Bus is the cheapest way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to
Phnom Penh with prices costing around US$12 with a reputable company.
The journey is not particularly scenic, but does involve a
crossing of the Mekong River by vehicle ferry. Flights costs
around xxx and take 50 minutes. There are no trains running this
Many bus companies operate between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.
It’s a 7 hour trip which involves a land border crossing at
Bavat. The journey is not particularly scenic, but does pass
traditional Cambodian villages and involves a crossing of the Mekong
River by vehicle ferry. It is generally worth spending a few
dollars more and traveling with the more reputable bus companies.
The better companies will get your visa-on-arrival for you,
without you having to pay ‘extra charges’ that the Cambodian
immigration officers often ask. Better companies also have better
buses and are more organised. The better companies charge US$12,
but you can find companies running the trip for US$8.
When leaving Vietnam all passengers have to take their luggage into
the immigration office. Your luggage stays on the bus when
passing through Cambodian immigration.
The Cambodian company Capital Tours are recommended. Bookings
can be made through Sinh Cafe in Pham Ngu Lao Area in Saigon. I
traveled with them in 2008 and found their service good. The
pickup from the Sinh Cafe Pham in Ngu Lao Area, Saigon. They drop
off at their guesthouse in central Phnom Penh. The staff on the
bus are organised and will get your visa-on-arrival for you.
Whilst the border crossing paperwork is done they have lunch at a
good restaurant around the back of the immigration office.