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International Airports in Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport is the gateway to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. However, that is not the only international airport in the country. It actually is one of 3 major commercial airports visitors can fly into when traveling to Cambodia.

So how do you decide what’s the best airport to enter Cambodia?

That is what this guide is going to help you resolve. Once you have determined what type of visa do you need to enter Cambodia, checked you meet the requirements to get the Cambodia online visa, and applied for the Cambodia eVisa, the only thing you will need aside from packing is figuring out which Cambodian airport you should fly into to spend the most time visiting the incredible sights and the less time going from and to the airport.

Where Do You Fly Into Cambodia?

Cambodia is relatively easy to access by air, given it has 2 major airports: Phnom Penh (PNH) and Siem Reap (REP). Aside from these, Cambodia maintains several other entry points along its borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

Phnom Penh International Airport is your best choice if you’re planning to visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Those interested in visiting the mystical temples of Angkor Wat are better off by landing in Siem Reap International Airport.

Both airports are quite big and offer a good range of services, including ATMs, restaurants, and shops.

Depending on your point of origin, it may be advantageous (and cheaper) to fly into Singapore, Hong Kong, or any other Asian travel hub, and make a connecting flight into Cambodia.

How Many Airports Are There in Cambodia?

There are about 17 airports in Cambodia, but out of those, only three are major operating airports with international flights. Those are:

  • Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
  • Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
  • Sihanoukville International Airport (KOS)

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation is the authority that oversees the operations of all airports in the country.

Below you can find a table detailing all the airports in the country along with the Cambodia airport codes:

City servedProvinceICAOIATAAirport name
Ban LungRatanakiriVDRKRBERatanakiri Airport
BattambangBattambangVDBGBBMBattambang Airport
Kampong ChamKampong ChamVDKCKampong Cham Airport
Kampong ChhnangKampong ChhnangVDKHKZCKampong Chhnang Airport
Kampong ThomKampong ThomKZKKampong Thom Airport
KampotKampotKMTKampot Airport
Koh KongKoh KongVDKKKKZKoh Kong Airport
KrakorPursatVDSYKZDKrakor Airport
KratiéKratiéVDKTKTIKratié Airport
PailinPailinPAIPailin Airport
Phnom PenhPhnom PenhVDPPPNHPhnom Penh International Airport
SenmonoromMondulkiriVDMKMWVMondulkiri Airport
Siem ReapSiem ReapVDSRREPSiem Reap International Airport
SihanoukvilleSihanoukvilleVDSVKOSSihanoukville International Airport
Stung TrengStung TrengVDSTTNXStung Treng Airport
Svay RiengSvay RiengSVRSvay Rieng Airport
Thbeng MeancheyPreah VihearOMYThbeng Meanchey Airport

What Is the Main International Airport in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s main international airport is Phnom Penh International Airport and it services over 3 million passengers a year. This is the busiest and largest airport in the country and it is located about 15 minutes from Phnom Penh (about 10 km west) and it is very easy to get to and from.

Direct flights to Phnom Penh are available from the following cities:

  • Kuala Lumpur, operated by Airasia
  • Tokyo, operated by Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Bangkok, operated by Bangkok Airways
  • Dubai, operated by Emirates
  • Hong Kong, operated by Hong Kong Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Seoul, operated by Korean Air
  • Singapore, operated by SilkAir and Singapore Air

Cambodia Airways operates 6 routes from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Macau, Taipei and Taichung.

Which Airport is near Angkor Wat?

Siem Reap International Airport is the second biggest airport in Cambodia, right behing PHN. It is an international airport near Angkor Wat temples, one of Cambodia’s most visited destinations. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the main entrance to the Angkor Wat temples where tickets can be bought.

The following cities have direct flights into Siem Reap:

  • Beijing, operated by Haikou
  • Kuala Lumpur, operated by AirAsia
  • Tokyo, operated by Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Bangkok, operated by Bangkok Airways
  • Dubai, operated by Emirates
  • Hong Kong, operated by Hong Kong Airlines and Cambodia Angkor Air
  • Luang Prabang, operated by Lao Airlines

What About Sihanoukville Airport?

If you would like to visit Cambodia’s seaside and southern islands, you might want to fly to Sihanoukville Airport, at the entrance to Ream National Park, just a 30-minute ride from downtown Sihanoukville.

Four airlines fly from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to Sihanoukville either every day or a few times a week. The following is a list of all the airlines flying to and from Sihanoukville Airport:

  • AirAsia
  • Cambodia Airways
  • Cambodia Angkor Air
  • JC International Airlines
  • Lanmei Airlines
  • Ruili Airlines
  • Sichuan Airlines
  • Sky Angkor Airlines

Various companies operate speedboats between Sihanoukville and a number of stops on Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. They also offer island hopping at an additional price, however, please be aware all companies are prone to canceling trips or reversing loops without notice.

Which Airlines Fly to Cambodia?

The main airlines flying to Cambodia are:

  • Emirates
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Qatar
  • British Airways
  • Thai Airways

You can also fly with some other companies like KLM, China Airlines, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, EVA Air, and Qantas, just to name a few.

When to Book Flights to Cambodia

Cambodia is a tropical country so visiting during the rainy season will probably mean you’re welcomed by monsoon rains which might dampen your stay. However, if tropical rains don’t scare you away, you will get to enjoy a greener and less crowded Cambodia, especially when you try to visit the tourists’ attractions.

The hottest times of year are from February to May. Not only do temperatures go over 35ºC (95ºC) but the humidity is also sky high. This is the warmer period of the dry season and not a good time to visit for those who cannot stand the heat. There is also a cooler period that comprises the months that go from November to January and that makes for a much more pleasant visit to Cambodia.

Before booking your flights, though, please remember that visitors from most countries need a visa to enter the country. Depending on their nationality, travelers might qualify for the Cambodia online visa or might want to purchase a Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport.