Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), formerly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam and has become one of the most interesting tourist attractions. For many travelers, Ho Chi Minh is the starting or ending point of a Southeast Asian vacation that includes destinations in Cambodia. For making your own Cambodia tours from Ho Chi Minh City, you have four major choices of transportation.

1. Flights

The fastest and the most convenient way to get Cambodia from Saigon is by airplane ( about 30 minutes flying). Tourists can catch a flight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap Airport in Cambodia. Flights are available with Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, and Qatar Airways. Including getting in and out of the airports, waiting at the airport lounge, travel time is about four hours.
RouteFlyingTimeFlights frequency/ day
HCMC - Siem Riep 1 hour 05 min 4 flights/day
HCMC - Phnom Penh 55 min 3 flights/day


2. Bus

Phnom Penh is about 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City if you are traveling on the road. Instead of the airplane, you could get to Phnom Penh from Saigon by bus, usually the cheapest option, a trip takes approximately 6 to 7 hours, including a border stop. You will pass the border crossing called Moc Bai on the Vietnamese side and Bavet on the Cambodian side.
Some of the worth-considering bus providers including Vietnamese firms like Mai Linh, Sapaco or GSG, and Cambodian providers such as Mekong Express, Capitol Tour, and 168 Bus. The bus ticket costs you about $6 ~ $12 depending on the service quality of each bus company.
Bus from HCMC to Cambodia

3. Speedboat

Making the trip to Cambodia from Saigon by boat will be a unique experience. Check with a travel agent about speedboat trips up the Mekong to Phnom Penh. The typical package consists of a bus trip or " Xe Loi" ( See above slide photo) from your hotel in Chau Doc to Boat Jetty in the early morning, boarding a boat and spending about 4 hours on the river. Passengers will arrive in Phnom Penh in the early afternoon. There are many types of boat from decent boats to luxury ones. And speedboat service is available from Chau Doc in Vietnam to Phnom Penh with prices of $19 ~ $50. Contact our travel consultants to get you agent rate.

Speed boat Chau Coc Phnomepnh e0c2d

4. Mekong Cruise

In order to make your Cambodia tours from Ho Chi Minh City more special and interesting, you can choose a cruise trip via Mekong River, which is the best way to explore the beautiful part of Cambodia and Vietnam.
There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong River. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. Tourists have a chance to travel from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life of Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Dong Thap, An Giang provinces and continue to Phnom Penh/ Siem Reap, Cambodia. Visitors may choose to travel to Cambodia on luxury Mekong Cruises such as Jayavarman, The Jahan, Aqua Mekong, Pandaw, Indochine etc.

If you are planning a trip to Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh city, we recommend you our best selling Vietnam & Cambodia tours: Luxury Mekong Experience - 8 Days. Just immerse yourself in the sublime beauty of the Mekong and its river life. Travel from Saigon’s modern bustle to the calm waters of Tonle Sap Lake and into the ancient Khmer Kingdom; explore South Vietnam and Cambodia on a tour that takes you along the meandering Mekong River all the way to Siem Reap - the hometown of Angkor Wat while you enjoy the best accommodation and luxury facility that Vietnam and Cambodia have to offer.

*Note: Upon arrival, you can get a visa at the airports or the border crossing in Cambodia, or Visa to Vietnam should apply for the visa online in advance. Visa to Cambodia is so much easier, you could get it at the Immigration Office located right at the River Bank ( See slide photos above). It costs you 30$ plus  extra 3-4 dollars of processing fee.

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Questions & Answers  

+5 # Mominuddin Chowdhury 2017-11-16 12:46
Please send me an estimate of train trip from Vietnam,Cambodia and Laos by day and by first class.
+3 # Mua Nguyen 2017-11-16 14:27
Dear Mominuddin Chowdhury,

Thank you for your kind request.
You can take the train trip from North to South Vietnam. To travel to Cambodia and Laos, we suggest you to take the flights or speedboat or bus trip.
To better customize your tour, please help us to understand more about your travel interests by providing the following information:
- How many people will be traveling in your group?
- What hotel category are you interested in?
- Length of your trip and your preferred date of arrival?
- Places you would like to visit and any special interests?

Thank you again for your enquiry! I will be back to you with a full proposal as soon as I receive your kind feedback.

With warmest regards,
+3 # T V S Jagadeep 2018-02-16 09:39
I would like to travel to Cambodia from Ho chi minh city. I opt for package tour for 2N. We are Indians. My wife has got single entry visa to Vietnam. What are the formalities to re-enter into vietnam from Cambodia. Will she get Visa there at Cambodia border? If so, what would be visa charge?

What would be the cost for package tour for 2 people for 2 Nights. We would like to go by bus. What is the bus fare and how long it will take to reach Cambodia?
0 # Duong Nguyen 2018-03-21 14:49
Dear Jagadeep,

Thank you for your kind request.
We can help you to apply Vietnam Visa approval letter for your wife so that she can enter Vietnam on second time. This is free when you travel with us.
We sent you the detail information and package tour via your email.
Should you need any further assistance, please contact us any time.

Best Regards,
+3 # Febiana 2018-03-21 14:21
Is there any one day trip from Ho Chi Minh to Cambodia
I will be at Ho Chi Minh city on Sunday 25 march and Saturday 26 march thanks
+2 # Duong Nguyen 2018-03-21 14:36
Dear Febiana,

Thank you for your question.
We only run the private tour so the program is flexible to meet your travel interest.
Our travel consultant Ms. Nga Vu will send you more details via email in next 2 hours.

Best Regards,
+3 # Priyasmita Ghosh 2018-04-03 22:03
Hi Team,

I am planning to travel from Hcmc to Cambodia with my parents. We want to travel to Phnom Penh by bus, stay there for one night. Then we will go to Siem Reap by bus. Then Stay there for 2 nights and then return to Hcmc by flight. Can you give me an estimate for the trip? Let me also know that what can be a good place to stay.

+1 # Duong Nguyen 2018-04-06 11:44
Dear Priyasmita,

Thank you for your kind request.
Our travel consultant Ms. Mary D sent you the full package with best quotation via email.
Kindly check it and let us know your comments.

Thank you and Best Regards,
+2 # Shibaji 2018-04-05 20:23
Dear Team

Couple of questions
1)Is there a 1 day trip to Cambodia : Siem Reap and Phenom Phen from Ho Ch Minn city i.e return same night

2)Any One night package of Bus->Sight Seeing (Siem Reap and Phenom Phen) -> stay at hotel in Phenom Phen -> Return to Ho Ch Minn citynext morning ?

Thanks Shibaji
+1 # Duong Nguyen 2018-04-06 11:51
Dear Shibaji,

Please be informed that it takes around 6 hour driving from Ho Chi Minh city to Phnom Penh and 5 hour driving from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (without any visits). Therefore, it is impossible to visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh for 1 or 2 days.
You should spend at least 4 - 5 days to visit the most highlights of our country.
We sent you more details regarding your request via email. Please check it and let us know your comments.
Have a good day.
Best Regards,
+1 # Ajay 2018-04-23 12:12
Appreciate information about available cambodia tour packages from saigon or phu coc. Please note I will be departing to Thailand possibly from siam rep and not returning to Vietnam.
Tentative dates last week of April or begining of May 2018

0 # Duong Nguyen 2018-04-23 14:26
Dear Ajay,

We only run private tours, so the itineraries are very flexible, you can depart at any dates at your favor.
Our travel consultant sent you an email to know more about your travel interest then we will customize a full package to meet your travel plan and expectation.

Thanks for contacting us and have a great day!
Best Regards,
+1 # ELSAEID 2018-05-12 00:52
Hi am planning to visit combodia by speedboat from Chi Minh stay 2night then travel back .
Can I get visa on arrival for combodia also how much the the tour cost .
Am sudanes nationality .
0 # Duong Nguyen 2018-05-23 08:55
Hello Elsaeid,

Thank you for your kind request.
Please note that there is no speed boat from Saigon to Cambodia (But there are Mekong river cruises which take longer time and cost more).
You just can take a bus trip from Saigon to Phnom Penh (6 hours), then to Siem Reap (4.5 hours).
Otherwise you may travel to Mekong Delta, then to Chau Doc to take speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (5 hours).
For Cambodia visa: You can apply Cambodia e-visa in advance via the following link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
or upon arrival with the fee of 34USD/person. Just show the immigration officers your passports, photos. The procedure is quick and convenient.
Also, please make sure you have multiple entries visa in advance to get back to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Best Regards,
0 # Ross Benn 2018-06-28 13:21
Hi, we would like to cruise one way from Saigon to Siam Reap via Phnom Penh.
How many day and approximate cost please.
We will travel around 10 July 2018
0 # Duong Nguyen 2018-06-28 16:10
Dear Ross Benn,

Thank you for your kind request.
We are checking the cruise availability and send you details via email.

Best regards,

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