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Phnom Penh Guide

Landmarks and Monuments You Can’t Miss

One of the most popular itinerary fixtures for tourists on incoming flights to Phnom Penh is to see the Silver Pagoda. This Buddhist temple features a glittering golden roof. Inside, you’ll see more than 5,000 brilliant silver tiles lining the floor. Follow the grand staircase to find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is covered in 2,086 diamonds. The opulent room also features a Buddha made of pure gold, one of silver and gold, and an 80-kilogram bronze figure. Plan to tour Wat Phnom when booking cheap flights to Phnom Penh to explore this 12th-century pagoda. Climb the wide staircase lined with Buddha and lion statues before reaching the temple. Wat Phnom features four statues of Buddha and on most days, you can find school children praying to Buddha for good grades on their school exams or locals praying for good fortune. If you’re arranging return flights to Phnom Penh for a romantic getaway, plan a sunset picnic at Sisowath Quay Boardwalk. The boardwalk is lined with benches as well as vendors selling peanuts, coconuts, beverages, and more. Be sure to bring conservative clothing along on your cheap flights to Phnom Penh if you plan to visit any of the wats while on holiday such as Wat Lanka. This temple was originally built to house Holy Writings and serve as a meeting place for monks. The colourful temple has been restored throughout the years but still features the original architecture. You can tour the grounds or even join in one of the hour-long meditation sessions occasionally held by monks. Stretch your legs after long flights to Phnom Penh at the large park area surrounding the Independence Monument. The large Angkorian style tower sits in the heart of the capital city and is a popular recreation area for locals and tourists. Cambodia can experience hot and humid weather throughout the year, so it can be a good idea to go sightseeing early in the morning or later in the afternoon. In addition to avoiding the heat, you can also avoid the midday crowds at most of the temples and attractions by going in the mornings.


Tips for First-Time Travellers with Flights to Phnom Penh

If it’s your first time booking an airfare to Phnom Penh, it’s a good idea to look into arranging an e-visa before departing. Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) is the busiest airport in Cambodia and wait times for Customs and Immigration can be quite high if you don’t have an e-visa ready to show the agents. Put some thought into your packing list before boarding return flights to Phnom Penh too. Men and women arriving on flights to Phnom Penh should have clothing that covers their shoulders and knees in order to tour the temples. If you don’t have room in your suitcase for a long skirt or pants, you can purchase a Cambodian skirt (or sarong) at one of the open markets near the temple entrances. Shopping in the colourful markets can be an exciting experience for many first-time travellers with tickets to Phnom Penh. Be savvy in these markets by haggling with the shopkeepers and don’t feel bad about moving to the next stall if you cannot reach an agreement. You’ll need outdoor basics such as sunscreen, a floppy hat, and bug repellent. You’ll also want to invest in a two-pronged European style plug for your electronics. If you’re booking group flights to Phnom Penh, it may be easier to explore the city via hired tour buses. However, if you’re flying solo or in a small group, tuk tuks are a wonderful way to travel throughout the city. If you want to live like the locals, hire a bicycle or scooter from one of several shops in the area. The most important detail first-time travellers on return flights to Phnom Penh should know is the currency of the area. You’ll need to exchange your AUD for USD prior to arriving but be sure to ask for small bills. This is because when you pay for goods or services that will require change back, you’ll be given change in the old standard currency, KHR, (Riel). The process can be quite confusing, but if you remember to only pay in small bills, you can reduce the amount of KHR you have floating in your pockets.


The Best Time to Visit

Most visitors booking flights to Phnom Penh will be greeted by warm temperatures almost any day of the year. Spring temperatures can see highs up to 33.8°C with high levels of humidity. If you’re planning travel during the spring months of March through May, be prepared for larger crowds and increased prices on hotels and airfare to Phnom Penh. Summer months see fewer tourists, making it a great time to find deals on cheap flights to Phnom Penh. If you’re travelling in the summer between June through August, pack an umbrella or light raincoat. Autumn days between September through November can reach up to 32°C and experience higher levels of rain than any other season. This can make for more elbow room at attractions and bigger savings on return flights to Phnom Penh. Winter brings the warmest days to the area with highs reaching near 34°C. Most days see little to no rain making it ideal weather for enjoying the wealth of outdoor activities in the area. This is the peak season for incoming travellers on flights to Phnom Penh, so it’s a good idea to plan hotels, airfare, and activities well in advance.