Just registered on Travelfish - what an awesome travel site!!
Has anyone done this itinerary recently & if so,able to offer any advice on best mode of travel/timings/accommodation/pros-cons etc. Specifically,we're planning on spending a couple of days in Saigon,likewise in Angkor,a week on Phu Quoc then back across the Mekong delta to fly back to the UK from Saigon.
Many thanks in anticipation
#1 pandjack has been a member since 11/1/2010. Posts: 5
Thanks -- glad you like the site!
I'd approach what you're doing something like this:
Saigon -> Phnom Penh by bus, overnight in Phnom Penh. Next morning either the bus or boat to Siem Reap and hang out there. Once you're done, bus back to Phnom Penh (you'll need to overnight again) then head to Kep on the Cambodian coast (share taxi is fastest). From there you can cross to Ha Tien in Vietnam from where there are now regular ferries running to Phu Quoc Island.
When you're done on the island, get the boat to Rach Gia then bus to Can Tho and hang out there to see the floating markets then on back to Saigon.
That's just one way to skin it, there are a few different routes to do what you have planned.
More questions, ask away.
Thanks for the info, I am doing a trip in April with all of those arears (and a few more)Your suggestions have given me great ideas for the saigon - phu quoc- saigon part of my trip
#3 jasinorbit has been a member since 4/12/2009. Posts: 37
Many thanks - invaluable info. How much time would you recommend we allow for each stage of travel?
#4 pandjack has been a member since 11/1/2010. Posts: 5
Saigon to Phnom Penh: best part of a day
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: 5-8 hours
Phnom Penh to Kep: 5 hours
Kep to Ha Tien: a few hours
Rach Gia to Can Tho: 3-4 hours
Can Tho to Saigon: 4-5 hours
You'll get more info in the travel section for each town.
Thank you very much for the prompt response - you've been extremely helpful.
#6 pandjack has been a member since 11/1/2010. Posts: 5
Just check the lake conditions if you are thinking of travelling from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap by boat. Unless the lake is full you risk getting stuck... Not sure when the rainy season starts but right now it is the dry and our trip from Siem Reap to Battambang took nearly eleven hours as opposed to a 2.5 hour bus trip.
Last year a boat from Siem Reap to PP got stuck on the lake for more than 48 hours carrying over 200 passengers with no food and no water.
#7 KazAussie has been a member since 18/7/2009. Posts: 221
I was exploring the same pathway, but dont have the luxury of time, am restricted to 5 days. Is it viable?
#8 imago has been a member since 29/1/2010. Posts: 3
Not really, you would end up spending all your time travelling. Phu Quoc is a chill out type of island so you need at least a couple of days there to make it worth your while.
If you are not going to Phu Quoc there are other routes you can take through the delta to give you that experience.
#9 KazAussie has been a member since 18/7/2009. Posts: 221
some 12 yrs ago, I travelled vietnam doing the coastal route, and the delta. These few days were the opportunity to see angkor wat ( either convenient way via plane, or interesting way via delta), then adding an extra experience. Phu Quoc sounds nice, if not expensive for S.E Asia however I couldnt find any internal cambodian flights to gain efficiency.
Have you any suggestions
#10 imago has been a member since 29/1/2010. Posts: 3
There aren't any direct flights from Cambodia to Phu Quoc, you pretty much have to go through HCMC. Don't know your budget but if you fly Siem Reap to HCMC there are plenty of cheap flights to Phu Quoc. You should be able to get from Siem Reap to PQ in half a day, that would give you time on the island.
#11 KazAussie has been a member since 18/7/2009. Posts: 221
appreciate your guidance. If i were to indulge myself in one overland adventure of the two, HCM to siam reap, OR Phnom Phen to Kep, which would be the wiser choice all considered.
#12 imago has been a member since 29/1/2010. Posts: 3