If you are in Phnom Penh, you can either go up to Siem Reap for temple run or head to Saigon for some shopping – bags, shoes, clothes. Both are accessible by bus.
One way ticket to Saigon from Phnom Penh is ranging from 10-18USD depending on the quality of your seat. Since travel time is around 6-7hrs, better to choose one with great comfort – Mekong Express, Giant Ibis are some of the bus companies operating in Phnom Penh with good bus facilities and reviews.
Once the border is reach, everyone should get off the bus and proceed to the immigration booth for Cambodia Exit stamp. Hop on the bus again for a short ride to Vietnam Immigration and Customs Building, this time, you need to take all your belongings with you for security check. For Philippines passport holder, we not required visa for entering Vietnam if we stay less than 21 days (showing tickets for exiting within 21 days). In case, stay more than 21 days, you should apply for a visa.
We arrived in HCM around lunch time. I booked our hotel thru Agoda.com, got a deal of Php600.00 per night for a twin room including breakfast. But depending on your preference, there are other more cheaper hostels that only cost around Php200 per night in a dorm type room.
Where to go and what to see in HCM
With the help of google maps, you can easily walk around downtown HCM and see some of their famous landmarks.
HCM City Hall
City hall is along Dong Khoi Street with lively stretch of shops and bars. Not too far from the city hall, you can walk to Notre Dame Cathedral
Beside the church is another French colonial architecture – Central Post Office
Another must see in Saigon is the War Remnants Museum. Entrance fee is only 15000dong or Php 30.00.
It houses a vast collection of Vietnam War artifacts such as photographs, guns, bullets and even military tank, fighter jets and see all the atrocities that happened throughout the Vietnam war.