Posted by SeemaSEA2013 on 27/2/2013 at 07:46
I know there are several posts on the mekong but I'm spefically looking for a tour which will cover:
My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho then down to Rach Gia and PQ island. I've read SomTams post on how to do it independantly but I was wondering if anyone had tried a tour that covered this...
Any suggestions? Luckily time is not an issue, there are hundreds of trips to Phnom Penh via boat etc but I feel it skips other nice parts of the Delta!
From PQ Island I would then go into Cambodia via Ha Tien...
Thanks in advance,
#1 SeemaSEA2013 has been a member since 11/2/2013. Posts: 19
Posted by caseyprich on 27/2/2013 at 07:49
If time is not an issue than I think you should consider skipping the tour - especially if you want to hit up Phu Quoc as a tour isn't really the way to go there. Can Tho is easily accesible independently and has a lot to offer, Rach Gia isn't especially a place to see as a place to embark from - in my opinion. However, I can't say much about the other destinations.
From Phu Quoc you can book a ticket direct to Kampot via Ha Tien if you're ultimate goal is Phnom Penh. Kampot was my favorite stop in Cambodia so I highly recommend setting aside some time to explore.
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Posted by somtam2000 on 27/2/2013 at 07:53 admin
I just answered your private message - didn't realise you posted here as well, so I'll reproduce the message here for others.
"No need to do a tour -- even if you found one, they probably wouldn't be that crash hot. You've got the time, so I'd suggest doing it solo ... you will meet a few independent travellers in My Tho and there are plenty in Can Tho . Ben Tre ZERO!
Get a bus to My Tho from Saigon. overnight there, do a boatcruise in the afternoon (late) or early morning to dodge the crowds.
Ben Tre is nice but if I had to choose between here and My Tho I'd go with My Tho, so my advice would be to skip Ben Tre then get a bus to Vinh Long (roughly half way between My Tho and Can Tho). They have some very cool homestays here where you go out and stay on an island, live with the family etc. Not cheap, maybe $20/night, but memorable -- if not of interest blow it off and head straight to Can Tho.
Once you peel yourself off the island, get a bus to Can Tho. Set yourself up for at least 2 nights here. The floating markets are excellent and the town is cool too. A great new and cheap hotel is Number One Hotel 160,000 vnd 1B Ngo Duc Ke St T 710 382 9444 (near the river front market) else the budget digs on TF are solid (I'm behind on getting this all onto the site LOL)
Then from Can Tho grab a bus to Rach Gia for the ferry to Phu Quoc and you're set!
Hope that helps
Have fun - great part of the country!"
### And yes, all the Mekong Delta stuff is going onto the site next week -- really!
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Posted by SeemaSEA2013 on 27/2/2013 at 08:08
Thanks guys! I think I'll be confident and just do it solo!
Great help as always :)
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Posted by michien on 19/1/2015 at 04:13
Does anyone have any current info on buses to Rach Gia (and on to Ha Tien) from Can Tho? We are looking to do the floating market in the morning then jump on a bus so am looking for a schedule. Local bus is fine not necessarily looking for a tourist a tourist bus. Thanks
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Posted by eastwest on 19/1/2015 at 06:24
In the Delta I find Mai Linh company by far the best and I'm sure they go all through the day to Rach Gia. They are cheap and reliable. Plenty of Vietnamese are on these (mini) buses but never overcrowded and airconditioned.
Perhaps nowadays they might even have a connecting bus to Ha Tien.
Just ask any guesthouse for a ticket for this company. Maybe slightly more expensive than a real local bus but we're talking $0.50 or so
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Posted by acpgee on 9/12/2016 at 12:08
We were lazy but independent. We did HCMC to Ben Tre , Can Tho , Rach Gia , ferry to Phu Quoc. Inland journeys by taxi negotiated by hotel averaged £15 per hour for the two of us in a 4 seater passenger car. Rome2Rio is a good site for estimating length of taxi journeys though they were a little out of date with respect to new bridges shortening some trips. Saigon to Ben Tre was 3 hours, and the other two journeys to Can Tho and Rach Gia were each 2 hours, so around VTD 1,040,000 for the first and 1,200,000 for the second in Dec 2016.
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