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First Time Traveler from Saigon-Angkor-Saigon

Posted by fairybelle on 19/10/2010 at 10:01


My friend & I are going to Saigon and we plan to go to Angkor but we only have 4 days to spend for both destinations. Any suggestions for us? Is it possible to go in both countries with the given days & not taking the plane?

Thanks a lot in advance.


#1 fairybelle has been a member since 19/10/2010. Posts: 2

Posted by eastwest on 19/10/2010 at 11:02

4 days for both? Without taking a plane that sounds like a bad plan

Saigon to Phnom Penh (you'll have to go via Phnom Penh) is 6 hours on the bus. Phnom Penh to Angkor /Siem Reap is another 5-6 hours so that will make it 2 (you have to do same route back) full tiring days on the bus.

That leaves you with 1 day in Saigon and 1 full day in Angkor and 2 days on the bus. Possible but not recommended and both destinations deserve a longer stay.

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Posted by oasisbarhatien on 19/10/2010 at 14:34

Posted from within Vietnam.

You also have to consider the visa situation.The topic title implies you start in Saigon,go to Cambodia and then return to Saigon.Unless you qualify for entry to Vietnam without a visa,you will therefore need either a multiple entry visa,or two separate ones to enter Vietnam.As the first reply says I don't think it's advisable to try and do so much in such a short time.Flights from Saigon to Siem Reap are also expensive.

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Posted by fairybelle on 19/10/2010 at 14:55

Your suggestions are really helpful. And yes, we qualify for entry to both countries without a visa (we're coming from the Philippines). How about Saigon-Phnom Penh-Saigon for the same days and land travel? - Thanks!

#4 fairybelle has been a member since 19/10/2010. Posts: 2

Posted by eastwest on 19/10/2010 at 16:57

That sounds like a better plan.

If you take an early morning bus (there plenty of them) you arrive in Phnom Penh in the early afternoon and you won't be very tired and can still do some things in the afternoon. Royal palace and National Museum you could easily do in the afternoon. In the evening, stroll along the riverside and pick a nice place for dinner & drinks. Next morning Tuol Sleng & killing fields (or some historical sights) and return to Saigon in the afternoon and arrive back in Saigon in the evening.

Leaves you with two full days in Saigon which has in general a little more to do. But it depends on whether you like the city. Saigon is much bigger than Phnom Penh and even though there is more traffic, it seems a little more organised than Phnom Penh which can be outright chaotic because there are relatively more cars in Phnom Penh.

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