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How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)
How to travel from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap + Angkor Wat in Cambodia? You can travel by tourist bus, taxi or plane.

1. Bus/Van to Siem Reap
2. Flights to Siem Reap
3. Tour in Siem Reap
4. FAQ + Travel Tips
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From Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap you can travel by bus or plane.

    • Traveling from Saigon to Siem Reap covers approximately 600 km by land route via Phnom Penh. You have the option to commute by tourist bus or opt for a direct flight. Note that there’s no train service available from Saigon to Siem Reap. The most cost-effective mode of transportation is via bus or minivan, with fares starting at $25 – 33 per person. Many buses make a stopover in Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia), where passengers are transferred to another bus bound for Siem Reap (alternatively, there are direct flights from Saigon to Phnom Penh). For the quickest and most comfortable journey, consider flying directly from Saigon to Siem Reap. Flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours, with fares ranging from $90 to $180 per person. Siem Reap International Airport is conveniently located about 5 km from the city center, enhancing accessibility. Another travel option to Siem Reap is via bus and boat, passing through Chau Doc and Phnom Penh. There are boat services connecting Chau Doc and Siem Reap via Phnom Penh. Prior to booking bus tickets or flights to Siem Reap, ensure to carefully review the provided instructions. Secure your tickets or flights from Saigon to Siem Reap through Cambodia online.

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    • Siem Reap in Cambodia – serves as the gateway to the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex. Siem Reap stands out as one of the most frequented cities in Southeast Asia, renowned for its historical significance embodied by the Angkor Wat temple complex. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat lies approximately 5 km north of Siem Reap City. Another notable attraction is the Tonle Sap lake located within the city’s vicinity. Siem Reap also serves as a convenient base for exploring neighboring countries such as Thailand (Bangkok) or Laos, with options including bus or van routes to Don Det in Laos. Phnom Penh, situated about 330 km from Siem Reap, offers continued tourist bus services to Siem Reap. Travelers have two primary transportation options from Saigon in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia: via tourist bus/minivan through Phnom Penh or by direct flight. Detailed instructions on reaching Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City are provided below in this article. Additionally, it’s advisable to acquaint yourself with the weather conditions in Siem Reap before your arrival through this article: Weather in Siem Reap.
Transfer Mode – Saigon to Siem Reap: Travel Time Cost Range
Bus 12-12 hours 500,000 – 700,000 VND
Flight 1.5-2 hours 1,500,000 – 3,500,000 VND
Private Transfer 912 hours 4,000,000 – 7,000,000 VND

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How do I get from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?


1. BUS / VAN from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap


A) Bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh

    • from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh you can go by tourist bus
    • transport by tourist bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh takes about 5.5-7 hours
    • one-way bus ticket from Saigon to Phnom Penh in Cambodia costs about $26-40/pp
    • bus companies from Saigon to Phnom Penh: Giant Ibis, Long Phuong Cambodia, Mekong Express, Kumho Samco, Virak Buntham, Thero Express…

B) Bus / Van from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

    • from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap you can travel by bus or minivan, minibus
    • the cheapest option of transfer between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
    • transfer by bus / minivan from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap can take up to 5.5-7 hours
    • transfer by bus / minivan from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap costs about $8-17/pp
    • bus companies to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh: Giant Ibis, PSD Express, Mekong Express, Bayon VIP, Cambodia Post VIP, MBus, Larryta Express, Mey Hong Bus…
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From Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon to Phnom Penh you can travel by bus/van via Phnom Penh (photo: 12go.asia).


2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap

    • there are also direct flights from Saigon and Siem Reap
    • airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air
    • one-way low-cost flight from Saigon to Siem Reap costs about $120-180/pp
    • new low-cost airlines: Lanmei Airlines (flight costs about $90-100/pp)
    • flight time to Siem Reap is about 1 hour and 20 minutes
    • airport in Ho Chi Minh City – Tan Son Nhat Airport, airport in Siem Reap – Siem Reap Airport (5 km from Angkor Wat)
    • travel by plane is the fastest but the most expensive way of the transfer between Saigon and Siem Reap
    • Book and buy flights from Saigon to Siem Reap online on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
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Direct flight to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City is the fastest way of transfer.


3. BUS + TAXI/CAR from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

    • you can travel by bus to Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by taxi
    • there are various tourist buses and minivans to Phnom Penh and taxi/cars to Siem Reap
    • private taxi/car from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap costs about $95-180/car
    • taxi companies from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: Phuket Ground Services, Glassflower
    • transport by private taxi/car from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap takes about 4-5.5 hours
    • you can book your private taxi/car from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap online

4. BUS + BOAT from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap (via Chau Doc)

    • you can also travel by bus + boat/speedboat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Chau Doc
    • there are buses from Saigon to Chau Doc and boats/speedboats from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh + Siem Reap
    • travel by boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh takes about 5 hours
    • from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap you can travel by boat via Tonle Sap Lake
    • you can book bus tickets to Chau Doc and boat tickets to Phnom Penh online.

5. BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR + Tickets in Siem Reap

    • you can also book your private tour or tickets for tourist attractions in Siem Reap
    • it is possible to book various types of tourist tours (boat trips, bicycle tours, historical…)
    • these private tourist tours in Siem Reap by local tour guides from Cambodia
    • you can also book private transfers between the town and airport
    • Book a private tour / trip or other tourist activity in Siem Reap online

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With Klook you can search and book various private tours and tickets for tourist attractions in Siem Reap.


TRAIN from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • It is not possible to travel by train from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap because there is no train connection between these cities. But there are some plans to build in the future some train connection.
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Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap.

Angkor Wat is one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

Angkor Wat temple complex is located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap. This massive complex was built during the 12th century and it is believed that it took almost 30 years to complete the construction. The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu. Angkor Wat is the largest monument of the Angkor group.

– it is believed to have been used as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II
– the Wat is 213 meters tall and three levels, each one is higher and smaller than the lower one
– the overall plan of the complex mimics the shape of a lotus bud
– the wat is considered to be a microcosm of the universe in stone and occupies about 500 acres of land
– the wat is accessible through its western entrance which is flanked by stone lions

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Angkor Wat Temple complex in Siem Reap.

Baolau – Search, book and buy tickets and flights online

– Baolau sells the train, bus, ferry e-tickets and flights mainly for Vietnam (+ tickets for Cambodia and Laos)
– company offers also a tickets larger bus companies (Mai Linh, Hoang Long, TheSinh Tourist, Futabus, 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, eg. ferry to Phu Quoc, Con Dao to Saigon, ferry to Cat Ba, ferry to Phnom Penh, ferry to Quan Lan
– tickets for Malaysia (Penang to Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands, Penang to Singapore…)
– the price of tickets or flights is from the official price of transport company or airlines
– you will see the final price before making the payment transaction
– 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 tickets,
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12go – Search, book and buy tickets and flights online

– 12go.asia sells the bus, train, ferry e-tickets and flights mainly to Thailand (also tickets for Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia)
– from 2018 you can book train tickets for China online (Beijing to Xian, Beijing to Shanghai, Shanghai to Hangzhou..)
– ferry/boat tickets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, eg. ferry to Vung Tau, Koh Chang, Koh Rong, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi
– tickets for the main routes in Thailand, eg: Bangkok to Hua Hin, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Bangkok to Phuket
– more information about train tickets and trains in Thailand
– you can use an online train ticket in Vietnam + Thailand
– information about 12go.asia read in article about transportation in Vietnam
– if you order an train ticket in Baolau or 12go for tourist trains in Vietnam to Sapa (Orient Express, Sapaly…), you must pick it up at the station

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Kampong Phluk floating village in Siem Reap.


FAQ — Travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap:

1. How to book and buy tickets + flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • You can book tickets + flights from Saigon to Siem Reap on 12go.asia ➜ or Baolau ➜.
    • You can book another travel route, e.g. Ho Chi Minh > Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh > Siem Reap…

2. How long does it take from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • Travel by bus/minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap takes about 12-20 hours.
    • Travel by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap takes about 1.5 hour (direct flight).
    • Travel by bus + taxi/car Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (via Phnom Penh) takes about 10-12 hours.

3. How much does it cost to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • Transfer by bus/minivan from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap costs about $24-33/pp.
    • Transfer by plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap costs about $90-100/pp (direct flight).

4. What is the travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • Travel distance from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is about 600 km by bus/van (over Phnom Penh) and about 460 km by plane. This travel distance can change according to bus company.

5. What is the best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • If you want to skip Phnom Penh, the best way of transport from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap is to travel by plane. It is fast (about 1.5 hour) and you will save a lot of time.

6. What is the bus route from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • A lot of buses go from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh you can continue by another bus to Siem Reap. Read the instructions before and after you book your bus tickets to Siem Reap.

7. Is there also another way how to get to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh?

    • If you do not want to travel to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh by bus, you can also travel by boat or you can use plane, there are direct flights between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, there is no train from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. There are also some private cars/minivans or minibuses. Check this story: How to get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap?

8. Where do you get E-visa to Cambodia?

    • You can obtain your e-visa to Cambodia online at the official goverment website: www.evisa.gov.kh.

9. Is there a direct train from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap?

    • No, there is no railway between Ho Chi Minh City – Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. But there is plan in the future to build a new railway from Vietnam to Cambodia. And a new railway from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap should be also opened.

10. Is it possible to travel by train in Cambodia?

    • Yes, but the railway network and schedule is very limited, there is a train of Royal Railway. You can travel by train from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and from Phnom Penh to Poipet. In the future there should be also build a railway from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. You can check Cambodia Railway Map.

11. Where to travel from Siem Reap?

12. How to travel solo in Cambodia?

    • Solo travel in Cambodia offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of this Southeast Asian gem. Navigate Cambodia solo by securing comfortable accommodations, exploring diverse transportation options, engaging in local activities, and fostering connections with fellow travelers for an enriching and memorable journey through the Kingdom of Wonder.

13. What are the most interesting things or facts about Cambodia?

    • Cambodia, a country steeped in history and resilience, is best known for the magnificent Angkor Wat, an architectural masterpiece and the world’s largest religious monument. Beyond its iconic temples, Cambodia offers vibrant floating markets, where boats laden with colorful produce create a lively spectacle. Cambodia seamlessly intertwines ancient traditions with modern vitality, making it a captivating destination for those seeking a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Read this article: 15 Interesting Things about Cambodia.

14. What is the weather in Cambodia and what to expect?

    • In Cambodia, the weather is characterized by a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season, from November to April, brings lower humidity and minimal rainfall, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities. Conversely, the wet season, from May to October, sees heavier rainfall and higher humidity. It’s important to be prepared for sudden downpours during this time, and some areas may experience flooding. Checking local forecasts is advisable for more accurate and timely information on the weather in Cambodia.

15. Is traveling and exploring Cambodia cheap or expensive?

    • Cambodia’s affordability extends to various aspects of travel, including cultural activities, scenic treks, and beach retreats. Engaging with friendly locals and enjoying the diverse culinary scene are enriching experiences that come at reasonable prices. While providing budget-friendly options, it’s advisable to have a financial buffer for unexpected expenses to ensure a seamless and stress-free journey. Read this article: Prices in Cambodia.

16. What is the currency of Cambodia and how to exchange money?

    • Cambodia’s official currency is the Cambodian Riel (KHR), but the US Dollar (USD) is widely accepted and used in various transactions. The exchange rate is approximately around 4,000 KHR for 1 USD. Travelers can exchange money at banks or currency exchange booths, with banks typically providing better rates, albeit having more limited operating hours. While credit cards are accepted in some upscale establishments and restaurants, cash remains the preferred form of payment, especially in more rural regions. Therefore, it’s recommended for visitors to carry both US Dollars and Cambodian Riel, especially when venturing into less touristy areas.

17. What is the cuisine in Cambodia and what to expect?

    • Cambodian cuisine offers a delightful journey of flavors, blending simplicity with a diverse range of fresh ingredients. From iconic dishes like „Amok“ to the unique use of herbs and spices, the culinary landscape reflects a rich cultural tapestry. With a focus on balance and an appreciation for local traditions, Cambodian cuisine provides a unique and flavorful experience for those exploring its diverse gastronomic offerings.

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4 Ways of Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap:

1. BUS / VAN from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
A) Bus from Saigon to Phnom Penh
Transport Options Bus
Travel Time About 5.5-7 hours
Price About $26-40 per person
Bus Companies Giant Ibis, Long Phuong Cambodia, Mekong Express, Kumho Samco, Virak Buntham…
B) Bus / Van from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Transport Options Bus, Minivan, Minibus
Travel Time Up to 5.5-7 hours
Price About $8-17 per person
Bus Companies Giant Ibis, PSD Express, Mekong Express, Bayon VIP, Cambodia Post VIP, MBus, Larryta Expresss…
2. FLIGHTS from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
Transport Options Flight
Airlines Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, Lanmei Airlines (new low-cost option)
Price About $120-180 per person for one-way low-cost flight (Lanmei Airlines: $90-100)
Flight Time About 1 hour and 20 minutes
Airports Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Siem Reap Airport (5 km from Angkor Wat)
3. BUS + TAXI/CAR from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap
Travel by bus to Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by taxi/car
Transport Options Bus, Taxi/Car
Price About $95-180 per car for private taxi/car
Taxi/Car Companies Phuket Ground Services, Glassflower
Travel Time About 4-5.5 hours
4. BUS + BOAT from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap (via Chau Doc)
Travel by bus + boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Chau Doc
Transport Options Bus + Boat
Travel Time About 5 hours (boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh)
Additional Information Travel by boat via Tonle Sap Lake from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

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