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Best way to Travel from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

Posted by Arigato9 on 19/7/2011 at 13:17


My girlfriend and I will be flying into ho chi minh city from the philippines in Mid september and I have been researching the best ways to get from Saigon to Siem Reap. Can anyone tell me the most effective way to go about this? I was told once in Ho Chi Minh that I can find cheaper air travel through a tour agency, is this true? Also, is their any direct bus routes and if so which is the best and fastest? I really appreciate your feedback!!



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Posted by vietnamrum on 20/7/2011 at 16:48

Saigon to Phnom Penh takes 6 hours by bus including the border crossing.
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 6 hours by bus.

Phnom Penh is the capital, there are frequent buses from there to Siem etc.

Quick easy journeys.

information on traveling to / from Cambodia:-

The site is brilliant on information on Cambodia.

You can check out the flights online, either book your self or go through a travel agent.


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Posted by Arigato9 on 20/7/2011 at 21:43

This is great help! Really appreciate the info., excellent website! Thanks!!!

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Posted by vietnamrum on 21/7/2011 at 09:43


Have a great trip.
I generally get a bit templed out but Siem Reap is excellent.

Ensure you get to Byon. There are many temples so best to read up first to
get an idea of which ones you want to see.

Temple guide

If you want beach area then Sihanouckville is a great spot. The different areas are a motorbike trip away.

Vietnam requires a visa before arriving. There are many options regarding Vietnam visas. You can get a multi entry or pick up a new vietnam visa in Phnom Penh or Sihanouckville if you are flying back out of Vietnam. When in Vietnam it is easy to extend, currently only 3 months at a time.

Happy travels.

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Posted by Nixxypie on 18/9/2011 at 17:31

Depending on if time is an issue (if it is I would recommend flying) but if not I would get the bus from HCMC to Phnom Penh for $10, stay 1 night in Phnom Penh (I went to the killing fields, genocide museum, russian market, etc but depends what you would be interested in) then the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap for $9 the following day.

I did the journey in reverse- Siem Reap-PP was an overnight bus from midnight-6am, then from PP-HCMC we left at about 11am and arrived at 7pm (other people on the bus who travel this route frequently said that this was the longest it had ever taken). Anyway, the journey by bus isn't bad, the scenery is beautiful and it passes quite quickly, however our bus put on asian kareoke music for the majority of the journey and it was quite loud so I recommend taking an ipod haha.

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Posted by backpacker21 on 29/9/2011 at 12:06

Wow! This is very timely as my friends and I will be traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam and we will be coming from the Philippines as well. What a blessing to be part of this interesting discussion. Thanks fellow travelers!

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Posted by MotHaiBa on 29/9/2011 at 20:21

Simple decision:
1 hour by air = $200
12 hours by bus (+ stop in PP) - $20
If you have the time, the bus is good.

#7 MotHaiBa has been a member since 3/5/2011. Posts: 61

Posted by Arigato9 on 29/9/2011 at 22:30

After an amazing 18 days in Vietnam and Cambodia I head home to the states. Thank you fellow travelers for the suggestions and info. ie I took the bus! Also, the fast boat from Chau Doc to Can Tho is completely safe and well worth the trip. Be safe, Be Smart, Travel wide and travel Far! Peace!

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Posted by romeogolf on 29/9/2011 at 22:56

If you put any photos or stories online, please post a link here. Cheers!

#9 romeogolf has been a member since 18/9/2011. Location: Canada. Posts: 3

Posted by Arigato9 on 30/9/2011 at 10:30

I will post a link to my blog as soon as I update it! On my way home!!

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