Crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia Boarder via Bus

On the 7th day of our Vietnam-Cambodia trip, we took a bus ride from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Boarding Danh Danh Express Bus at Pham Ngu Lao St.

If you’re coming from Ho Chi Minh, riding the bus will be the cheapest way to go to Cambodia, either to the capital Phnom Penh or to the popular Siem Reap (Angkor Wat). Tickets can be bought all around Ho Chi Minh, especially at Pham Ngu Lao St, which is a known tourist hub. We bought ours at #285 Pham Ngu Lao Street, a 3-minute walk away from our hotel.

It’ll be a good idea to book your bus seats way before the actual travel date, because bus tickets run out easily. We bought ours a day before, and we barely managed to get the last two seats on the last bus! This’ll be crucial especially if you gave a tight schedule!

The popular bus line among tourists is the Mekong Express Bus, but since it was aready fully booked, we had the Danh Danh Express Bus, which was actually a decent bus too. The chairs were comfortable, had wifi onboard, and gave complimentary bottles of water.

Bound for Phnom Penh

We paid 300,000 VND each, and departed from Ho Chi Minh at 3:30PM. The bus were just parked in front of their store at Pham Ngu Lao St, and departed on time.

Approximately one hour after departure, we arrived at the Moc Bai Border Crossing (Vietnam). The conductor collected our passports and less us through security check, then advised us to wait back at the bus. After 20-minutes, the conductor returned with our passports cleared from immigration.

Last glimpse of Vietnam before crossing the boarder

After another 20-minute ride, the conductor once again collected our passports as we approached the Bavet International Boarder (Cambodia).

Bavet International Boarder

The sun was already setting when the bus stopped at a tourist-trap restaurant with unnecessarily expensive meals near the boarder of Cambodia.

The bus ride was approximately 6 hours in total. We arrived at Phnom Penh at around 10PM. We then rode a tuk-tuk to our hotel.


  • Filipinos won’t need any visa when entering Cambodia.
  • There will be no additional fees when crossing the boarder.
  • Have your passport reaady, and be sure to collect your passport after crossing the Bavet boarder.
  • Avoid the restaurant stop by bringing your own food
  • For those who won’t be staying at Phnom Penh, another bus ride can be taken to Seam Reap

Enjoy your trip in Cambodia!

For more details about our Vietnam-Cambodia trip, check these out:


4 thoughts on “Crossing the Vietnam-Cambodia Boarder via Bus

  1. Hi Paola! We’re trying this route on June 9 and thinking of booking Danh Danh bus instead of Mekong Express Van just because we think it’s quite okay and plus more leg room with our destined time of around 6:30 in the morning. We’ll booked through VEXERE, have you heard of that? Just want to know if it’s a really okay bus, you know with the convenience and everything 🙂 Thanks!


    1. Hello Hershey! Haven’t heard of VEXERE since we reserved our bus tickets at one of the ticketing shops in Pham Ngu Lao. As for the Danh Danh bus, yes they are quite decent! Had no problem at all with regards to comfort.

      Have a fun trip to Cambodia! 🙂


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