How To Get To Vietnam From Cambodia 🇻🇳 🇰🇭
How to get to Vietnam from Cambodia is a question that is often asked by travellers who are planning a long trip along mainland Southeast Asia.
Especially when travelling to Thailand and Vietnam via Cambodia or Laos.
Vietnam can be reached from Cambodia quite easily by plane, bus or a high-speed ferry. If you’re going through the land border between Vietnam and Cambodia you will need to apply for a visa in advance. You can only get a visa on the spot upon arrival at an International Airport. If you’re a British Citizen you can enter Vietnam for up to a maximum of 15 days (inclusive of dates of entry and exit) without a visa.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City by bus
Probably the most common way to cross the border is to get the bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. The cities are just a few hours apart so a lot of travellers prefer to do this instead of a more expensive flight. You also have to think, how many interesting sights would you see along the way! Getting the bus is just a whole different experience.
The journey takes about 6-7 hours including a stop at the border check. Buses are usually accompanied by a steward to help travellers get through the border. They help with where to go, who you need to see, where to show your visa etc. Along the way you can expect to make a few stops at some roadside restaurants where you can use the toilet, get a coffee or a quick bite to eat.
There must be about a dozen different bus companies that offer their service along this route, so the ticket prices can vary. You can expect to pay between £6-15 per ticket. It’s not really recommended that you try to make some miniscule savings on tickets, since cheaper tickets are likely to mean older busses with uncomfortable seats, lack of air conditioning and unpleasant smells.
One of the best bus companies for this route is the private Cambodian bus company Giant Ibis. Their fleet is made up of some modern buses with comfortable seats, TV and WiFi, as well as on-route refreshments like water and croissants. Cheaper alternatives that are still good that you should consider are another Cambodian bus company called Mekong Express and Vietnamese The Sinh Tourist. Both of these bus companies are pretty good and are usually priced a few pounds less than Giant Ibis.
Buses to Ho Chi Minh City run from two terminals in Phnom Penh. The first one is found at the night market, near the waterfront (this is where you would find the Giant Ibis bus company). The second terminal is found on Sihanouk Boulevard near the Olympic Stadium. It’s worth noting that some of the more expensive companies can provide you with a hotel transfer if you need it! Tickets can be bought at the bus terminals or online. The bus will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at Pham Ngu Lao, also known as backpacker street.
An alternative to buses is getting a minivan transfer, which usually takes less time (4-5 hours), but is far less comfortable than a good bus.
How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by plane
Most flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City are operated by Vietnamese Airlines. You can usually get tickets for about £60-75, but they can sometimes be £80+ depending on availability.
Phnom Penh to Châu Đốc
Another route how to get to Vietnam from Cambodia is going from Phnom Penh to Châu Đốc. This route is perfect for travellers who want to explore the biological treasure trove that is the Mekong Delta region. Châu Đốc is a charming place on the border between Vietnam and Cambodia, where you should definitely spend a couple of days if you can!
You can also get there on a ferry or a speed boat, which is an adventure in itself. Small speed boats constantly run along the route. Usually these boats are quite comfortable, equipped with a toilet on board. The journey takes about 4 hours, including a stop at the border. Same as the bus, boats usually have a steward who is able to help you deal with all the formalities at the border. These tours are usually operated by Vietnamese companies and depart for Châu Đốc at around 1 p.m. every day.
How to get from Sihanoukville to Phú Quốc Island
This route is so worth doing, because of the sheer natural beauty of the country. Spend a few days relaxing on the beaches of Sihanoukville and Phú Quốc Island. If you have the time for some stops along the way, we recommend you check out the city of Kampot and Siem Reap.
The Sihanoukville to Phú Quốc Island route pretty split up. You travel from Sihanoukville to Kampot, then from Kampot to the border. From there, you will need to get a taxi or rent a motorbike to get to the pier, where you will have to board a boat to get to Phú Quốc Island.
Getting the bus is another option. In Sihanoukville, you should be able buy transfer tickets to Phú Quốc Island from any hotel/hostel. Local tour operators work closely with accommodation providers. The mode of transport will depend on the number of travellers, for example if not many tickets are sold you’re likely to be picked up in a smaller minivan rather than a bus. Stewards should be present so getting lost is unlikely.
Another option is to travel independently rather than with a tour company. You can get the bus to from Sihanoukville to Kampot and stay there for a couple of nights. Next, take a taxi or rent a motorbike to Kep where you can spend another couple of nights. Getting to the border from Kep is easy, you can get a taxi there no problem. After that make your way to Ha Tien, where you can board a boat to Phú Quốc Island.
How to get from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City
Getting to Ho Chi Minh City from Sihanoukville is pretty easy. You can get the bus through Phnom Penh direct from Sihanoukville. If you want to make a stop at Kampot you can do so and get a minibus from there to the border.
Alternatively, you can get a flight from Sihanoukville to Ho Chi Minh City for around £100. If you can’t be bothered with the hassle of travelling by bus, you can always get a quick flight. The main cities in the region are quite well connected, mostly operated by Vietnamese low-cost airlines.
The routes are mostly operated by Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia and VietJet. The cheapest flights that we have seen are offered by VietJet. These cost around £40, but the average cost seems to be closer to £80-110.
If you want to know how to get from Vietnam to Cambodia via plane, the 3 easiest routes are:
First is Siem Reap → Hanoi
Second is Siem Reap → Ho Chi Minh
Third is Siem Reap → Danang or Phú Quốc Island