Moc Bai

Moc Bai is not in my best 100 place in the world.

But…

For foreigners in Vietnam who need to do a quick exit out of the country and get their passports stamp, Moc Bai Border in Tay Ninh province is just the right place. It’s 70 kilometers away from the city and it takes about two to three hours travel time depending on where you ride the bus.

If you live in District 1, go to the bus terminal in Pham Ngu Lao and find bus 703. This is the only bus with a direct route to Moc Bai. Outsiders, like me, who don’t live in the expat area can still catch the bus without going to Pham Ngu Lao. If you live in  D5, D10 and Phu Nhuan, it’s better that you proceed to Ly Thuong Kiet and find the nearest bus stop along that stretch. Make sure you’re on the right side so that it would go to Moc Bai and not back to the terminal.

If, however, you live in Go Vap and somewhere in the countryside like D12, I suggest you go to Truong Chinh, where bus 703 passes through just after it drove past Cong Hoa.

Cong Hoa is one of the main roads in Tan Binh District. Expats who live there can opt to find a bus stop along that stretch. I haven’t seen lots of bus stop though and it could be quite intimidating to cross the road.

Travellers to Moc Bai must catch the earliest bus trip which is at 6:00 a.m. You won’t like the place much when the sun is shining so brightly and the surrounding is dry, humid. Bring jugs of water, put on sunscreen and muster lots of patience!
The last trip from Moc Bai to HCM is at 7:15 p.m.

The total expense for this trip is only 180 vnd. That includes round trip bus fare and the fee for entering and exiting Cambodia.
If you’re lucky, you’ll have to pay no more.

Expect restaurants and food stalls to be out of scene here. There are two duty free shops here though if you want to buy some snacks.

Pray, your trip is not as sad and exhausting as mine. When you feel like it is…just count your blessings!

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