Photo: Canals of Ca Mau, Mekong Delta.

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HCMC-Phnom Penh

Posted by hiong on 17/8/2006 at 12:09

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?

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Posted by DakLak on 29/8/2006 at 23:08

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

Check < > - 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.

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Posted by DShan on 12/8/2007 at 19:59

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.

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Posted by CatBa on 13/8/2007 at 02:12

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.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/8/2007 at 06:44 admin

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.

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Posted by fitzlee on 18/8/2007 at 04:23

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.

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Posted by DShan on 18/8/2007 at 09:04

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.

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Posted by CatBa on 20/8/2007 at 07:41

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.

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