Hanoi to Siem Reap

by Anonymous

What do you recommend for flying into Siem Reap from Hanoi, Vietnam?

I have looked at some flights and they all seem pretty pricey.

What is the best way to get there on a budget?


Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com

I'd love to know what your definition of pricey is and how much time you have.

If you are limited on time buy your flight ticket online. Here is the best website I know for Deals on Flight Tickets.

The online flight company is asking $200USD for a 1 way ticket to Siem Reap. I checked some local travel agencies here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and prices ranged from $280 up to $400USD.

You'll need a credit card to book it, though.

I would love to see you go from Hanoi to Siem Reap via the adventurer's path, though.

If you have a lot of time to spare then I would take a bus from Hanoi to Louangphrabang in Laos. I'd spend the day doing an inner tube ride down the river then hop on a bus at night to arrive at the Cambodia Border crossing in the early morning.

Then it's straight on to Siem Reap. On another bus!

It is a really long ride but a very spectacular one in my opinion. If you have the time it would be more memorable than a visit to the now over crowded temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

The trip I am suggesting is a moderately popular trail that's well known by travel agents, the ones that know their stuff anyway.

I took 4 days to do that trip but only because I fell in love with Laos. It is a stunning place and worth every penny of the $125USD it cost me to get from Hanoi to Siem Reap.

I'm sure you could do it in 2-3 days and spend $62.50USD. That is just a basic calculation that assumes you are looking to keep costs as low as possible.

That means $7USD guesthouses, very few beers and no extra -curricular excursions.

I won't mention the train from Hanoi to Danang and then across to Cambodia by bus to Siem Reap. It can be done and would save you the cost of a Loas Visa and the train would be faster but more expensive and painful.

Get back to me with more details about your time frame, where you are now and when you expect to make this trip. Ask if you want more info about the train to Danang as well.

Take care of yourself,


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Jan 25, 2011
Hanoi to Siem Reap
by: beatriz

Hi Philip,

Am interested in going from hanoi, siem reap, bangkok, then to kuala lumpur.

Please let me know about the train ride from Hanoi to siem reap as well as the rest of the trip if you know of fast trains. Only have roughly one week.

Thank you


Reply from Travel-Budget-Asia.com

I assume you are starting from Hanoi? It is not so easy to get to Siem Reap from Hanoi.

You've got Laos in the way.

I got on a bus in Hanoi and headed to Viang Chan, the Capital City of Laos. From there it took me 2 more days to get to Siem Reap by bus through beautiful countryside and one village I can't remember the name of.

In other words, it's not a trip for the rushed.

I hope you get on an airplane. The North, with exception to Thailand, well, sucks. You are so isolated up there.

To get to Angkor Wat from Hanoi, overland, is a real pain if you are in any hurry.

One week. You don't have the time. I suggest staying in the South or Central parts of Vietnam, Loas or Cambodia. There is so much to see that a week is barely enough for a trip to Ko Chang and back.

Good Luck, Philip

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