Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) Bus Solo Trip

vietnam, cambodia and laos 11th solo backpacking tour
august 24 - september 1, 2011 wednesday to thursday

objective: to visit the best tourist spot that fits to my budget at limited amount of time.
additional tasks: lost half of my pocket-money in day 1... show must go on for the planned itinerary no matter how it takes

phnom penh city solo half-day tour
the killing field (choeung ek genocidal center)
tuol sleng genocide museum (S-21)
phnom penh city other famous landmarks


phnom penh city (cambodia) to ho chi minh city (vietnam) bus travel time took approximately 6 hours including the stop-overs and crossborder checkpoint.

I availed the last trip bound to ho chi minh city that costs $12 in travel and tours company. If i bought it directly to the bus operator, it will be $9 only, another budget wasted. 1430H is the last trip for all the bus companies bound to ho chi minh city, the last departing time before that is 1330H but on different bus.

inside the bus with neck pillow

last moments along the cambodia road

From my guesthouse in street 302, i just walked to estimated 4km distance to that bus terminal due the free pick-up service for the day is not available. i was informed that the only landmark I have to bus terminal was the phnom penh olympic stadium but when i arrived there, i wasted almost an hour just to find it. i even asked the police officers to call the number on the receipt but nothing happened. i made it 15 mins before the departure time.

goodbye phnom penh city, goodbye cambodia !

roll-on roll-off barge along mekhong river

roll-on roll-off barge along mekhong river


we arrived in bavet crossborder around 1545H and in a matter of 15mins, i have already my passport with stamps on both crossborder immigration offices. the bus conductor assisted us well. no questions asked, got our bag then left.

coming back to the roads of vietnam

I landed back to pham ngu lao road around 2000H. searched for another guesthouse that is much cheaper, approached again by a fellow backpacker but this time its a japanese so we shared a 2-bed aircon room that costs 105,000 vnd (php210) a night. night-stroll, booked my next day activity then sleep.

vietnam motorcycles at night

day 6 expenses: (@ php43/usd php0.002/vnd)
* bus fare to ho chi minh = $12 = php516
* motodup = $7 = php301
* entrance fees = $5 = php215
* breakfast = $1 = php43
* lunch = $2.5 = php107.5
* snacks = $2 = php86
* guesthouse = 105,000vnd = php210
* dinner = 68,000vnd = php136
TOTAL : php1,614.50

day 7: ho chi minh solo day tour
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