Located just 8 kilometers west of the city Phnom Penh International Airport is a small charming airport that welcomes approximately 1.2million visitors each year. Passenger numbers have more than doubled in the last five years with Cambodia’s growing tourism sector and the introduction of regional budget airlines.
Formerly called Pochentong International Airport, it is a two-storey structure with a warm appearance and many decorative local artifacts accenting the space. The airport receives flights from international carriers such as Emirates Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways.
When you arrive in Phnom Penh follow the signs to the immigration and baggage claim areas. If you need to get a visa on arrival stop at the counter submit your application form, one passport photo and US$20 and wait approximately 15 minutes while your visa is issued.
If you already have an e-visa head straight for the passport control counters. Through this head to the baggage claim then through to customs. If there is a customs officer present give him your declaration form otherwise just slip it into the bin provided and proceed out into the arrivals hall.
In the arrivals hall you will find some mobile phone desks where it is very cheap to purchase temporary SIM cards for your phone. There is also a money changer and ATMs.
After checking in show your boarding pass to the guard before ascending to the departures level of the building. If you purchased your ticket before January 2011 you will need to pay US$25 departure tax. Tickets issued after this date have the tax included in the price. Enjoy a number of services and facilities in the departures lounge.
Transport Options (how to get to your hotel)
As Phnom Penh does not have city trains or busses connecting to the airport your only means to the airport other than hotel transfers is by taxi. Using public taxi is easy and a flat rate applies to anywhere in the downtown area. Tuk-tuks cost US$7.00 and cars cost US$9.00.
Moped taxis are another option but these are restricted from picking up tourists at the airport however you can walk to the exit and hail one of you wish. These moped taxis should cost no more than US$3.00.
Eating & Drinking
From October 2010 – March 2011 retailer SajiBumi which operates restaurants, bars and cafes in airports in Malaysia and Singapore have established a number of new food and beverage outlets in Siem Reap Angkor International Airport. The new outlets include international brands such as Pizza Company and PHO24 and some local brands like The Blue Pumpkin and FCC Bar.
For a small fee of US$8.00, passengers travelling on all airlines in any passenger class can enjoy the 300m2 Le Salon lounge. Facilities include all-day food and beverage services, internet access through wi-fi and inbuilt tabletop PCs, international newspapers, magazines and TV, music and comfortable seating. Le Salon Lounge is located on the first floor of the international departures hall.
A massage Lounge offers a wonderful way to kill time before your flight with seated massage and foot massage. They also sell oils for comfort, wellness and aromatherapy tools.
In the departure hall free internet access is provided at the Free Internet Corners. Telecommunications are provided through ONLINE and BBG services should you wish to call overseas from the post office where you call also post those last minute postcards.
Smoking rooms and prayer rooms are also available for use in the international departure hall. There is an information desk where you can obtain further information about airport services.
Shopping and duty free
Phnom Penh Airport houses a number of shops including two general Duty Free shops run by Dufry Cambodia plus an Attwood Duty Free shop where you can find the usual tax-free goods.
Interesting souvenirs can be found at Artisans d’Angkor from silks to weaves, lacquer-ware to stone ornaments. Soma Flower enables you to purchase some of the exotic tropical blossoms of Cambodia and Monument Books has an excellent selection of books about Cambodia plus general fiction and non-fiction sections.
If you are looking for some fashion head to EZI Wear & Travel for modern beachwear and lingerie or Ambre Boutique for a good selection of clothing. New to the retail collection is Korean Ginseng Tea which sells premium Korean tea blends.