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 hiong has been a member since 15/8/2006. Posts: 8
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 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57
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 DShan has been a member since 9/7/2006. Posts: 17
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 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,800
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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 fitzlee has been a member since 11/12/2006. Posts: 13
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 DShan has been a member since 9/7/2006. Posts: 17