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Phnom Penh at a glance

High season

Dec - Feb
Place you can't miss
Royal Palace
Local currency
KHR
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The history of Phnom Penh is rooted in antiquated mysticism which led to the city being called as the “Pearl of Asia”. The city mixes French and Chinese style with historical Cambodian design to create a unique space. Monsoon season (May to November) maybe bring difficulties to travellers so be sure to visit in the other half of the year. It is important to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge regime. Gold roofs occupy almost every temple (most importantly, the Royal Palace) giving Phnom Penh regality that probably doesn’t exist anywhere else.
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Why did you sent us email about Cambodia Vietnam border closed? Our schedule is suppose to leave at 13:30 but we have to leave at 12:30pm. Everything was rushed and very stressful.

About the ride from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh

If you’re traveling to Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Phnom Penh is the perfect place to start your Cambodian adventure. The capital of Cambodia has many interesting attractions you can see and learn about. Additionally, Phnom Penh is a great transportation hub from where you can go on to explore many other places in the country.

When traveling the 227 km (141 mile) distance between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Phnom Penh, you’re only 6 hours away from the vibrant capital of Cambodia. The ride between these two cities usually takes around 6 hours, and you have two transport options – the bus and the minivan. Taking a bus to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the cheapest and most popular type of transfer among travelers, and you’ll have more options to choose from. On the other hand, minivans are the pricier and more comfortable option.

During your ride, you’ll pass the border crossing, Moc Bai (Vietnam) - Bavet (Cambodia). When passing the border, some buses will make a 30 minute stop and you’ll be able to purchase a visa on the border crossing. In most of the cases, the driver will lead the process on the border crossing and make sure that everything goes smoothly. However, make sure to check with the operator prior to your trip. Some operators require you to purchase the visa before you board the bus.

 

 

What to see when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh

During your trip from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh, you’ll be riding across two countries, Vietnam and Cambodia. The trip takes around 6 hours, and this is a great time to finish the book you started reading a month ago, organize your photos from your stay in Vietnam, or just relax and look at the neverending views of the Vietnam countryside. 

Once you cross the border, you’ll be driving through the Cambodian countryside. As you move closer to Phnom Penh, you’ll be traveling along the mighty Mekong River, hiding behind rows of trees.

Depending on the time you arrive in Phnom Penh, you can take a short walk through the city or continue the journey to your accommodation. Phnom Penh is a vibrant and exotic city, but it has a turbulent history. To really understand Cambodia and it’s capital, it’s important to visit places like the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields to learn about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. While this might not be an easy experience, it’s an essential part of Cambodian history.

Even though Phnom Penh had to deal with difficult times in its recent history, it’s still a very lively place to visit. The city has several temples with beautiful gold roofs, and the must-see attraction, the Royal Palace.

To get to know the country’s history from ancient times to the present day, consider a visit to the National Museum. Here, you’ll have a chance to see performances by Khmer dancers, statues of warriors, clothing, and accessories worn by modern-day farmers, Buddhist figures, and much more.

 

 

What is the fastest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh?

The fastest way to get to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is with an Economy Bus. The ride usually takes around 6 hours, and the tickets cost $12.

 

 

What is the cheapest way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh?

The cheapest way to get to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the same as the fastest way, the Economy Bus which costs $12. 



What is the most popular way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)  to Phnom Penh?

The most popular way to get to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is with the Tourist Bus, which costs $13 and takes around 6 hours to make the journey. 

 

 

How to get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh

Taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh

If you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable ride between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Phnom Penh, taking a bus is a great option for you. This is the preferred transport option when traveling from Saigon to the capital of Cambodia, and due to that, there are many options and departure times available. Buses are well-equipped with air-conditioned cabins, WiFi, and English-speaking staff. The bus staff will lead the passengers through the border crossing procedure.

 

 

Departing from:

  • HCMC - Phuong Heng Office
  • Cong Ty Tnhh Mtv Sorya
  • Giant ibis Transport HCM Station
  • Pham Ngu Lao Street
  • Ho Chi Minh City Branch 1
  • The Sinh Tourist Ho Chi Minh City Office

 

Arriving at:

  • Phnom Penh - Phuong Heng Office
  • Sorya Theater
  • Giant Ibis Transport, OCIC Street
  • Duong Tran Hung Dao Street
  • Riverside HQ (Mekong Express)
  • Preah Sihanouk Blvd (House 315)
  • Preah Sihanouk Blvd (274)
  • Preah Sihanouk Blvd (Kumho Samco)

 

 

Taking a minivan to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 

Taking a minivan to Phnom Penh from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a bit more expensive than taking a bus, but you’ll have a more comfortable cabin with air conditioning, and the ride will be a bit quicker. When traveling with a minivan, the driver is usually the one who leads the passengers through the border process. The vehicles don’t have toilets on board, but the driver will make several stops during your journey.

 

 

Departing from:

  • Pham Ngu Lao Street
  • Ho Chi Minh City Branch 1

 

 

Arriving at:

  • Preah Sihanouk Blvd
  • Riverside HQ (Mekong Express)

 

Which operators can I book with for a ride from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)  to Phnom Penh?

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh bus operators:

  • Phuong Heng
  • Sorya Bus
  • Vietnam Transports
  • The Sinh Tourist
  • Mekong Express
  • 15 SH CO. LTD.
  • Kumho Samco
  • Giant Ibis

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh minivan operators:

  • Mekong Express
  • Sapaco
  • Vietnam Transports

 

 

How many departures from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh are there each day?

There are around 37 buses and minivans leaving from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh every day.