Travelling to Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap 4 Days, 3 Nights (Arrival PM)

Travelling to Cambodia has a variety of options since the country has many different border-crossing points when crossing by land.  In addition, there is more than one airport for those travelling to Cambodia by air.  Our comprehensive guide found below will be useful wherever you are planning to enter the country from. 

Travelling by Air

Cambodia has three operating airports in the country that are connected to international destinations. As Cambodian tourism develops at an astonishing rate, it won’t be long before we see more regional airports in the country, many of which have already been planned.

Phnom Penh International Airport

Previously it was called “Pochentong Airport”, this is still the name most Khmer people will use for the airport and is also the name of the avenue to the front of the airport.

Domestic connections are available to/from Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The current list of international connections to/from Phnom Penh is listed below, however, please note that this list is increasing all the time!

  • Guangzhou
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghái
  • Osaka
  • Tokyo
  • Seoul
  • Vientiane
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Bangkok
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi
  • Dubai
  • Yangon
  • Nanning
  • Wattay

The distance between the Airport, which is located in the west of the city, to central Phnom Penh is approximately 11 kilometres down the Russian Federation Boulevard. Be aware of heavy traffic between 6:00-8:00 and 17:00-20:00.

Either taxi or tuk-tuk is the recommended way of getting from the airport to the city. Make sure you use a taxi with a meter, the fare should be around $10, most of these taxi companies can be found at the arrival hall of the airport.

You can pre-pay for a tuk-tuk from a booth as you are exiting the airport on your left. The fare is usually $8, although, you can probably negotiate a fare of $5-6 if you leave the airport and use one of the many tuk-tuks’ lining the road!

Hotel shuttle: This is the best way if you are staying at a hotel that offers the service. Worth asking for when you reserve your hotel, they will wait for you at the airport and take you all the way to your accommodation.

Moto-taxi: In Cambodia, this service is called “Moto-dop“. As you exit the airport you will be offered a lift from the many waiting outside. They are the fastest and cheapest way of getting into the city and a great idea for anybody travelling on their own. The cost should be no more than $4 to go anywhere in central Phnom Penh.

Siem Reap International Airport

Siem Reap airport is slightly smaller than Phnom Penh airport but is the busiest airport in Cambodia in regards to passengers, thanks to the popularity of the Angkor Archaeological Park. There are domestic connections to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and international connections listed below:

  • Pakse
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Singapore
  • Taipei
  • Bangkok
  • U-Tapao
  • Sattahip / Pattaya
  • Danang
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Busan
  • Seoul
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Manilla
  • Chengdu
  • Guangzhou

The airport, architecturally, is beautifully designed, giving the visitor an opportunity for some quick snaps! Siem Reap airport is 12 kilometres west of the city. If you don’t have a hotel booked already, ask to be dropped off at the Old Market Bridge, near the Siem Reap River. The traffic is much less congested in Siem Reap than in Phnom Penh so the journey won’t take you long!

The same as Phnom Penh airport, the recommended way to get from the airport to the city centre in Siem Reap is by taxi or tuk-tuk. Metered taxi’s and pre-paid tuk-tuks are available to hire from booths in the arrival hall of the airport. A taxi should cost you $10 and a tuk-tuk $7-8, again you can barter for a cheaper fare if you exit the airport before hiring a tuk-tuk.

Moto-taxi: A moto-dop is again fastest, cheapest and great for those travelling on their own or with light luggage. The fair fee will be approximately $4 to the Old Market Bridge.

Sihanoukville International Airport

The newest airport in Cambodia, serving the Sihanoukville Sea Port and beaches in the Gulf of Thailand. It also offers the traveller excellent access to Koh Kong, the Cardamom Mountains and the Thailand border.There are domestic connections to/from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and the following international connections:

  • Hong Kong
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Macau
  • Palau
  • Chengdu
  • Wuhan
  • Wuxi
  • Kunming
  • Singapore
  • Seoul
  • Tianjin

The Airport is 20 kilometres far from Ochheuteal Beach, the main beach in Sihanoukville. It is located in the Ream National Park – a good place to see but get first to downtown. In Ream Town, there are also some hotels and to the south of the Airport, there is a wonderful beach. Travelling from the Airport to downtown, you take the National Road 4 to the west, it winds through a picturesque hilly area and valley.

Sihanoukville has not yet got any domestic taxi services so the best way to get to the town is by tuk-tuk, the price should be between $13-16.

Hotel shuttle: If you have pre-booked a hotel, make sure you ask for an airport shuttle as this is the easiest way to get to the city centre.

Moto-taxi: Moto-dops are available from outside the airport and will take you to Ochheuteal Beach for around $10.

Travelling Over Land

Arriving in Cambodia by land is relatively easy and cheap, if you are in Laos, Thailand or Vietnam, consider travelling to Cambodia by bus, motorbike, bicycle or private car:

Roads between the Indochina countries are good and have many border points between the countries.

Please see below a table for the International Check Points of Cambodia by land and where the e-visa is valid. More visa information can be found on our visa page.

International Check PointBorderE-visa ArrivingE-visa Leaving
Phnom Penh International AirportYesYes
Siem Reap International AirportYesYes
Sihanoukville International AirportYesYes
Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)ThailandYesYes
Chorm (Oddar Meanchey)ThailandNoYes
Daung (Kamrieng-Battambang)ThailandNoYes
Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey)ThailandYesYes
Prom (Pailin)ThailandNoYes
O Smach (Oddar Meanchey)ThailandNoYes

Travelling by Boat

Arriving in Cambodia by ship is not particularly popular, however, very much possible via two ways:

In an international Cruiser to the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS): There are ships from all continents that include Sihanoukville as one of the docks they stop at.

By the Mekong River: This applies especially if you are in Vietnam or in the Mekong Delta. You can find speed (and slow) boats from Can Tho and Chau Doc cities to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. A speedboat will reach Phnom Penh from Chau Doc in five hours.

The water route from Laos to Cambodia has been suspended for several years. However, you could cross the Laos-Cambodian border by land and look for a private boat service from Stung Treng to Kratie province and then from there to Phnom Penh.

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