Information for tourists to Cambodia
Getting to Cambodia
Most international visitors to Cambodia arrive by air at
either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. An increasing number of
airlines are operating into Cambodia in response to the
Cambodian governments open skies policy. The list of
international airlines serving Cambodia includes;
Bangkok Airways, China Southern Airlines, Dragonair, EVA
Air, Lao Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Mandarin Airlines,
Mekong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Siem Reap Airways
International, Silk Air, Royal Phnom Penh Airways, Thai
Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.
For transport to the city centre when arriving at Phnom
Penh, you will find taxis outside the arrival hall. The
taxi fare from the airport to the city is US$7 and the
trip will take about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
In Siem Reap the cost of a taxi into the town area from
the airport is US$5. Many of the larger hotels will
offer free transport so let your hotel know your flight
arrival details in advance.
Overland travel to Cambodia is possible through
Thailand, Laos and Vietnam via border crossings. Refer
to our FAQ Section for information about visas for
Traveling around Cambodia
Air travel, bus, train, boat and taxi are all modes of
transport available to tourists in Cambodia. Your
selection is best determined by how far you wish to
travel, the time you have available, the amount you want
to spend and, sometimes, by the weather as during the
wet season travel by road especially in the provinces
can be very slow.
For getting around the major centres such as Phnom Penh,
Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, the most common form of
public transport is the moto (motorbike taxi). The motos
are fast, cheap (negotiate the price before your trip)
and readily available however if you are unfamiliar with
sitting as a passenger on a motorbike in heavy traffic,
such as in Phnom Penh, then you may prefer an
The quaint cyclo is also common in the cities and is a
safer more pleasant way of getting around compared to
the moto, although obviously slower! Again, negotiate
the price first.
For comfort and safety your best option may be to hire a
car, with a driver, and this will cost you around
US$20-$25 per day. Your hotel/guesthouse will usually be
able to arrange a car for you.
Where to stay
There are accommodation options to suit all tastes and
budgets in Cambodia, from 5-star luxury hotels to
inexpensive and friendly guesthouses. Please click on
our Accommodation link to see an extensive list.
Currency / Banks / Credit Cards
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel however US
dollars are widely accepted; in fact many businesses set
their prices in US dollars. It is however wise to carry
some riel around with you for small purchases. The
current exchange rate for the riel to the US$ is around
4000 riel = US$1.
The acceptance of credit cards is increasing in Cambodia
and you can get cash advances against your credit card
at some major commercial banks. There are however no
ATMs that will provide access to foreign bank accounts.
Click on the link for a full list of commercial banks in
Source: Ministry of Tourism of the Kingdom of