Jesse McLaughlan

Travelled to 14 countries / regions

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Visited Siem Reap in April 2019



Asia > Cambodia > Siem Reap > Siem Reap International Airport > Useful Info
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 Useful Info

How to buy a SIM card at Siem Reap International Airport

  • Getting a prepaid tourist SIM card at Siem Reap International Airport is quite easy. I got mine in Phnom Penh where I entered the country, but my mate got his when he and I met up in Siem Reap and it took him less than 10 minutes to get everything set up. Below is step-by-step of how you can get yours
  • Where in the airport to buy SIM card: the booths selling SIM cards are located in the international terminal arrival area (there's only 1 international terminal):
  • After you pick up you baggage and exit the customs area into the arrival hall (an open-air but covered hallway where all the taxis waiting for people are located), turn right. This is what the arrival hall looks like as you exit the customs (turn right at this point):User submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport
  • Walk for about 30 meters after you've turned right and you'll see on your right hand side 3 booths selling SIM cards, belonging to Metfone, Smart, and Seatel (I'll talk more about each of these telecoms below):User submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport

  • Store hours: I was told that the booths open from around 7:30AM to around midnight. This is Cambodia so I'm sure these hours are fluid and change all the time, but as a rule of thumb if you're arriving any time during the day and in the evening you shouldn't have any issues finding at least one booth open

  • Which provider to get your SIM card from: of the 6 telecom companies operating in Cambodia, 3 have offices selling SIM cards at Siem Reap airport:
  1. Metfone: https://metfone.com.khUser submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport
  2. Smart: https://www.smart.com.kh <----- I recommend getting your card with them (details below)User submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport
  3. Seatel: https://www.yes.com.khUser submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport

  • Prices: the thing about SIM card prices is that they change all the time because telecoms roll out new plans and run promotions constantly. All the telecoms have roughly similar prices to one another. These were the prices when I went a few months ago in 2019 that you can use as a guide:
  • Smart: $3USD for 25GB valid for 7 days, $5USD for 35GB valid for 15 days; $10USD for 60GB valid for 30 days
  • Seatel: $3USD for unlimited data for 3 days; $5USD for unlimited data for 5 days; $10USD for unlimited data for 10 days
  • Metfone: can't remember what the prices were but it won't be too different from Smart and Seatel
  • Payment is by cash only, no credit card accepted. But you can pay with either US dollars or Cambodian Riel
  • You'll also need to show your passport

  • Network coverage: aside from pricing considerations, also factor in how good the network of a particular provider is. At Siem Reap airport, Smart is the best option. Metfone is mostly 3G (rather than 4G) so it'll be slow, and Seatel is unknown in terms of coverage because they don't publish it:
  • Smart 4G coverage map (https://www.smart.com.kh/coverage-checker): very extensiveUser submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport
  • Metfone 4G coverage map (https://www.metfone.com.kh/en/about-us/coverage): very light. However, this is slightly misleading as Metfone has very good coverage of what it calls "3.75G", which is practically not drastically slower than 4G. Still, Metfone is not known for speeds in CambodiaUser submitted photo of Siem Reap International Airport
  • Seatel: they don't publish their coverage map so not sure how good or bad they are

  • Other useful tips:
  • Only cash (no credit card) is accepted for payment. But you can pay with either USD or KHR
  • Before you fly out of your home country, check to ensure your phone is unlocked. Contact your own telecom provider to ask that
  • Switching out your SIM card is very easy to do. The staff at the booth will help you switch the card so you don't have to actually do anything
  • Passport is required to purchase SIM card

Finally, this is not mine but I found this useful video showing you exactly how to get a SIM card at Siem Reap airport: