Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

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09:45
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
4h 40m bus ride in Universe Luxury
4.2
14:25
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis

From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Ho Chi Minh by bus

09:45
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
4h 40m bus ride in Universe Luxury
4.2
14:25
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Schedule

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 01:30 - 11:30$ 17.60
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K6392113:50 - 14:55$ 240.83

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

Elegant colonial buildings and brightly coloured Orient temples; incredibly tasty baguettes in French-style bakeries and two-dollar bowls of famous pho sold by street hawkers; hip young crowd in leafy city parks and dull grey concrete of the communist-era derelicts – though officially renamed to Ho Chi Minh over 40 years ago, the city still has that wonderful flavour of old Saigon in the air. Buzzing with colourful markets, bustling with chaotic traffic, glittering with bright neon signs and shining with smiles of friendly locals Saigon never fails to conquer the hearts of its guests.

How to get from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

The Cambodian capital and the largest city in Vietnam are connected by numerous buses and daily flights. Though at first sight flying seems a quicker solution to get to your destination, if you add the time required for getting to/from the airport, you may come very close to what buses offer. Pricewise bus travel is considerably cheaper, and the level of comfort is absolutely acceptable.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by bus

Giant Ibis Transport has one morning bus daily at 8am and in certain periods the second one at 12.30pm. Buses leave from the company’ bus terminal in Phnom Penh in 106 Street, centrally located close to the riverfront and the night market. Inquire at your accommodation if they are in partnership with Giant Ibis; if yes, the transport company provides free pick-up from your hotel to the bus station. Tickets cost USD18 and include complimentary snack, a bottle of water and free use of Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board the bus.

The distance between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh is 240 km, but the trip takes about six hours due to immigration formalities on the Cambodian and Vietnamese sides and ferry crossing. During the trip buses make one stop for lunch in the duty free zone right after you pass through Cambodian immigration. Note that lunch is not included into your ticket price but you can order lunch at your expense at Banyan Tree restaurant. The majority of dishes are priced between USD3 and USD4.

At the Vietnamese side you will be required to take your luggage out for scanning and then to proceed through the Vietnamese immigration. After all the border formalities are finished, the bus will finally bring you to your destination.

In Ho Chi Minh, Giant Ibis bus station is located in Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, which is actually a very busy strip where backpacker accommodation options galore. Generally you can easily walk along the street to find the dig which appeals to you most; otherwise take a taxi: taxis are plentiful and very affordable in Ho Chi Minh.

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh by air

There are direct flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh 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.

Do you have your Vietnamese visa?

Before buying your bus ticket to Ho Chi Minh, check visa requirements for your passport. Many nationalities can now enter Vietnam without visa if they are going to stay in the country not longer that the period indicated for visa exemption. For many passports this free period is 15 days. If you do need a visa or want to stay in Vietnam longer, obtain your visa to Vietnam through the Vietnamese consulate in Phnom Penh before you go: there is no VOA (visa on arrival) service on the land border between Cambodia and Vietnam, and without valid visa you will be refused transportation. The procedure is quick and straightforward; you receive your passport back with a stamped visa the following day after having submitted the necessary documents. Visa fee is USD40. Many tour agencies are ready to help you with Vietnamese visa if you do not want to go to the consulate yourself.

Getting around

Saigon is large and you are most likely to use some kind of wheels for moving around. While some of the sights lie within a walking distance from Phan Ngu Lao, if you choose to walk there, be ready to inhale a lot of smog, walk along the roads as walkways are non-existent or are occupied by vendors or parked motorbikes, and arm yourself with courage absolutely necessary for crossing the street – as traffic light signals are often ignored and pedestrians are never given way to.

Tip: It is useless to wait at the pedestrian crossing till drivers stop to let you pass. Instead start moving forward very slowly as if cutting the thick flow of vehicles. God knows why, but it is the best strategy in Vietnam. Drivers will calculate your route themselves and go round you. Once set to crossing the street, do not run, do not stop and do not change direction – and you are sure to arrive to the other side of the road safely!

The easiest and most obvious way to move around in Saigon is taxis and motorbike taxis. Both are cheap and ubiquitous. All official taxis have metres – make sure your driver switches their metre on when you get in. The most popular taxi scams are using the night tariff at daytime and choosing a longer route to bring passengers to their destination. Motorbike taxis cost approximately half the price you would pay for the same route if taking an ordinary taxi, but never ever get on without having agreed on the cost of the ride in advance and always ask for a helmet – it is illegal to ride without helmet in Vietnam and if caught, it is going to be you, not the driver, who will be fined for not wearing one.

If you are an experienced rider – we mean very experienced motorbike rider – you can try out renting a scooter. Good news: normally you can drive a scooter under 125cc without driving licence. Bad news: there are myriads of motorbikes cruising Ho Chi Minh streets. Yes, myriads! With a scooter you will have much more freedom but note that thefts of motorbikes are not unheard of – park only in designated areas with parking attendants (parking fee ranges from 2,000 to 20,000 dong which is from USD0.10 to USD1).

If you want to savour real local flavour, take a tricycle, aka cyclo, ride. It is quintessentially Vietnamese experience to be pedalled through heavily trafficked streets with your driver behind you and all the road chaos of cars, bikes and buses rushing right towards your insecure means of transport.

Finally, there are public buses – the cheapest and in most cases the fastest way to move around in Saigon – they are always given way to. The only problem is to figure out which line you need. But as soon as you solve the puzzle, enjoy going local.

Where to stay

The prime backpacker’s choice for budget guesthouses is Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area, conveniently located close to Ben Thanh Market. The cheapest rooms can be found at as low as USD10, but USD20 is more realistic amount for which you can get a room in a family-operated guesthouse with private bathroom and air-conditioning. In recent years more and more mid-range hotels are making their way to Pham Ngu Lao, with prices ranging between USD30-USD40. These are mostly clustered around Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. If Pham Ngu Lao is too frenetic for you, head to Co Giang Street or Co Bac Street. Both offer quite a decent choice of budget guesthouses but boast a quieter ambiance. The central part of the city is the enclave of luxury hotels and international chains though some great mid-range deals can be found there, too.

Activities

There is soooooo much to do and see in Saigon, that planning your stay may become a real challenge. Do not try to cover all the sights in a couple of days; just pick up a bit of everything to see the many faces of the city.

Walk from District 1 to Cholon to visit some of the best temples in Saigon. These are colourful oasis of tranquillity and peace amidst the sea of loud traffic horns and dust. Do not miss an impressive gilded ship in Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, watch the incense coils hanging from the ceiling in Thien Hau Pagoda, admire four dragon columns brought from China in Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda and feel as the time slows its pace in a secret Jade Imperial Pagoda. Walk through the rooms and underground tunnels of President Palace complete with rooftop helipad, find out what the modern Vietnamese art is about at rather small but charming Contemporary Art Museum, and study old maps of Saigon and Vietnam at the gorgeous Central Post Office which occupies a stately colonial building of the former railway station. Indulge in shopping: markets in Saigon are incredibly varied and offer an abundance of great finds – from excellent local coffee to stylish gold jewellery.

Last but not least – set on a culinary tour of Ho Chi Minh which is a foodie’s paradise. From Pho 2000 proud for having fed even President Bill Clinton with their soup to elegant Fanny ice-cream cafe with mind-blowing choice of frozen delights, you will have plenty of gastronomic fun in Saigon.

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh destination reviews

SD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 26, 2020
very slow and exhausting. every 1.5 hours the driver stopped. but overall staff was polite, spoke english and everything went smoothly
E
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Mar 23, 2020
The bus was on time and in the border everything was smooth. Although operator representative on the bus didn't speak any English it was little bit hard to understand why they collected our passports and where to go but we followed some locals and did as they did. Basically they collected passports on the bus then gave them back before Camobodian border. We had to leave the bus and showed our passport when we got the stamp that we left Cambodia. Then before we got back to the bus the company's representator collected again our passports and we drove a little bit to enter Vietnam. Then we had to take our bags and went inside where representator dealed with passports. When everything was okay then we had to scan our bags and got back to the bus. We had multiple entry visa to Vietnam, so we didn't deal with the money.
FT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Mar 7, 2020
The best bus journey I’ve ever taken! They checked and printed out visas for ya, gave us food and water and there was a lot of legroom!
MT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 27, 2020
Bus was comfortable (generous leg room!) and staff was friendly. We left almost on time (just about 10 mins late), but arrived about two hours late. (This seems to be par for the course given other reviews, so we were expecting that.) Border crossing (Cambodia -> Vietnam) was easy; you can opt to pay $2 for the bus attendant to process your e-visa or skip lunch to stand in line yourself. Remember to print your e-visa before you board; a few couples on our bus had their e-visas on their phones and we had to wait for them to print them. One bathroom stop in Cambodia and then one bathroom/lunch stop at the border. Would take Giant Ibis again.
MC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Feb 21, 2020
Comfortable journey and was helped through border crossing. Previous giant ibis buses provided us with lunch and more drinks, whereas we had to buy our own lunch this time. Regardless, would highly recommend.
KM
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Feb 10, 2020
We arrived an hour before which was excellent! It was nice to be in a minivan - especially when we got to the border cause we did’nt had to wait for the entire bus at the border to pass - but just s small group since we travelled in a minivan! So I all went quite Quick and smoothly. Allthough, they were really bad at giving out information. Especially when we had to hand over our passport to them for a while which was quite uncomfortable. But later we understood that they did it to make the process faster :-)
DR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 31, 2020
Very comfortable but lacking a toilet.
AV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 30, 2020
Easiest border crossing ever, helpful staff
RN
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 28, 2020
The driving was fine and stops were short and sweet. I didn't like having to pay an extra 3 dollars at the border though seeing as the visa was already 45.
SB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 25, 2020
The aircon wasn't good enough. Otherwise very comfortable journey
HL
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 23, 2020
The bus was good and we have found this multiple times. We did stop a little more than expected though to pick up odd passengers along the way
JA
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 22, 2020
We ran about 1 1/2 hrs late. Ride was comfortable and the drivers were good.
GB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 21, 2020
Great job! We moved through immigration quickly and effortlessly. The air conditioned however barely works. Riders were sweating. .
CT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 10, 2020
I don’t mind to pay the extra to avoid bullshits but the bus still left 20’ late, and picked up someone on the way.
NP
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Jan 5, 2020
The trip is fine. Just got confused why have stop and eat lunch around 15:00 near the border.
MB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Jan 2, 2020
Got bad stomachs from the restaurant at the boarder, be careful about what you order! Bus trip it self went well, nice with internet on board...the driver has an aggressive drive style, but that seems to be common
DP
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 26, 2019
It was not a luxury travel as advertised, make sure you take mosquito repellent.
CB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 21, 2019
One point deduction due to a 30-minute late departure. Everything else was smooth.
LG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 13, 2019
Fast and efficient.air conditioning working and English speaking drivers ,very helpful as well.overall satisfied with the trip and would recommend
OB
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Dec 11, 2019
I read a lot of negative stuff about this company, however decided to go with them anyway because the timing fitted. They left half hour early, luckily I ti was early! I had almost all the Coach h to myself. The AC was working. The staff were pleasant and did not ask me for any additional money. The crossing was really easy. Took around 7 hours. I would do travel with them again. I have no complaints whatsoever ????
MH
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Dec 11, 2019
The bus is on time & safe drive. The service staff on the bus really helps us in passing immigration. But, they dropped us or ended up the way at public bus station and they didn’t go to their own bus station. The consequence is that we had problems with the motorbike drivers from the bus station they dropped us. The motorbike drivers cheated on hiring price to us and the motorbike drivers are rude. They wear blue shirt and red labelled seal on their arm. I didn’t expect they would do like that. ????
LK
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 10, 2019
everything went fine. 2$ process fee at the boarder but no problems
JG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 10, 2019
Bus is ok but we arrived late :(
AZ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 8, 2019
Everything is cool! I don't know why on google maps they have a real low rating. Before departure the girl checked all passwords and some people left the bus because they didn't have visas. ON board everything were organised and no problem at all. 90% of travellers were foreigners. The bus came to Vietnam 3 hours late schedule time& Staff can speak english! Recommend
VF
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Dec 4, 2019
Helped with getting an express visa for one of my group that had the wrong one and didn't even charge us for moving on to a later bus. Bus was comfortable and, although a little late arriving, was perfect for what it needed to do. Stopped off twice for toilets and snacks too. Amazing for the price!
EA
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 4, 2019
A smooth trip, the staff were friendly and helpful. Arrived 1,5 hour late but that was due to trafic.
CR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Dec 2, 2019
Good flight and good food
GB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 30, 2019
Good service except that left 35 minutes late due to passengers not arriving on time and ended up 2 1/4 hours late arriving in Hi Chi Minh City. Very friendly host.
KB
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Nov 27, 2019
Super Bus, tolle Sitze, es waren richtig bequeme große Sessel! Sehr günstiger Preis! Wir mussten die Pässe abgeben, sie lagen aber die ganze Zeit vorne beim Fahrer, also kein Grund zur Panik. Und keinerlei "Gebühr" oder ähnliches am Grenzübergang. Der Bus hat keine Toilette dafür wurden aber Pausen gemacht. Außerdem pünktlich abgefahren und angekommen! Ich war sehr positiv überrascht.
FG
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 27, 2019
the trip was ok and exactly as “forecasted.” late arrival, messy and well, i am just glad it wasn’t me dealing with all these unprepared tourists. thank god driver was composed and well collected the whole time. his assistant on the other hand not so much — and who is to blame him? the adventure was ok, really! i just wish i had known that by requesting to be taken to the airport versus the stop in town, i was not to be just dropped off on the side of the road two miles away from the actual airport. TWO MILES! wifi on the bus never did work. so i had no clue where the heck i was. i just trusted that i was being dropped off near the airport. not! luggage, lunch box, shopping bags and live chickens on tow, i accepted a ride onboard a motorbike. oh my! that was for sure the highlight of my SE asia experience. haha #rushhour 1. no wifi 2. just dropped off ????
JP
Bus Express, The SinhTourist (The SinhTourist), Nov 23, 2019
Not recommended. We had a hard time finding the boarding point as the google map coordinates indicated in the ticket are incorrect. It took us 40 minutes to find it. The bus is relatively old and needs some rennovation. The bus staff is also not accomodating, Given other options, will not book this one
AD
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 23, 2019
Excellent staff and comfortable seats
MT
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 23, 2019
Ride was nice and staff friendly but we were forced to pay an extra $2,each to process our evisa when the visa website itself says that it is just a scam and we shouldn’t be having any other charges! Would love to get our money back!
MV
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 22, 2019
Not the newest of buses and had to swap buses due to the paperwork being 4 days out of date for it (the bus) to enter Vietnam. This was done quickly and efficiently causing no more than a 10 minute delay, all credit to the staff. The border crossing process was exactly as described in other posts. The only difference being that we were uk passport holders staying for less than 15 days, therefore visa exempt with no fee to pay. Only docked a star due to the age of the bus.
MS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 21, 2019
Relaxing with good environment with air con. Stopped for a break as well as lunch. Will be using Giant Ibis over other companies as they are reliable, easy to find and helpful staff. The border stop was easy and relaxed.
TE
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 20, 2019
The bus was an hour late picking us up from the bus depot but once the bus got there it was smooth sailing. The team is super helpful with information about the trip itself and visa help. There were some people on the bus who didn’t have visas (which is an expensive mistake to make as its $200 USD for rush visa) and they made the process very smooth for them. At the border they collect your passports and visas and help you through the express line which was great! Overall they are a great company and we would defiantly use them in the future!
NY
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Nov 18, 2019
It was a bit hot in the bus but aside from that everything was ok. It went smooth in the immigration.
CR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 15, 2019
Exactly what I expected. Staff were very friendly and made the crossing a simplistic easy task.
BS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 11, 2019
We went from Phnom Penh to ho chi Minh city. Good transport with free bottle of water and croissant. There is a long 1hr break after you cross the Cambodian border. With the evisa we had to pay $2 but it's was very straight forward crossing the border. The full journey took about 8 hours. Leaving at 9.50 and arriving after 17.30.
MJ
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 7, 2019
Arrived on time, effective way of getting from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh but not very comfortable.
RY
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 7, 2019
Great service especially by the guide, he made sure everyone enters Vietnam soundly. Bus doesn't have footrest, some seats aren't reclined.
BL
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Nov 6, 2019
The driver and attendant are very helpful and make the journey very efficient. I missed my early bus and had to take the 11am
SR
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 5, 2019
More clarified information before the border would be nice. Wifi password was not mentioned or available. Air conditioning was a bit too warm. Overall very smooth and easy trip.
PC
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 3, 2019
Very good bus and driver and helpers.
MB
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Nov 1, 2019
everything was fine..thanks to the services given..my only regret was my seat..the backrest cannot stand thus it hurt my back for 8 hours ride..however i still appreciate the experience
AS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Oct 29, 2019
Left 15 minutes late as the bus wasn't in. Arrived nearly 90 minutes late. Border crossing was smooth and there is a good duty free shop.
SM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Oct 28, 2019
Things you should know: you have to pay a $2 fee to have your visa processed by the rep on the bus, this means the entire bus load passes through quickly as one big group. When you cross the Cambodian border they will take your passport, visa and the $2 from you, go off and sort the paperwork out for the entire group, meanwhile you have about 20mins in a duty free store to get lunch/bathroom/browse the shops. When you get back on the bus and drive the 100m to the Vietnam border, you have to get off and the rep will meet you inside with your passports which have already been checked, so all you have to do is scan your luggage and walk through with very limited waiting time. They are very efficient and trustworthy, so if you know what's happening you have no need to feel wary about giving over your passport. Bus is comfy, has WiFi and AC and you get a water and pastry.
WP
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco (Kumho Samco), Oct 26, 2019
The bus itself was awesome but the staff needs some improvements. They did warn me that this company is a local bus and I shouldn’t expect any VIP treatments but come on, a little information about the border and when we should eat and how long we stop at some places in basic english were not some hard things to provide right?
GS
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Oct 22, 2019
Look lets be honest. All buses are late particularly in Asia, but at least they make it a nicer experience with in bus chargers, water, pastries and a bit of comfort. The guy looked after all the border crossing headaches and it was just a nice bus trip. Well recommended
LM
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport (Giant ibis Transport), Oct 18, 2019
Friendly staff, bus left a couple minutes late but otherwise no problems, wifi on the bus aswel as pastry and water provides. No issue with using EVisa to cross border into vietnam, had to pay just additional $2 for "police fees" but process very smooth. A good bit late arriving to HCM but I think that was mainly due to rush hour traffic and a slight underestimation of transit time.
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