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The driving distance between Siam Reap and Phnom Penh is just 314.7 km (200 miles) but the roads are so bad the bus trip between the two Cambodian cities takes around seven back breaking shuddering juddering hours. I have done it with a newly relocated dislocated shoulder and I had no wish to recall that memory. While there is now one train line in Cambodia operating and a second one about to be reopened, there is no train from Siam Reap. The flying distance from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is about 231km (143 miles).
Cambodia has a plethora of new small airlines. As a result, there are several flights a day now between Siam Reap and Pnom Penh. Lanmei’s timing suited me so hence my choice.
I booked at lanmeiairlines.com The website looks visually good but most of the information is actually hidden and hard to find! The translations mean it takes a few clicks to find what you want eg seat selection.
My fare for the short flight was $US3 with an additional $20 surcharge and taxes bumping it to $US32.30 I could have paid more for these enticing options below but there was no explanation of what was included (apart from lower re-booking and refund fees!)
All Western Credit/Debit Cards plus PayPal, Alipay and Unionpay are accepted. Tickets are also available via online travel agents.
There was no facility to choose a seat on the website when booking. The Lanmei airline website states that you can choose your seat at check in at a cost of:
For their Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Bangkok routes and my domestic route (because the plane goes on to Bangkok), each passenger occupying a seat is entitled to 25kg free checked baggage. For every other routes, the free allowance is 15kg. It is a little confusing having two baggage allowances and moreover having the two differing ones on their three domestic routes!
Each passenger is allowed to carry one piece of carry-on baggage and one 1 more small item. No one looked too closely at my hand luggage. While most passengers appeared to have no hand luggage at all, some passengers brought on quite heavy items.
This article first appeared on wildabouttravel.boardingarea.com
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