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1. Posted by Madgeo (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi - I will be travelling to Ho Chi Minh city in January 2010. We want to go as far up the Vietnam coast as Hoi An and then after that head to Siem Reap and do Phnom penh last.

Would it be best to travel from HCM to Danang then travel down the coast to HCM. Then how should we get to Siem Reap from there?

It is sort of going backwards and forth a bit but maybe someone has a better solution than what we can think of. The only plans that are set in concrete is that our booked flights land in HCM. From then on it's all open for suggestions.

Cheers

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

It makes sense to fly JetStar Asia to DaNang, very cheap if you travel light. Then use the open tour bus system to make your way back to HCMC. I could not find a cheap flight: SGN-REP. There is a bus from HCMC to Siem Reap. After Angkor, bus or boat back to Phnom Penh. Bus back to HCMC. Home

3. Posted by Madgeo (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi - thanks for your response. Catching the bus from HCMC to Siem Reap, can you get your visa at the border on entry into Cambodia? We will fly from PP to KL and then home so won't need to worry about the return in to Vietnam Visa.

Thanks

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting Madgeo

Hi - thanks for your response. Catching the bus from HCMC to Siem Reap, can you get your visa at the border on entry into Cambodia? We will fly from PP to KL and then home so won't need to worry about the return in to Vietnam Visa. Thanks

Yes, they take care of the Cambodian visa on the bus. $25.

5. Posted by GeorgeR (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Vietnam Air is partnering with Royal Khmer Air (new airline) to fly Siem Reap to Sihanoukville. I wonder if they are also going to expand flights SGN to Siem Reap. If you arent going for a while I would look into that.

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting GeorgeR

Vietnam Air is partnering with Royal Khmer Air (new airline) to fly Siem Reap to Sihanoukville. I wonder if they are also going to expand flights SGN to Siem Reap. If you arent going for a while I would look into that.

I took a look at Royal Khmer Airlines. They do offer a SGN-REP flight that could be helpful for those with limited time to spend in SEA. It states that are in the process of accepting credit cards. That tells you how new they are. No mention of a Siem Reap-Sihanoukville flight. Hopefully they will make money and continue to fly. Many airlines have failed trying to service Cambodia.

7. Posted by Madgeo (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Thanks for the airline I'll look into that a bit more.

When we catch our flight to KL and then to HCMC, can you get your visa's at these airports?

I'm just a bit confused because as a general rule people say that if you can, buy and book things overseas rather than pre book. Is this the case or is it an old wive's tale?

In Sihanoukville, I was told that the areas surrounding the main destinations are a lot better. I hadn't asked the names of the good spots. Do you have any suggestions?

With buses/trains etc in the two countries, I know you just buy the tickets there at the time when you want to leave, but is there a base price that you know of so that I have an idea when bargaining?

Cheers

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting Madgeo

Thanks for the airline I'll look into that a bit more.

When we catch our flight to KL and then to HCMC, can you get your visa's at these airports?

Read my blog entry: 'Off to SaiGon'. I obtained a visa on arrival when I flew into SGN. Malaysia offers visa on arrival, free.

I'm just a bit confused because as a general rule people say that if you can, buy and book things overseas rather than pre book. Is this the case or is it an old wive's tale?

I paid for my VN visa on arrival in Las Vegas. You need your flight details before requesting a visa on arrival.

In Sihanoukville, I was told that the areas surrounding the main destinations are a lot better. I hadn't asked the names of the good spots. Do you have any suggestions?

My blog covers Sihanoukville. I suggest you stay in the Serendipity Beach area. Or Victory Hill if you like more bar action.

With buses/trains etc in the two countries, I know you just buy the tickets there at the time when you want to leave, but is there a base price that you know of so that I have an idea when bargaining?

Most travel shops will list the bus price on the walls. Get 2-3 quotes and you will know what to pay. Train travel in VN has a posted price.

Cheers

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Nov-2009, at 17:00 by vegasmike6 ]

9. Posted by Madgeo (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi Vegasmike6 - Thanks for your help. I was wondering if you could post up a link to your blogs so that I can answer any other questions I might have later. I tried searching for them but it was taking forever!

Cheers

10. Posted by travelin (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

I spent 2 weeks traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia and all the suggestion from vegasmike6 is very helpful for you, Madgeo. All the services from Saigon, Vietnam to Cambodia is easy to find through Internet. If you don't want to pre-book, it will be also easy for you to book hotel, bus,... in Vietnam when you are in Vietnam already.

But in my opinion and my experience, you should do research in detail through internet first. Then, if you can book any service in advance, it will be better for you to save your time. Thus you can spend more time for your travel.

Hope this help! :)