Crossing Southeast Asia land borders is simple and stress-free when you’re a citizen of one of the ASEAN member states. With the visa free policies around Southeast Asian nations, we literally passed by the immigration counters swiftly.
Actual Timeline of our sleeper bus ride from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
20:00 – We were collected from the guesthouse by the tour company.
21:00 – We boarded the sleeper bus.
21:30 – The sleeper bus left Siem Reap and I snoozed right away.
01:00 – We were awakened at Phnom Penh for a bus transfer (sleeper bus again).
01:00 – The second sleeper bus left Phnom Penh.
09:30 – We arrived at the Bavet border and had our passports stamped at the Cambodian immigration before crossing to Vietnam. The bus waited for us as we did this.
09:45 – The bus dropped us off at Vietnam immigration office and filled out necessary documents. We eased our way through the visa-free counter and had our bags scanned. We waited for the others to finish. Vietnamese visas (for non-ASEAN citizens) must be arranged in advance.
13:30 – We arrived at Ho Chi Minh City. Tired. Sleepy. Famished.