Many travelers choose to combine a trip to Vietnam with a visit to Cambodia. It means being able to explore 2 fascinating neighboring countries. Many of these visitors choose to make the journey by land.
If you are one of those intending to cross the border from Vietnam to Cambodia then you will probably require a visa to enter. It is much faster and simpler to get your visa beforehand than trying to get it issued at the border. The simplest option is the Cambodia eVisa.
This electronic visa is available to citizens of more than 200 countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Cambodia eVisa application form takes just minutes to fill in and you receive a decision within a few days.
All you need to apply is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, a working email address at which to receive your visa, and a credit or debit card to pay for it with.
Land Border Crossing to Cambodia from Vietnam
There are various ways to enter Cambodia at different points along the border. The most common way to make the Cambodia/Vietnam border crossing is by bus from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
The route takes 6.5 hours and you are strongly advised to buy your ticket in advance. This will mean that you cross the border between the towns of Moc Bai in Vietnam and Bavet in Cambodia.
Please note, this is not the only land crossing. You can also cross the Cambodia/Vietnam border at any of the following points:
- From Le Thanh in Vietnam to O Yadao in Cambodia. This connects Pleiku in Vietnam with Ban Lung in northeast Cambodia.
- From Tinh Bien in Vietnam to Phnom Pen in Cambodia. This border is open to all foreign visitors but there are not a lot of transport options. You can get a taxi and this will cost around $50.
- From Xa Xia in Vietnam to Prek Chak in Cambodia. This border crossing runs along the coast. A good option is to hire a motorbike at Kep.
- From Vinh Xnong in Vietnam to Kaam Samnar in Cambodia. This is a river crossing and it links Chan Doc in Vietnam with Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Scams: What to Watch out for on the Border
Although crossing the border between Vietnam and Cambodia is a fairly painless experience, there are nevertheless a couple of scams that you should be aware of:
- Additional border fees: some border guards will ask for a small amount of extra money to stamp your passport and check your car. This is not an official government policy but rather a way for the border staff to earn some extra cash in the form of bribes. Given how little is requested, it is probably best just to pay the money to avoid delays and hassle.
- Border Assistants: Beware of people coming up to you in the queue at the border who claim to be officials and offer to help you. Wait until you are at the immigration desk and never give anyone your passport beforehand. This is a scam and you will be asked for money for their “help.”
Whichever point you choose to cross at and by whichever mode of transport, remember to try and get your Cambodia visa before you make the crossing.