How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia

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How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia - Updated 2023
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How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia – Updated 2023

Heading to Vietnam for a holiday? You wouldn’t want to miss out travelling to Cambodia too since the two countries are close neighbours and there are many ways of travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia—by air, land, or via the Mekong River. If you’re arriving in Cambodia by plane and landing either at Phnom Penh International Airport or Siem Reap International Airport, there are visas available on arrival. In the event that you require one, do have at least two passport-sized photographs with you for a smooth application. Otherwise, you might be fined a small amount. Passing through the Mekong River is also possible by boats and cruises. Do expect brief stops on land for passport checks. Visas on arrival are available at the Cambodian border crossing. In this article, we will focus on buses to Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City and places where you can buy the bus tickets from. We will also look into the border scam between the two countries and how to avoid being charged extra for visas.

How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia - Updated 2023
How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia – Updated 2023

Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh – How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia – Updated 2023 Sapaco Limousine 

First up, we will look into travelling to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh. The nearest and most frequented main border gate is Moc Bai International Border Gate, located approximately 60 km (37 mi) from the Ho Chi Minh city center. Upon crossing the Vietnam border, you will be at Bavet Border Post, which is the border crossing station’s name in Cambodia. But of course, there are other border crossings available in Ho Chi Minh City—like Le Thanh Border Gate, Tịnh Biên International Border Gate, and Ha Tien Border Crossing. We recommend booking your bus tickets from these top 3 go-to online platforms — Thai Duong Cambodia, Baolau, and 12Go, which we will look into detail next. The standard journey is approximately six hours, and departure and arrival stations vary across different transport operators.

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A quick search via tongdaive.com gives us a pageful of options, and you could even sort the list based on the earliest departure time, fastest journey, and cheapest trip. There are also options to filter by the bus operator, time, and bus type. You can also view at a glance the number of seats available for each listing. How convenient and user-friendly! The first bus by Thai Duong Limousine departs at 7am30 and is also the cheapest at 530.000 vnd . Buses operated by Thai Duong Limousine departs at every hour starting from 4am, with the last bus departing at 4pm. Bookmebus.com also shows you the boarding points and drop-off points for each listing accordingly so you can compare between the operators listed.

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How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia – Updated 2023

As for Thai Duong Limousine it is one of the most trusted and reliable booking companies online. There are two common departure stations to catch your bus to Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis and Ho Chi Minh Thai Duong Limousine. Departing from the former will take you approximately 6.5 hours to reach Cambodia and the latter about 6 hours. Depending on the operating bus company, there are different bus timings, with the earliest being 6:15am (on a Monday), and 3pm is the last bus available. You will arrive either at Phnom Penh Giant Ibis or Phnom Penh Thai Duong. Prices start from 24 USD.

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Another popular website to compare prices would be Baolau, and apart from buses, they do offer transportation in vans—starting from 15 USD. The earliest departure time is 6:30 am (on a Monday) from Mekong Express Limousine Bus. The bus station is located about 10 km (6 mi) from the city center of Ho Chi Minh City. After a six-hour ride, you will find yourself in the capital of Cambodia. At a slightly cheaper price starting from 12 USD, you can choose to take the Thai Duong Express Bus, which will similarly take you six hours to reach Phnom Penh. The Thai Duong Express Bus departs at 7am, 8:30 am, and 1pm.

Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

Not planning to travel to Phnom Penh but heading to Siem Reap, a city in northwestern Cambodia, to see Angkor Wat instead? We’ve got options for you. Siem Reap is about 320 km (199 mi) away from Phnom Penh, and you can get there by a direct flight or choose a wallet-friendly option—that is, to travel via a bus or minivan. Trains are currently not available at the time of writing.

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How To Travel From Vietnam To Cambodia – Updated 2023

Referring back to our top 3 online platforms to purchase bus tickets, bookmebus.com offers only one option, and that is to travel via the bus operator Mekong Express. The 40-seater bus leaves at 7am and takes approximately 14 hours, so the estimated drop-off time is at 9pm. You will have to be at the departure point (Mekong Express office) at least 45 minutes before 7am to prepare for the check-in procedure. Children under the age of 5 do not require tickets, so good news for parents travelling with young children! Prices start from 22 USD  . thaiduonglimousine.com offers the same option by bus or minivan but is priced slightly higher at 24 USD (based on a Monday departure in February 2020).

Compared to buses from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh, where there are a couple of departures and arrival points, buses to Phnom Penh departs only from Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4 and arrives at Siem Reap Bus Terminal—based on 12go.asia’s search results. Prices start from 27 USD, and there are three departure times—6:15 am, 7am, and 3pm by Thai Duong Limousine. This is a 15-hour bus ride, so if you’re departing at 3pm, you will arrive only at 6am in the morning the next day.

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