Phnom Penh International Airport

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Phnom Penh International Airport
Phnom Penh International Airport

Phnom Penh International Airport is a modern facility thanks in part to the US$25 (international) or US$18 (domestic) airport departure tax you will pay when you leave, or at least that’s what the government says. Critics argue that little of the tax goes toward airport expenditures and as of late 2008 the Tourism Ministry has begun expressing a desire to eliminate the tax to fuel more tourism. The airport is located to the west end of the city on Russian Blvd. For departures, arrive an hour in advance. It is home to one of Phnom Penh’s only international chains Dairy Queen.

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Phnom Penh International Airport

Phnom Penh has an airport taxi service that will take you from the airport to one destination for $7. This price is non-negotiable during the day, but when taxi drivers are looking to take someone back to the city at night the price can plummet to about $4. Another option is to walk past the taxis and out the front gate.

The price should drop to $5 (here you can bargain) for a non-airport taxi usually parked just outside the gates. Motorbikes and tuk tuks are not allowed to wait inside, so drivers will solicit you from inside the gate then bring you outside to their vehicle. Be prepared to be quoted the “barang” or foreigner inflated price, but don’t pay more than $2 for a moto, $4 for a tuk tuk, or $7 for a taxi, either inside or outside the airport gates.