Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Saigon

by Samuel on April 25, 2013

Our emotions could be best described as exuberant about exploring a new country (Vietnam) but also pensive about leaving one behind (Cambodia), we set off on a nearly seven hour bus journey from the capital city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia to the bustling hive of activity that is better known as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Along the way we loaded up on snacks that included baguettes with jam, banana muffins, assorted nut candy and copious amounts of water. The journey itself was fascinating as we had the opportunity to explore rural parts of Cambodia along with several small cities and a ferry crossing before entering into Vietnam. One of the more bizarre crossings occurred when we boarded a small ferry that was loaded – what appeared to be – beyond capacity. As we entered Vietnam, we couldn’t help but notice the visibly noticeable increase in scooters and small motorcycles plying the highways and streets. Ladies wearing conical hats while pushing carts, motorcycles carrying everything from fresh produce to caged dogs, and men wearing waterproof jackets (that looked more like capes) were just some of the more distinct things we noticed after crossing into Vietnam. Overall, our journey went smoothly although we did certainly feel tired after arriving. Our fast pace of travel is really starting to catch up with us and we’re likely to slow down in the near future.

Hectic traffic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during a storm

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Jennifer April 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

We did a similar journey from Kampot to Saigon and it was a bit of a nightmare! We were told it was one large bus all the way there, but we changed buses three times and ended up squashed in a tiny mini bus for the last 5 hours of the journey…


Audrey May 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Yikes! You never really know what you’re going to get on a long overland journey. 😉


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