Travelling to Phnom Penh at Vietnamese Tet Holiday with 70 USD

About 240 km from Ho Chi Minh City , Phnom Penh is one of the ideal abroad tourist destinations that is easiest to go and most economical if you're looking for a new place than the too familiar cities whose rooms are fully booked at Tet in Vietnam.

How to travel to Phnom Penh

From Hanoi, you can take a flight directly to Phnom Penh to save time. However, this airline is quite expensive, from 150 to 250 USD. To save money, you can book plane, train or bus tickets to HCMC then catch a bus to Phnom Penh. However, this route is more time- consuming than direct flights.

From Ho Chi Minh City: The most economical way to go to Phnom Penh is to catch the bus on Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien streets. The earliest flight departs at 4h20 and the last one at 0h20. Average ticket price is 10$-12$/ person. The prestige car makers are Kumho, Sapaco, The Sinh Tourist, Mekong Express ...

Note: you should purchase round-trip tickets to save costs. For example, the one- way airline ticket is 10$/person, but the round-trip ticket is only 15$/person.

Additionally, you can drive motorbike from HCMC to Phnom Penh, via Moc Bai border gate. Remember to bring all the papers. You should translate documents into English to facilitate the entry.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Two ideal places to book a room are Westerner Street near Sisowath Quay and the area near Independent Monument. The two areas are most visited and have many famous tourist attractions.

Hotel’s prices in the Sisowath Quay is very cheap, from 10 USD or more, guesthouses (hostel) with internet access with only 5 USD and service in Phnom Penh will not cause you to fret.

What to eat in Phnom Penh

Insect is the dish that makes Cambodian cuisine famous around the world. Pupa, spiders, frog, belostomatid,... are both fascinating and a bit creepy with visitors who are afraid of insects. Additionally, you should try Khmer rice, Phnom Penh noodles, sidewalks barbecue, spaghetti ... all dishes has characteristic flavor of the Khmer. You can easily find them on the sidewalk or in a market near Sisowath Quay.

Schedule for a 2 day trip to Phnom Penh

Day 1

You catch the car from Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City going to Phnom Penh, the most appropriate time is at 3pm or at 9pm in Friday evening so that you are able to go back in Sunday night. If departing from 3pm, you will be in Phnom Penh at 9pm, rent a room and stay overnight to wait for the morning’s trip.

Day 2

In the first day in Phnom Penh, you should walk or bicycle to visit the places in the center firstly. These points are not far apart, tuk tuk is a great choice for large groups and families. Note that there are very few taxi in Cambodia (almost none).

Wat Phnom is the first destination you should look at Phnom Penh. This is the place to tell you about the birth of the city and the name "Phnom Penh". You should spend 2 hours here to visit and learn, listen to the stories.
Wat Phnom
Royal Palace - Silver Pagoda is the most visited tourist attraction in downtown. This is the place where you learn about life in the palace and, most especially, the famous Silver Pagoda with the floor paved with more than 2,000 silver tiles, statues of Buddha made of gold studded more than 2,000 diamonds and the Buddha statues carved from gem.
Silver Pagoda
National Museum of Cambodia is the last destination of the day. You can spend 2 hours in the Royal Palace, then spend another 1.5 hours walking to visit the museum. This is a place keeping the artifacts from the former kingdom of Chenla (the first kingdom of the Khmer) until the heyday and decline of the Angkor empire.

Central Market, also called new markets, is not only a shopping mall with all kinds of items, from jewelry, electronics, clothing, souvenirs, food ... but also the architecture built in Western style. Standing in the market, you will feel like you are at a certain station of Europe. Central Market is an appropriate place for you to buy a Krama scarves as a souvenir. 2 hours is a reasonable amount of time to explore the Central Market.
Central market in Phnom Penh

Traveling to Phnom Penh at Vietnamese Tet Holiday with 70 USD

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