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Phnom Penh Getting in & out

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By plane

Phnom Penh International Airport is the larger of airport in Cambodia, located 7 km west of the city.

The following airlines operate service to/from Phnom Penh: AirAsia, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, SilkAir, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines 

The new terminal is a thoroughly pleasant and modern facility, and features a post office, bank (including ATMs), restaurants, duty-free shop, newsstand, tourist help desk, and business center.

Sculptors at work on the street of Phnom Penh.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Taxis from the public taxi stand at the airport cost a flat US$9, and tuk-tuks cost US$7. While taxis might be a safer option, it's better to avoid then as the drivers are arrogant and tend to not return change. Tuk-tuk drivers are a lot more friendly and more flexible. For visitors on a budget without a lot of luggage, it's worth catching an official motorcycle taxi for US$2.

By bus

Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Capitol Tours, and GST Express operate bus service to/from the rather chaotic "station" at the southwest corner of the Central Market. Direct buses go to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Poipet, Koh Kong, Battambang, Kampot, Ratanakiri, Kratie, Stung Treng, Pursat, and Svay Sisophon. Advance bookings are advisable, and can also be sorted out by most travel agents and guesthouses for a US$1-$2 fee.

You can travel on the Mekong Express from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City or from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.

The quality of buses runs the gamut, with the less desireable buses being a few dollars cheaper than more comfortable options.

Be sure that you are aware of border hours and crossing procedures. Some night buses into Cambodia will leave you at the border (sleeping on the bus) while the borders are closed during the night.

By boat

Ferries connect Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and usually take 4-5 hrs; tickets for foreigners cost US$25. Many, but not all, of these ferries offer the option of sitting on the roof, which makes for a much more scenic, albeit less comfortable ride than the bus; take sunblock, a hat, and enough water to last you for several hours just in case the boat gets stuck.

Fast boats leave every morning around 8AM from Chau Doc in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and take 5 hrs to reach Phnom Penh. The boats make the return journey the same day and leave Phnom Penh around 1PM arriving in Chau Doc in the early evening.

By train

A new Company has been established with the intention of reopening the railway and there were signs of controlled activity at Phnom Penh railway station.


Sihanoukville, Battambang, Siem Reap and Angkor are within a few hours' reach; see above. Some companies also offer services to Kampot, Kep and Bokor National Park.

Several tour companies offer day-trips to Tonle Bati, which includes Ta Prohm, an Angkor-era temple not to be mistaken for the Angkor-area temple of the same name.

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