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Phan Thiet

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Train

There's a new train service that runs back and forth between Saigon and Phan Thiet. The train station is located a kilometre east of the Ca Ty river, on a side street to the north of Le Hong Phong. If it fits your schedule, the train is the best way to go. You can get a bus to Mui Ne from the Phan Triet Train station for 8,000 VND.

Trains to Saigon leave at 14:50 and 23:20, stopping at Bien Hoa, and Muong Man along the way. From Saigon, trains leave at 06:50 and 17:30. Prices range between 50,000 for a hard seat, to 90,000 for a sleeper.

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Bus

Phan Thiet's bus station (Ben Xe Dac Phan Triet, T (062) 821 361) is two kilometres from the river off Tran Hung Dao St. When you get to the roundabout, take a left and it's on the left.

Sample departures include:

Buon Ma Thuot: Departs at 05:45, costs 83,000 VND and takes about 7 hours.
Da Lat: Departs at 11:30, costs 50,000 VND and takes about 5 hours.
Phan Rang: Regular departures between 04:45 to 13:00, costs 30,000 VND and takes 4 hours.
Saigon: Six departures daily, 1st Class, 50,000, Second Class, 43,000, Third Class 38,000. 16-seat passenger vans cost 48,000. The trip takes 4 to 5 hours.

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Getting Around

Xe om are easy enough to find, especially along the beach road and outside the Co-op Mart. Renting a motorbike is a bit trickier -- Phan Thiet isn't oriented to western tourists the way Mui Ne is, so you'll have to rent a bike out from under a xe om driver. We couldn't find one for less than US$10 a day, but try your luck and see if you can do better. Motorbike rentals in Mui Ne go for US$6 a day -- yet another reason to base yourself there.

There are bus stops throughout the city and the savvy traveller can save money by catching a short trip on the right bus. Local jaunts are only about 2,000 VND, but be prepared to speak some Vietnamese to get where you want to go. The blue and white buses are emblazoned with the logo for 'Suoi Cat Tourist.'

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