Cambodia Angkor Air Flight 108: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh on the ATR72-200
I recently visited Cambodia to see the incredible Angkor Wat (definitely worth a visit if you can!) and as part of my trip I needed to get from Siem Reap to Cambodia and since I had very little time, a quick 45 minute domestic flight was the best way to go. Serving this route around 5 times a day is the national flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air. The route is served exclusively with ATR72's, a 70 seat turboprop.
I took the free airport shuttle from Borei Angkor resort and was delivered to the domestic terminal which is separate to the much larger international terminal. This small terminal serves pretty much the few flights to Phnom Penh and a once daily to the beach resort Cambodian town of Sihanoukville. The country is still very poor so most of the passengers on these flights are international tourists. I paid about USD80 for this 45 minute sector on the easy to use Cambodia Angkor Air website.
We arrived a little before 5pm and found almost no queue at check-in for the 5.40pm departure:
Check-in was processed quickly and my partner and I were issued boarding passes for 3C and 3D, up the front of the aircraft, although the aircraft doors are at the rear so being at the front means you are last off!
We headed through security and into the small terminal waiting area. There are a few seats and a small cafe serving overpriced drinks and pastries! The cafe is operated by a local restaurant/cafe called 'the blue pumpkin'.
|Domestic Terminal Waiting Area - Siem Reap|
|A Pastry and a Cappuccino|
|The ATR72 awaiting it's passengers|
|Boarding is from the rear - the cargo is stored behind the cockpit|
|View from 3C|
Eventually the engines started and the props started spinning. It was getting windy outside as we taxi'ed out to the runway behind a Silkair A320.
|Up and away - the sun is setting|
|These clouds look ok|
|Looks like a big rian shower out over Tonle Sap Lake!|
After about 10 to 12 minutes of bad turbulence we popped out of the cloud:
I breathed a sigh of relief as the seat belt sign was extinguished and we continued our climb. I love flying but to be honest I don't really like turbulence. The 3 cabin crew members got out of their seats and commenced the inflight service which was another pastry almost the same as the one I had eaten at the cafe in the terminal!
|Lovely crew collecting the meal boxes|
So, 45 minutes after leaving Siem Reap we were on the ground in Phnom Penh. We parked at a remote stand but there was no need for a bus, it was just a short walk to the arrivals hall.
|Goodbye to our ATR72|
|Welcome to Cambodia (although I had been in the country a few days already)|
|Open air style baggage hall|