You can get from Phu Quoc to Cambodia (Sihanoukville) by crossing the border at Ha Tien, on the coast of Southern Vietnam. Allocate a whole day of travel to get from Phu Quoc to Sihanoukville in Cambodia as there's a lot of waiting around involved, particularly at the border. If you’re travelling to Kampot or Kep, this takes 1-2 hours less than travelling to Sihanoukville, but the journey will be the same as Sihanoukville is the final destination.
$18 USD altogether
7:30 am– 4 pm / 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bus & Ferry
If possible, travel at at 7:30 am rather than 12:30 pm We set off from Phu Quoc on the early ferry and didn’t arrive in Sihanoukville until around 8 pm - a 13 hour journey!!! You can spend a couple of hours waiting around at the border (even if your visa's already sorted) so anticipate it taking longer than you think. Take loads of snacks and water with you. Drivers will try to cram as many people into the bus as possible, and the conditions aren't exactly luxurious, so expect to be a little uncomfortable!
When you’re at the border crossing, keep all valuables with you. Although your van will wait for you at the other side, you don’t want to leave anything in the van that’s easily snatchable. I have a Berghaus Jalan rucksack with a zip-off day sac, and when we returned to the van the day sac had been unzipped, as someone had attempted to take it off. Fortunately, the zip got stuck so it couldn’t be removed, but from then on I made sure to lock the main bag and day bag together with a metal tie, just to be safe.
How to get a Cambodian Visa
You can organise your Cambodian Visa upon arrival at the port in Ha Tien. Make sure you carry spare passport photos with you too, as you need them for the visa and it's pretty hard to find photos in Ha Tien town.
$35-$37 US dollars, depending on the fee from tour operator.
You can get your Cambodia visa at one of the tour operators in Ha Tien. The bus will take you to Ha Tien centre, so your operator can organise the visa for you whilst you wait for your connecting bus to Sihanoukville. You'll have to hang around for 2-3 hours between buses so you'll have plenty of time.
Getting from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong
Getting from Kep to Phnom Penh
Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Information valid January 2015. Prices & times may have changed since then.
do you know if they accept the evisa at the border
Hey Stephen, I’m not entirely sure, when we were there 3 years ago I’m pretty sure they only accepted cash but things might be different now. Sorry I can’t give a definite answer!
Hi Stephen. Did you find out if they take evisa at the border?
Thank you for your advice. We are heading into Cambodia next week from Phu Quoc and not sure what the best route to take is! Reading this reminded us we need passport photographs ready! Thanks so much again.
Hey Domino, no worries, glad you found it useful!! Yes it’s definitely useful to have spare passport photos, it’s a bit of a nightmare to get them at the border. I think taking the boat/bus is probably your easiest option, but you could always fly back to HCMC and go via land that way. Enjoy your trip! 🙂
Ok great, I’ll check! Still not sure if I use their services or do it on my own..But thank you for your help 🙂
No worries, enjoy your trip!! x
Hi Alicia, may I ask with what tour operator did you go please? I’m going to Ha Tien soon and I’m still not sure which company should I choose. Thanks a lot!
Hi Jana, I can’t remember the name, i’m sorry! We paid for transport from Phu Quoc all the way to Sihanoukville so the bus just dropped us off at the tour operator. The town isn’t huge though and there are hardly any shops, so I don’t think you’ll have difficulty finding it. I remember that the office is about 2 doors down from a large cafe with a patio outside, but that’s all I remember. Sorry!
Hi Alicia. We are just trying to figure out how we will get it Cambodia from Phu Quoc. We have to more nights here on the island and my main concern is that we have no U.S dollars left. I can only withdraw VND from the cash points. Do you know if it is possible to pay in VND for the visa?
Hi Steve. I’m honestly not sure if you can pay in VND, you may be able to (they might take advantage and charge a bit more) but I can’t be certain. Have you tried asking your hotel front desk if they do currency exchange? If yours doesn’t, other major resorts might offer it. This website might be useful: http://discoverphuquoc.com/faq.html
Sorry I can’t be much help! Hope you enjoy Phu Quoc, make sure to check out the night market if you haven’t already – the food is amazing! Alicia.
About to leave Phu Quoc to go to Sihanoukville. I was wondering, is it possible to pay with VND at the border for the Cambodia visa? And if not, is there an ATM at the border? Or do they also accept US money?
Thanks for your help!
Hey Maude. If you’re getting a bus across the border, you’ll stop off at a tour operator office and they’ll sort the visa out for you. You can pay in U.S. Dollars (unless it’s changed since last year), don’t rely on any ATMs there though as its a small place. Take some passport photos with you too if you can as I think it’s hard to get them in the town and you need them for the visa 🙂 have a good trip!!