Phnom Penh Airport: Local Crafts and International Brands ….
Clean, modern, well laid out and efficiently run • welcome to Cambodia’s capital and busiest airport – Phnom Penh International.In terms of passenger numbers, just over 2 million, Phnom Penh is a small airport but in terms of traveller experience it ticks all the boxes. Since the new passenger terminal opened in 2002 facilities here have been steadily improved offering a small but quality range of shops and food outlets.Prior to check-in (ground floor) there is a good cafe bar with waiter service and a large outside seating area where smoking is permitted and a last chance to spend your remaining Cambodian Riel. For those cash strapped travellers you have a choice of ATM’s that dispense (like all ATM’s in Cambodia) US Dollars.
The main shopping area, or boarding lounge as they seem to have branded it, is after security on the first floor where you are flanked both sides by open walk through stores stocking most of the international brands. Dufry are the primary travel retail operator at Phnom Penh airport as well as being the duty free operator at Siem Reap Airport, Cambodia’s second busiest, and have outlets in both the departures area and arrivals hall.
Cosmetics and perfumes get a good show here from, amongst others, Nina Ricci, YSL, Estée Lauder, Prada, Dior and Guerlain together with most international recognised liquor and cigarette brands.For fashion and accessories your best choices are to choose some local lines and they have allocated space to some independent stores stocking really good Cambodian products include Smarteria and Waterlily for jewellery, bags and accessories, Bambou who have created a range of originally designed T-shirts and Stef – fun, zany and amazing coloured paintings of Cambodian life. Fashion creations from the designer Romyda Keth are featured at Ambre plus the recent addition of EZI Wear and Travel selling beach wear and lingerie. Those fans of Italian-designer handbags and accessories by Furla will also be delighted to see their latest range here.If you’re looking to relax before the flight check out the Massage Lounge for back, shoulder and foot massages, or if you prefer Amata who stock 100% natural aromatherapy spa products.
The book store (Monument Books) whilst packed to the point of overspill with reading material mostly focuses on copy relating to the traumas of Cambodia’s recent past or the history of Angkor with a few tried and trusted best sellers at the back.
Internet access is free as are several computer consoles, so surf away.
See our Duty Free Allowance guide: Cambodia Duty Free Allowances
- Airport Code: PNH
- Terminals: International & Domestic.
- Official Currency: Riel (KHR).
- Common Currency: US Dollar (USD).
- Visa On Arrival: Yes.
- International Country Code: +855
- Phnom Penh Area Code: 23.