Okay, I arrive in Bangkok in a few weeks time, I shall be staying there for about three nights before setting off toward Vietnam....
But how can I do this?
Where can I get a bus from Bangkok, through Cambodia to HCMC?
How much will this cost?
I will have a Vietnamese Visa, but when should I get the Cambodian Visa?
How long will the trip last?
I don't want to fly as I want to see as much of the area as I can.
So far I have found the hostel I will be staying at in Bangkok, and in the few day's I'm there, I will take a tour bus to see the sights and experience some of the culture (anyone know how much this will cost too?), vut Vietnam is my main destination, so I just need to know the cheapest, safest, yet enjoyable trip there??
Sorry about all my posts! I'll just put what I find in here in case someone else is looking for something similar.
I've found a bus from Phnom Penh to HCMC for $12 which is very reasonable for a 7 hour journey-
The site is here; http://www.satranco.com.vn/english/hcm_phnompenh.html
I just need to find a good way of getting from Bangkok to Phnom Penh now.
My main concern is getting ripped off by the Cambodian Officials- so maybe I will get the cambodian Visa before I go...or will they say 'nonono, you must buy from us!' (the same question applies to entering Vietnam aswell)
So. Main question remaining- should I get visas before I go, or when I reach the borders?
You can take a bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap (Cambodia) this can take all day & you might have to get another bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, this journey takes around 5-6 hours. I don't know of a bus that will go all the way from Bangkok to HCMC. But I'm sure someone may know of one???
You can get your visa for Cambodia in advance in Bangkok or on the border in Poipet (Cambodia), although you sometimes get ripped off.
BTW the road from Poipet to Siem Reap is not what you call smooth, just to warn you, not exactly an enjoyable experience, but still if you do it, it will definetely be a story to tell! Check a site called talesofasia, this will give you more information.
One last thing: Phnom Penh to HCMC for $12 sounds cheap but you can get it cheaper! I did HCMC to Phnom Penh for $5!
How long does it take to get VISA's in Bangkok? I'm thinking of applying for both my Cambodian and Vietnamese Visas whilst in Bangkok instead of doing it back home, although I don't want to be stuck in Bangkok for 2 weeks waiting for Visas while my passport is jostled around everywhere...
Visas take generally 3 days, but I'm sure you can get them done quicker, you just have to pay more. You can either go to the embassies in Bangkok youself or travel agencies will arrange it out for you, you just have to pay a small fee. I got my visa for Vietnam in Bangkok, it took 3 days, I must admit I felt a bit nervous handing my passport over, but it worked out fine.
Fly to Phnom Penh with them from Bangkok for less than $50. I have heard of people getting this flight for less than $20 so keep checking their website as prices change. Cuts out what I hear is a horrendous bus journey over to Siem Reap from Bangkok. You can also then just get your Cambodia visa when you land at Phnom Penh airport. $20 no hassle. Bus over to HCMC from Phnom Penh is fine, about 8 hours if I remember and not too expensive. Phnom Penh is the best place to get a Vietnam visa. $30 and ready the next day or can pay more for same day service. Capitol guesthouse in Phnom Penh (see any guidebook) will sort this out for you.
Hope this helps, Ed
If you buy a visa in bangkok for vietnam or cambodia , does it start from the day you recieved it? or when you enter the country?
Your Cambodian visa will start when you enter the country. Your VN visa will start on the date you put down when filling out the visa application. You cannot arrive before that date, but you can arrive after the stated date.
My suggestion is to just get your Cam. visa when you arrive. It is $20, but the Immigration boys will add a few $s at the land borders. But, you would have to visit the Cam. embassy in BKK twice to get it there. Easier to just pay them a few extra $s when you arrive.
Once in Phnom Penh, you can get a VN visa in 1 day for about $30. You will have a better idea of when you will hit the VN border once in PP rather than sitting in BKK.