When is the cheapest time to fly to Cambodia?
You'll find the cheapest Cambodia flights from May to October. This falls right into the wet season, when it's trickier to venture to more rural areas of the country. But travelling during the wet season has its perks. It's less dusty and the scenery is lush and green. You also get the opportunity to visit the floating villages on the lake of Tonlé Sap by boat and celebrate the Water Festival in November.
Weather patterns in Cambodia are fairly consistent, with October to late April being the dry season. Peak time – when flights are most expensive – is during the cool months from November to February, when temperatures are comfortable.
When is the best time to book flights to Cambodia?
If you want to fly to Cambodia during peak season, it's best to book your flights at least three months in advance. You'll have a better chance of finding a good deal. Alternatively, if you're planning to fly during low season, you could hold your nerve and try to get a cheap, last-minute deal.
Can I fly direct to Cambodia?
There are no direct flights from the UK to Cambodia, so you'll have at least one stopover. Most travellers fly into Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, with a layover in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.
Which UK airports offer flights to Cambodia?
How long is the flight from the UK to Cambodia?
Even with just one quick stop to refuel, your flight to Cambodia will take at least 14 hours. If you have more than one stopover, your journey time could go up to 18 hours – but searching for a flight with two stopovers could also help you find a much cheaper flight.
Why visit Cambodia?
A holiday in Cambodia opens up a wonderful world of rustic temples, French-colonial architecture and memorable landscapes. In the city of Phnom Penh, you can explore the bustling riverfront as tuk-tuks or three-wheeled cars pass you by. Street vendors sell tasty treats like a hot and savoury Num Pang, a typical Cambodian sandwich and Kralan, a sticky bamboo-grilled rice dish. Fishermen and farmers sell their fresh produce at the many open-air markets such as the main Central Market and the Russian Market. Take a cycle tour of the city and get to see the dozens of ornate and unique temples, also known as wats, throughout the city.
The most famous is Angkor Wat. It's best to do your sightseeing between seven and nine in the morning to avoid the crowds. For more history and culture, check out the National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. You can even try your hand at ancient Cambodian arts and crafts, traditional Khmer dances and fighting at the Backstreet Academy.
Head to the south and find yourself in Sihanoukville, a coastal town lined with white beaches. Soak up the sun and breathe in the warm coastal air. Enjoy the booming nightlife of Serendipity Beach Road or keep to yourself and head off to one of almost 60 islands off the shore of Cambodia. Be ready for snorkelling, more sunbathing and simple but welcoming accommodation. Visit Ream National Park shrouded in mangroves and forest, which is a sanctuary for marine life, almost 200 species of birds, monkeys, and wild pigs.
Kampong Cham, meanwhile, is the polar opposite of Phnom Penh, without the city hustle and bustle and abundant in small-town charm. Here, you’ll find wats and temples and unique architecture. The remnants of Wat Nokor which is just outside the town’s limits is a must-see site. Take a boat ride along the Mekong River and get a special perspective of the town. Don’t miss tasting the delicacies of the Mekong River from prawns, to local fish cake and delicious local squid.