I have looked through some previous posts but was unable to find the answers.
So some questions:
What time does the a-c bus leave Phnom Penh for Saigon (HCM)? And from where? If I take the Air Asia flight from Bangkok, arriving about 8-8:30 a.m. can I make the bus?
The Cambodian visa on arrival - is it always single entry? I will need a 2-entry visa, because I need one on the way back from Saigon. Is it better to get one from the embassy? Do they have multiple entry visas?
The are several buses that travel between Phnom Penh-HCMC. Both Capitol & Narin GHs run daily buses and the Sorya bus company leaves from Central Market. All leave 7:00-8:00am for this route. You will not be able to arrive at PNH and leave via bus for HCMC the same day. The other problem is that VN does not do 'visa on arrival'. You will need a VN visa before you reach the border.
A much more practical idea is to stay one day in PP, obtain your VN visa from either your guesthouse or other businesses that offer one day service. Then the next morning, take one of the bus options over to HCMC.
Cambodia does not offer multiple entry visas like Thailand. You invalidate your visa as soon as you leave the country. Your $20 visa obtained when you land will expire the next day when you leave. You will have to pay another $20 when you enter the Bavet/Moc Bai border when you re-enter Cambodia after leaving HCMC.
I took an Air Asia flight BKK-HAN for around $50 one way last year. Since you are not staying in Cambodia when you arrive, why don't you fly into HAN and tour VN north to south. Then you can take the overland bus: HCMC-PP and avoid the problems with buying two Cambodian visas. Just a thought.
Send me a PM if you have additional questions.
Thanks VegasMike. About how long does it take to travel by bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh? And is the bus airconditioned?
If I had more time I would have loved to wander down from Hanoi. But I dont. This is intended to be a quick intro to Vietnam.
I may end up having to buy a more expensive ticket BKK-HCM, since no budget carrier flies between the two.
Now that the road is paved, this is not a bad bus ride anymore. When I first took it in 2000, it was a muddy nightmare, took up to 12 hours. Now it is pretty smooth sailing and takes about 6 hours. The guesthouse buses, the Sorya bus from Central Market and the Mekong Express bus from Sisowath Quay, all have air con. Trvir, don't waste your money flying this leg. You won't save much time and will be out serious money.
Once into PP, get your room, arrange your VN visa and decide what bus company to take. Send me a PM if you have any questions.