How to Get to Cambodia?

How to Get to Cambodia?

Being a country in Southeast Asia, Cambodia, also called the "land of the Khmers", is recognized as a mysterious destination that attracts many travelers with its grandiose, miraculous masterpieces, but also with its authentic landscapes. & sumptuous ranging from picturesque mountains to beaches with turquoise waters. Sharing its borders with Vietnam to the south, Laos to the north, and Thailand to the west, Cambodia is accessible in several ways. Discover with us these means of transport to get to Cambodia.

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Written by Preetika Narula (Local Expert)Updated on 23-05-2024
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Getting to Cambodia from Asia

Airway

Cambodia has three international airports in Phnom Penh - Cambodian capital, Siem Reap - gateway to the mystical temples of Angkor and Sihanouk city. Air travel to Cambodia remains the most popular choice, especially for travelers staying there for a short period of time.

Cambodia hosts a large number of direct flights from Asian cities. The Thai airlines Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways offer a wide choice of flight schedules from Bangkok. Others like Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, China Airlines, Jetstar, China Southern Air… offer at least one direct daily flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kuala Lumpur…

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If you want to take a combined Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia trip and are wondering how to get to Cambodia from Vietnam & Laos, below are some suggested air connections between these three countries for your reference:

+ Vietnam Airlines/Cambodia Angkor Airlines - regular direct flight Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh - Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh - Phnom Penh, Da Nang - Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh - Sihanouk city (3 times/week).

+ Lao Airlines: regular flight Phnom Penh - Vientiane, Siem Reap - Pakse, and Siem Reap - Luang Prabang.

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Lao Airlines

Riverway

Crossed by the Mekong River and bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is still accessible by river. The crossing points are in Phnom Penh, Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, and Stung Hav.

From Vietnam, there are fast boats connecting Chau Doc to Phnom Penh in 5 hours (1 time/day/one way). We could also opt for a cruise over several days leading to the temples of Angkor or passing by the beaches of Sihanouk, Koh Kong, in order to combine rest, sumptuous landscapes, and means of transport.

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Ground route

The extension to Cambodia by land by car, bus or motorbike is a great experience during a combined trip of two or more countries in Southeast Asia. However, the formalities are slightly more complicated for entry by car. Drivers must be in possession of documents such as registration document, insurance certificate, international and national driving license, customs clearance book and temporary exemption from customs duties. Generally speaking, it is relatively easy to travel to Cambodia by motorbike from Vietnam. But when leaving Laos, corrupt customs officials may ask you to pay additional unofficial fees.

Ground route

For the bus, from Vietnam, there are several Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh bus schedules. The journey takes around 5-6 hours one way. From Thailand, direct buses from Mo Chit Bus Station in Bangkok to Siem Reap take approximately 7 hours by road. There are two schedules in the morning/day.

From Laos, there are buses at 8:00 a.m. from Siem Reap to Pakse, the journey time is approximately 10 hours. Allow an 8h15 trip to get to the 4000 islands. In all cases, the bus makes stops along the way for toilets and administrative formalities at the border.

4000 islands in Laos
The Si Phan Don (Lao: ສີ່ພັນດອນ; meaning '4,000 islands') in Laos

Getting to Cambodia from the United States

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There are no direct flights from the United States to Cambodia. Travelers will need to make one or more stopovers, typically in major Asian cities such as Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. Popular airlines that operate flights from major US cities (e.g., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York) to these Asian hubs include Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, and Singapore Airlines. From these hubs, connecting flights to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville are available.

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Example Routes

  • Los Angeles to Phnom Penh: One-stop flights are available via Seoul (Korean Air) or Taipei (EVA Air).
  • New York to Siem Reap: Flights with stopovers in Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific) or Singapore (Singapore Airlines).

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Getting to Cambodia from Europe

There used to be direct flights from Frankfurt to Siem Reap operated by some airlines like Condor, but currently, most flights from Frankfurt to Siem Reap require at least one stopover. The same applies to most European cities due to limited direct connections to Cambodia.

While there are no consistent direct flights from European cities to Cambodia, there have been occasional direct flights, like the seasonal Condor flight from Frankfurt to Siem Reap. Generally, travelers will need to make at least one stopover in a major city in Asia or the Middle East, generally in Southeast Asia such as Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Doha, or even Abu Dhabi on the Arabian Peninsula.

departure flight from Dubai to Phnom Penh
Flights from Dubai to Phnom Penh

In Europe, international flights to Cambodia are mostly served in the capitals of European countries. If you are leaving from France, Paris Charles de Gaulle will be the main choice with several air, rail and land connections from the provinces. Alternatively, Frankfurt and Amsterdam airports are also easily accessible for those in the east or north of France.

Getting to Cambodia from Europe

The flight with one stopover lasts approximately 13 hours each way. The one with several stops requires more time, sometimes 30 hours/one way for the cheapest prices. A maximum duration of 13 to 18 hours, including stopovers, is recommended to avoid long transfers and wasted time. Below is a list of carriers that operate flights from France, Switzerland, and Belgium to Cambodia:

+ France/Paris Charles de Gaulle: Air France, Vietnam Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways.

+ Belgium/Brussels Airport: Austrian Airlines, Qatar Airways

+ Switzerland/Zurich Airport: Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines and Thai Airways

Among the latter companies, Thai Airways offers direct flights connecting many European cities and Bangkok, which is only an hour's flight from Cambodia. Otherwise, Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific are also recommended for short flights.

In general, these tickets cost around 700 euros in return. The price can rise to 1200 euros round trip during the high period from November to March or the end of December. The price varies depending on your choice of dates in low or high season, weekdays or weekends. Some companies such as China Southern Airlines, Emirates, and Qatar offer promotional offers allowing travelers to obtain round-trip tickets for around 500 euros.

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Over 3 million tourists visited Cambodia from January-July

Getting to Cambodia from Australia

Airway

There are also no direct flights from Australia to Cambodia, necessitating at least one stopover. Major stopover cities include Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. Airlines such as Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and AirAsia provide connections from major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to these hubs, where travelers can then catch a connecting flight to Cambodia.

Example Routes

  • Sydney to Phnom Penh: Common stopover points include Singapore (Singapore Airlines) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia Airlines).
  • Melbourne to Siem Reap: Flights typically stop over in Bangkok (Thai Airways) or Singapore (Singapore Airlines).
There are also no direct flights from Australia to Cambodia, necessitating at least one stopover.
There are also no direct flights from Australia to Cambodia, necessitating at least one stopover.

Getting to Cambodia from Canada

Currently, no direct flights to Cambodia are possible from Canada. One or more stopovers are therefore necessary. When departing from Eastern Canada, it is best to choose flights via Europe which are normally faster. As for people coming from the west, flights with stopovers in major Asian cities such as Seoul, and Taipei where direct flights to Phnom Penh are operated will be faster and cheaper. The price of these flights from Vancouver is considered cheaper than from Toronto.

 One or more stopovers are therefore necessary.
One or more stopovers are therefore necessary.

Where to buy plane tickets?

These plane tickets can be purchased directly on the carriers' website or via a specialized agency or a comparison site (Skyscanner, Liligo, Opodo, Look Voyages, Go Voyages, etc.). Purchasing the plane ticket from the airline allows you to benefit from direct contact if necessary. When purchasing tickets on the comparator site or via an agency, it is easier to find flights at a suitable time and at an attractive price. However, responsiveness is slow when necessary because you always have to go through an intermediary.

To conclude, several means of transport to get to Cambodia are available to travelers. Each offers great opportunities to enjoy local experiences. It's up to you to choose what suits you best.

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