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Ha Tien is a seaside town in Kien Giang Province in Southern Vietnam. It is at the western end of the Mekong Delta close to the Cambodian border. Although a tourist spot it hasn't yet seen many western visitors due to its remoteness. As a result the English literacy of even the hotel staff is next to nothing. However, the opening of the border to Cambodia for international travelers recently is likely to change that in the near future.
The bus terminal is on the opposite side of the bay than the town centre. Either cross the water by the pontoon bridge (for pedestrians only) or take a motorbike.
There are buses from Ho Chi Minh City's Mien Tay terminal (about 13h) as well as from Can Tho (about 7h). The connection from Can Tho often requires a change in Rach Soi or Rach Gia from where it is about 3h.
The centre of town is easily walkable with Tran Hau the main commercial street running along the seaside between the big bridge for road traffic (Cau To Chau) and the pontoon bridge for pedestrians (Cau Phao).
Try to get one of the tourist maps where the location of the temples are indicated.
There is no shortage of options for accommodation in this town. It seems that every other building is either a Kach San (hotel) or a Phong Tro (a place that has rooms to rent). The epicentre of sleeping options can be considered the area delimited by Tran Hau, Mach Thien Tich and Chi Lang streets.