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How to Get from Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat? Super Easy Now

Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest religious structure in the world and a must-see destination on a tour of Southeast Asia. If you’re starting from Ho Chi Minh City, getting there is easier than ever. By plane, bus, or car, it’s a convenient transfer, so you can continue exploring the region after seeing the mysterious Mekong Delta.

How Far Is It from Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat? The Location Map of Ho Chi Minh and Angkor Wat

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. It is a bustling, modern metropolis in southwestern Vietnam home to historic attractions and the gateway to exploring the Mekong Delta. As a major economic and cultural center, it’s easy to reach from cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America.

Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. Only 5.5 km from Siem Reap city, the 400 km² Angkor Archaeological Park is easily accessible to visitors. It is around 467 km northeast of Ho Minh City. They are connected by road and flight via Siem Reap International Airport.

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The Easiest Way from Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Is by Flight: Only about 1 Hour

Flying is the easiest way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat. The nearest airport to Angkor Wat is Siem Reap International Airport. Flights from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City take approximately 1 hour.

Cambodia Angkor Air and Vietnam Airlines travel between the two cities several times daily. Cambodia Angkor Air has flights departing at 08:10, 13:40, and 16:05. Tickets cost around $125. Vietnam Airlines flies at 16:25 and 19:30. Tickets start at $150.

Siem Reap International Airport is around 6 km from Angkor Wat. Taxis and tuk-tuks from the airport take as little as 10 minutes to get there and cost as low as $10. Taxis from the airport often offer flat-rate fares; confirm with the driver before entering the vehicle.

The Most Exotic Way from Ho Chi Minh to Angkor Wat Is by Driving/Bus: about 10 Hours

An overland trip by road is a more exotic way to travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat. Buses are an economical option that still allows you to see the scenery during the journey. Many different kinds of buses are available.

There are large modern tour buses with seats, sleeper buses, and minivans. The trip takes around 13 hours. An overnight sleeper bus is one of the most recommended options. Tickets cost between $26 and $40.

Private cars are a good option for families and small groups and are considered a safer way to travel. Modern SUVs and premium vans offer comfort and space for groups of travelers, as well as flexibility on departure time and stops along the way. Arranging a vehicle costs from $140 to $460, depending on the size and level of luxury.

Traveling by road involves passing through the Bavet border crossing, which can cause some travel delays during busy times. Give yourself 1-2 hours to clear immigration on both sides of the border.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Angkor Wat from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam?

All international travelers from non-ASEAN countries need to obtain a Cambodia tourist visa. Visas can be obtained in advance through the nearest Cambodian Embassy or Consulate, online through the e-visa system, or arrival at international airports and land border crossings.

A visa on arrival is valid for 30 days and costs 30 USD. At the Bavet border crossing immigration, there is a Visa on Arrival counter. After filling in the application form, go to the counter to submit your passport, photo, visa fee, and application form.

Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages and 6 months validity and the photo should be 51x51 mm with a clear image of your face against a blank background. After submitting the required materials, the visa will be processed.

Wait times for a visa on arrival can be very long during peak seasons. Getting an e-visa in advance can speed up the immigration process. The e-visa can be applied for online and costs 36 USD. Complete the online application form and submit your photo and passport scan. The application usually takes between two and four business days.

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More Tips for Visiting Angkor Wat from Ho Chi Minh

1. Peak tourist season in Cambodia is from November until March. Apply for an e-visa in advance to avoid long queues as immigration.
2. When traveling by road, have your documents ready for the border crossing to speed up the process.
3. If you plan on returning to Vietnam after visiting Angkor Wat, make sure to apply for a multiple-entry Vietnamese tourist visa.
4. Another option for reaching Angkor Wat by road is to fly to Phnom Penh first. Phnom Penh is around 320 km from Angkor Wat, and the drive can be made in 4-6 hours.
5. You can see the highlights of Angkor Wat in one day, but plan on 2-3 days for a more in-depth experience.
6. If you are directly arriving at Angkor Wat from Ho Chi Minh City, make sure you are dressed appropriately or have a change of clothes. Modest clothes that cover shoulders and knees are required for entry. 

Conclusion

Southeast Asia is becoming increasingly interconnected, and getting from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat has never been more convenient. With multiple flight options, buses, and private cars, you can choose the method that best matches your schedule and budget.

Choose from one of our many Vietnam-Cambodia tours for a hassle-free experience. Our expert local tour guides will handle all the arrangements for a hassle-free trip that will let you focus on creating lifelong memories.

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