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Phnom Penh '86
The Sharks shooting at the helicopter containing Lance Vance and Tommy Vercetti
Game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
For: Ricardo Diaz
Location: Starfish Island, Vice City
Target: Ricardo Diaz' money
Conditions of mission failure:
Player death
Destroy the chopper
Unlocks: Sir, Yes Sir!
The Fastest Boat
Two Bit Hit
Vice City Mainland
Unlocked by: The Chase
"Lance Vance. Poor bastard."
―Tommy Vercetti.
"We're the hell are we headed anyway?"
―Lance Vance.
"Prawn Island"
―Tommy Vercetti.
"You ever fired one of those from a whirly?"
―Lance Vance.

Phnom Penh '86 is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by drug baron Ricardo Diaz from his mansion on Starfish Island, Vice City.


Diaz is aggravated by some Streetwannabe gangsters who try to screw with him. He orders Tommy to go to Prawn Island and kill the gangsters. He wants Tommy to fly there, using the help of his associate, Lance Vance.

Tommy and Lance travel to Prawn Island via helicopter from the mansion. Once they arrive, Tommy uses the M-60 to take on little groups of the gang on the roofs. Once Tommy has cleared enough of the gang, Lance drops him on the ground to retrive the money in the building. Once entering the building, Tommy takes out any remaining hoodlums inside. He fights his way through the gang house, and eventually makes his way up to the roof where he picks up the cash. Lance then quickly shows up and takes Tommy back to the mansion

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Take out the Sharks guarding the mansion
  • Kill the Shark's Leader
  • Go and collect the money on the roof

Post mission phone call

Colonel Juan Cortez: Tommy, it's me, Colonel Cortez. Look señor, I believe you are a man who can get things done. So please help me. You can find me at the boat.


The reward for this mission is $2,000. The missions Sir, Yes Sir!, Two Bit Hit and The Fastest Boat are unlocked. The player may now also access the Vice City Mainland. The player can also keep the M-60 from the mission.


  • This mission may refer to the Vietnam war and Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, since Mitch Baker was in the war and Tommy was jailed during it. Stronger evidence is that the player uses an M-60 being fired from a helicopter, as a homage to the UH-1 Huey, which was used in the Vietnam war and likely gave the mission its name.
  • There's an Easter Egg in the mission, a worker, like those seen in Riot, can be seen jumping off of the bridge that the helicopter flies under. The camera must be pointed behind the helicopter to see this.
  • The Maverick seen in the cutscene before the mission is orange-colored and has slide rear doors, similar to Police controlled Police Mavericks, but once the mission starts, the helicopter reverts to a normal, swing door, red-colored Maverick.
  • While flying to Prawn Island, a Sparrow and a Sea Sparrow can be seen flying away from it. This is the only time in the game where these two helicopters are controlled by NPCs.


  • Inputting a certain weapon cheat can have it replace the M-60, with the weapon of the same class. So players can use the Minigun to significally make the mission much easier by activating Weapon Cheat #3.


Video Walkthrough

PC Version
GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 13 - Phnom Penh '86 (HD)05:12

GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 13 - Phnom Penh '86 (HD)


iPad 2 Version
GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 13 - Phnom Penh '8606:48

GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 13 - Phnom Penh '86


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