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Bus or Boat from Phnom Penh to HCMC

Posted by cambodiachris on 3/9/2006 at 13:07

Hi Folks,
My mom is coming to visit my wife and I in PP, and we're planning to go to HCMC for a couple days. What is the most painless way to do that? Thanks for the help!

Chris

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Posted by somtam2000 on 3/9/2006 at 17:09 admin

The most painless way is by bus -- not more than $6-$7 all the way to Pham Ngu Lao St, though the trip takes the best part of a day. I prefer the boat down to Chau Doc then bumming around in the Delta -- but if you're going straight to Saigon and not planning to mess around in the Delta, I'd say bus (or fly).

When you going? I'm off to Saigon again tomorrow... ;-)

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Posted by DakLak on 4/9/2006 at 18:26

I think the most painless way would be to take the HCMC Transit System bus that departs Phnom Penh at the civilised hours of 13.00H and 16.00H each day. The price is US$12.

Check < http://www.satranco.com.vn/english/hcm_phnompenh.html >

Don't forget you will need to get your VN visa BEFORE leaving Phnom Penh. The VN Consular address is: 436 Monivong, Phnom Penh; Tel: +855-(0)-23-364-741: E: embvnpp@camnet.com.kh

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Posted by DakLak on 4/9/2006 at 18:29

I think the most painless way would be to take the HCMC Transit System bus that departs Phnom Penh at the civilised hours of 13.00H and 16.00H each day. The price is US$12.

Check < http://www.satranco.com.vn/english/hcm_phnompenh.html >

Don't forget you will need to get your VN visa BEFORE leaving Phnom Penh. The VN Consular address is: 436 Monivong, Phnom Penh; Tel: +855-(0)-23-364-741: E: embvnpp@camnet.com.kh

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Posted by cambodiachris on 4/9/2006 at 18:37

Thanks for the advice and info -- my secretary can get a VISA in 2 days....weirdly, though, they're issued in Sihanoukville (or at least that's what it says on the VISA my wife just got for a work related trip.) How long is the bus ride? What's the border like - do you have to change busses (read: sit around for hours?) Thanks so much!

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Posted by halu on 7/9/2006 at 06:43

Can you provide more details about the boat to Chau Doc? How long does it take, how much, etc? We will already have our VN visa.

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Posted by cambodiachris on 7/9/2006 at 07:24

The travel agent I use is Chenda at 5Oceans - on 178 a couple of blocks west of the River -- near Ginger Monkey. Her price on the boat is $17 and it leaves daily at noon, arriving at Chau Doc at 4 or 5 pm. You're on your own from there. Her email is 5oceans@5oceanscambodia.com -- I've found her prompt and her prices are as good as I've found -- though I know the boat prices vary - a friend paid $32 but the boat was really nice, and she and her friends had the boat to themselves.

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Posted by halu on 7/9/2006 at 22:36

Thanks! That sounds like a good option!

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