Vietnam-Cambodia Travel Tips

Just to wrap up this series so I can move on to blogging about more recent travels, I thought of consolidating information which I think would be useful to anyone who wants to travel to both Vietnam and Cambodia in one trip.  I already made a sample itinerary and itemized budget estimate for a 7-day trip so you can refer to those entries in addition to this. Continue reading


Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 7 – Last-minute tour of Saigon

I was told the previous night by the Sinh Tourist employee that the bus that would take me back to Saigon will pick me up at 9:15am.  Since I woke up at around 6:00 am, I still had plenty of time to pack my stuff, have breakfast and take a shower. Continue reading

Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 5 & 6 – Two bus rides to Mui Ne

I woke up early the next day because I didn’t want a repeat of the rush I went through back in Saigon when I was almost left behind by the bus going to Siem Reap.  This time, I allotted enough time to pack my stuff and shower.  Since I already paid the guesthouse bill the night before, I actually still had time to have breakfast but I figured I’d save some money.  And besides, Mekong Express does serve snacks and bottled water in both the morning and afternoon legs of the trip.  I’ll just treat the morning snack as breakfast. Continue reading

Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 2 & 3 – A 13-hour bus ride, Angkor Wat at Dawn

In my desire not to be left behind by the Cambodia-bound bus, my body heeded the Blackberry’s alarm despite the fact that my room’s bed was so comfortable that I almost didn’t want to rise. So after taking a shower, I packed all my stuff and promptly went down to the canteen to have my free breakfast by 6 am.  The bus would pick me up at around 7:15 so I still had some time to take my eggs, baguette and tea at a leisurely pace. Continue reading

Vietnam-Cambodia, Day 1 – Arrival in Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, City Tour

This next series of blogs is a chronicle of my observations and reflections on the 7 full days I spent touring Vietnam and Cambodia (November 27 to December 3, 2011.)  I was really just interested in Cambodia, particularly because of Angkor Wat.  But since there were no direct flights from the Philippines to Cambodia back then, I had to fly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam to be able to enter Cambodia, and had to return to Vietnam to be able to fly back to Manila. Continue reading