While travelling in Cambodia, I have arrived from Siem Reap via Bangkok by train and bus. It was a terrible experience where I was scammed and threatened on the journey. The entire trip would take about 6 hours. After Siem Reap, I have decided to make my way to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and for this route, I wanted to take a flight instead of taking a long unbearable bus trip that would take about 6-7 hours.
While researching, I got to know a relatively new airline, Bassaka Air. Bassaka Air is a relatively new flight which started operations in 2014, with 2 fleets of Airbus A320s at the moment, it currently only flies domestically from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (visa verse).
While researching I have to weigh to see if the cost difference between taking a flight and taking a bus, outweigh the time is taken for me to stuck my butt in the bus seats for 7 hours. This is the first time I am taking a domestic flight, in Singapore, there is no other place to fly from and fly to domestically, as we only have 1 Internationally airport with 3 terminals.
I checked out the price online at Bassaka Air and realised that they opened the booking of their tickets about 3 months before the flight. By taking a flight, it would cost me US$22 per one-way ticket including booking fees, while taking a bus would cost me US$13-15.
Bassaka Air: Time including check-in and the flight would be 1 hour and cost me about US$40 including the tuk-tuk to and from the airport . Bus trip: would be 7 hours and cost US$15. To save my ass from any more torture, I decided to pay a bit more and to save more time.
On the flight day, I took a tuk-tuk from my hotel to the airport, and was rather early, that allows me to walk around the airport and to check out their international airport too. The lady at the check in counter was pretty pleasant and nice, but there were some problems with her computer systems, therefore, I was asked to go to the next counter.
I waited patiently at the boarding area as I was pretty early, from the pictures it looks rather empty, but when we were reaching 10 mins to board, the boarding area was packed and crowded.
During the flight, we were offered one drink and by the time the crew finish serving the drink, the flight is preparing to land, it was a mere 35 mins into the flight, saving my ass 6.5 hours.
The seats on the flights were comfortable and I was pleasant by the hospitality of the aircrew, I was given the seats behind the business class, and the flight was pretty full and packed.
Landing and Takeoff were smooth and if given another chance, I would definitely take Bassaka Air no doubt.
After landing, we took an airport bus to the airport to pick up my luggage. I quickly got out of the airport and head to Cardamom Hotel, and to meet my friends.
Book Bassaka Air online, and fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (Vice Versa) from as low as USD19 per way.