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  • hiong

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    Hi there,
    Thnks for the inputs and suggestions on my last posts!!
    OK now, from Hanoi-Hue is by train. Spending one night, then go straight to Hoi An. A couple of nights then head to Da Nang to catch the almost 24 hours train to HCMC (arriving before mid-day).
    I'm thinking of skipping HCMC and going directly to Phnom Penh via Cau Doc. From every source that I read, it seems like an easy and quite a hassle-free trip, is this true? How many times/day is it and there are lots of agents doing this for fee around $30, are there any recommended agents?

    #1 Posted: 17/8/2006 - 12:09

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  • DakLak

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    Why not get the new bus service running from Ben Thanh Market - operated by the SaiGon Bus Company (city owned)?

    Check < http://www.satranco.com.vn/english/hcm_phnompenh.html > - twice daily 06.00 & 09.00H for Dong 160,000.

    They will look after visa requirements, too, avoiding the scammers operating at the border.

    Avoid T. M. Brothers - they are unsafe at any speed - killed one so far, bad equipment and worse drivers.

    #2 Posted: 29/8/2006 - 23:08

  • DShan

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    Hi, am thinking of travelling from HCM to PP via the boat along the Mekong Delta. Can advice on how to arrange such a trip? ON my own or with an agency? how long would it take to eventually reach PP from HCM? Seems like getting to Chau Doc is a long distance.

    #3 Posted: 12/8/2007 - 19:59

  • CatBa

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Overland to Chau Doc is a damn sight quicker than going down the coast to Can Tho and then cutting inland.

    Remember, you can't bypass HCMC realistically because of the transportation links.

    #4 Posted: 13/8/2007 - 02:12

  • somtam2000

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    Chau Doc to Phnom Penh the boats leave daily in the mornign (both fast and slow boats available). It's a very pretty, highly recommended trip.

    Can Tho is only worth visiting if you plan to see the floating markets etc -- if not go straight to Chau Doc by bus. I'm not sure of the time required off the top of my head -- would guess 4 hours by minibus.

    I'd do it solo and go to Can Tho as well, but it depends how much time you've got.

    #5 Posted: 13/8/2007 - 06:44

  • fitzlee

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    Re HCM to PP, we took a 2-day boat tour via Mekong River and it was really worth it. A relaxing & interesting journey! My hubby & I really enjoyed it a whole lot. We booked a tour at Singh Cafe (recommended) in HCM. Everything was arranged - hassle-free!!

    HCM is not a particularly nice city, a day exploration there should be enough.

    #6 Posted: 18/8/2007 - 04:23

  • DShan

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    I was looking at the 2-day boat tour by Sinh Cafe too and it seems like a pretty good offer! #6, how was the entire 2-day trip? I have always heard of travellers complaining that travel agencies do not provide what they offer, but judging from what u have written, it seems like you were satisfied with it.

    #7 Posted: 18/8/2007 - 09:04

  • CatBa

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    That's likely because most of the crooks and ne'er-do-wells in the travel industry live in Ha Noi.

    Sinh is a HCMC-based operator.

    Avoid TNK and Delta - they act like Ha Noi types.

    #8 Posted: 20/8/2007 - 07:41

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