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What are the best things to do in Phnom Penh?
The Royal Palace is one of the most elaborately designed landmarks you’ll come across while holidaying on return flights to Phnom Penh. It’s a huge palace complex that serves as the King of Cambodia’s official residence, and is made up of buildings and temples that feature a traditional Khmer style with accents of gold, open-air pagodas, and gabled roofs. Head to the Royal Palace while visiting Cambodia on flights to Phnom Penh to learn about the history of the royal family and see this stunning example of Khmer architecture. Pop into the Silver Pagoda next door after you’ve spent time at the Royal Palace.
S21 Prison and Killing Fields
These sites are emotional, but are must-visits to learn about one of the most gruesome chapters of Cambodian history when you book flights to Phnom Penh. Each of these locations featured prominently in the Cambodian Genocide between 1975 and 1979. The S21 Prison held more than 14,000 prisoners and was known for its brutal treatment of inmates, and the Killing Fields were used by the Khmer Rouge to kill and bury more than 17,000 civilians. Visit the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields in between your return flights to Phnom Penh. Learn more about this dark period in Cambodia’s history, hear stories of some victims, and view memorials commemorating more than a million people who lost their lives.
This Buddhist temple stands 27 metres (89 feet) tall, making it the largest religious structure in Phnom Penh. Wat Phnom dates all the way back to the 14th century when the first Buddha statues were constructed. The entrance to Wat Phnom is marked by a grand staircase that leads into the main temple. Inside, paintings and sculptures share stories of Buddhism with visitors. The lush gardens surrounding the temple are another must-see. They feature a French-inspired design and are some of the most popular gardens to see while visiting Cambodia on cheap flights to Phnom Penh.
What is the cost of visiting Phnom Penh?
The riel is Cambodia’s official currency. However, US dollars are also widely accepted, particularly in the tourism industry. Be prepared by exchanging money into a bit of each when preparing for your flights to Phnom Penh.
Webjet helps you save on several aspects of your holiday – airfare to Phnom Penh and also hotels. The average nightly rate for a hotel is $100 NZD, but you’ll also find rooms from about $25 NZD if you book cheap flights to Phnom Penh with a tight budget in mind.
Catching a taxi is the quickest and most stress-free way to reach your hotel after arriving on flights to Phnom Penh. Taxis charge a flat rate of $15 USD ($24.45 NZD) between Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) and the city. A public bus is also available to catch from Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) for an affordable rate of 1,500 riel (60 cents NZD). Try to have small coins as bus drivers can’t give change on large notes.
Public buses are a budget-friendly transport option to keep in mind when you book tickets to Phnom Penh. Bus fare costs 1,500 riel (60 cents NZD) – the same fare as you’d pay from the airport. Tuk tuks are convenient and also a fun way to get around the city. A ride around the centre typically costs $3 USD ($4.90 NZD) or less.
Don’t forget to budget for some tourist attractions when you book airfare to Phnom Penh. Entrance to the Royal Palace costs $7 USD ($11.40 NZD), tickets to the Killing Fields cost $6 USD ($9.80 NZD), and the National Museum is $10 USD ($16.70 NZD) for international visitors.
When is the best time to visit Phnom Penh?
A year in Cambodia is divided into a wet and dry season. Dry season is the ideal time to book tickets to Phnom Penh as humidity is low, there’s little rain, and temperatures are cooler than during the wet season. Daytime temperatures reach about 30°C and cool to around 23°C in the evenings. You’ll experience this weather by booking return flights to Phnom Penh between November and April. Dry season is the busiest time to visit Cambodia, but you’ll come across fewer tourists if you travel at the beginning or end of the season.
Wet season falls between May and October. It’s marked by high levels of humidity, regular rainfall, and hot daytime temperatures of about 34°C. The weather isn’t perfect, but there are benefits to booking cheap flights to Phnom Penh during the wet season. The Cambodian countryside is at its most lush and green, the rice terraces are especially beautiful, and hotels lower their rates a bit during this quiet period.