Officially entitled the Kingdom of Cambodia, this southeast Asian country boasts a variety of stunning architecture and other-worldly historical sites. These include the Art Deco splendour of Phnom Penh’s Central Market with its huge ochre-domed interior and its magnificent Royal Palace, as well as the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in the northwest of the country. If you want to find cheap flights to Cambodia from the UK, you have two destination airports to choose from. Phnom Penh International Airport serves the Cambodian capital city, while Siem Reap International Airport is closest to the famous Angkor ruins.
You’ll find the best bargains on flights to Cambodia during late winter and spring, from December to April, which coincides with the country’s dry season, which begins in November and continues until May. The most pleasant time to visit Cambodia is between November and March when temperatures are warm enough for relaxing on the beach but not too hot for trekking around and exploring the most popular sights. The country’s rainy season, which runs from around June to October, is a good time to travel if you want to avoid the crowds.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK and unless you fly from London Heathrow or Manchester you’ll need to make at least two stops before you land in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Singapore Airlines is the only airline that offers connecting flights from both Heathrow and Manchester to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap with just one stopover in Singapore, and the average flight time is around 14 hours. Alternative airline options from Heathrow include British Airways from Heathrow to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok, Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh and Korean Air via Seoul to Siem Reap.
There are a few options for making the journey from Cambodia’s airports to your final destination. The simplest, most convenient solution is to take a taxi. From Phnom Penh International Airport taxi prices vary by city zone and range from US$9-15 depending on your where you need to go. If you’re in the mood for a fun cultural experience another option is to travel by tuk-tuk to the city centre and the minimum fare starts at US$7. A taxi from Siem Reap International Airport costs at least US$7 or you can hire a group van from US$10. If you’re travelling light you could even take a motorbike taxi at a cost of around US$2.
If you only have time to visit one site in Phnom Penh it should be the Royal Palace complex. The official royal residence is partially open to the public and visitors can enter the throne room and admire the beautifully landscaped gardens. One of the highlights is the Silver Pagoda temple, which takes its name from the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor.
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