On the 7th day of our Vietnam-Cambodia trip, we took a bus ride from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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.
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.
After another 20-minute ride, the conductor once again collected our passports as we approached the Bavet International Boarder (Cambodia).
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:
- 11 Days Vietnam-Cambodia Itinerary and Summary
- 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh
- 1 Day in Hanoi
- 2D/1N Cruising at Halong Bay
- Traveling in Vietnam via Saigon Express
- 24 Hours in Hoi An
- 1 Day in Phom Penh
- 2 Days in Siem Reap