiana Jones!). Also, the roads here are in good condition - straight and flat. And the breeze from driving along keeps you cool (it gets hot here). Much better than being stuck on a tour bus. Also, there is little traffic on the roads between the temples. So, if you have never been on a tuk-tuk, this is the place to try it!
I’ll drop you off at the best temples, you take as long or as short a time as you want at each one and I’ll be waiting for you at the entrance to take you to the next one. It’s that simple.
Here are some comments from my previous customers:
”I can recommend MJ and his Angkor Wat Tuk-tuk Service without hesitation. MJ is a delightful person and discovering the wonders of Angkor is all the more enjoyable when accomplished in the back of his tuk-tuk. He works very hard to please his customers. My husband and I hope to return to Siem Reap to complete the tours to those more distant sites with him in the near future and we are looking forward to meeting MJ once again”. Mrs Corr from Perth, W.Australia
”MJ took my wife and I around the Angkor Temples for three days in his Tuk-Tuk. MJ was very friendly and easy going and we had an amazing experience visiting the temples with him. Ever since, I have been recommending MJ to my friends and family interested in visiting the Angkor Temples. I have absolutely no problem recommending MJ to anyone interested in visiting Siem Reap”. Mike - Toronto, Canada
I’ve included some example itineraries and costs below, but basically trips get tailored to what YOU want to do and see. And WHEN (you might want a late start for example, or see sunrise). Of course I can suggest what would be good to do and see if you are not sure (as I’ve done below). Basically, a day of my tuk-tuk services would cost between $15-$30 and would last up to around 7-8 hours. Journeys involving temples that are much further away cost more because of the additional petrol costs. A day-trip to Angkor Wat and nearby temples would be just $15. I would suggest you do that first and if you enjoy the day, you could decide what you want to do the next day (if you have time).
Possible itineraries and costs (for visitors to Siem Reap who have between 1 and 5 days to explore Angkor Wat and the surrounding Angkor temples and attractions). Of course, you can just do a tour for one day - choose what interests you most. Or do Tour 1 first, if you enjoy it (you will) do some more...
Tour 1: After your breakfast I’ll meet you at your accommodation and we will drive to the Angkor ticket office and then I and will take you to visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the Bayon complex, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. We’ll visit Baphoun and Phimean Akas temples also. Then onwards to see the famous Ta Prohm temple (also known as the Tomb Raider Temple, with huge trees growing over ancient temple walls). After a busy few hours in the morning we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll visit the world famous Angkor Wat temple. It really is amazing! Explore the temple at your own pace. Then it’s back to your hotel, guesthouse or hostel. [COST: $15 for 1 person, also $15 for 2 people]. This tour normally starts around 8.30am and will finish in the afternoon. If you want an earlier start or later finish to see sunrise or sunset, this can be done for an extra $5.
Tour 2: Starting around 8.30am we will drive to one of the unique, further away temples (about 37km from Siem Reap town) called Banteay Srei (made of soft pink sandstone), followed by the Cambodian Landmine museum (for an insight into some more modern-day Cambodian history) and then the Angkor temple of Banteay Samre. Time for a break and lunch at a local restaurant. After that, time to explore the temples of the Big Circuit: Preak Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon and Pre Rup temples. Then back to your accommodation. [COST: $30 for 1 or 2 people. Landmine Museum entrance is not included, can be skipped for extra time at temples. If you want an earlier start or later finish to see sunrise or sunset, this can be done for an extra $5. If you want to see Kbal Spean that can be added on to today’s schedule for an extra $10.]
Tour 3: Starting around 8:30am we will set off to explore the Rolous Group; Lolei, Preak Ko and Bakong temples. Then back to Siem Reap for lunch. By now you may start to be getting “templed-out”, so we’ll do something a bit different in the afternoon - taking a trip to the Floating Village at Kompung Pluk on the Great Lake of Cambodia to see people, schools, hospitals, communities, fish and crocodile farms, workshops and more – a glimpse at authentic modern-day Cambodia basically . [COST: $20 for 1 or 2 people].
Tour 4: Tour to Beng Mealea: this is a spectacular jungle temple around 60km drive to the north-east of Siem Reap (it takes about 90 minutes to get there). It is one of the "new" highlights of Cambodia; having only been cleared of mines at the end of 2003. Built by Jayarvaman VII; in the style of Angkor Wat; its scale is huge; being well over one square kilometre within its moat. Approached by a four causeways; Beng Mealea appears to be a huge pile of rubble partially hidden in the trees. Once you get closer the high walls, the ancient Khmer architecture reveals itself. Cloaked in vegetation and with few concessions to tourism; this temple looks like it would have done when the early French explorers found it. [Here’s a nice Beng Mealea video to give you an idea of what to expect]. As it is on-route, you could also see the either the Floating Village OR the Rolous Group (see Tour 3 description above) if you haven’t already been there [COST: $40 for tuk tuk or $65 by car or $70 by minivan].
Tour 5 (NEW): A new car tour to the 125km far away Koh Ker group plus Beng Mealea (see Tour 4 above) is possible by car or minivan for $120 return. Entrance fees, meals and tour guide are not included. Contact me for more details about this new trip if you are interested.
The above are just example itineraries and can easily be changed to suit your interests and needs – just let me know what you want to do – it’s your holiday after all. Not everyone can do 3 or 4 days, so if you just have time for one day, that’s also okay, just tell me what you what you want too see! [Note: if you are in a bigger group, I can also organise taxi or van transport, or multiple tuk-tuks!].
ANGKOR WAT TAXIS: CAR HIRE & VAN HIRE WITH DRIVER
I can help organise a Toyota Camry car and driver carrying up to 4 passengers around the Angkor area for $35 a day. Or for larger groups a private air-conditioned 12 seater van with driver for $40 per day for nearby temples. Email me for more details and bookings.
- CONTACT ME:
So, if you’re interested in taking an Angkor Wat Tuk-Tuk tour with me or have any questions, simply get in touch: