There are a number of border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia. The main Vietnam to Cambodia border crossing is Moc Bai to Bavet and the route from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh by bus is an easy 6-hour (including immigration) trip. Of course, there are many other land border crossings to Cambodia from Vietnam, and visas on arrival are available at most of them. The other type of border crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia is the water crossing – the Mekong River runs from the north to the south of Cambodia before it ends in Vietnam. The fastest water crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia is from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
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How to get from Vietnam to Cambodia
The Vietnam to Cambodia border crossing and the route that you select between Vietnam and Cambodia depends on where you start from and where you plan to go to. The most popular route from Vietnam to Cambodia is from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is a land border crossing and is how to go from Vietnam to Cambodia if you don’t want a river border crossing.
However, there is also a popular route on the Mekong River. The public-ticketed fast and slower boats go from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. This is a great route, we’ve done it in both directions, most recently in 2023 and I wrote about it here.
You can also book a private river transfer from Can Tho to Phnom Penh (check prices here), although this is expensive and there are cheaper buses available, they can’t currently be booked online.
Border Crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia
How to go to Cambodia from Vietnam and which border crossing that you take depends on the route that you take – and as most of the land border crossings between Vietnam and Cambodia and the river border crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam are through-ticket, you don’t need to worry too much about knowing which crossing it is. However, here are the main crossings.
- Moc Bai (Vietnam) to Bavet – (Cambodia) – the main border crossing
- Ting Bien (Vietnam) to Phnom Den (Cambodia)
- Ha Tien (Vietnam) to Prek Chakille (Cambodia)
- Vinh Xuong (Vietnam) to Kaam Samnor (Cambodia)
Map of Vietnam to Cambodia Border Crossings
You can also see the map of the Cambodia-Vietnam border crossings here.
Visa Requirements for Cambodia
Visa on arrival is available at most (if not all) land and river crossings. Payment for these visas is in cash, you can pay in US dollars or Vietnamese Dong. The cost of the visa (there may some local variations) is around US$36. If you prefer to arrange your visas in advance, an online eVisa for Cambodia has been available since 2006 and is directly from the Cambodian Government. The official site from the Cambodian Government for eVisa is here.
Main Routes from Vietnam to Cambodia
The main routes between Vietnam and Cambodia are from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, or Battambang. The other prime routes are from Can Tho in the Vietnam Delta to Phnom Penh, or from Phu Quoc to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. (Our guide on what to do in Siem Reap is here).
Here are the main options for transport for those routes.
It’s very easy to take a bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and there are numerous options available. The border here on the Vietnam side is at Moc Bai and it is about 60 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. The border on the Cambodian side is called Bavet and visas on arrival are available here. Payment for the visa is in cash.
You will likely be on a through bus from Ho Chi Minh City and will be directed to take your passport and bags through exiting Vietnam and then entering Cambodia before returning to your bus.
Our guide to the best things to do in Phnom Penh is here.
Bus Times from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
- 0800 (2 different services)
- 0830 (2 different services)
- 1130 (2 different services)
You can check current times for buses from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh – as they may differ in the high and low seasons – and prices here
There are also two luxury minibus services a day from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. > check prices and book now. Spaces are more limited than on the big bus, so if you want a more comfortable ride, then book your seats early.
There are three ways to go to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City. The first is to first go from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh and stopover there. The city of Phnom Penh is well worth a visit, from its almost European-like feel to the incredibly moving historic events detailed in the Killing Fields and represented at sites in the city (read more here).
The second way to go from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is to fly.
Flights to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City take between 70 minutes to 110 minutes. Don’t forget you will have to factor in getting to and from the airports. There is an airport bus from Ho Chi Minh City to the airport, but in Siem Reap, you’ll need to take a taxi or a tuk-tuk to get to the city.
Flights to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City run at 0820, 1345, 1620, 1725, and 1925. Check prices and availability of flights to Siem Reap here.
The third – and most popular way to go to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City is to take the bus.
Buses between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap take between 13 and 15 hours. You can travel during the day or at night. The quickest bus between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap is run by the Sinh Tourist and takes 13 hours.
Bus Times from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap:
0615, 0700, 1500, 0630 > Check prices and availability here.
Where to stay in Siem Reap
The Siem Reap River cuts through the middle of the city, making it quite small. The majority of holiday accommodations are located in the Old French Quarter, a large area that includes neighborhoods like Temple Town, City Centre, and Pub Street. The Wat Bo neighborhood, which is just over the river from the Old French Quarter, is as convenient but a little quieter. There are a host of places to stay in Siem Reap – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Siem Reap, mid-range places to stay in Siem Reap, and budget accommodations in Siem Reap.
Central Corner d’Angkor is a lovely hotel with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, a bar, and a common area. This Siem Reap four-star hotel’s rooms all have a view of the pool, and guests can access a garden and a terrace. The luxury hotel in Siem Reap provides you with a 24-hour front desk, room service, and currency exchange. Rooms at the top-class Central Corner d’Angkor offer air conditioning, a sitting area, a flat-screen cable TV, a safe, and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes, and slippers. Central Corner d’Angkor is also close to several of the main attractions, making it an excellent choice if you wish to stay near Siem Reap’s primary attractions. Check availability here.
The 4-star Siem Reap Memoire d’Angkor Boutique Hotel offers personalized service and comfort with its lovely Zen-style rooms and art gallery. The outdoor pool and fitness center are open to visitors and there is free WiFi access throughout. You’ll be welcomed with stylish furniture and a free fruit platter in your room, where you’ll also find a workstation, a flat-screen TV, and a personal safe the size of a laptop. Private bathrooms come with free toiletries, a shower, and toothbrushes. This is a great mid-range hotel option in Siem Reap and you can book a room here.
The Blossoming Romduol Boutique hotel is a fabulous budget hotel in Siem Reap and offers private rooms, dorm accommodations, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi throughout the property. Additionally, there is a café on the premises, pool tables, free private parking, and free bicycle rental for visitors. Private rooms at this Siem Reap budget hotel have a fan or air conditioning, and some accommodations have a flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator, and rooms with garden views. The front door of the building opens into a garden area, and there is also a front desk with 24-hour service, a shared lounge, currency exchange, and ticketing services. A great option here is that hotel bicycles may be used for free. You can check rates here.
The most popular boat from Vietnam to Cambodia is the route from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. This route from Vietnam to Cambodia by boat takes you up the mighty River Mekong. There is no Chau Doc to Phnom Penh ferry as such, but there are several boats that ply this route, which leave Chau Doc at 0700 and 0730 each morning. You can also arrange a private boat for this trip – which can leave at any time.
Want to know what this boat trip is like? I wrote about going from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh here.
Vietnam to Cambodia by boat time via this route takes 5 – 5.5 hours and you can check the availability of seats and book your tickets here
Hanoi to Siem Reap
If you’re going from Hanoi to Siem Reap prepare yourself for a long journey unless you take a direct flight, which is the most expensive way to go to Siem Reap from Hanoi.
Direct flights are in the afternoon and you can check prices and times here.
Ground Transport from Hanoi to Siem Reap
You will first need to travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. You can do this on a train or a bus (check details here).
Once in Ho Chi Minh City, follow the directions as detailed earlier in this post – or check bus times here.
Phu Quoc to Phnom Penh
To go from Phu Quoc Island to Phnom Penh there are two options. First, you can fly, but you will be routed through either Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City. The shortest route option is just under 5 hours.
The second option is to go from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien, from Ha Tien to Chau Doc, and from Chau Doc up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. This is easy, some of it can be booked online, although not all of it. This is not a single-day trip, but you do get to see a bit of Vietnam and Cambodia. First, you need to take a ferry from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien, then a bus from Ha Tien to Chau Doc. Then you can take the boat up the Mekong from Chau Doc right into the riverfront at Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Vietnam Cambodia border crossing between Vietnam and Cambodia is undertaken on a river trip and is very simple.
Here’s how to take that route.
Phu Quoc to Ha Tien
The Phu Quoc to Ha Tien route is easy. Take a ferry from the island of Phu Quoc, fast ferries leave from Phu Quoc Bai Vong Port to Ha Tien. Check details and book now
If you’re looking to go the other way – here’s how to GET to Phu Quoc – from Cambodia, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Ferries leave Phu Quoc from 0710 and take around 2 hours and there are up to 7 crossings a day.
Phu Quoc to Ha Tien Ferry Times
- 0710 > Check Availability and book now
- 0800 > Check Availability and book now
- 0945 > Check Availability and book now
- 1145 > Check Availability and book now
- 1300 > Check Availability and book now
- 1345 > Check Availability and book now
- 1530> Check Availability and book now
The ferry from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien arrives in the port of Ha Tien, which is just a short walk from where you can catch a bus to Chau Doc. It’s not possible to book this part of the trip online. This is a local bus, it’s unlikely to be air-conditioned, and the BEST way to get a seat on it (they go about every 2 hours until early evening) is to go to the Oasis Bar in Ha Tien.
The Oasis Bar (as well as doing amazing bacon sandwiches with real HP Sauce!) is the best place to head to to go from Ha Tien to Chau Doc. See the map of Ha Tien port and buses coming up next. The Oasis Bar can be found across the river mouth from the Ha Tien ferry port.
Ha Tien Ferry and Oasis Bar Map
You can also see this map of Ha Tien here
Ha Tien to Chau Doc
The Ha Tien to Chau Doc bus is a local one. It takes around 3 hours to go from Ha Tien to Chau Doc. The easiest way to do this is to go to the Oasis Bar and book your ticket from there.
When you arrive in Chau Doc you’ll want to have somewhere booked to stay. There are plenty of places to stay here. Boats from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh leave in the morning.
We stayed at and recommend the Trung Nguyen in Chau Doc
Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
Boats from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh take about 5 hours, including the border crossing, which is done as the boat pulls up to the immigration station mid-journey.
I wrote about this journey – going from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
You can book the boat online, and this boat includes a guide on the boat, not to explain what you’re seeing, but to ensure that you and your passport get stamped out of Vietnam and into Cambodia.
Popular Routes Around Cambodia
If you’re traveling around Cambodia, then check out these popular routes that we’ve taken and written up. You’ll also want to read our guide to transportation in Cambodia.
- How to Go from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Cambodia to Vietnam by Boat)
- Go from Kampot to Phnom Penh
- Going from Phnom Penh to Mondulkiri
- How to Go from Sihanoukville to Kampot
- How to go from Mondulkiri to Siem Reap
- How to Go from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Going from Battambang to Phnom Penh
- How to go from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
- Here’s how to go from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh – Vietnam to Cambodia
Key Routes to Travel in Vietnam
Want to know more about different forms of transport in Vietnam? Our guide to Vietnam transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Vietnam, your options, and how we did it.
- How to go from Ho Chi Minh Airport to HCMC
- How to get to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City.
- Go from Chau Doc to Can Tho
- How to go from Hanoi Airport to the City
- How to go from Phong Nha to Hanoi
- Best way to go from Mui Ne to Dalat
- How to go from Hanoi to Hue
- How to go from Hoi An to Hue
- How to go from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi Tunnels
- How to get to Phu Quoc Island
- How to go from Hoi An to Danang
- How to go from Vietnam to Cambodia
- How to go from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh
- How to go from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc (Cambodia to Vietnam)
- How to go to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City
- How to go from Hanoi to Sapa
- How to go from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (Vietnam to Cambodia)
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Final Words on how to go from Vietnam to Cambodia
How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam depends a lot on your style of travel and both your start and endpoint. We hope we’ve covered all the options for you if you plan to travel from Vietnam to Cambodia and detailed the main Vietnam Cambodia border crossings.
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