Fly To Phnom Penh, Cambodia
At the crossroads between modern and traditional Asia is Phnom Penh – the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it was considered one of the loveliest cities in Indochina in the 1920s and was known as the “Pearl of Asia”. Since the 1990s, Phnom Penh has seen booming economic growth, in line with its rapid population growth, and it is finally overcoming a legacy of war and revolution.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Phnom Penh will be issued a Visa for Cambodia on arrival. The Visa is valid for 30 days. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Cambodia is shared with the SA Embassy to Thailand, and is located in Bangkok. This embassy is situated at Floor 12 A, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pratumwan, 10330 Bangkok. Phone: +66 2 659 2900. Website: saembbangkok.com.
See and do
The Royal Palace with its classic Khmer roofs and ornate gilding, dominates the Phnom Penh skyline. It is a striking structure on the banks of the river, and behind its walls the lush gardens are an oasis of calm. Within the Royal Palace compound is the extravagant Silver Pagoda, the floor of which is covered with five tons of silver. Inside the Silver Pagoda a Baccarat-crystal Buddha sits atop an impressive gilded pedestal, and another solid gold Buddha weighing 90kg is adorned with 2086 diamonds. Visitors can take a full-day private tour which includes the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum and other fine sites of Phnom Penh at a cost of US$72, which also includes lunch.
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary is a bit like a zoo crossed with a safari park. The sanctuary is home to a large tiger population, and there are also elephants that sometimes take part in activities such as painting. Other animals include macaques, gibbons, deer, Malayan sun bears, crocodiles and a huge variety of birds from around Cambodia.
Those who want to know more about Cambodia’s turbulent past can go on a guided half-day tour of the Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields with its 129 mass graves. A monument has been erected here that serves as a memorial to the approximately 17 000 men, women and children who were executed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1978. Inside the memorial are almost 9000 skulls that were found during excavations in 1980.
Phnom Penh International Airport – PNH
Phnom Penh International Airport, 10km west of Phnom Penh, is the largest airport in Cambodia. It has one runway and two terminals, one for international passengers and one for domestic passengers. A VIP lounge has recently been added to the airport. Other facilities include banking, shops and restaurants, prayer rooms and luggage storage. There is a car park for 500 cars and taxi services.