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Ha Tien

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Ha Tien is a seaside town in Kien Giang Province in Southern Vietnam. It is located 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 future.

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).


Get in

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.

Get around

See

Try to get one of the tourist maps where the location of the temples are indicated.

  • Chua Tam Bao is probably the best of the temples.
  • Tinh Xa Ngoc Ho
  • Chua Giai Thoat

Do

Buy

Eat

  • There's a cheap and delicious eatery (around 20,000 VND for a dish) on Mach Thien Tich half way between Chi Lang and Mach Cuu. Look for the two woks on the sidewalk. An English menu is available.

Drink

Sleep

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.

  • Viet Toan, 74 Chi Lang, from 80,000 VND for a fan room, is one of the best budget places. The staff is very friendly and one of them even speaks some English. The rooms are decent and come with TV (lucky if you get anything in English though), fridge, private bathroom and fan or aircon.
  • Hai Yen, 15 To Chau, 150,000 and 200,000 VND for standard and superior room respectively, has probably the best rooms in town you can get in that price range. The superior rooms are huge, have balcony and a good view onto Dam Dong Ho (the bay).

Contact

Get out

  • Mui Nai is a seaside resort that has a tiny but sandy beach on offer (2000 VND entrance fee)
  • A nice and easy bicycle ride can be done by first going to Mui Nai then continuing along the Cambodian border until finally ending up in Ha Tien again. On the way there's a barrel-shaped hill with a temple inside (entrance: 2000 VND).



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