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1. Posted by Flusher (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y

Any tips on which airline to book with from Bangkok to Saigon?
It looks like AirAsia don't fly this route..

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Flusher

Any tips on which airline to book with from Bangkok to Saigon?
It looks like AirAsia don't fly this route..

No, but another option might be flying from Bangkok to Phnom Penh with Airasia and travelling overland to Saigon from there.
Don't know if you are in a hurry, but actually you could just make the trip totally overland, visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia first. Or otherwise follow the coastal route via Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

[ Edit: Edited on May 3, 2007, at 7:57 AM by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by cthong85 (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y

hope this helps

http://www.pacificairlines.com.vn/Search.aspx?Culture=en-US

3 flights weekly

cheers

4. Posted by Flusher (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y

Thanks!
In fact, we have 6 weeks vacation, arriving Bangkok 15 december, and leaving from Bangkok 1 february. We can do whatever we want these weeks.
Maybe it seems like a good idea to make the trip overland. I've read a bit about getting from Bangkok to Angkor Wat, but from there to Saigon, how far is it, is it like 24 hours with bus, less or more?
We have a child, 6 years old also, so we're trying to avoid too long bustrips.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Flusher

Thanks!
In fact, we have 6 weeks vacation, arriving Bangkok 15 december, and leaving from Bangkok 1 february. We can do whatever we want these weeks.
Maybe it seems like a good idea to make the trip overland. I've read a bit about getting from Bangkok to Angkor Wat, but from there to Saigon, how far is it, is it like 24 hours with bus, less or more?
We have a child, 6 years old also, so we're trying to avoid too long bustrips.

I haven't been to Cambodia or Vietnam myself, but I guess from Angkor Wat first to Phnom Penh can easily be done during the day. But again, I could be wrong about that, but I remember having read that sometime ago.
I even guess the same from Phnom Penh to Saigon is possible during the day, so no 24 hour overnight bustrip or so.
But other TP member now that part much better than I do.
Maybe buy a southeast asia Lonely planet already, so that you know about transport opportunities and can book some flights eventually I you need or want one.

[ Edit: Edited on May 3, 2007, at 12:56 PM by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by G-trotter (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Its cheapest do go overland and its more exaiting too ;o)

Make a stop over in Phnom Penh which is it word too! And the bus rids are not as long as direct. The roads after the first hour from the Thai border are quite good and its really ok to drive. Just know that the first hour after the border is a real bad pumbroad, really bad ;o)

Wen I went back from Saigon to Bangkok because of a emergency I booked by Vietnam Airlines which had the best price.

[ Edit: Edited on May 3, 2007, at 1:43 PM by G-trotter ]

7. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

I did Saigon to Phnom Pehn by coach in about 7 hours, not too much bother, a bit of waiting around at the Vietnamese border, but once I was through, getting a visa in Cambodia was fairly quick. Roads are ok for this route too.

8. Posted by focustour (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

airasia is the cheapest choice, but the problem is you have to be PHN frist, then take Bus to Saigon. There is Mekong Express bus from PHN to Saigon on afternoon. takes about 6-7 hours.

[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 9:41 PM by focustour ]

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Maybe a better option given how much time you have would be get a cheap Air Asia flight from Bangkok-Hanoi. Then make your way overland on the Open Tour Bus to Saigon, but maybe in some of the longer legs (usually overnight legs) given you have a 6 year old child it would probably be better to get the train if it operates in the areas where the open tour bus does an overnight trip. Once you got to Saigon, you could get the 3 day 2 night Mekong Delta tour which goes from Saigon-Phnom Penh. It is at a reasonably relaxing pace, but the van ride from the docking point in Cambodia-Phnom Penh is very hard on the body including your head (if you are under about 70kg) from where your head hits the roof after your whole body lifts off the seat when they go over some of those big holes in the road. Once in Phnom Penh, you could go and see Phnom Penh properly, Siem Reap and maybe Sihanoukville seeing you'd probably want a bit of relaxation, before then getting another Air Asia flight from Phnom Penh-Bangkok. From there you could do some travel in Thailand depending on how much time you have left, before departing from Bangkok. You could easily spend 4 weeks in Vietnam doing that open tour bus along with some of the extra tours that you do from various stops along the way like going to Halong Bay, Sapa etc. That Mekong Delta tour I mentioned was very cheap and could be booked from a number of travel shops once you got to Saigon.
Have a great trip.

On that opentour bus, most the trips are only a few hours long with many stops along the way, but a couple of them are overnight journies and are very tiring. With the many stops it makes, usually you have the opportunity to buy some food or drink (as well as souvenirs which is usually the main purpose of the stops so that the bus company gets some extra commission).

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on May 6, 2007, at 12:20 AM by aharrold45 ]