Hi - I will be travelling with 2 friends in mid December from Siem Reap to Saigon, but cannot decide the best travel option! Can anyone please advise if their is a way we can travel by boat without it taking days, if the roads are OK - or if we should just include the airfare in our budget? Any advice will be gratefully received! Many thanks.
Not sure if you can go by boat between Saigon and Siem Reap, but if you have time it's worth stopping in phnom penh for a couple of days. I got the bus from Saigon to phnom penh which normally takes 6-7 hours - although much longer for us as our bus broke down! PP to Siem Reap takes around 5 hours by bus. The boat is more expensive i think.
hope this helps.
sorry fotgot to mention - the roads connecting those routes are fine.
There is no reasonably priced flight between Siem Reap and HCMC.
Between SR & PP you can take the boat, $22, or take a bus/van from SR to PP for $5. Both take about the same time, 6-8 hours from your GH to the new GH or hotel. Boat is scenic and more fun. The next day you can take a boat down the Mekong to Chau Doc for $10 and then a bus to HCMC, or take a bus from PP to HCMC for $6. I will take about 8-10 hours for this leg. PM if you need additional details.