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Poipet by taxi


Poipet by taxi

New Road between Siem Reap and Poipet (August 2009)
New Road between Siem Reap and Poipet (August 2009)
Currently Toyota Camry taxis to Siem Reap will take you from Poipet for a fixed price of 2400 baht however this price is over inflated and you can get a ride for 1000 Baht(but this takes a lot of negotiating effort). This incredibly inflated fare is primarily caused by the police-enforced travel monopoly that prevents competing taxi fares and takes the majority of the profit ($25 per taxi trip) away from anyone involved. The police will "ticket" drivers who are seen offering rides to tourists outside of the corrupt system (the fare might only be $30 if the police are not paid off). The taxis seat up to four people, so don't be shy about introducing yourself to fellow travelers at the visa office and joining up for the ride. The Poipet-Sisophon-Siem Reap road is a very smooth ride that can be covered in under three hours. After arriving in Siem Reap your taxi driver will likely drop you off at a stand of overly happy tuk-tuks just a couple of kilometers outside the city center. You will probably be told that there is a law prohibiting them from entering the center of Siem Reap. This is an absolute lie. You will likely also be informed that the tuk-tuk drivers are paid by the travel monopoly and will take you to whichever guesthouse you request free of charge. This is not exactly the case. In fact, the tuk-tuk drivers themselves paid money to the monopoly to have access to you. The monopoly pays them nothing. As such do not expect accurate information about different hotels and guesthouses in town as they will be more interested in taking you to one that pays them a commission. You will also be placed under various degrees of pressure to hire this driver for all of your visits to Angkor for the duration of your stay. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if the hotel or guesthouse has drivers of their own you would do better to hire one of them. Ideally, refuse to exit the vehicle and demand that the taxi continue into town and directly to the place you want to stay. Taxis going the opposite direction may be cheaper, if you can keep the middle men out of it. Ask your guesthouse. Since far fewer people head to Poipet than away, you have a better bargaining position.

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