The Cambodian government has announced plans to change the airport departure tax system. From April 1st 2011, departure tax will now be included in all ticket prices. This is a welcome move and should facilitate smoother travel. I have seen numerous chaotic scenes at the airport in Phnom Penh with travellers forgetting about the 25 us dollars that the government collects between checking-in and heading to the departure gate. It’s quite common for people to have spent their remaining sheckles on some of the many goodies on offer in the capital before heading to the airport. The move means many will be spared the irritation and time consumed in queueing and the charges levied by having to use atm machines or credit cards to pay a fee which would be so much more simple were it included in the ticket price.
Tom Armstrong is one of the founding members of Experience Travel, having first fallen in love with Sri Lanka in 1999. He was in the country at the time of the 2004 tsunami, which prompted him to found the Aid Sri Lanka Foundation. Tom also spent time living in Thailand, and has travelled extensively throughout Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. He is one of several investors in The Mudhouse, Anamaduwa.