How to travel from Phnompenh to Saigon or vice versa by boat
Thursday, 09.16.2010 (GMT+7)
It is so easy to travel from Phnompenh to Saigon or vice versa. Vietnam airline offers the direct flights everyday from Phnompenh to Saigon or Saigon to Phnompenh that takes only 40 minutes. But almost travelers are interested in traveling by boat through the Mekong River.
Mekong Cruise offers amazing and diverse scenery, a glimpse into the agrarian and simple life along mysterious Mekong River. The trip cost is also reasonable and much cheaper than flight.
For the route from Saigon to Phnompenh ( upstream cruise ), travelers will be transfered from Saigon to Chau doc, a small town 250 km far from Saigon and has border with Cambodia. The border is known with the name Vinh Xuong in Chau doc, Vietnam and Kaom Samnar in Phnompenh, Cambodia. But travelers often spend 1 night in Can Tho and 1 night in Chau doc before taking speed boat to Phnompenh. Can tho lies between Chau doc and Saigon, famous with Cairang floating market- one of the most interesting activities in the Mekong delta area. The speed boat leaves Chau doc at around 7:30 AM and arrive in Sisowat port in Phnompenh at noon time, taking around 4.5 hours.
Only afternoon speed boat runs from Phnompenh to Chau doc. It leaves Phnompenh at around 12:00 PM and arrive in Chau doc around 4:30 PM.