Siem Reap, a city with many famous ancient buildings is a province in north-western Cambodia. Every year, Siem Reap welcomes millions of tourists from all over the world to visit the famous Angkor Wat Temple. In addition, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap has Ta Prohm temple, which is known as one of the scenes from the movie “Tomb Raider”. Especially, when you come to Siem Reap – the ancient capital of Cambodia, you will pass an ancient stone bridge built in the 12th century, which is the Angkor period more than 1000 years ago. The bridge is built with the inspiration of domes architecture and the sacred Naga Buddha statue worshiped by the locals.
The neighbor country of Cambodia, Vietnam, also has a very attractive and gorgeous capital, Hanoi, with a thousand years of civilization. Hanoi always attracts tourists by its ancient features and tranquility. If you have a trip to Hanoi, surely you can not forget the typical atmosphere here, with Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, quiet cafés, street food, and a lot of other interesting things to do in Hanoi.
As Cambodia borders southern Vietnam, it is so easy for visitors who indulge in exploring these two Indochina countries to travel from Siem Reap to Hanoi. You can choose one from a variety of ways to travel between these two cities, depending on your interests and budget. Now, let’s explore ways to travel from Siem Reap to Hanoi and find out the most suitable way for your trip.
I. GETTING FROM SIEM REAP TO HANOI BY AIRPLANE – THE FASTEST MEANS OF TRANSPORT FOR YOUR TRIP
1. Overview of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by airplane
One of the easiest ways to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap is by plane. Serving both domestic and international routes in both directions, Siem Reap National airport serves over 1 million visitors a year. Flights from Siem Reap to Hanoi will take off at Siem Reap International Airport and land at Noi Bai International Airport. The flight time ranges from about 1 hour and 45 minutes with the direct flight to 6 hours with stopover flight. Additionally, there are now a number of airline firms that are offering flights to Hanoi from Siem Reap such as Cambodia Angkor Air, AirAsia, Vietjet Air and Vietnam Airlines, which have a lot of preferential deals for travelers to buy tickets from Siem Reap to Hanoi with attractive prices. The price of the flight depends on the type of flight (Direct or stopover flights, one way or round trip flights) and often ranges from VND 1,200,000 – VND 4,000,000. The direct flight will start from Siem Reap and land at Hanoi, while stopover flight will have a stop in Thailand between the two destinations.
2. How to book a flight from Siem Reap to Hanoi?
You can check the information about your flight with some aviation firms’ website below to find out the most suitable brand and ticket price for your trip:
a. Vietnam Airline
This is the flag carrier and the first aviation firm in Vietnam, with routes to Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, etc and currently operates 49 regular flights to 21 domestic destinations and 28 international destinations, which total more than 360 flights a day.
Jetstar is the first low-cost aviation firm in Vietnam. With the mission of providing cheap daily airfares, Jetstar Pacific now operates passenger and cargo services to domestic destinations in Vietnam with its Airbus A320 fleet of 180 passengers.
c. Vietjet air
Vietjet air is another domestic aviation firm that is also very well known and has a reputation for its economical price.
AirAsia is a cheap and rapidly expanding airline firm that has become popular with passengers with its low airfares.
e. Cambodia Angkor Air
Cambodia Angkor Air is a national airline based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines and the Government of Cambodia.
3. Advantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by airplane
This is the fastest way for visitors to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap. Flying helps to shorten and save the travel time for your trip. A plane travels a lot faster than a car or train. The time savings becomes more significant the farther you travel.
Also, traveling by airplane from Siem Reap to Hanoi gives you a complete convenience. All you have to do is to sit still in your seat instead of worrying about the traffic, directions and. Also, during bad weather condition, you don’t have to worry about slippery roads or through heavy rain.
4. Disadvantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by airplane
Despite its convenience and time-saving, traveling by plane from Siem Reap to Hanoi also have some drawbacks. The biggest minus point of traveling from Siem Reap to Hanoi by plane is its expensive cost. The airfare for a plane trip can take you VND 240, which double the price of other means of transportation. Also, sometimes you can get trouble when the flight time delay, which is time-consuming and giving you uncomfortable feelings.
5. Some tips for getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by plane
You should book your ticket in advance, about 3 to 4 months before your trip which can help you get a cheap one for your trip from Siem Reap to Hanoi because some airline firms such as Vietjet Air or Jetstar often provide a very good discount.
Siem Reap National Airport is about 5 kilometers from Angkor Wat, which will take you about 7 minutes to get there by taxi or tuk tuk – a typical vehicle in Cambodia which has a cheaper price than the taxi. The following are some taxi and tuk tuk services which received good reviews from customers in Cambodia we’d like to recommend:
|Taxi brand||Contact number|
|Angkor Friendly Driver||(+855) 12 701 764|
|Angkor Bad Bull Driver||(+855) 92 35 55 69|
|Angkor Great Tours Taxi Service||(+855) 16 877 786|
|Angkor Cab||(+855) 12 402 801|
|Angkor Driver Tram||(+855) 86 727 919|
|TukTuk Tino Angkor||(+855) 95 810 900|
|Asanak Angkor Tuk Tuk Driver Service||(+855) 77 768 286|
|Angkor TukTuk Travel||(+855 92 649 906|
Do not choose to get on the first taxi you meet at the airport, as this one could be a taxi with a high fare. Instead of that, you should ask the price before getting on the car.
II. GETTING FROM SIEM REAP TO HANOI BY BUS AND AIRPLANE/TRAIN/SHUTTLE BUS
1. Overview of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by bus and airplane/train/shuttle bus
This way of travel will include 2 routes: From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City route and from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi route
From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City: These two cities have the distance of 466,8 kilometers. You will have a trip from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City by shuttle bus. There are a lot of shuttle bus firms which provide Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City trip, and also Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City as well. The average price for a from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap is VND 400,000 with one way trip and VND 600,000 with round trip.
From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi: In this route, you can choose to get to Hanoi by train from Saigon Railway Station in District 3. It will take you about 33 hours to get to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City, as the distance between these two cities is 1730 kilometers. Also, you can choose a faster way to Hanoi: by airplane. It just takes you only 2 hours to get to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City. Another means of transportation to get to Hanoi is the shuttle bus, which will also take you about 33 to 34 hours.
2. How to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap by bus and airplane/train/shuttle bus?
a. From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City: A half day trip by shuttle bus
From Siem Reap, you can take a shuttle bus to Ho Chi Minh as there are a lot of bus companies operate Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap route, such as Kumho Samco, Giant Ibis, Mekong Express, The Sinh Tourist, TheroExpress. Also, these include direct buses as well as buses with the stopover in Phnom Penh. This transportation will take you about 6 to 12 hours to reach Ho Chi Minh City, depending on the type of bus you choose as the bus has a stopover in Phnom Penh will take more time. The bus ticket price that you need to pay begins at VND 500,000, which is quite cheap and helps you to save a considerable sum of money. However, it may take some more time as there is the land border crossing, some rest stops on the way and almost every bus will require a break/bus change in Phnom Penh
Here are some verified and highly recommended bus firms we would like to introduce:
Some other firms such as Kumho Samco, Sapaco offer services from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, so you need to get to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap and then get to Ho Chi Minh City by these buses. The average price of these buses is VND 350,000/ person.
b. From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi: 3 alternative ways to get to Hanoi
With this route you can comfortably choose the suitable vehicle depending on your time and pocket such as shuttle buses, trains or planes.
Planes are a good choice for you if you don’t have much time for the trip. It takes about 1 hours and 50 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City to get to Hanoi. The airfare is not too expensive, only about VND 65 for a round trip. Currently, Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar and Vietjet operate this route.
If you travel from Ho Chi Minh City by train, you can buy tickets at Saigon Railway Station with many types of tickets such as hard-berth, soft-berth, hard seats, beds, etc. Thong Nhat train running between Hanoi – Sai Gon takes about 30 hours. The fare depends on what type of chair you want to choose.
Another alternative way for you to get to Hanoi is by shuttle bus. If traveling by car you should take the bus from some verified companies such as Hoang Long, Mai Linh. The travel duration is about 30 – 40 hours. Ticket prices range from 500,000 upwards.
3. Advantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by shuttle bus and airplane/train/shuttle bus
First, this is a very economical way of travelling as the train and shuttle bus price are very reasonable and you can save a sum of money for your trip. By the way, there are a lot of car brands for you to choose. Also, this is the chance for you to enjoy the scenery along the way from Siem Reap to Hanoi.
4. Disadvantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by shuttle bus and airplane/train/shuttle bus
One of the drawbacks when travelling by this way is the language barrier. Almost every drivers cannot speak English, so they may not get your point, or maybe they will misunderstand you. Also, traveling in a very long road will make you exhausted and you might get sick after the journey. Safety is another minus point that should be considered when travelling by this way. It’s quite dangerous when travelling by car in such a long and winding road.
III. GETTING FROM SIEM REAP TO HANOI BY SHUTTLE BUS
1. Overview about getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by shuttle bus
By this way, you will have several trips by shuttle bus and local bus to the north to get to Hanoi. From Siem Reap, you will reach Hanoi after 5 trips with local shuttle bus from Cambodia, Thailand and Laos to Vietnam. It will take the total hours of about 44 hours to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap by shuttle buses. The journey include 5 routes:
2. How to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap by shuttle bus?
a. From Siem Reap to Aranyaprathet/Poipet
Your first trip will start with the journey from Siem Reap to Thailand – Cambodia border. The bus will take you to Poipet, the border town of Cambodia. After getting off the bus, you will come to the Department building to have your passport checked and stamped before crossing the border to get to Thailand and continue the journey. It takes about 2 hours to get from Siem Reap to Poipet. Book the bus here.
b. From Aranyaprathet to Nakhon Ratchasima
After cross Pompet and reach Aranyaprathet of Thailand, you will get to Nakhon Ratchasima by choosing one from 2 available means of transportation here: Taxi or bus.
Bus is the cheapest vehicle to get to Nakhon as it only costs you VND 180,000. However, it takes the longest time of travel – 5 hours. You can find your bus and check the departure time here.
Taxi is an alternative way for you to get to Nakhon. With lesser hours than bus, just about 3 hours and a half, it costs you about VND 2,000,000 – VND 2,800,000. You can book the taxi and get information about the taxi firms here.
c. From Nakhon Ratchasima to Udon Thani
Half way through the journey! You will take a bus to Udon Thani from Nakhon, which takes you about VND 200,000 to VND 400,000. You will reach Udon Thani after 5 hours. All you gotta do is to get to the central bus station in Nakhon and you’ll be on the bus after half an hour. There are public bus which is cheaper than some private bus firms; however, private bus will give you some stops along the trip, which is somehow more comfortable.
d. From Udon Thani to Vientiane
After 3 hours getting to Udon Thani from Nakhon, you will continue your trip to the border of Laos, Vientiane to reach Vientiane Talat Sao Station and finish your last trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. You get a bus to Vientiane at the main bus station in Udon Thani, and then at the border in Nong Khai you will get off the bus for immigration formalities, and then you will get on the same bus until you reach the bus terminal in Vientiane. At the bus station in Vientiane, get a tuk tuk with only about VND 40,000 – VND 80,000 to get to Vientiane Talat Sao Station.
e. From Vientiane Talat Station to Hanoi Nuoc Ngam Station
After reaching the Talat Station in Vientiane, you get a sleeping bus to Hanoi. The distance between Vientiane and Hanoi is about 760 kilometers, so it takes about 20 hours to get to the final destination. There are various shuttle bus firms that provide sleeping bus services from Vientiane to Vietnam, with a stop at Vinh in Vietnam, such as: HTX, The Sinh Tourists. You can book the bus for your trip here.
3. Advantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by shuttle bus
This is a budget-friendly way for you when travelling to a lot of countries. Also, this is a very suitable way for those who want to explore some Sou East Asia countries as you are crossing to 4 countries. This way of travel should combine with a trip, so that you will not waste too much time just sitting on the bus and enjoy the trip completely. Furthermore, you can enjoy and observe the life of local people in some Asia countries, which will bring you a lot of interesting and memorable experiences.
4. Disadvantages of getting from Siem Reap to Hanoi by shuttle bus
This way of travel will take you a lot of time, so make sure that your trip have enough time in order not to miss your favourite destination. By the way, it’s really exhausting when travelling from bus to bus, so that this way is not comfortable with those who have bad health condition.
IV. BRIEF SUMMARY ABOUT VEHICLES FROM SIEM REAP TO HANOI
|Vehicle||Duration||Price||Departure Time||Convenience & Comfort||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Plane||1,5 – 6 hours||VND 1,200,000 – VND 4,000,000||Depend on flights||9/10||More luggage
Use least time
|Bus and airplane/
|34 – 35 hours||VND 1,500,000||Depend on your trip||7/10||Cheap
Closer look at local life and landscape
Time – consuming
|Private Car/Taxi||44 hours||VND 1,200,000||Any time you want||6/10||More privacy
|Time – consuming
The above is 3 alternative ways to get to Hanoi from Siem Reap with specific informations for each way so that you can consider and easily choose the most suitable one for your trip. Hopefully you will have a nice trip in Siem Reap and Hanoi!