Getting to Cambodia | How to travel to Cambodia (2024)

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    Siem Reap Family Adventure

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There are direct flights to Phnom Penh from an increasing number of cities in the region including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City, and several cities in China (including frequent connections with Hong Kong). Alternatively, it’s also possible to fly direct to Siem Reap from Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and a number of other Asian destinations.

Flights from the UK and Ireland

There are plenty of daily flights, many nonstop, from London Heathrow to Southeast Asian cities, with some airlines offering connections to Phnom Penh. Flight times vary depending on routing. The most direct route is via Bangkok (around 11–12hr from London, plus another 1hr on to Phnom Penh), followed by Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). There are also a growing number of connections via the Gulf, although these will entail at least two stops. From Ireland, it’s a matter of either getting a cheap connection to London Heathrow or flying to Cambodia via a different European (or possibly Gulf) hub.

Thai Airways (, Singapore Airlines ( and Malaysia Airlines ( offer some of the most competitive fares to Cambodia, with return fares to Phnom Penh starting at around £650.

Flights from the US and Canada

Flying from the east coast of North America to Cambodia it’s quickest to travel via Europe. Conversely, from the west coast it may well be quicker and cheaper to fly westward via an Asian city such as Seoul or Taipei (the latter has direct connections to Phnom Penh on EVA Air; There are daily flights from New York and Los Angeles to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, all of which have onward connections to Phnom Penh. Fares from both the east and west coasts to Phnom Penh start from around US$1500. From Canada, low-season return fares from Toronto to Phnom Penh start at around Can$2000, and Can$1500 return from Vancouver.

Flights from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

There’s a wide selection of flights from Australia and New Zealand to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, with onward connections to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Return fares from Australia to Phnom Penh start at around Aus$1000; from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington flights start from roughly NZ$2000.

Travelling from South Africa to Cambodia via an Asian hub city, fares start at around ZAR12,000 return.

Round-The-World flights

If Cambodia is only one stop on a longer journey, you might want to consider buying a Round-The-World (RTW) ticket. Cambodia can be added to itineraries offered by airline consortium Star Alliance ( for example. Bangkok or Singapore are more common ports of call for many RTW tickets; from the UK, figure on around £1000 plus taxes for an RTW ticket including either of these destinations.

Getting there from neighbouring countries

There are numerous land borders into Cambodia open to foreigners from neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Visas at all are issued on arrival.

From Thailand

There are currently six border crossings between Cambodia and Thailand open to foreigners. All are open daily (7am–8pm) with visas being issued on arrival at all points; although e-visas are currently only accepted at Poipet and Koh Kong.

Far and away the most popular of the six crossings is the mildly infamous crossing at Poipet, on the main highway between Bangkok and Siem Reap. The Trat/Koh Kong crossing further south is good for Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. There are two further crossings in the east at Ban Pakard/Pailin (Psar Pruhm), an hour by road to Battambang, and at Ban Leam/Daun Lem (although this crossing is basically a casino development in the middle of nowhere, and of zero practical use unless you’re on a visa run from Bangkok). Finally, there are two remote and little-used (by foreigners at least) crossing points in northern Cambodia at Surin/O’Smach, and Chong Sa Ngam/Anlong Veng – both 150km north of Siem Reap (2hr by taxi). These are not busy crossing points though, so your transport options on the Cambodian side will be limited.

From Vietnam

There are currently seven border crossings open to foreigners travelling overland from Vietnam (daily 7am–5pm); Cambodian visas are issued on arrival at all points, although heading into Vietnam you’ll need to have acquired a visa in advance. The busiest crossing is at Moc Bai/Bavet, 200km southeast of Phnom Penh on the main road to Ho Chi Minh City. Also popular is the crossing at Chau Doc/K’am Samnar on the Bassac River. There are two further border crossings in the south at Tinh Bien/Phnom Den near Takeo, and at Hat Tien/Prek Chak east of Kep, plus three little-used crossings in eastern Cambodia (see Border crossings in the east) at Xa Mat/Trapeang Phlong east of Kompong Cham; Loc Ninh/Trapeang Sre, southeast of Snuol, and Le Tanh/O Yadow, east of Banlung.

From Laos

There’s just one border crossing with Laos, at Nong Nok Khiene/Trapeang Kriel (see To Laos) in the far north of Cambodia, 57km beyond Stung Treng. The border is open daily (7am–5pm) and both Cambodian and Lao visas are available on arrival.

Tour operators

If you want to avoid the hassle of making your own arrangements you might consider travelling with a specialist tour operator. However, although Cambodia is well covered, many tour companies still include it only as part of a visit to another Southeast Asian country. Tour prices start at around £500 for land-only options; those that include international flights tend to be £1200 to £1500, while choosing luxury accommodation and specialist activities, such as golfing, can set you back more than £4000.

Agents and operators

North South Travel Friendly, competitive travel agency, offering discounted fares worldwide. Profits are used to support projects in the developing world, especially the promotion of sustainable tourism.

STA Travel Worldwide specialists in independent travel; also student IDs, travel insurance, car rental, rail passes, and more. Good discounts for students and under-26s.

Trailfinders One of the best-informed and most efficient agents for independent travellers.

Specialist tour operators

Cambodia Community Based Ecotourism Network Cambodian organization offering homestays and visits to ecotourism sites throughout the country.

Intrepid Travel Southeast Asia specialist with an impressive choice of Cambodia offerings and an emphasis on low-impact tourism.

Peregrine Reasonably priced Southeast Asian tours, mostly combining Cambodia with a neighbouring country – one interesting option is the Saigon to Angkor Cycle. Pedalling through Cambodia may be challenging, but you’ll get fit and see plenty of local life along the way. Online travel agent with an extensive range of Cambodia tours from different companies, all with an ethical emphasis.

See Cambodia Differently Cambodian specialists offering moderately priced group and customized tours, including an excellent selection of wildlife-themed trips.

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Getting to Cambodia | How to travel to Cambodia (2024)


Getting to Cambodia | How to travel to Cambodia? ›

The best way to travel to and around Cambodia is by air. Visitors from most countries can get a visa upon arrival at the airport. Cambodia is serviced by two international airports, Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, along with Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, are significant global and domestic tourist destinations for Cambodia. Founded in 1372, the city is noted for its historical architecture and attractions. It became the national capital in 1434 following the fall of Angkor, and remained so until 1497. › wiki › Phnom_Penh
International (PNH) and Siem Reap
Siem Reap
Siem Reap (Khmer: សៀមរាប, Siĕm Réab [siəm riəp]) is the second-largest city of Cambodia, as well as the capital and largest city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. Siem Reap. ក្រុងសៀមរាប City. Aerial view of Siem Reap at night. › wiki › Siem_Reap
International (REP).

What is the best way to travel through Cambodia? ›

The two best ways for getting from one place to the other in Cambodia are by air and private car. Flying between cities is an inexpensive and popular option among visitors, while private cars provide the most comfortable and convenient mode of transportation.

How do you get to Cambodia from the US? ›

Flying from the east coast of North America to Cambodia it's quickest to travel via Europe. Conversely, from the west coast it may well be quicker and cheaper to fly westward via an Asian city such as Seoul or Taipei (the latter has direct connections to Phnom Penh on EVA Air;

Where do you fly into to go to Cambodia? ›

Cambodia has two international airports, Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap.

Is Cambodia open for tourist now? ›

Cambodia is open for international leisure travel.

How much money is required for Cambodia trip? ›

Cambodia Packages
Cambodia PackagesDay/NightPrice
Amazing Vietnam & Cambodia Getaway Package8 Days/7 Nights₹1,12,773
Splendid Cambodia Holiday Package6 Days/5 Nights₹75,886
Best of Cambodia & Vietnam (Land Only) Package7 Days/6 Nights₹11,885
Family Special - Splendid Vietnam and Cambodia Package8 Days/7 Nights₹49,043
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How many days do you need for Cambodia? ›

Most travelers plan a five-day Cambodia itinerary as part of a longer trip across Southeast Asia. While you can barely scratch the surface of Cambodia in five days or less, this duration should allow you to visit most of the highlights of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

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