A Complete Guide for Traveling from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Cambodia is a mixture of the ancient kingdom, enduring culture and modern village life. The temples of Angkor in Siem Reap rank amongst the world's most magnificent archaeological sites while the capital city Phnom Penh is a little party town with bars and clubs and a bustling nightlife. From Siem Reap, you can book domestic flights in Cambodia to explore Phnom Penh and vice versa.
Flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is 234 kilometers from Siem Reap. If you choose to travel by plane, you might have to spend $208 on average for air ticket from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap or vice versa and the flying time will take you around 47 minutes. However, the air ticket fare usually drops in November when you can easily find cheap flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh?
Phnom Penh offers a wide range of accommodations from guesthouses to hotels scattered accross the city, though there is a greater concentration toward the city center, the popular riverside and BKK1 areas. Mid-range rooms run $15-$100+ per night with CTV, fridge and hot water at the low end, and well-appointed, boutique style rooms at the top.
Must-try street foods in Phnom Penh
Fish amok. This authentic Khmer street food is very popular in Cambodia. The renowned snack is prepared by steaming fish with coconut curry and fragant spices including lemongrass, kaffir lime and turmeric root, served in banana leaf boats.
Grilled pork on skewers. Usually there are two kinds of skewers, one served with pickle salad with piles of veggies, and another loaded with herbs and condiments. This amazing street food gives you a chance to experience the Cambodian BBQ.
Beef lok lak. The stir-fried beef is typically topped with a salad of sweet tomato, crispy lettuce, raw cucumber and fresh onion, all served seasoned with lime juice and black pepper.
Steamed pork bun. Whenever you come across a moving cart with a steamer, it is time for a steamed pork bun! The hard-boiled bun is stuffed with eggs and pork and is always best eaten hot.
Phnom Penh sightseeings
Popular sights in Phnom Penh include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge ‘Killing Fields,’ the National Museum, the Russian Market, Central Market and Wat Phnom. Except for the ‘Killing Fields,’ which are about 16km from the city center, all of the other major attractions are located inside the city within a five or ten minute ride of each other.