How to get from HO CHI MINH to BANGKOK?

How to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
How do you get from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Bangkok? You can travel by plane, bus or bus+train via Phnom Penh and Poipet.

Flight – Saigon to Bangkok
Bus – Saigon to Bangkok
Bus + Train to Bangkok
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Bangkok – the capital and most visited and biggest city in Thailand.

    • Bangkok is a world metropolis with about 10 million inhabitants. Bangkok itself has an area of 1568 km², of which about 700 km² are built-up urban areas. The first mention of Bangkok can be found in the 15th century, when it served as a small trading station, during the Ajutthaya kingdom. However, unstoppable growth meant that it became the site of two major cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was the heart of the Siam modernization at the end of the 19th century when it came under pressure from the West. Bangkok is located in the delta of the Chao Phraya River, which divides the Thai capital into two parts. The city used to be called the Venice of the East, but traces of the past can still be seen today. Suvarnabhumi International Airport or Don Mueang Airport are the most important airports in Bangkok and Hua Lamphong is the most important railway station. There are 3 popular ways how to reach Bangkok from Saigon – direct flight, travel by bus/minivan or bus+train via Phnom Penh and Poipet.
    • Book bus tickets and flights from Saigon to Bangkok on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

From Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok you can travel by plane, bus, train.

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok is about 880 km by land via Siem Reap or Phnom Penh in Cambodia. From Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok in Thailand you can travel by various ways. There are direct flights from Saigon to Bangkok and you can also travel by land (by tourist bus) via Cambodia. So you can take a tourist bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh (or Siem Reap) and bus from Phnom Penh (or Siem Reap) to Bangkok. Travel by tourist bus from Saigon to Bangkok (via Cambodia) costs about $35-40/pp. You should know – travel by bus via Cambodia takes a lot of time and it is a good way only if you want to visit and explore Cambodia. Buses from Saigon to Cambodia arrive to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. From these cities you can take another bus to Bangkok. Buses from Cambodia to Thailand go via Poipet border crossing. From Phnom Penh to Bangkok you can also travel by train of Royal Railways to Poipet and by train of Thai Railways from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok. The best way of transport is to travel by plane – there are direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, travel time is only about 1.5 hour. From Bangkok you can travel by bus/train to Kanchanaburi. You can book bus tickets or direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok online.

How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?


1. FLIGHT from Saigon to Bangkok

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Direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok is the most fastest option of transport.


2. BUS / MINIVAN from Saigon to Bangkok (via Phnom Penh)


A) BUS or MINIVAN from Saigon to Phnom Penh

    • the cheapest option of transport between these towns, there are buses or minivans
    • a good option, if you want to stop in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia
    • travel by bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh can take about 5.5-7 hours
    • bus ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh costs about $11-18/pp
    • bus companies to Phnom Penh: Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham, Kumho Samco, The Sinh Tourist…
    • read this article: How to reach Phnom Penh from Saigon?
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Phnom Penh by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Saigon

B) BUS or MINIVAN from Phnom Penh to Bangkok

    • the cheapest option of transport between these cities of Cambodia and Thailand
    • buses to Bangkok go via Poipet border crossing in the north of Cambodia
    • travel by bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok can take about 12-14 hours
    • bus ticket from Phnom Penh to Bangkok costs about $23-30/pp
    • bus companies to Bangkok: Virak Buntham, Thero Express
    • read this article: How to reach Bangkok from Phnom Penh?
    • you can also travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and from Siem Reap you can take another bus to Bangkok
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Bangkok by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Phnom Penh
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From Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok you can also travel by bus, minivan via Phnom Penh or Siem Reap (photo: Virak Buntham, 12go.asia).


3. BUS+TRAIN from Saigon to Bangkok (via Phnom Penh, Poipet)


A) BUS or MINIVAN from Saigon to Phnom Penh

    • the cheapest way of transfer between these cities, there are buses or minivans
    • a good way, if you want to stop and visit Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia
    • travel by bus or minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes about 5.5-7 hours
    • bus ticket from Saigon to Phnom Penh costs about $11-18/pp
    • bus companies: Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, Virak Buntham, Kumho Samco, The Sinh Tourist…
    • read this article: How do I get to Phnom Penh from Saigon?
    • you will receive your bus e-ticket to Phnom Penh by email, ready to print or carry in your mobile phone or tablet and present at the ticket counter of the station before boarding the bus in Ho Chi Minh City

B) TRAIN from Phnom Penh to Poipet (Royal Railway train)

    • from Phnom Penh to Poipet you can travel by train of Royal Railway
    • Poipet Railway Station is about 7 km from Aranyaprathet Railway Station
    • travel by train from Phnom Penh to Poipet takes about 11-12 hours
    • train ticket of Royal Railway from Phnom Penh to Poipet costs about $6-10/pp
    • train schedule is limited (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
    • train departs from Phnom Penh Railway Station
    • You can search and buy train tickets online on Baolau icon-external-link-square or 12go.asia icon-external-link-square
    • there are also some buses from Phnom Penh to Poipet

C) TRAIN from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok (train of Thai Railways)

    • the cheapest way of transfer to Bangkok from Aranyaprathet
    • travel by train from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok takes about 5.5 hours
    • train to Bangkok departs from Aranyaprathet Railway Staiton
    • train ticket from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok costs about $2/pp
    • read this article: How do I get to Bangkok from Aranyaprathet?
    • you can buy train ticket to Bangkok at the station, there are also various buses or minivans
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Train from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok. You can also travel by train from Phnom Penh to Bangkok via Poipet and Aranyaprathet.

Baolau – Search, book, buy tickets + flights

    • Baolau sells the train, bus, ferry e-tickets, flights mainly for Vietnam (+ tickets for Cambodia and Laos)
    • bus tickets of various companies in Vietnam, Thailand… (Mai Linh, Hoang Long, Futabus, Hung Thanh, Sapa Express…)
    • company offers flights of Vietnamese airlines, VietJet Air, JetStar, Air Asia as well as flights to neighbouring countries
    • tickets for the ferries in Vietnam, Cambodia… eg. ferry to Cat Baferry to Phu Quoc, ferry to Phnom Penh, ferry to Quan Lan
    • tickets for travel routes in Vietnam (eg. Da Lat to HanoiDa Lat to Hoi An, Nha Trang to Hoi An…)
    • you can choose a seat or berth in the train in Vietnam
    • the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
    • you can use online train e-ticket in your mobile phone in Vietnam (I recommend to print a ticket)
    • read in the order any other information about ticket, read also frequently asked questions on Baolau

12go.asia – Search, book, buy tickets + flights

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Buddhist temple in Bangkok.
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The Grand Palace in Bangkok.
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Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok.

icon-info-circle FAQ – Travel route from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok:

How long does it take to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • Travel by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (direct flight) takes about 1.5 hour.
    • Travel by tourist bus/minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (via Cambodia) takes about 20-34 hours.
    • Travel by bus+train from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (via Phnom Penh, Poipet) takes about 26 hours.

How to book and buy tickets + flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • Book and buy tickets and flights from Saigon to Bangkok on 12go.asia or Baolau.
    • You can choose and book another travel route, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh > Bangkok…

How much does it cost to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • Travel by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (direct flight) costs about $40-130/pp.
    • Travel by tourist bus/minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (via Cambodia) costs about $35-50/pp.
    • Travel by bus+train from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok (via Phnom Penh, Poipet) costs about $20-30/pp.

How far is Bangkok from Ho Chi Minh City?

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok is about 880 km by bus (via Phnom Penh or Siem Reap) and about 750 km by plane. This travel distance can change according to bus companies in Cambodia and Thailand.

What is the most cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • The most cheapest way of transport from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok is to travel by tourist bus via Cambodia, via Phnom Penh or via Siem Reap. There are tourist buses between Saigon – Phnom Penh (Siem Reap) – Bangkok.

What is the best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • The best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok is to travel by plane, there are various direct flights between these cities. If you want to visit Cambodia – You have to travel by bus to Cambodia and by bus from Cambodia to Bangkok. There is no train connection between Saigon and Bangkok.

Is it possible to travel by private taxi/car from Phnom Penh to Bangkok?

    • From Phnom Penh in Cambodia you can take a private taxi/minivan to Bangkok. Glassflower private company offers comfortable modern minivans or modern cars. Travel by private taxi or car from Phnom Penh to Bangkok takes about 14 hours. Private car costs about $292-356/pp, you can search and book these cars on 12go.asia.

Is it possible to travel by train from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok?

    • No it is not possible because there is no railway. There are only trains from Phnom Penh to Battambang (Poipet) in Cambodia and from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok. Aranyaprathet is about 5 km from the border crossing with Cambodia and there are some trains (or buses) to Bangkok. There is no train from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh.

Where to go and travel from Bangkok?

    • Bangkok is the most important transport hub in the north of Thailand and you can travel to Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya or you can continue to travel to southern Thailand – e.g. to Surat Thani. There are various sleeper and seat trains and tourist sleeper buses between these popular tourist sites.
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icon-arrow-circle-right Book your flights and search for tickets from Saigon to Bangkok:

(You can book another travel route, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Phnom Penh, Siem Reap > Bangkok…)


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