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The Binh Tay Market is a great place to visit if you want to explore the city’s street food scene. Evenings are best spent pub-hopping - the town is known for its rooftop bars, or on a night time riverboat cruise - the perfect way to drink in the twinkling lights of this lively city.
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It takes around 15 hours to travel the 340 miles (approximately 545 km) from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Buses are a convenient and economical option, and most operators go via Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, after crossing the Moc Bai - Bavet border. Since the journey involves a border crossing, travelers must have all travel documents ready.
Buses are a popular way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, and with ticket prices starting from $24 per person, it is also an economical way to cover the distance. There are multiple departures to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City, starting from just past midnight to late afternoon.
All the buses are air-conditioned and have cushioned, comfortable seats. Some of the buses have reclining seats while others come with beds. Given the long 14 to 15 hour journey, the buses make multiple stops along the way to provide passengers with food and restroom breaks.
Buses cross the border from Vietnam to Cambodia at the Moc Bai-Bavet border crossing. Travelers are advised to keep all travel documents ready. The bus staff will assist during the crossing process.
Phnom Penh is a layover stop for many operators. Some of them require passengers to transfer to a different bus or van for the second leg of the journey.
Do note that the air-conditioned buses often get uncomfortably cold, and it is best to carry a warm sweater or jacket in your backpack or hand luggage.
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There are around six departures from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap daily. The earliest departure is at 00:30, just after midnight, and the latest is 15:00 in the afternoon. Most buses take 14 to 15 hrs to reach Siem Reap, which means that arrival times in the city are usually any time between late afternoon to early morning.
The most popular option for Bookaway customers traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is the Sleeping Bus by Virak Buntham Express. The air-conditioned bus comes with double beds, and the operator offers travelers blankets and pillows. If you are a single traveler and do not want to share space, you can book the entire double bed by purchasing two tickets. Ticket prices start from around $29 per passenger.
With a 14 hour travel time, the Tourist Bus by Sorya Bus is the fastest way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. The air-conditioned bus has cushioned seats, offers customers bottled water, and makes stops along the way for food and restroom breaks. The starting ticket price is $28 per person. Passengers have to transfer to a different bus at Phnom Penh.
The Tourist Bus by Mekong Express is the most cost-effective option for those traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Prices per passenger start from $26, making it an excellent choice for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers. The air-conditioned buses are fitted with cushioned, reclining seats, and the operator offers passengers snacks and bottled water.
The 14 to 15 hour journey from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap gives you plenty of time to read a book, catch up on your sleep, and take in the rural landscape of Vietnam and Cambodia. Depending on the time of day and season, the roads near the border crossing and Phnom Penh might be busy, but you will also have plenty of chances to see small towns, charming villages and friendly locals on this route.