can anyone pls advise on the best (and cheapest!) way to travel from Phnom Penh to Saigon? how long would it take and how much would it cost?
#1 themudblood has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 15
I have been reading some articles about the way from Phnom Penh to Saigon. As far as I know, there is no railway provided yet, however there is a daily bus service. The journey takes almost 8 hours(250km), and the bus departs at 0630 from Phnom Penh and would be arrived Saigon at 1400. The fare is approximately $12.
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14Aeo Street 182, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 724 104, (023) 217 627 F: (023) 214 104
Hotel/guesthouse pick up free, confirm all tickets one day in advance.
All buses are air-con, no toilets.
Phnom Penh to Saigon: Departs at: 06:45, 09:00. Costing US$10 and takes 6 hours.
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Phnom Penh to Saigon: Departs at: 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 11:45, 13:30. Costing US$12 and takes 6 hours.
#3 eagerbeaver has been a member since 14/5/2007. Posts: 8
thank you very much guys!
am planning to spend a couple of nites in saigon, after some serious assault on Phnom Penh & Siem Reap. can anyone pls suggest a place for me to stay and some places of interest to visit around saigon? i know that i can get these info easily from one of those travel guides, but i suppose personal recommendations from members would have been more valuable and meaningful. thank you...
#4 themudblood has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 15
oh, darn it! this is cambodia forum! should not have posted my queries on saigon in here, or could i?
#5 themudblood has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 15
The cheapest direct bus from PP to HMC costs USD $8 one way. I can't remember the name of the bus company. It leaves PP at 8 am every day and takes about 6 hrs.
I will book the ticket at one of the travel agents near Boeng Kak Lake (aka Lakeside). The price includes free transfer to bus station.
I stayed at Grand View Guesthouse (near Boeng Kak Lake). A single room with fan costs only USD $3 per night and most important the room is clean and the bed is not rock hard.
#6 ernieh has been a member since 21/3/2007. Posts: 49
#7 themudblood has been a member since 13/3/2007. Posts: 15
Its 6 hrs from Phnom Pehn to Siem Reap. Mekong Express Bus offers AC Coach trip from Phnome Pehn to Saigon or Siem Reap.
Make sure that you have your Vietnamese Visa on entry in Moc Bai (Vietna Side). At the Vietnamese Border, no visa is issued.
After Immigration Clearance in Moc Bai, its a 2 hours travel to Saigon.
Enjoy your trip
#8 pagannomads has been a member since 5/8/2006. Posts: 1
If you have a few days go by boat along the Mekong Delta...you can go pretty much all the way from Phnom Penh to Saigon by boat - much better than the bus but obviously depends on your timescale...
#9 lucyhudson has been a member since 25/11/2006. Posts: 38
we are travelling from HCMC to Siem Reap in late August. Any suggestions as to how to get there - we only have four days for Siem Reap, should we just fly? Also, any recommendations on good places to stay in SR?
#10 LeighAnne has been a member since 10/5/2007. Posts: 1
We got the express bus from PP to SR but then flew back from SR to HCMC with Vietnam Airlines...cost about $40 one way but was nice and easy. We booked the tickets at HCMC airport so booking flights is worth doing when you're in Vietnam - loads cheaper than booking externally.
Re hotels - depends on your budget but we stayed in the Bopha Angkor Hotel. Cost about $40 for one night so on the pricier side but it had an amazing outdoor pool which - after the long days at Angkor Wat - is worth every penny. We'd gone for budget accommodation until SR and just decided to push the boat out a wee bit. The rooms are small and quite dark but clean and nice enough but the grounds, the pool and the food are fantastic. And you're only a 2 minute walk from the market/bars/restaurants etc.
#11 lucyhudson has been a member since 25/11/2006. Posts: 38
Agree with all the above, but would just like to add that Mekong Express is the best in terms of comfort, although a touch more expensive.
#12 steveatkins has been a member since 15/6/2007. Posts: 33