I am currently planning round the world trip for next year, mainly focusing on eastern asia. We have flights booked to Bangkok but have took a real interest into Cambodia and Vietnam aswell, however we have no idea of how get transport to both countries. I have heard that flying is easiest, but we are looking for the cheapest way to get around as we have a tight budget. I have found some info on the internet about buses and trains but they don't seem to be much help.
Any help/info would be great,
Thankyou, avena x
From Bangkok to Phnom Penh: use Air Asia (airasia.com), cheap flights, booking online. In Phnom Penh, you can take bus (or hire a motorbike) to Siem Riep to visit Angkor Wat and to Sihanoukville, a place of white-sand beaches.
From Phnom Penh ( or Siem Riep): take a bus (Sapaco / Mai Linh / Mekong Express corporation) to Ho Chi Minh city. This is the most budget way for tourists. And it is quite easy to visit all Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh city.
From Ho Chi Minh city (or Ha Noi): use Air Asia again back to Bangkok.
Have a good trip.
"we have heard that flying is easiest" is that a breakthrough? People who work in travel agencies should take an ONLINE WRITING COURSE, interested?
I get annoyed when I asked people how to get somewhere and they tell me to hail a cab. Just take a cab. Ofcourse I know that! And its a bit insulting, when they will add, its cheap, its only 10 dollars or something. It is cheap if you are only travelling for 3 days on a package tour.
I think your best bet is to fly BKK-HAN. I did this a few years ago on Air Asia. Book a few weeks in advance for a better price. Under $60. HaNoi is worth a week. SaPa an option, HaLong Bay a must see. When you are ready to head south, use the open tour bus system. At least 4 companies offer this service to HCMC. I suggest Sinh Cafe as they have better buses. Or Hanh Cafe. I talk about this in my blog. I used Hahn for my 08 trip. Hahn stops at cheaper hotels in each city on the way to HCMC. Cheap price, cheap hotels also means cheaper buses. I will use Sinh Cafe next time. You do not have to stay at the hotel they stop at. Plenty of taxis, pedi-cabs or moto guys to take you to cheaper hotels. Most cities you can just walk to better options.
Open tour south to HCMC, figure 3 weeks to get to HCMC. 3-7 in HCMC days for your delta, tunnels, city tours, then bus to Phnom Penh. I have a blog entry that covers this. Visa on arrival. PP is worth 2-3 days IMO, perhaps you might get some beach time in Sihanoukville. You have a bus or boat option to Siem Reap. Boat is way overpriced, figure $35 one way. Bus is about $10, no contest. Many companies service this route. I vote Mekong Express. Get the 3 day pass for Angkor Wat. If you really love old temples, there are others to visit in northern Cambodia. You can go from SR to BKK in one long day. Read about this route here. Do it on your own or with another couple. I would ask around your GH while in SR to find others heading for BKK. With 4 of you, take the share taxi to the border, get your free 15 day visa at Poipet. Bus or train back to BKK.
Avena, I have photos that cover from HAN to HCMC in my gallery. Blog covers from Nha Trang to Pattaya Thailand. Also about getting your VN visa online. Send me a PM if you have questions about this route.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Sep-2009, at 12:20 by vegasmike6 ]
Thankyou very much for all your info, it has helped me a lot. I will be sure to check out everything you said.
thanks again, avena x