I miss my friends Alex and Kanha in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA!
Hai and I have visited them in Phnom Penh many times over the years – for the Cambodian Water Festival,
the Khmer New Year, on the way to see Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, or just to enjoy a long weekend together with friends.
Kanha’s an amazing cook and Alex is an amazing guide around the city in Phnom Penh and out into the surrounding Cambodian countryside .
We’re due for another visit soon with Alex and Kanha to enjoy the quickly-developing city of Phnom Penh, the “freedom” there (far greater than Vietnam considering social life, elections, etc), and most of all, some excellent cooking and eating!
Phnom Penh is just a $12 use bus ride from Saigon! That usually includes a moist towelette, a bottle of water and a bánh mí (small french roll). And perhaps there will be another $25 Cambodia visa fee at the border, if you’re not an ASEAN country citizen. It will be about a six-hour ride, depending on the weather, the bus driver, and the mood of the immigration folk on both sides of the Vietnam/Cambodia border-crossing. (ONE TIP: Invest some time calculating where the sun will be during most of those 6 hours, considering your travel direction, the season and time of day. Then choose a bus seat on the shady side. That way you can enjoy the Vietnam and Cambodia countryside views without frying yourself!)
Of course, depending upon your travel plans and finances, there are options to travel to Phnom Penh by bus/boat combos or by airplane.
In any case, Phnom Penh and Cambodia, more generally, are great “next stops” from Saigon. Someday in the future, when I write my Eating Cambodia! blog, I’ll have a lot more travel advice to offer.
Let someone who knows Phnom Penh inside and out, pick you up at the bus station or airport, deliver you to your hotel (or help you scout out and choose a good place to stay), shuttle you among tourists spots and great food experiences inside and outside the city, take you to a nightspot or two for a drink – a dance – a massage, and wish you good night later back at your hotel lobby. Phnom Penh made easy and fun!
If you do hook up with Alex, let him know Joe said hello and plans to visit him and Kanha soon
I can help design and deliver an unforgettable Phnom Penh Cambodian adventure to match your time, your interests, and your budget.
~ I’ll help arrange your ~
- Hotel Reservations
- Boat Tickets
- Airplane Tickets
- Bus Tickets
- Transportation to/from Saigon
- Meet you at the bus station or airport