The best way to travel overland from Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh city) to Bangkok is to travel via Siem Reap. By travelling via Siem Reap to get to Bangkok you break the journey up into two nearly equal halves and you also get the chance to visit one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, Angkor Wat.
Stage 1: Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
The first stage of the overland journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok is the longest; by bus it takes 13 to 14 hours to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. Its a shorter journey of around 6 hours to Phnom Penh, but if you travel a short distance for the first stage of the journey that means you are adding time to the next part of the journey.
Travel Times Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap
There 3 direct bus services a day from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap which can book online.
- The SinhTourist: These service depart from The SinhTourist Office 246 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Kumho Samco: These service depart from The Kumho Samco Office at 239 Pham Ngu Lao street, district 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Kumho Samco Ho Chi Minh City Bus Stop
Kumho Samco bus services depart from 239 Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.
About Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world covering an area of over 1.6 million square metres (162 hectares or 402 acres). There is a lot to see at Angkor Wat and whilst the temple complex is only a few kilometres away from the town of Siem reap you are going to need some form of transport to get around the park itself and someone who knows the area to guide you to the most important parts.
There are cheaper and more expensive options available in Siem Reap for getting around the archaeological sites. For an inexpensive tour around Angkor consider hiring a tuk-tuk for the day (around $12 USD) or a motorbike taxi ($8 USD). A car with a driver is the most comfortable option but will set you back around $50 USD a day. All prices are negotiable and need to be agreed in advance. Our advice is that sometimes you may end up better off paying a little more upfront to a driver rather than being charged extra amount to those agreed initially when your day of travelling is complete.
A One-Day pass to Angkor Wat costs $37 USD, a Three-Day pass costs 62 USD and a Seven-Day pass costs $72 USD. Tickets are only available from the Official Ticket Office, which bizarrely is located 7 km from the main entrance to the park, or through an accredited agent. Beware the trade in second-hand passes as they may not be accepted and you may find yourself in trouble with the Cambodia authorities.
The archaeological park is open daily from 05:00 to 18:00 or 18:30 depending on the time of year. It get very busy at sunrise at the most popular temples which you may find diminishes from the experience and may want to visit one of the less busy temples if you go to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise.
Stage 2: Siem Reap to Bangkok
Compared to the first part of the journey, the bus trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok will seem a lot easier. It takes 9 hours and the roads are better, allowing passengers to comfortably complete the journey in a single day with the option of either spending the night in Bangkok or perhaps getting straight onto sleeper train to Surat Thani for ferry services to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, which have some the best beaches in Thailand.
Travel Times Siem Reap to Bangkok
There 3 direct bus services a day from Siem Reap to Bangkok which can book online.
- Giant Ibis: These bus services depart from the Giant Ibis Bus Terminal on Phum Salakanseng, Sangkat Svay Dangkum in Siem Reap behind Old Stadium.
- Nattakan: Theses services depart from the Nattakan Bus Station on Concrete Drain Road in Siem Reap.
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Nattakan Siem Reap Bus Stop
Nattakan bus services to Bangkok depart from the Nattakan Bus Station on Concrete Drain Road in Siem Reap.
Nattakan Bangkok Bus Stop
Nattakan bus services from Siem Reap terminate at Morchit Bus station, which is Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal.