1. Overview: Vietnam-Cambodia tour

Cambodia and Vietnam are two neighboring countries located in Southeast Asia, with many similarities in culture, customs, and lifestyles, from farming, growing rice, and fruit trees, to industrial development, industry, commerce, and tourism. Vietnam and Cambodia are the two most ancient lands in Indochina and share a border, so these two countries are also the most popular tourist destinations here.

A Vietnam and Cambodia tour is one of the most popular combinations in Southeast Asia. Vietnam and Cambodia are two neighboring countries with seascapes and limestone landscapes, rustic Mekong River plains, magical Angkor Wat, etc. Take an unforgettable adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia with their colorful cultures.

2. Best time to explore Vietnam and Cambodia

Both countries have a monsoon climate. The average temperature in the hot season is around 27–36°C. Winters are milder, with temperatures reaching 20–28°C during the day but cooler at night and in the north. There are three main seasons in Vietnam and Cambodia

  • Dry season: November to February 
  • Hot season: March to May 
  • Rainy season: June to October (usually rain in the afternoon and night, so it’s easy to predict the weather).

The period from November to February, with a cool, temperate, and dry climate, is the most pleasant time to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. If you plan to travel this season, be sure to book at least 3 months in advance, as this will be the peak tourist season for both countries. The hot and rainy seasons are uncomfortable for travel, but you’ll find fewer crowds and lower airfares and accommodations.

3. How to Get From Vietnam to Cambodia

To travel from Vietnam to Cambodia, you can choose one of three ways: by boat, by plane, or by road. Either way, departing from Ho Chi Minh City is the most popular way to save time and money. The most popular cities and most convenient destinations in Cambodia are Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

3.1. Vietnam to Cambodia by boat

Traveling by boat is another way to discover the beauty of the Mekong River. You can take a 5-hour ferry ride or an international cruise that lasts 3–7 days.

3.1.1. Take a Ferry from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh

The 5-hour adventure to Phnom Penh departs from Chau Doc in Vietnam daily at around 7:30 a.m.From Ho Chi Minh City, it takes 5 and a half hours by road to Chau Doc, so you should spend the night there to get ready for the trip tomorrow morning. Cost: 25 USD – 65 USD

3.1.2. Vietnam to Cambodia by Mekong Cruise

Cruising on the Mekong River can be an exciting addition to your Vietnam and Cambodia trip. Watch the sunrise or sunset with concocted cocktails, explore local villages, etc. You have two options for the itinerary:

  • 3 night, 4 day trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh 
  • 7 nights 8-day trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap 
  • You can choose a Mekong River cruise company to join the cruise:

Cruises depart directly from Saigon. Most of the different cruises will depart from My Tho or Can Tho City, a 3-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. The yacht is designed in French Colonial style mixed with Vietnamese culture and Khmer language to bring you an unforgettable experience. Prices for the route between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap start at 1500 USD per person based on a double room or 2000 USD for a single room. The journey between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh is less than 200–300 USD per person for the whole journey.

3.2. Vietnam to Cambodia by plane

Flying from Vietnam to Cambodia is the fastest and most convenient way. It takes about 2 hours from Hanoi to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Departure from Ho Chi Minh City takes about 30 minutes. Airfares start at 90 USD for economy-class tickets in low season (July to September). Prices can double during peak season (October to March).

3.3. Vietnam to Cambodia by road

You can take a motorcycle or bus with a travel time of about 6–10 hours. Currently, there is no direct bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap. So you can go to Phnom Penh by coach or bus for 8.5 USD to 35 USD. Or you can rent a private car, which is the most comfortable and convenient option and costs 300 USD per vehicle and is also slightly faster.

Motorcycles and personal vehicles: This is a vehicle that not only saves you money but also gives you memorable experiences. You can divide the route into two sections: from Ho Chi Minh City to Moc Bai (Tay Ninh) and from Moc Bai to Phnom Penh. Section 1 is 60 km long, and Section 2 is 170 km long.

4. Visa for Vietnam and Cambodia 

4.1. Vietnam Visa

Passport holders from Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom do not need a visa when visiting Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days.

Passport holders from most Southeast Asian countries do not need a visa to visit Vietnam for up to 30 days. Includes people from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, and Laos.

Visitors from most other countries and regions must apply for a visa to enter Vietnam before their trip. Do it through your local embassy or apply online for an e-Visa.

4.2. Visa Campuchia

Ordinary passport holders from the following countries do not need a visa to visit Cambodia:

  • Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam (30 days)
  • Philippines (21 days)
  • Thailand (14 days)

If you are from other countries, you can apply for an e-Visa online for 37 USD before arrival, or you can do it on the spot upon entering Cambodia as a Visa on Arrival (30 USD per entry).

5. Suggested itinerary and time required for your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia

These are the suggested itineraries for the trip to Vietnam and Cambodia:

5.1. Classic Vietnam and Cambodia Tour

Immerse yourself in the ravishing beauty and rich cultural heritage of Vietnam and Cambodia on this 8-day adventure. This tour is the perfect combination of natural wonders, cultural treasures, and unforgettable experiences with famous destinations and unique cuisines in Vietnam and Cambodia.

    • Destination: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay – Ho Chi Minh City – Angkor Complex – Tonle Sap Lake
    • Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
    •  Reference price: from 1313 USD.
  • Outline itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi – Motorbike tour

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh (Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An Grottoes) – Hanoi

Day 5: Mekong Delta Excursion

Day 6:  Ho Chi Minh half-day city tour – Flight to Siem Reap

Day 7: Angkor Complex

Day 8: Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake – Departure

5.2. Vietnam & Cambodia Family Holidays

Vietnam and Cambodia are ideal destinations for families to enjoy tropical delicacies, explore historical sites in Vietnam and Cambodia, explore Hanoi’s capital, world heritage Ha Long Bay, experience a boat ride along the Perfume River in Hue, etc.

    • Destination: Ha Noi – Halong Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh city – Siem Riep
    • Duration: 14 days 13 nights
    • Reference price: from 1386 USD.
  • Outline itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi Visit

Day 3: Day trip to Halong Bay

Day 4: Hanoi – Ancient Capital Hue

Day 5: Hue Visit

Day 6: Hue – Ancient town Hoi An

Day 7: Hoian Ancient town

Day 8: Hoian – Danang – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 9: Cu Chi Tunnels half-day tour

Day 10: Day trip to Mekong Delta

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Riep

Day 12: Angkor Wat

Day 13: Angkor Wat

Day 14: Departure

5.3. Experiencing Vietnam Cambodia Cruise

A boat trip along the Mekong River allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the wild and free nature and learn about the lifestyle and rich cultural life of the residents living along the lower banks of the river. Mekong, etc. This will be a great and exciting experience.

    • Destination: Sai Gon – Can Tho – An Giang – Phnom Penh
    • Duration: 5 days 4 nights
    • Reference price: from 1687 USD
  • Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho – Long Xuyen

Day 2: Long Xuyen – Tiger Island – Vam Nao

Day 3: Vam Nao – Tan Chau

Day 4: Vam Nao – Tan Chau

Day 5: Phnom Penh

5.4. Luxury Vietnam & Cambodia Tour: Wellness & Relaxation

In addition to experiencing and exploring the natural scenery, culture, history, etc. Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Tour: Wellness & Relaxation will be a great trip for you with the form of wellness tourism to relax, improve, and balance your physical and mental health.

    • Destination: Ha Noi – Ha Long Bay – Angkor Complex – Hoi An – Da Nang – Ho Chi Minh City
    • Duration: 17 Days 16 Nights
    • Reference price: from 987 USD
  • Outline itinerary:

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City  Arrival

Day 2: Free At Leisure

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap

Day 4: Full Day In Angkor Temple

Day 5: Free At Leisure

Day 6: Siemreap – Fly To Danang

Day 7: Hoi An Hoi An Mysterious Night Tour

Day 8: Free At Leisure

Day 9: Free At Leisure

Day 10: Hoi An – Transfer To Hue

Day 11: Alba Wellness – Retreat Time

Day 12: Alba Wellness – Retreat Time

Day 13:  Hue – Fly To Hanoi

Day 14: Hanoi – Halong Bay

Day 15: Halong – Hanoi

Day 16: Free At Leisure

Day 17: Hanoi Departure

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6. How much does it cost to travel to Vietnam and Cambodia?

With different travel times comes different costs. Whenever you travel, the biggest part of your budget is first for transportation and second for accommodation; this is rigid and hard to cut. This leaves the touring section for you to control when budgeting. You want to see how many days you stay, which will determine the final cost of the trip.

During the high season (October to March), you will spend 80 to 150 USD a night for a room in a 4-star hotel, and 150 USD or more for a 5-star hotel. During the high season (April to September), some hotels offer great deals. You can budget from 50 USD to 100 USD for a 4-star hotel and as much as 100 USD or more for a 5-star hotel; Or you can choose a budget hotel for 8 USD/night.

Whether you’re traveling independently or taking a guided tour, the budget will make a difference. During the high season, a day of guided tours costs about 60 USD to 120 USD per person, but only half that during low season.

Dining out is pretty cheap: around 10 USD for lunch per person and 20 USD to 50 USD for a nice dinner.
The total cost for a tour to Vietnam and Cambodia, according to the suggested schedule, will be about 987 USD or more.

7. What will be interesting about this trip?

You’ll get to cruise through Hlong Bay’s limestone and island caves, visit a bay’s waste recycling center, and spend the night gazing at the stars on the cruise. You can see more destinations in Halong Bay.

Travel like a local on a motorbike tour, ride a horse, and see Hue’s historic temples, bridges, and villages. You can see more

You watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat as it was more than 800 years ago. Wander through amazing ancient temples on a guided tour and discover Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. You can explore this incredible temple complex as many times as you like. You can see more must-do experiences in Phnom Penh

Explore the countryside around Battambang by cycling around rural farms to meet local producers,etc.

Experience life on the water on a boat tour that visits the floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake. You will also experience the unique cuisine and local traditional colors of Vietnam and Cambodia. You can see more here.

8. Conclusion

Above is some information about the trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Please accompany Metta Voyage on your journey; we will bring you the most wonderful and complete experience. You can contact us to check out some popular itineraries for your upcoming trip.

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