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Route between Can Tho and Kampot, Cambodia

  • maliamaui

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    I'm wondering if from Can Tho it is better to go through Chau Doc, cross the border, through Takeo and then down to Kampot?

    OR over to Rach Gia up the coast to Ha Tien,cross there (having my Cambodia visa already of course) to kampot

    Go to Chau Doc, then to Ha Tien and then cross

    Has anyone done any of these routes?

    Does anyone have updates on road conditions between Chau Doc and Ha Tien or has anyone been on a bus or boat between those two towns?
    In one forum from about a year ago someone said that they were making it a two lane road but that back then part of the road was only passable by motorbike.

    Does anyone know about road conditions between Can Tho and Rach Gia and up the coast (the coast sounds nice)?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    #1 Posted: 1/8/2008 - 12:52

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    The road from Can Tho to Rach Gia is fine -- sealed the whole way. Can't help on onwards travel to Ha Tien etc.

    If you're end destination is Kampot I'd lean towards Can Tho -> Rach Gia -> Ha Tien -> Kep -> Kampot as being the best/quickest route.

    #2 Posted: 4/8/2008 - 08:26

  • steveatkins

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    The Ha Tien crossing to KAmpot is the way to go, still off the tourist trail and see some great countryside...

    #3 Posted: 20/8/2008 - 06:39

  • Doniwarner

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    Has anyone made this trip recently? I will be doing it in May and I am looking for any updates

    #4 Posted: 9/4/2010 - 18:43

  • eastwest

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    I live in the area and it is all pretty straight forward. Perhaps not as smoothly organized or easy as the other routes.

    Roads are fine all the way and the dirtroad that charlondon is referring to is the shortcut from Ha Tien to Kep. Only about 10km or so. The long way around on sealed road (30km) is not necessary since the shortcut will also be passable in rainy season.

    Route in Vietnam is scenic (not so much between Rach Gia and Ha Tien) and I would prefer this route over the alternatives if I was travelling. For pure efficiency/comfort the other routes are better but you'll feel like cattle being herded from one place to the other with a bus full of people.

    #5 Posted: 10/4/2010 - 13:14

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