Vietnam visa run at Moc Bai border 2020
So, what do you need to prepare before you head for the visa run? How to do the Moc Bai visa run? How long does it take? How much does it cost as well? This guide is for all those who want to do it, even by motorbike or shuttle bus.
Step 1: Getting to Moc Bai border from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
How to get to Moc Bai border from Saigon? Yes, there are various ways to reach the Moc Bai border from Saigon, including motorbike, city bus and private bus.
For most people living in Ho Chi Minh city, the fastest way to reach the Moc Bai border gate by motorbike is to go towards Cu Chi and pick up QL22, keep following the way until reaching the border. The distance is around 70km, depending on where you live in the city.
Tips: Many expats wouldn’t recommend the motorbike option as it would be a long, hot ride with the issue of having to park your bike somewhere whilst you enter Cambodia, but if you want to enjoy the landscape, it is not a bad option.
By city bus:
This is perhaps the cheapest option to get to Moc Bai from Ho Chi Minh city.
Take a blue public bus No.703 at Bus station in Park 23/9 (at the corner of Pham Ngu Lao and Cong Quynh street, opposite to Thai Binh Market). If you want to depart and come back to Saigon on the same day, you should start your border-run early in the day, preferably before 9am, as the last bus leaves Moc Bai around 4 or 5pm. The journey takes about 3 hours.
Frequency: Departs every 30 minutes. And just go to Moc Bai Border
Price: 40.000 VND/person (around 2 USD/person/1 way).
By private bus:
If you don’t want to take a city bus that stops at various spots, you can book a seat on a private bus in any office on Pham Ngu Lao Street. The price is around US $10 – 12.
Step 2: Exit Vietnam
First of all, you need to park your bike or get off the bus, and then walk for around 5-10 minutes to reach the border gate.
Is it worth doing a Saigon to Cambodia visa run?
It depends on your situation. Sometimes you can extend your visa in Vietnam, but it costs you too much, sometimes you have no other choice than to leave the country. In that case, doing a visa run to Moc Bai is the cheapest and fastest if you are in Saigon.