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Old January 15th, 2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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REPORT | K6 : PNH-REP - Angkor Air : Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

I was faced with 2 options to get to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh. The bus service was cheap but at 6 hours +, I felt it was a waste of a day to travel the short distance. I opted to try out little-known Angkor Air, the Cambodian flag carrier. With a flight time of only 45 minutes, I would arrive just after lunch and have time for a little sightseeing as well. The fare wasn't too bad at just over USD 100 all inclusive.

Angkor Air's website is easy to use and I had no problems purchasing my ticket online with my credit card. With an e-ticket number on hand, my next worry was my connecting flight. I would arrive Phnom Penh from Hong Kong that morning at 10:30am on a separate ticket, giving me 2 hours 20 minutes to connect to Angkor Air. Normally, this would be more than adequate for an international to domestic connection, but if a long delay were to take place, I could miss it entirely without refund.

Luckily, I arrived in Phnom Penh with time to spare for check-in. There were plenty of Western tourists at the check-in counter, and it took a while to get my boarding pass. Security was a breeze as there weren't many flights departing at lunch time. Soon, I went down the escalator to head outside for boarding.

I have never flown the ATR before, so I was not expecting such a tight squeeze in the cabin. My handcarry could not fit into the overhead compartment, so the flight attendant asked me to put it under the seat in front of me. It could barely fit there, still sticking out a little bit in the confined space. 2 flight attendants served today, first handing out a wet towel to cool off.

We took off on-time for the 45 minute flight. The skies were clear but the ascent was fairly turbulent. I wonder if these small aircraft were really that susceptible to even light winds. It didn't seem this bad when I flew in on Dragonair's A320 a few hours earlier. The windows were fairly dirty, so the scenery photos did not come out very well.

We were each served a snack box, which was a nice gesture given such a short flight.

The lavatory was located at the rear of the aircraft. It was tidy, but a little cramped. The front end of the cabin is actually the luggage hold, so there was no Business Class or a premium section lavatory.

Soon, the flight deck came on the PA and we started our descent into Siem Reap.

We landed on-time and parked on the tarmac after a short taxi. Like in Phnom Penh, we descended through the rear stairs and walked to the terminal for a quick exit. With no checked baggage, I was out landside within minutes. Flying in Cambodia seems quite relaxing after all!

My Siem Reap photo thread : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692006
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