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Bus or Boat? from Ho Chi Mihn City to Phnom Phen

  • hfergu

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    Hello -

    Would anyone be able to explain the bus versus the boat options from HCHMC to Phnom Phen? I want to make the best usage of time possible, but also have an enjoyable trip. Also, I'm not interested in speedboat options.

    Thanks :)

    #1 Posted: 23/3/2010 - 02:53

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  • tayloroz

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    Hi Hilary,
    We have just returned from 4 weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos (not nearly enough time!). We originally planned to travel to Chau Doc in Vietnam then catch the Blue Cruiser boat to Phnom Penh , however this did not work out because 1. Blue cruiser was booked out on the day we wanted it (and this was booking already weeks in advance) and 2. we could not organise an inexpensive way to get to Chau Doc. We ended up taking the Mekong Express bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh as this company had been recommended on forums. It was a quick, comfortable and inexpensive trip (US12)and they provide wet towelette, bottle of water and bakery snack. They hit you up for US$5 extra on top of the Cambodian visa fee to facilitate a speedy border crossing but I gather this is pretty standard practice. We did note that Sinhtourist (formerly the Sinh Cafe) in Saigon had 2 day bus and boat tours from Saigon to Phnom Penh via the Mekong. Their webaddress is http://www.thesinhtourist.vn/. We ended up doing a separate day trip to the Mekong and then catching the direct bus.
    There are other bus companies - booking offices all along Pham Ngu Lao street in Saigon but their quality varies. Hope this helps.

    #2 Posted: 23/3/2010 - 11:55

  • Indoluso

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    Hello Tayloroz,

    I've just seen blue cruiser's website and they discribe their boats as speed-boats. Are they really speed-boats, the ones everyone discourages the use as being very dangerous?

    Cheers!

    #3 Posted: 24/3/2010 - 02:24

  • Indoluso

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    I just saw a post from 2007 where the ride is said to cost 15 dolars (fast boat)... on blue cruiser's website is said to cost 50 dolars!! Is this correct?

    #4 Posted: 24/3/2010 - 02:34

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    We got the boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh last September. As far as I know, the only option was an Express Boat (aka Speedboat) - it had about 30 seats inside and a small area at the back. We paid about $20 each I think (but don't quote me!). Border crossing was really easy and all was going well but unfortunately the weather wasn't great, the driver was going too fast and we had an accident. It was one of the most scary moments of my life and my boyfriend and I both ended up in A&E in Phnom Penh needing stitches. I don't want to say don't take the boat, because who knows, the bus might be as risky, but just approach with caution.

    #5 Posted: 26/3/2010 - 00:06

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    We got the boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh last September. As far as I know, the only option was an Express Boat (aka Speedboat) - it had about 30 seats inside and a small area at the back. We paid about $20 each I think (but don't quote me!). Border crossing was really easy and all was going well but unfortunately the weather wasn't great, the driver was going too fast and we had an accident. It was one of the most scary moments of my life and my boyfriend and I both ended up in A&E in Phnom Penh needing stitches. I don't want to say don't take the boat, because who knows, the bus might be as risky, but just approach with caution.

    #6 Posted: 26/3/2010 - 00:07

  • Indoluso

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    very scary....

    Thanks for the reply!

    #7 Posted: 26/3/2010 - 00:27

  • LaureneCao

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    Hi Hfergu
    In fact, the road between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh is bumpy, quite crowned, has a little route with fix time( about 9 AM) . It takes a long time (7h) but it’s cheap( about $10/1 way ticket) .
    Go by boat is popular. But you can’t go from Ho Chi Minh, you need to go to Chau Doc ( by car/bus, about 5h ) , travel by boat you can see the floating village, it’s very exciting & beautiful. It takes about 5h go to Phnom Penh. Various of kind boats to choose.
    Hope information can help you
    Van Cao
    Indochina Travel Service

    #8 Posted: 27/3/2010 - 11:48

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