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Visited Phnom Penh in 2019 and got a SIM card

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Updated on Oct 12, 2019 Useful Info

How to buy a SIM card at Phnom Penh International Airport

  • Getting a prepaid tourist SIM card at Phnom Penh International Airport is quite straightforward. I'll talk about the different vendors below but I got mine at the airport from Smart, which is one of the three main telecom companies in Cambodia
  • The airport has one domestic terminal and one international terminal. You can find the stores selling SIM cards all together in the same spot after you exit the customs in the international arrival area. The domestic arrival area isn't too far from the shops though and if you need to get the SIM card after a domestic flight, you just need to exit the terminal building and walk for 2 minutes to the international arrival area
  • Telecom companies selling SIM cards at the airport: you can buy SIM cards from five of the biggest telecom companies in Cambodia at the international terminal, which are
  1. Cellcard: https://www.cellcard.com.khUser submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  2. Smart: https://www.smart.com.khUser submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  3. Metfone: https://metfone.com.khUser submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  4. Seatel: https://www.yes.com.khUser submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  5. qb: http://qbmore.comUser submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport


  • Where exactly in the airport to get it: after you pick up your baggage and exit the customs in the international arrival hall (you will exit the terminal building at this point into an open air but overhead-covered area), you will see a row of shops ahead of you to your front right, like this:User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International AirportIn this picture you can see the pink sign marked "4G". This is where all the telecom shops are located. It's very easy to spot, basically just look to your front (and slightly right) as you exit the customs to where all the people are waiting for arriving passengers.
  • Store hours: I don't know the store hours for all of them, but at least one of these shops open between 7:30am to midnight. Your choices will dwindle the later you arrive, but you basically don't have to worry about being able to get a SIM card
  • SIM card prices: prices vary depending on how much data you get and if you need voice and SMS features. The exact pricing also changes all the time because vendors introduces new packages frequently or run promotions. At the moment the prices are:
  • Cellcard: $2USD for 4GB valid for 7 days; $5USD for 8GB valid for 30 days; $10USD for 18GB valid for 30 days
  • 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
  • qb: $2USD for 1.5GB of data, 20 minutes of call, and 200 SMS; $5USD for 4GB of data, 60 minutes of call and 500 SMS
  • Network coverage: aside from price, the main consideration is where you're going to travel to in Cambodia and what's the coverage of each telecom company in the areas you wish to travel to. Generally speaking, Cellcard and Smart have the best coverage and speed of any carriers in Cambodia (qb uses Cellcard network so they're great too). Here's the coverage maps I can find for these telecom providers:
  • Cellcard and qb 4G coverage map (for current map https://www.cellcard.com.kh/en/network):User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Smart 4G coverage map (https://www.smart.com.kh/coverage-checker):User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Metfone 4G coverage map (https://www.metfone.com.kh/en/about-us/coverage):User submitted photo of Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Seatel: it doesn't publish a coverage map, but apparently its 4G network covers 85% of the population in Cambodia so I imagine it's similar and maybe slightly less than Cellcard or Smart
  • Other tips:
  • The stores only accept cash for SIM cards; no credit cards are accepted. However, you can pay with cash USD instead of Cambodian riel
  • You'll need your passport to buy a card
  • Make sure your phone is unlocked. You'll need to talk to your own telecom provider back home to see if your phone is unlocked or not
  • If you've never changed a SIM card before, don't worry just ask the seller to change it for you. The entire process takes less than 3 minutes to complete.