Hey, I’m travelling to Cambodia in June and have a few queries. I’d appreciate any advice:
1) Where is the cheapest place to get a Vietnamese visa in Cambodia? How much does the visa cost and how long does it take to get done?
2) Do you have to book inter-city bus tickets (eg: G.S.T Express Bus Service, Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Company bus tickets) a day in advance or is it ok to just turn up at the bus company’s bus stop and simply purchase tickets for travel that same day?
3) Has anyone taken the road to Sen Monorem, Modulriki province in June or any other month of the wet season? What is the condition of the road like and how long does it take to get there from Phnom Penh? Would you recommend visiting this part of Cambodia? (we haven’t got enough time to head to Ratanakiri province)
4) I really can’t decide whether to purchase the 1 day or 3 day pass to the Angkor Wat temples. Which would you recommend?
5) It seems that many Vietnamese tour companies (eg: Sinh Café) offer very reasonably priced 3day/2night trips from Saigon, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia via the Mekong Delta.
Does anyone else know of where I can book a similar tour in Cambodia, which runs in the opposite direction? – ie: from Phnom Penh, Cambodia TO Saigon, Vietnam via the Mekong Delta.
6) Has anyone taken the boat from Siem Reap to Battambang? Is this recommended over travel by bus?
Many thanks in advance for your help!
#1 eagerbeaver has been a member since 14/5/2007. Posts: 8
1) Vietnamese visa
Cheapest place is Sihanoukville. There is a post about it here.
2) Bus tickets
You can just show up on the day, but if it's convenient there's no harm in buying the ticket the day before.
3) Road to Sen Monorm
I've done it a couple of times, but never in the height of wet season. Surface can get pretty patchy and badly rutted, but rarely impassable. From Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom somewhere between 6 and 12 hours. It is an interesting part of Cambodia, but if you have time for one or the other, Rattanakiri is the better choice. There's more to do and see and the tourism infrastructure is a bit better developed there.
4) Angkor Pass
5) Delta tours ex Phnom Penh.
Any travel agent in Phnom Penh will be able to sort you out with one of these. Would suggest taking an option with overnight stops in at least Chau Doc and Can Tho. Note, this is also easily done without a tour, if you'd prefer to do it that way.
6) Boat from Siem Reap to Battambang
If the waters are high it is a great trip -- very very beautiful. if waters low, not so hot -- boats freqently run aground. If you're there in June I'd say give it a go.
Hope that helps!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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1) The cheapest place to get a Vietnam Visa is from the travel agents around Lakeside (Boeng Kak Lake -backpacker area) of Phnom Penh. It costs USD $30 for one day service. I got mine done through World Wide Travel agent next to Simon's 2 Guesthouse. I checked with all other agents and they do for the same price.
2) I would recommend that you book the PP to HMC bus ticket the day before travel. I just arrived in HMC having taken the An Phu tourist bus. The bus was clean and the AC worked and only cost USD $8 compared $12 for Mekong Express. I would advise that you avoid Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Company buses. Why? The buses are old, no AC on the bus from Battanbang to PP and they play annoying karokee music at full blast.
3) Sorry, I haven't been there.
4) I would highly recommend that you get a 3 day Angkor Wat pass. Do not miss out on seeing Beng Melena which is about 1.5 hour from SR. It's worth the time and money to get there. To rent a tuk-tuk for the day at Angor Wat is USD $10 per day.
5) I didn't see anything like that in PP.
6) A week ago, I decided to take a mini van from SR to Battanbang instead of the speed boat becuase the water was very shallow and dangerous. The Khmers (Cambodians) told me their has been a few accidents on this boat trip recently.
#3 ernieh has been a member since 21/3/2007. Posts: 49
Thanks for your help ernieh and somtam2000!
#4 eagerbeaver has been a member since 14/5/2007. Posts: 8