How to Get to Cambodia

Flight, overland or take a boat? 

Neither Phnom Penh nor Siem Reap can be counted as an international hub but getting there is never easier once you grasp all the possibilities.

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About Entering Cambodia ...

  • There are three international airports in Cambodia: Phonm Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville but the last one doesn’t have many international flights.
  • Cambodia is connected with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, overland border-crossing is possible but all border towns on the Cambodian side are very far away from the urban areas.
  • Also linked with Vietnam by the Mekong River, a 6-hour speed boat ride from the Mekong Delta in Vietnam to Phnom Penh is a budget-friendly transportation.
  • Except for international cruises that stop by Cambodia with a group visa, visa-on-arrival is available for any means and ports of entry.
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Get to Cambodia by Air

Cambodia is not directly connected to any western country. International arrivals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are from many cities of China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Nha Trang, Hanoi, Manila, Bushan, Seoul, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket. Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make for easy transit within the same day after your inter-continental flights.

The Most-Common International Routes with One Transit

OriginTransitDuration
West coast of the United StatesTaipei, Seoul, Hong Kongwith 22hrs
Canada and east coast of the United StatesSeoul, Hong Kong, Shanghaiwithin 24hrs
Australia and New ZealandSingapore, Kuala Lumpurwithin 12hrs
Western Europe (London, Paris, Berlin…)Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh Citywithin 16hrs
Dubai, Istanbul…Bangkok, Singaporewithin 16hrs
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Overland Border-Crossing to Cambodia

Get to Cambodia by Overland Border-Crossing
Travelers on long-haul Asia exploration make their way through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. There are seven crossings on Thai-Cambodia border, one on Lao-Cambodia border and five on the Vietnam direction. However, with an e-visa one can only get in overland via Hat Lek / Koh Kong (from Thailand) , Aranyaprathet / Poipet (from Thailand) and Moc Bai / Bavet (from Vietnam).

Overland Entry Transportation

Country of OriginGet ThereGet in Cambodia
ThailandBangkok - Hat Lek: 1hr by air to Trat and drive 2hrs to Hat LekKoh Kong - Sihanoukville: 4hrs by driving
ThailandBangkok - Aranyaprathet: 3hrs by driving, 6hrs by trainPoipet to Siem Reap
VietnamHo Chi Minh City to MOC Bai: 2hrs by drivingBavet to Phnom Penh: 4hrs by driving

Please be noted that Vietnam visa and Thailand visa (if required) shall be obtained beforehand. Also, it has been reported that Cambodian officers on the Koh Kong Crossing charge aggressively for Cambodia visa-on-arrival so it’s better to apply for eVisa before your trip.
Bus tickets for any of these crossings can be found at any corner of the street. Bus will stop at the border and you will need to lug everything off and go through the immigrations of both countries before getting back on the bus again.

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Vietnam to Cambodia by Boat

Express boats from Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam to Phnom Penh is the best choice for budget travels and it’s much more fun than being jammed in the bus. The entire journey takes 6 hours with a change of boats after the immigration is cleared.

Find Your Way to Cambodia

No matter from where you are entering Cambodia, you will need to be prepared for the immigration formalities and transportation. Talk with us anytime if you need more help.

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