Pastel Inn Saigon

99 Pasteur St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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HCMC to Phnom Penh best transportation options

by mai2

Hi,

I'm a female solo traveler and I plan to do backpacking to HCMC on December 21 and then go to Phnom penh, Cambodia... Can you help me with the possible options for transportation? by land -bus/ train- is there a direct route or I need to stop somewhere and hop to another bus.train?, boat, plane? how long and how much?

I actually prefer to travel by land to see the view of the country,sceneries and people... stuff like that.. I don't mind long travel time if the trip is comfortable and there are a lot to see on the way but if there is nothing to see then maybe i'll go by plane..

Really need your inputs.. many thanks in advance!!

Re: HCMC to Phnom Penh best transportation options

by mikeinvietnam

I've taken the bus route to Phnom Penh and then to Siem Reap. It's about a 6 hour bus ride to Phnom Penh from Saigon and costs under $10 by most bus operators. A couple of the most trustworthy are thesinhtourist.com and Mai Linh Express. About three hours to the border, then another half hour to the ferry boat crossing and on to PP. Scenery is flat lands and quite repetitive. You'll pass some rural living conditions and a couple small towns. Nice to see the expanse of land but otherwise, nothing noteworthy. Buses stop at roadside food stalls with no decent toilet facilities. Personally, I wouldn't eat any of the prepared food at these places. I take sandwiches with me or grab some cookies and soda at the food stops. You can buy the Cambodian visa at the border for $25. If someone offers to get it for you for more than that, you can say no thank you and get it yourself.

Re: HCMC to Phnom Penh best transportation options

by edeet

Mike's reply is wise. I'd suggest you take the tour Mekong Delta which bus continues to Cambodia's capital. You get to see a mountain, a tribal village and then cross the border. There are plenty of companies, all around $US 30 including 1 night hotel and 2 days tour. In HCM's backpacker area facing the park, you book just the night before. Buses leave 8 am.

Re: HCMC to Phnom Penh best transportation options

by gamondeluxe

The most common & budget option is bus travel. Several travel agencies offer this option for your selection.
Mai Linh
Sapaco
Mekong Express
Paramout
etc.
Most of them operating on backpacking area (Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1.
Earliest departure is at 7h in the morning. Latest is 14h. Sapaco buses depart 7 times a day. The others offer only 2.
The service may vary differently among 'em. In general the price is around $9 - $10. It can be higher a little bit in peack season e.g. spring holiday, summer...You'd better make a phone call to book in advance or grap it at the ticket office at least 1 day for better seat choice. Normally, no booking is required. If you want to travel safe: go with Mai Linh, Mekong Express. IF you want to travel fast: go with Sapaco - they proceed at the border really quicker indeed. Visa is normally provided at border. However, you'd better check info ahead of time. It may change without notice.
In Cambodia, you also have the same choices.

Travel Tips for Ho Chi Minh City

Side streets at Pham Ngu Lao

by picek

This is one the most interesting, wonderful sights at Pham Ngu Lao area: the narrow streets between buildings off the main road (between Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien) where you feel like walking in someone's home. Locals sit down and chat, room of the living doors wide open let you peep in for few seconds. Noises from kitchen and from TV and radios penetrate those streets - it's loud in very different way from the loudness of the busy main streets. More beautiful - when sounds of Vietnamese traditional music is heard within these walls. Sometimes you get yourself lost and helpful local will point you the way out. This is most complex labyrinth: in some of these corridors there's no daylight (see the roof at the top of buildings) - yet is somewhat semi-public place. Walking through that labyrinth requires quite good orientation otherwise you'll find yourself in the part of the district you didn't plan to go to. This is challenge. I loved to explore these streets and was amazed how well Vietnamese are organized here in sense of living in such place, how things are - how people actually do live outside of their homes - yet their doors are right open to the street - a fact that can be afforded in those intimate communities where people know each other and feel safe to do it in such way.

Vietnam Historical Museum

by MacKiwi

The Historical Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was built in 1929 and displayed ancient Asian art during that time. Through the different exhibits that can be seen, the museum portrays Vietnam's history and also antiques. There are also botanical gardens and a zoo within the site of the museum.

Wedding photos

by ValbyDK

In Ho Chi Minh City (and Vietnam in general) it is a tradition to have wedding photos taken at various famous places around town. Therefore, it is very common to see a wedding couple outside temples, museums and so on.

You always get a big smile and a thank you in return when you congrat them.

My photo is taken outside the Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

Class A Fakes for 1/8 of Real Price!

by machomikemd

you can buy class A counterfeit Bags like Kipling, Samsonite, Mango, Prada, Etc. at Lucky Plaza Mall, Benh Than Market and lot of other stores in District 1 plus really cheap silk bags for the ladies!

Go to a wet market in the morning!

by xuessium

Experience a piece of everyday life by visiting the wet markets - Ben Thanh and Thai Binh for examples. You don't see this in the West. This is where folks get their groceries - fresh meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables and breakfast! Watch the ritual of the morning unfold before your eyes with cries of sales, stalls hawking weird and exciting food items and smell the aroma of the place, as long as you do not mind the chaos, the dirty water and the jostling crowd of ladies/mothers going about their shopping!

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Address: 99 Pasteur St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam