Friday, March 27, 2015

Crossing Borders: Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

Siem Reap is love. I love the people, the simplicity of life and the great food. But after three days of fun adventures, we needed to move further to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

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.

We purchased our overnight sleeper bus ticket from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh through Happy Guesthouse for US$20 each and will be crossing the Bavet/Moc Bai border.


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.

Cambodia Sleeper Bus

20:15 – We were transported to the meeting point at the Old Market where other passengers were waiting.

21:00 – We boarded the sleeper bus.

21:30 – The sleeper bus left Siem Reap and I snoozed right away.

Cambodia Sleeper Bus
Sleeper bus or not, I can totally snooze it 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.

Cambodia Sleeper Bus

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.

Vietnam Cambodia Border
Bavet Border
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.

Cambodia Sleeper Bus

10:15 – We crossed the Moc Bai border and headed to Siem Reap with some toilet stops on the way.

13:30 – We arrived at Ho Chi Minh City. Tired. Sleepy. Famished.

Eighteen hours. That much time. The sleeper bus was an experience in itself. And now we’re ready to conquer Saigon!

12 comments:

  1. Hello! Great to hear your experience there. By the way, what company runs the bus? And what facilities do they have in the bus? Did you have problems there?
    Thanks.

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    1. We just booked from our guesthouse and didn't exactly know the bus company. It was a sleeper bus without a toilet so that was a problem.

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  2. Hi! I am also asking the same thing. What is the bus company? I tried to ask the hostel that I'll be staying if they know some sleeper bus going to HCM. Too bad he doesn't know any.

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    1. Try going to Happy Guesthouse and book a sleeper bus there. It comes with free hotel pick-up :)

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  3. Very detailed and informative post. Grabe 18hrs pala ang travel time from Siem Reap to HCMC. Kala ko 10-12hrs lang. Huhu. Mukhang tatanggalin namin ang HCMC sa IT namin.

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    1. Yes. Medyo haggard nga siya JC. Hehe

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  4. Hi, I was wondering if you heard of any sleeper bus going from HCM to Siem Reap (instead of Phnom Penh). Thanks in advance!

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    1. Yep Cindy. There are many bus operators that are plying on that route :)

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  5. Hello! Your post was very helpful. Just a quick question, I read that taking an overnight bus from Cambodia to Vietnam is quite dangerous, that the roads are rough.Do you experience any of this? Thanks!! :D

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    1. Hi there! I have't had any problems at all as I slept all throughout the journey. So the roads from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh are probably fine by now :)

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  6. Meron po bang stop over along the way bukod po sa bus transfer para po makapag washroom?

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