How to get from Laos to Cambodia?
March 1, 2017
Holidays to Laos and Cambodia may no longer be a pleasant experience if travelers have to waste their time on overlapping the routes connecting the two countries. And as a matter of fact, one of the most prevalent concerns about visiting Indochina is to find the most logical routes. Thus, this writing offers the best routes to travel from Laos to Cambodia.

Laos to Cambodia by plane

Laos to Cambodia by plane

There are now 9 flights available from Laos to Cambodia. And we are not saying any of these is the best one. Instead, you should collate your agenda/itinerary with the flight scheme options below to find out the best route to travel from Laos to Cambodia. Below are the list of flights with their details:

Departure city Destination city Scheme Cost Time
Vientiane (VTE) Siem Reap (REP) 1+ stops
(PKZ/ PNH/ LPQ/ HAN/ KMG/ BKK/ DMK/ PNH & SGN)
$$+ Average
Luang Prabang (LPQ) Siem Reap (REP) 1 stop/ direct
(PKZ)
$$ Short/ Average
Pakse (PKZ) Siem Reap (REP) Direct $ Short
Vientiane (VTE) Phnom Penh (PHP) Direct $$ Short
Luang Prabang (LPQ) Phnom Penh (PHP) 1 stop
(REP/ BKK/ VTE)
$$ Long
Pakse (PKZ) Phnom Penh (PHP) 1 stop
(REP/SGN)
$$$+ Long
Vientianne (VTE) Sihanoukville (KOS) 2 stops
(PKZ & REP/ PKZ & SGN/ BKK & SGN)
$$$+ Long
Luang Prabang (LPQ) Sihanoukville (KOS) 2 stops
PKZ & REP/ HAN & SGN / BKK & SGN
$$$ Long
Pakse (PKZ) Sihanoukville (KOS) 1 stop
REP/ SGN
$$$ Long

• SGN: Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
• HAN: Hanoi – Vietnam
• BKK: Bangkok – Thailand
• KMG: Kunning Changsui – China
• DMK: Don Muang – Thailand

Laos to Cambodia by bus

Getting from Laos to Cambodia by bus is an excellent alternative. In fact, getting on the bus to throw yourself into an adventure and crossing the border of the 2 countries will be memorable experiences. This is not the only benefit of traveling by bus.

Laos to Cambodia by bus

Now imagine yourself blending with natural beauty along the way, sticking your head out of the bus window to take a breath that fills your lungs with the fresh air while traveling through the suburban areas. You wouldn't find anything like this if you were sitting on the plane waiting to be at the destination airport. Moreover, getting on the bus is super money saving. You will be sitting on the bus, enjoying the landscape outside the window knowing that you have saved at least $100 for the transferring expenditure. Below are 6 common bus routes connecting Laos and Cambodia:

• Vientiane – Siem Reap from $55
• Vientiane – PhnomPenh from $50
• Pakse – Siem Reap from $30
• Pakse Kratie from $20
• Pakse – Kampong Cham from $20
• Pakse – Stung Treng from $15

However, we have to admit that traveling by bus takes up much more time than that by plane. Normally, a bus trip takes about 12 hours to get you from Laos to Cambodia. So if you are rushing for time, this option seems unsuitable. Also, bus service is definitely incomparable to plane service. And sitting or lying on the coach/ sleeper bus for about half of a day seems not to be a great idea for children, people with car sickness or low physical condition.

Laos to Cambodia by car

What’s better if you and your families or besties can enjoy your holidays in Laos and Cambodia by driving your own car all along the way? You can just leisurely drive while contemplating the landscape. And you can stop for a while to just wander around the beach if you want to. No one would ever put you on any scheme or get you up early in the morning so that you won’t miss the flight.

Laos to Cambodia by car

Also, if you still enjoy driving without having to use your car, or if you don’t have a car, go rent a car. However, make sure you are fully aware of the condition of the rental car and have no problem with the rental company’s contract terms. Whether you are going to drive your own car or rent a car, you will be exposed to many risks along the way. Thus, make sure you are fully prepared for what may happen (injuries, flat tires, breakdown, etc.). Also, to drive across the border, you must have all your cards ready. (ID, international driving license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance).

In general, having a good route for your trip will further boost the experience while traveling. With the recommendations for different ways of getting from Laos to Cambodia, my piece of writing hopefully provides you with useful information for your upcoming trip in these 2 countries. Hope you enjoy your time traveling!
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