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How to travel from Thailand to Vietnam in 10 days by land?

Updated on November 1, 2013

Is it possible? Yes it is and even to female travelers.

I did it last year with friends. Making the whole itinerary was a complete challenge though. The trip was my idea so I thought I should be the one to do it. It was my first time to do backpacking abroad and I didn’t want to miss anything. It took me more than a week before I was able to show it to my friends. I did some research and asked another friend who was able to do backpacking before for tips on where to stay and who to contact. After my friends agreed to the proposed itinerary, the next thing was to contact the guest houses and the people that we were going to meet from Poiphet to Hanoi. Good thing was I knew a missionary who was based in Phnom Penh with his family and two friends had a sister in Hanoi. Their presence in these foreign cities gave us more courage to pursue the trip. After we were sure where to spend the nights, booking the tickets was next.

Here's the unedited Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam proposed itinerary (October 17, 2009-October 26, 2009):

Day 1: Bangkok (October 17, Saturday)

Depart: Bangkok Hualamphong Train Station time: 05:55 AM

Fare: around 58 baht

Arrive: Aranyaprathet at 11:35 AM

Depart: Aranyaprathet (15 km to Cambodian border)

Tuktuk Fare: 40-60 baht

Motorcycle Fare: 50 baht

Bus: 10 baht

Arrive: Poiphet (Cambodian border)

The border is open from 7:00 to 20:00 (8 PM).

Depart: Poiphet (3 to 31/2 hours from Siem Reap via taxi)

Taxi (or car) Fare: 1000 baht (rent the whole car)

Bus: 100 to 110 baht (6 hours drive)

Arrive: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

Night 1: Siem Reap (October 17, Saturday)

Eat dinner and spend the night (Jasmine lodge)

Contact: Road No 6,307 Taphul Village,Svay Dangum Commune,
Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone:+855 (0)12 784 980 /(0)977790119/(0)12 530 843 / (0)63 760 697
Fax:+855 (0)63 760 697

Day 2: Siem Reap (October 18, Sunday)


Morning Devotion

Sightseeing (Angkor Wat)

Night 2: Siem Reap (October 18 Sunday)

Day 3: Siem Reap Departure for Phnom Penh (October 19, Monday)

Boat Fare: $25 or around 842 baht from 7:00 to 13:30 (1:30 PM)

Bus Fare: $10 or around 337 baht for 6 hours

Buses are available from 6:30 until 12:30.

Arrive: Phnom Penh

Meet friends and eat dinner

Night 3: Phnom Penh (October 19, Monday)

Explore the city and spend the night

Day 4: Phnom Penh (October 20, Tuesday)

Sightseeing (Killing Fields, Genocide Museum and Grand Palace)

Night 4: Phnom Penh (October 20, Tuesday)

Day 5: Phnom Penh Departure for Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon (October 21, Wednesday)

Bus Service: not sure of the fare

Depart: Phnom Penh at 6:30 AM

Arrive: Bavet (frontier, Cambodian side) at 11:00

Depart: Moc Bai (frontier, Vietnam side) at 12:00

Arrive: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) at 14:00 (2 PM)

Night 5: Ho Chi Minh (October 21, Wednesday)

Eat dinner

Explore the city

Spend the night (Hong Han Guesthouse)

238 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Viet Nam

(0)8 836 1927‎

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh (October 22, Thursday)

Sightseeing District 1:

Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral near the Post Office, Zoo and Botanical Gardens near the Historical Museum and the Ho Chi Minh City Museum

Sightseeing District 5 (Optional):

Cholon (Chinatown) and Binh Tay Market (Night Market)

There are still other attractions in other districts within the city.

Night 6: Ho Chi Minh (October 22, Thursday)

Eat dinner

Explore the city

Spend the night

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh Departure for Hanoi (October 23, Friday)

Jetstar Flights to Hanoi:

6:30 to 8:30 AM

11:40 to 13:40 (1:40 PM)

13:05 to 15:15 (3:15 PM)

The fare depends if you have to check in your baggage or not. Fares may change though after the last time I checked.

Travel Light: 830,000 VND (1,567.83 baht)

Economy: 880,000 VND (1,662.30 baht)

Night 7: Hanoi (October 23, Friday)

Explore the city

Eat dinner

Spend the night

Day 8: Hanoi (October 24, Saturday)


Optional: Go to Halong Bay (World Heritage Site)

165 km from Hanoi and is accessible by helicopter, private car, limousine and public bus

Private car fare: $110 or around 3,705 baht one way only(31/2 hours)

Bus fare: $5 or around 170 baht (4 to 6 hours depending on how many stops)

Optional: Night 8: Halong Bay (October 24, Saturday)


Night 8: Hanoi (October 24, Saturday)

Optional: Day 9: Hanoi Departure for Bangkok (October 25, Sunday)

AirAsia Flight: 9:10 to 11:10 AM

Fare: $81 or around 2,751 baht excluding insurance and pre-book of checked baggage (maybe around 2,900 baht)


Day 9: Hanoi (October 25, Sunday)

Explore Hanoi more

Night 9: Hanoi (October 25, Sunday)

Spend the night

Day 10: Hanoi Departure for Bangkok (October 26, Monday)

AirAsia Flight: 9:10 to 11:10 AM

Fare: $81 or around 2,751 baht excluding insurance and pre-book of checked baggage (maybe around 2,900 baht)

Arrive: Bangkok

Depart: around 5 pm for Hatyai via AirAsia

We actually went to Bangkok days before October 17. We toured the Chao Phraya river, visited the Grand Palace and the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. There were also some changes along the way but those were part of the adventure.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9


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    • penANDpaper profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Rafique Uddin: Thank you. Great to know that this somehow helps.

      @ThanksForYourInformation: I cannot give you the exact cost but it was around 650 US$ or less than 500 Euro (not more than that). Since we started in Thailand, I wrote using baht too (our budget each was 20,000 baht).

      I made this blog to reminisce the journeys I took through pictures here:

      The first few entries are about our trip to Vietnam. The blog is a work in progress. I am trying to add new entries as often as I can. I also work so it's really not that often but hopefully.

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      thanks for your I formation 

      4 years ago

      What is your total cost for the travelling

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      Rafique Uddin from Qatar 

      4 years ago

      Very use full , God bless you.

    • penANDpaper profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Ipeoney: Thanks for the comment and for the fan mail. I hope you can visit Asia, too.

    • Ipeoney profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Nice trip to Asia. I like travel too, but no chance at the moment.


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