How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam


Going to Cambodia from Vietnam - Photo : Internet/Khmer Time

Do you have a 15-day vacation ahead of you ? So why not take the opportunity to explore Vietnam and Cambodia? In just one trip, you can experience the best of two of Southeast Asia's most fascinating countries! Discover the bustling streets of Hanoi, the magnificent scenery of Halong Bay, and the floating markets of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Then, continue your journey to Cambodia to explore the legendary Angkor temples, witnesses to the grandeur of the Khmer Empire. Imagine walking through the mysterious alleys of Ta Prohm, watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat temple, and marvelling at the stone carvings of Bayon temple. With such a unique combination, your trip will remain etched in your memory forever.
In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about traveling to Cambodia from Vietnam.

We wish you all the best for your trip!

Our top reasons to opt for a combined Vietnam/Cambodia tour

Opting for a combined Vietnam/Cambodia tour is an option with many advantages.
First of all, Cambodia's geographical proximity makes it easy to plan your trip. In addition, flights to Siem Reap are frequent and very affordable, making this destination even more accessible.
What's more, obtaining a visa to travel to Cambodia is relatively straightforward, making it an ideal destination for travellers wishing to explore several countries during their stay.
But the real advantage of this option lies in the complementary nature of these two countries. Vietnam and Cambodia share a rich history and culture, offering a unique travel experience. You'll have the opportunity to discover two different identities and immerse yourself in two fascinating cultures.
In short, opting for a combined Vietnam/Cambodia tour is a wise decision for travelers seeking a rich and varied travel experience. With two countries to discover, you'll have twice as many cultural and historical riches to explore.
Learn more about Temple of Angkor

From Vietnam to Cambodia by plane - Photo : Internet/Vietnam Airlines


How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam in 2024

By air

Air travel is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to discover the wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia. Indeed, air travel saves time while offering a pleasant travel experience. For adventure-seeking travelers, it's an ideal option for discovering the other Land of Smiles.
  • ✓ Time-saving: the flight takes around 2 hours, depending on your departure airport (Ha Noi, HCM-ville) and arrival airport (Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville).
  • ✓ Convenient: several airlines offer direct flights between Vietnam's major cities and popular destinations in the Kingdom of Cambodia, such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
  • ✓ Comfortable
  • ⦻ Cost: at least 110 USD per ticket
  • ⦻ Air travel is one of the most polluting modes of transport; if you're concerned about the environment, it might be wise to consider a greener alternative.
Good to know :
Airlines: Vietnam Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air and others, to compare on your favorite flight comparison service.
Flight frequency: Several daily flights

From From Vietnam to Cambodia by boat - Photo : Internet


River routes

Travelling to Cambodia from Vietnam by river is a unique experience, allowing you to discover the fascinating life along the rivers and deltas. You'll be transported from one captivating landscape to another, while admiring the natural wonders before you. This adventure is an unmissable opportunity for travel enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
  • ✓ Picturesque experience: You can enjoy a picturesque experience exploring life along rivers and deltas as you move from one fascinating landscape to another.
  • ✓ Reasonable travel time: The boat trip from Chau Doc (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) takes around 5 hours.
  • ✓ An unusual and relaxing experience
  • ⦻ Drive from Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc (approx. 5.5 hours).
  • ⦻ Need to arrive in Chau Doc the day before to catch the early morning boat.
  • ⦻ Potential seasickness
Good to know:
Cost: Fares vary between USD 25 and USD 65
Companies: Private operators or specialized tour operators
Duration: 2-4 hours (depending on itinerary and sailing conditions)
Frequency: Limited departures
Price: 500,000 - 1,500,000 VND (~20-60 USD)

From From Vietnam to Cambodia by bus- Photo : Internet/Giant Ibis

By road

Given that Cambodia borders Vietnam to the south, traveling to Cambodia by bus from Vietnam is a flexible and adventurous option, offering travelers the chance to discover the local landscapes and cultures, and to take short detours.
  • ✓ Flexibility: Many bus operators offer daily departures from different cities in Vietnam to various destinations in Cambodia, giving you incredible flexibility to plan your trip to suit your budget and schedule.
  • ✓ Affordable: Travelling by bus is a cost-effective alternative for moving between the two countries. Ticket prices vary according to bus company, vehicle type and distance traveled, but they are often lower than flight or train fares. Opting for the bus can therefore be a sensible option for travellers who want to save money while discovering the scenery along the way.
  • ✓ Enjoy picturesque landscapes: Travelling by bus is a fabulous way to soak up the breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam and Cambodia. You'll marvel at the lush green rice paddies, towering mountains and picturesque villages. This mode of transport allows you to discover the beauty of the region in an authentic and memorable way.
  • ⦻ Longer travel time: the bus journey takes between 7 and 8 hours.
  • ⦻ Limited comfort: buses may be less comfortable than other means of transport. Limited legroom
Good to know :
Companies: Futa Bus, Mekong Express, Giant Ibis, among others
Duration: 6-8 hours (depending on route and traffic)
Frequency: Several daily departures
Price: 200,000 - 500,000 VND (~8-20 USD)
Be sure to read our Phnom Penh highlights and travel guide

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures Team


List of main Vietnam/Cambodia border crossings

(see below for details)
Moc Bai - Bavet (most popular)
Xa Mat - Trapeang Phlong
Ha Tien - Kep
Vinh Xuong - Dom Kralor

Visa requirements to enter Cambodia

Visa requirements for Vietnam vary according to your nationality and the length of your stay.
If you have an e-Visa, you can enter Cambodia via the Moc Bai - Bavet land border or by air. Unfortunately, the e-Visa is not accepted for boat trips between the two countries. If you opt for a visa on arrival in Cambodia, it will cost you US$35 per person. Make sure you have two passport-size photos to avoid extra charges. However, some officials may charge you an additional service fee ranging from US$1 to US$10. To simplify the procedure and avoid potential problems, you can apply for an e-visa online in advance. This visa will allow you a single entry and a maximum stay of 30 days.

Tips and reminders

  • ♦ Research and book in advance to ensure availability and the best rates.
  • ♦ Check weather and road conditions before you travel.
  • ♦ Bring the necessary documents with you, such as your passport, visa and travel insurance.
  • ♦ Be prepared for possible language difficulties and cultural disparities. Make sure you stay safe during your trip.
  • ♦ Always research and plan carefully before you travel to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey from Vietnam to Cambodia.

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi - Photo : Mr Linh's adventure Team


What is the best time to travel between Vietnam and Cambodia

The best time to travel between Vietnam and Cambodia is primarily during the dry season, which spans from November to April. 
Vietnam: During this period, most of Vietnam experiences dry and clear days. The dry season can be further divided into:
♦ Cool Season (November to February): If you prefer cooler temperatures, consider traveling during these months. It’s a great time for exploring cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Hue.
♦ Hot Season (March to April): As temperatures rise, beach vacations and cruises in places like Mekong River and Halong Bay become more pleasant.
Cambodia: Similar to Vietnam, Cambodia enjoys favorable weather during the dry season. Angkor Wat  retains its charm even during the height of the rainy season. If possible, visit in May or late October for less rainfall.

Practical information about Cambodia

General information

  • Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Surface area: 181,035 km²
  • Population: 16.9 million (2021)
  • Official language: Khmer
  • Currency: Cambodian riel (KHR), but US dollars are widely used


  • Temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
  • Varied natural landscapes (beaches, mountains, forests)
  • Rich culture and historical heritage
  • Friendly people and affordable cost of living

Weak points

  • Rudimentary infrastructure
  • Corruption
  • Deforestation and pollution

Moc Bai Border Crossing - Photo : Mr Linh's adventures Team


APPENDIX: Main border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia

Travel between Vietnam and Cambodia is facilitated by 8 international border crossings open to foreign travelers with valid passports:
  • •    Lệ Thanh (Gia Lai) - Oyadav (Andong Pich-Rattanakiri) - No E-visa Eligibility
  • •    Bu Prăng (Đắc Nông) - O Raing (Mundulkiri) - No E-visa Eligibility
  • •    Hoa Lư (Bình Phước) - Trapeang Sre (Snoul-Kratie) - No E-visa Eligibility
  • •    Xa Mát (Tây Ninh) - Trapeing Phlong (Tbong Khmum)
  • •    Mộc Bài (Tây Ninh) - Bavet (Svay Rieng)
  • •    Tịnh Biên (An Giang) - Phnom Den (Takeo)
  • •    Hà Tiên (Kiên Giang) - Prek Chak (Lork-Kam Pot)
  • •    Vinh Xuong/Kaam Sammor (river access)

The busiest border crossing, Moc Bai - Ba Vet, is on the main bus route between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. This is the most popular and convenient choice for most travelers.
Independent travelers often prefer the Vinh Xuong/Kaam Sammor crossing point because of the express boat services available. Other crossing points such as Tinh Bien/Phnom Den, Xa Xia/Prek Chak, and Thanh/O Yadao are more easily reached by motorcycle.
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