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Travel to Phnom Penh

Flying to Phnom Penh

There are no direct flights to Phnom Penh from the UK but there are good connections with Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Qatar Airways. The peak travel season is from September to April. You can find cheap flights to Phnom Penh by avoiding school holidays, Christmas and Cambodian New Year in April. If travelling from the USA, you also need to make at least one stopover.

Flight times

From London - 14 hours (including stopover); New York - 20 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 18 hours 40 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 20 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 11 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

Travel by road

The roads around Cambodia vary from excellent to very poor tracks but conditions are improving slowly. Traffic drives on the right, but cars are both left-hand and right-hand drive cars, which can account for the rather reckless manner of driving adopted by the Cambodians.

The road system around Phnom Penh is the best in the country with numbered routes leading out of the city. It is not possible to hire cars in Cambodia but it is possible to hire a car with a driver.

Routes

Route 1 is the main road to the Vietnamese border at Moc Bai, Route 4 takes you to the only port at Sihanoukville and Route 6 to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. The further you travel from the capital, the more the roads deteriorate and land travel becomes a gruelling experience. It is important to remember that during the rainy season, May to October, even major routes can suffer disruption because of serious flooding. Most long-distance taxis leave from the northwest corner of the Central Market.

Coaches

As the roads leading out of Phnom Penh are good, there is an extensive bus service to places such as Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Rattanakiri, Battambang, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

These are operated by the main bus company, Phnom Penh Sorya Transportation (tel: +855 23 210 359; www.ppsoryatransport.com). Buses depart from the southwest corner of the Central Market, at the corner of Street 217 and Street 67.

Time to city

From Battambang - 5 hours 30 minutes; Kampot - 3 hours; Siem Reap - 5 hours 20 minutes; Sihanoukville - 4 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

There are two lines in Cambodia, from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and Battambang. Both lines were suspended due to neglect during the civil war, but as of 2016, freight and a limited passenger service were made available between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

 

Travel by boat

Express boats service Phnom Penh from Siem Reap. Boats leave from south of the Japanese Bridge on Sisowath Quay at Street 104. You should buy tickets at the dock at least one day in advance.

This is quite an adventurous way to get to Siem Reap. Occasionally these local ferries break down or become grounded if the water is too low or the service is suspended. The best time to travel is during and just after the rainy season between June to November.

Ferry operators

There is a regular boat service between Phnom Penh and Chau Doc on the Mekong in Vietnam, with several operators including Blue Cruiser (tel: +855 23 633 3666; www.bluecruiser.com) and Hang Chau Boat Company (tel: +855 12 883 542). Taxis and motodops (motorbike taxis) always meet the boats.

Transfer

The ferry dock is centrally located so can easily be reached by taxi from local hotels.

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InterContinental Hotel

Located in the new business centre of the city, the InterContinental is the first 5-star business hotel in Phnom Penh. With 346 rooms, it's the ideal place for those visiting for work as it has a range of meeting rooms. Its good selection of restaurants offer pan-Asian, Western and Chinese cuisine as well as a popular patisserie.

La Maison D’Ambre

With a superb location on the corner of Sisowath Quay, La Maison D'Ambre has quickly become one of Cambodia's hottest hotels, especially thanks to its river views. Its 10 luxury rooms are individually decorated, while the rooftop bar, Fifth Element, is a huge draw for those after a cool drink at the end of a day. A tree-lined pool and private dining terrace round out a compelling package.

Cozyna Hotel

It's the location of this hotel that makes it such a winner. Right on the main quay, with great access to sights and the city's best nightlife, it's perfect for those on a tight budget. The rooms are simple, but clean, and the staff friendly.

Sunway Hotel

A longstanding favourite, the Sunway Hotel has an excellent location in an upmarket part of Phnom Penh, close to Wat Phnom. The 138 rooms are all large and stylish, some with balconies. The restaurant serves local and international cuisine with special themed nights and there is a patisserie in the lobby. With its own fitness centre and spa, this hotel remains popular.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal

This is a beautifully restored French colonial hotel featuring a blend of Khmer, art deco and French styles. Established in 1929, it boasted an impressive guest list in its heyday including Charlie Chaplin and Jacqueline Kennedy. This sophisticated Phnom Penh hotel has 208 rooms, five restaurants and bars, a pool and spa. The Raffles high standards of service are combined with modern comforts throughout.

Villa Langka Hotel

This good value boutique hotel sits in lush tropical gardens in central Phnom Penh. Close to the Independence Monument, and overlooking Wat Langka, the hotel is spread over two converted houses. All 43 rooms are spacious and colonial in style. The hotel's restaurant offers local and international cuisine using the freshest ingredients and meals are either served on the terrace or indoors.