Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

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How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Wide leafy boulevards, exquisite Buddhist temples and a beautiful riverside promenade – even if Phnom Penh cannot boast a lot of large-scale tourist attractions, it possesses its own special charm. Easily one of the least developed capitals of South East Asia, Phnom Penh is changing rapidly nowadays; new Western-style shopping malls and high-rises make their way to the city, and there are even air-conditioned public buses cruising its streets. You can have a look at the darkest years of Khmer history in Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or venture further afield to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. But you can choose just to enjoy Phnom Penh’s – alas! – rapidly vanishing French flavour, indulge in world-wide cuisine offered in its fancy restaurants at half the price you pay anywhere else or absorb the local colours visiting markets and people-watching. There is an abundance of worth-seeing places of interest around Phnom Penh, easily explored during a day trip, including Phinom Chisor, a stunning example of the Angkorian period temples, or Koh Dach, the Silk Island, where you can witness the process of silk weaving and buy some of the finest textiles in Cambodia. All in all, architectural wonders, busy nightlife venues and shopping opportunities galore in Phnom Penh. It may not become your favourite city in Asia, but Phnom Penh definitely deserves a closer look.

How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Nearly every guesthouse in Ho Chi Minh and all the travel agencies in the city will be ready to sell you a ticket to almost any destination throughout South East Asia; no wonder that Ho Chi Minh–Phnom Penh route is no exception. You can get to the Cambodian capital either by plain or by bus. The former way is considerably more expensive but quicker; the latter is cheaper but takes longer.

From Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh to by bus

Giant Ibis Transport is one of the leading operators serving the route between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh. Cambodia-based bus company boasts excellent safety record and provides a level of service you could have hardly expected to get in Cambodia a couple of years ago. They provide complimentary pick-up from their partner accommodation in Ho Chi Minh (require in your hotel or guesthouse), serve snacks and water during the trip and even offer free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets for charging your gadgets on board their buses. For Ho Chi Minh–Phnom Penh route the company uses full-sized comfortable buses; tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh with Giant Ibis cost USD18.

In Ho Chi Minh, Giant Ibis buses depart from their ticket office in Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, which lies within walking distance from many budget digs in Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area.

Giant Ibis operates at least one daily bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh. It departs at 8.30am and gets to the destination some six hours later. The total distance between the two cities is 240 km. Travel time depends greatly on the time spent at the immigration on the Vietnamese and Cambodian sides and on ferry crossing. In certain periods there is one more bus leaving Ho Chi Minh at 12.30pm.

There is a lunch stop half the way between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh at Banyan Tree Restaurant located in the duty free zone after you have done with immigration formalities on the Vietnamese side. Note that lunch in not included into your ticket price; expect to pay USD3-4 for a dish.

In Phnom Penh buses bring their passengers to Giant Ibis bus station in 106 Street close to the night market and riverfront. You can connect to other Giant Ibis buses there and leave your luggage for a few hours to take a stroll around the city while waiting for your next bus. Tuk-tuk drivers welcome every arrival, so you will not have any problem with getting to any part of the city in case you are planning to spend some time in Phnom Penh.

From Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by air

There are direct flights between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh performed by regular and low-cost airlines. Travel time is about one hour, but it is often impossible to find tickets under USD100 – if only you do not hit a great sale period. Cambodia Angkor, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways all operate direct flights from Phnom Penh to Saigon. If overland travel is not your thing, consider this option, then.

Where and when to obtain your Cambodian visa?

Before buying your ticket to Cambodia, check visa requirements for your passport. Though you can apply for VOA right at the border, it is still advisable to arrange for your visa in advance – just to be on the safe side. You can do it directly thought the Cambodian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh located in No 41 Phung Khac Khoan. Visas are processes the same day and generally there are no queues. Another option is to obtain your Cambodian visa online as E-Visas are accepted at the Svay Rieng–Bavet border crossing which the buses heading from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh use. Tourist E-Visa cost USD30 plus USD7 for processing.

Note that whatever way for obtaining your Cambodian visa you choose, if travelling with Giant Ibis buses, at the border you will be charged additional USD5 for batch processing of passengers’ passports.

Connecting to other Giant Ibis buses in Phnom Penh

From their bus station in Phnom Penh Giant Ibis Transport operate three more routes: to Sihanoukville, to Kampot and to Siem Reap.

The only destination to which you can connect travelling from Ho Chi Minh the same day is Siem Reap. In this case you need to take either morning or afternoon bus from Ho Chi Ming to Phnom Penh (USD18) and then to hop onto the night bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (USD15). If the amazing Angkor complex is the next entry in your must-visit list, you can buy a joint ticket directly from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. You will have enough time to make a brief tour of Phnom Penh before the departure of your night bus to Siem Reap.

For morning travel to Siem Reap as well as travel to Sihanoukville and Kampot from Ho Chi Minh you need to buy two separate tickets – first from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh and then from Phnom Penh to your destination – and spend a night in Phnom Penh to proceed your journey on the following day after your arrival from Vietnam.

Getting around

If you have traveled at least a bit anywhere in Cambodia, you may have noticed that the Khmers know no modesty as far as the width of their roads is concerned. This local love for expansions makes Phnom Penh tough for covering on foot. Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are ubiquitous and plentiful; they are an affordable and easy way to get around the city. Expect to pay from USD1 to USD3 for a tuk-tuk ride, even less for a motorbike taxi.

Renting a scooter is also an option in Phnom Penh. Daily rates are about USD5. Note that helmets are a must, traffic is chaotic and accidents with casualties are not unheard of. Rent only if you are an experienced rider – we mean with some experience in Asian countries.

There are public buses in Phnom Penh. Tickets cost less than USD0.5 per trip. The most useful route is Line 03 which stops at the International Airport, Central Market and Night Market. Line 01 combined with some walking brings you to the Royal Palace and National Museum.

Further afield from Phnom Penh

Located literally in the heart of the country, Phnom Penh has good transport connections with all the other cities and towns around Cambodia and in the neighbouring countries. Apart from the already mentioned Kampot, Sihanoukville and Ho Chi Minh, some of the destinations which you can reach overland from Phnom Penh, include Poi Pet, Battambang, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri in Cambodia; Bangkok in Thailand; Vientiane and Pakse in Laos.

Transportation from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh destination reviews

AJ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 10, 2020
Late by nearly two hours, air con broke down after Cambodia border, was due to arrive at 14:00, didn’t arrive until 18:30 !! Did get water and a roll to eat, staff very nice.
AG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 8, 2020
Accepting e-tickets or m-tickets instead of pdf hard copies would be beneficial for both nature and passengers. Thank you!
AD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 7, 2020
We were very nervous after reading lots of reviews and watching YouTube reviews of this bus company as well as others. We took the chance and were so glad we did! Giant Ibis was on time, clean, cool (A/C), smooth drive, EASY VISA PURCHASE and quick and easy transit through both Vietnam and Cambodia borders. Our bus conductor spoke English, was kind and helpful with our questions. They took care for us every step of the way. Once onboard we were given a banh mi sweet bread and bottle of water. At the border you get a 30 minute 'lunch break' which was at about 1030am but the food we bought from the duty free shop restaurant was tasty and inexpensive. Some reviews say this is unnecessary but we realised that this break is mainly to give the conductor time to apply and receive all our visas. Worth it to let them process your visa rather that deal with an e-visa. We were very happy with this service and the journey. Thanks so much Giant Ibis!
CQ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 4, 2020
easy and convenient bookings, hassle free..legit
FT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 2, 2020
Smooth and comfy. Liked the stop for a lunch at the border and possibility to get off earlier
KM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 29, 2020
Very smooth & good way to cross the border
SB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 25, 2020
Excellent service & surprisingly comfy journey.
AJ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 25, 2020
good joujrney
KW
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Feb 24, 2020
Comfy and clean. Crossing border was easy, just give your passport and money to the bus operator and they take care of everything. Stick with your group and remember what your bus looks like :)
AW
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 23, 2020
Great service, on time and was a lot of help through the visa process, made the whole journey very easy. Only negative was the air con was so weak and occasionally blowing out warm air so we were uncomfortably hot by the end of the trip.
CH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 22, 2020
Extra fee at boarder and had to remind of change plus took out printed Vietnam visa and lost it. Dont know why he needed that for leaving Vietnam and he did not tell us
AG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 22, 2020
Very Comfortable ???? Hassle free.
TE
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 20, 2020
Very clean simple transfer. Nice people as well
AG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 19, 2020
Excellent. The trip was very comfortable, and the border crossing was handled very efficiently. We had two restroom stops. The second one however was dirty and without toilet paper, so come prepared with your own.
BZ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 19, 2020
A good professional company to travel with.
RM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 10, 2020
Reasonably comfortable with enough stops along the way for refreshments/toilet breaks. The border crossing process seemed somewhat mystical with the extra $2 fee and the departure / arrival times should only be viewed as suggestions.
LK
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 9, 2020
It was a well organised and mostly comfortable journey. Personally I would have appreciated a toilet stop between HCM and the border, (but I understand that time is short!)
SS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 9, 2020
Bus on time, clean and staff were polite. However we got charged more than advertised for the border crossing fee, with the attendant "forgetting" to hand us back our change.
MJ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 8, 2020
All quite smooth just traffic meant we arrived an hour late.
PH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 7, 2020
On time. Comfortable ride. The host took care of everything at the border very easily. Clean bus. So easy.
BG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 5, 2020
Strange that we couldn’t sit together unless we sat on the back seats we were told. Other than that the conductor and driver was excellent, especially help with getting through the border crossing. Only other non-positive thing was that bus arrived well past the scheduled time, however this seems to be the norm, although they must do this trip several times a day so should be able to get the timetable accurate by now
FB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 4, 2020
The staff was very very good !
PD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 2, 2020
All worked as advertised. Minimal delay at the border crossings
DS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 29, 2020
Bus was as bit dated , but well organized for border crossing and trip made very easy by Ibis staff
CO
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 24, 2020
Bus left on time but had fairly significant delays at both border posts. Don’t think it was the company’s fault but it did delay arrival by about 3 hours. Bus was very hot. More stops than advertised were available in Phnom Penh though meaning we landed within walking distance of our hotel instead of being dragged all the way to the bus terminal.
LB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 18, 2020
Very slow. About 7 hours travel Good bus. Helpful staff.
NB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 13, 2020
The trip was good! Nothing bad to say about it.
CV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 13, 2020
Bus is okay, the border crossing was seamless and the staff was decently good in english, which helped a lot. Only problem is that the trip took 2 extra hours. instead of arriving 2PM, we arrived 4PM. Too many stops and the bus ran a bit too slowly.
LB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 8, 2020
Easy booking with 12GoAsia. Bus arrived on time at pick-up point. Journey was comfortable stopping for comfort breaks. The guide took passports and we went through VIP immigration for tourist visa on arrival. All well organised. We arrived a little late but this was due to road works en route and traffic in Phnom Penh. Would definitely recommend booking with 12goAsia and the bus company.
MB
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Dec 31, 2019
Amazing trip. After reading the reviews I was very scared, but I guess we were lucky. The seats were really comfortable and large (I am tall but I had loads of space for my legs), the bus was really clean, and we had an overall great trip. We did arrive 1 hour late but we knew traffic wasn't reliable in these countries. Only small down points: no wifi, and the border crossing wasn't super clear, but that's fine. I would definitely recommend.
DM
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Dec 26, 2019
driver and conductor cant speak english which we were not properly informed for the bus stops and not instructed what to do during boarder line when . wifi is good. and travel was delayed for an hour.
CY
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Dec 24, 2019
extensively long trip that took around 2 hours extra but the officials were nice, stopped at resting spots with shops, washrooms were for free, but please bring your toilet paper do pay the 35usd, one guy was left at the border for the bus wouldnt wait
JK
flight Economy, Qatar Airways, Dec 22, 2019
It was heartbraking how huge the plane was even if there was only a handful of passengers. Not very ecological to fly such huge planes almost empty.
MM
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Dec 21, 2019
I thought the trip was great. It was comfortable and easy to navigate that border
HB
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Dec 20, 2019
Internet on & off. 6 hour journey took about 8.5 hours. Guide wouldn't accept $5 note as had crease in it, but was given to me by Sinh Travel currency exchange! Bus was not Sinh Travel, but a 3rd party bus. Could probably get a better deal elsewhere. Passengers have no consideration when reclining seats. Just felt unnecessarily long.
KH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 20, 2019
Heaps of leg room but the bus took about 8 hours rather then 6.5 as indicated
BB
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Dec 20, 2019
Best
DI
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 18, 2019
Great ride.Enough space between the seats.Lady who ride with us took care for everything - passports,visas,border crossing...It was really ride with no problems.I recommended...
PD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 18, 2019
O.k
AS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 11, 2019
Easy bus ride, easy border crossing, no complaints.
MM
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Dec 9, 2019
We arrived at the Sinh tourist office early & once checked in we were pointed in the direction of a man who gave us tickets for the bus (he was from a different company which was ok as it states this in the T&C's). He hurried us to follow him down the street meaning we had to carry 5 very heavy bags down a busy street to get to the bus. The driver shouted at us to get on and wouldnt let us out our large (20kg) bags under the bus, meaning we had to struggle them up the steps and down the whole bus and leave them at the back. Nobody really explained anything to us. The guide took our passports and money for the visa at the border. We got there and again, no explanation. We were ushered off the bus and had to basically copy what everyone else did. It was very confusing. We arrived 3 hrs later than the schedule. Very frustrating trip. We also think we were just added into a tour which was a large group of Vietnamise people.
AD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 7, 2019
Pretty good, we went to the office, they exchange money to USD which is pretty convenient if you don't have your visa. Bus on time but stops a lot to pick up random people and drop them off. A women took care of our passeports, everything went smoothly. 8 hours in total. Pretty confortable with Wifi and plugs. Water bottle and brioche for snacks. It was a good ride.
BT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 7, 2019
Excellent experience. I felt unwell so the incredibly kind bus guy filled out all my visa forms. Both he and the driver were helpful and happy at every stage. We had an easy cross through the border. So happy I went with Giant Ibis after hearing other horror stories. Highly recommend.
ME
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 6, 2019
Comfortable bus, left on time, efficient border crossing. Arrived about an hour late, but due to traffic. Let us get off by our hotel, saving us a walk.
PL
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Nov 28, 2019
Bus arrived on time. Seats are comfy. Service was a bit confusing.
LR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 26, 2019
good
JH
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 26, 2019
Large, comfortable, air conditioned bus. Breakfast and cold water provided. Very well organised through Vietnam/Cambodia border (although we seemed to wait ages between the border waiting for Intrepid Tour passengers to eat a full meal!) In fact, my only real complaint is that the Intrepid Tour passengers seemed to get preferential treatment all the way through. All owed time to eat full meal, preferential treatment through immigration and persons hotel drop-off, whereby we were dropped off a long from our hotel with no attempt to find out which hotel we were staying at. If it hadn’t been for the “Intrepid Factor” I would have given the trip a 5.
KF
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 24, 2019
Bus arrived 2 hours late with no explanation. Lots of stopping along the way to pick up random people and boxes/ packages. The man working on the bus was lovely though and handed out water/ snacks and was helpful with visa questions.
MR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 23, 2019
Great guide
AB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 21, 2019
the service is good so only the traffic entering cambodia is what is tiring. but the giant ibis bus is great
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