Being neighbors in Southeast Asia on the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam and Cambodia share a long border with plenty of crossings. With a variety of ways to travel, including boats, cars, buses and flights, travel between the two countries is remarkably easy.
In order to travel from Vietnam into Cambodia, visas are required; however, at border crossing or on arrival at airports, they are available. Tourists must have two passport-sized photographs with them in order to qualify for a visa on arrival, however, if they do not have these photographs with them, they can simply be fined a small amount and granted a visa anyways. It suggests that you should arrange for a visa beforehand for land border crossings, as many unscrupulous border guards can overcharge for tourists’ visas. Through the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, you can get online visa processing. Read more: Indochina tours Cambodia
Flights to Cambodia
There are two major airports , one in Phnom Penh capital city (airport code PNH) and another in Siem Reap (REP), which is not far from the Angkor Wat temple complex. Taking between one and two hours, most flights to Cambodia from Vietnam depart from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Arriving by air is pretty simple and most of the customs process is hassle-free.
Between Vietnam and Cambodia, there are numerous land crossings available. From Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, many people choose to travel bus trip that takes roughly six hours with a border stop. On the Vietnamese side, this crossing is called Moc Bai and on the Cambodian side, Bavet. Additionally, as of early 2011, between the two nations, there are at least seven other land border crossings open; at all points, private vehicles are allowed to cross. At most land border crossings, visas on arrival are available.
Normally via one of these popular national highways do travelers cross Vietnam-Cambodia border:
- Highway No.22 from Saigon, crossing Moc Bai International checkpoint
- Provincial highway No.952 from Tan Chau (Vietnam) to Kaam Samnor , crossing Vinh Xuong International checkpoint.
- Xa Xia (Vietnam) to Prek Chak crossing Ha Tien International checkpoint, which is open for almost international tourists.
Normally, to cross Vietnam – border, buses from Saigon to Phnom Penh are more preferred. On the trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, there is no stop.
Some of well worth-considering bus providers are Vietnamese firms such as GSG, Sapaco or Mai Linh, and Cambodian providers like 168 Bus, Capitol Tour and Mekong Express. Service of the Mekong Express also includes a tour guide to introduce and help guests during their trips. Below are some addresses where you can get bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia.
- Mai Linh Express: No 292 Dinh Bo Linh Street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District – (+84-8) 3 929 2929
- Sapaco Tourist: No 500 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 4, District 3 – (+84-8) 3 832 2038
- Mekong Express: No 275F Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1 – (+84-8) 3 837 3917
Although depending on seasons and providers, ticket price varies, they often remain affordable within the range from $20 to $35 for sleeper buses and from $13 to $25 for seat buses.
If you interest, please follow: cruises from Saigon to Phnom Penh
Before ending in Vietnam, the Mekong River runs north to south through Cambodia. Also, river boat border crossings are available with short stops on land to check visas and passports. At the Cambodian border crossing, visas on arrival are available. From Chau Doc in Vietnam to Phnom Penh, quick boat service is available. So do more leisurely cruises and service all the way to Siem Reap.
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