Wednesday, October 12, 2011

S'Ville to get flights, at last

Cambodia Angkor Air have finally got their act together and from 14 December will be running return flights from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, opening up the southern coast of Cambodia to more people, at last. The airport at Sihanoukville was renovated at least a year ago, if not more, but it's taken this long for the Vietnam-friendly CAA to get their finger out of their ears and respond to the clamour from all sides to get the air route up and running. The flights will operate three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I'm sure that when flight seat bookings begin to take off (pun intended) then more scheduled services will be added. The only potential downside is that Phnom Penh may be sidelined and missed out of the loop as a result.
Flooding update: Siem Reap's old market area and pub street were underwater again yesterday, as were the roads along the riverbank and to the floating village of Chong Kneas. All of the Angkor temples are okay to visit though and all of the big hotels are open and dry. But we're getting rain most days now so conditions change by the hour. My photos of the riverfront yesterday show that Phnom Penh city has a few inches before it starts to get worried, whilst the rest of the countryside remains at risk, with floodwaters potentially taking another two weeks to recede, even with no further rainfall.

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