The bus ride from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia) took 6 hours via Mekong Bus at $14/ pax.I am not sure if it due to speed limit restrictions but I noticed that the bus didn't go beyond 50kph despite light traffic or navigating the highway.No wonder why Mekong Bus Line is reputed as the safest plying this route.
PS: Mekong Bus Line is a Cambodian company.I realized that when I was asking about Mui Ne to the conductor and he doesn't know where it is.
He would also speak on the microphone for safety instructions and reminders.Fist in Cambodian then in English.Parang nasa eroplano lang.
It took 2.5hours to get to the Vietnam-Cambodia border where we were asked to disembark from the bus and pass through immigration then back to the bus again.They sometimes don't require the baggage to be carried by the passengers but we were asked to do so on that day.The highway on the side of Vietnam is wide and narrows to single lane on the side of Cambodia.Road condition on both side is good.Noticed that on the side of Cambodia,only a few vehicles ply the highway to Phnom Penh.It's the same highway to Siem Read.
Note: There are direct trips from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap and it takes 12 hours.Back breaking.
So we thought 12 hours would be too boring that's why we decided to stay overnight in Phnom Penh and take a little look at the capital.
There were five of us on the tour and one of our female friends didn't have a partner so I let my wife sit with her.I was seated next to a Japanese guy who is an expat in Ho Chi Minh City.He is diffierent from the typical Japanese.Katsu (his name) is very social, spontaneous and loves exploring on his own.It helped that he is good at english because we talked the whole trip.I learned a lot from him.
We ended up being travel buddies for the Phnom Penh leg of the trip.We went out together for dinner as a group after settling at our respective hotels and we went on city tour together the next day.
I can't wait to share with you what we experienced in Phnom Penh.That will be on my next posts.I will have em linked here soon.
Walking Tour of HO CHI MINH CITY
Ho Chi Minh City: The WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM
Cha Ca, Banh Xeo, Rau Mong and Nem Ran at NHA HANG NGON Restaurant HCMC
HONG HAN HOTEL Bui Vien: backpacker friendly + very helpful manager