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Can Tho-Chau Doc-Phnom Penh??

Posted by cuffedbloke on 26/10/2009 at 12:15

Need some advice here:

I'm staying for only a night at Can Tho (will arrive on the evening of 8th Nov) and will do a very early morning boat cruise to the surrounding areas the next day. After that I plan to take the fastest bus to Chau Doc (then stay a night on a floating hotel). The next day I plan to take a speed boat to Phnom Penh.

1. Should I spend time at Chau Doc since I've already done Can Tho?

2. How much is the speed and slow boat ticket to Phnom Penh? I understand it takes about 5 hours in total including about an hour's formalities at the border?

3. Am I correct that it's possible to take a slow boat from Chau Doc, overnight at the Vietnam-Cambodia border, then make the journey to PP the next morning? If yes, is it recommended, and if yes, where should I stay? Is there a company which arranges the boat and stay?

Thanks a bunch!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 26/10/2009 at 16:09 admin

Not sure if there is a regular boat service from Can Tho to Chau Doc -- you may end up on the bus (which will be quicker anyway).

I've not heard of the two day boat trip thing -- perhaps as an organised tour that is possible -- where did you read about it?

Border formalities depend a lot on how many people are on the boat etc -- a fast transition may be just 15 minutes -- slow can be a couple of hours.

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Posted by grenny on 26/10/2009 at 17:06

did something similar back in may. arrived in can tho in the afternoon, went and spent a good 4-5 hours on the river early the next morning then got a bus about lunchtime to chau doc. spent the night there and got the boat the next morning.

obviously we weren't in chau doc for even 24hrs but at no stage were we rushed. would of been nice to stay there an extra night but in hindsight if we had an extra night throughout the trip it would of been spent staying in phnom penh longer.

hired motorbikes and went for a ride round sam mountain and the temples that surround it. was a very good and relaxing way to end our time in vietnam.

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Posted by grenny on 26/10/2009 at 17:08

sorry, forgot to add that boat took about 5hrs inc. the borders and cost somewhere between USD20-25

and didn't hear anything whilst there about a slow boat that stopped at the border overnight

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Posted by cuffedbloke on 26/10/2009 at 18:09

Thanks guys, very helpful. Not sure where I got the border-stay info from, perhaps I got confused (reading too many sites!).

Somtam, I remember reading somewhere that you visited the Sam Mountains also, just like Grenny. If I only have half a day is it possible to rent a motorbike to go there? And is yes, how much would it cost?

By the way, PayPal officially sucks (perhaps it's only for Malaysians, not sure). Still can't pay for the t-shirt. What a bummer.

Any recommendations for the floating hotel stay at Chau Doc? Somewhere clean and around USD15-20 (per room) is ok for me.

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Posted by cuffedbloke on 26/10/2009 at 21:48

Any idea if there are speedboats departing Chau Doc for PP mid afternoon, or at least after lunch? Otherwise would you recommend I take the early slow boat (10 hours I gather) which seems like a mini tour of sorts in itself (and is the price of USD14 correct for this slow boat?)? Thanks!

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Posted by maryamosmond on 18/5/2012 at 05:39

Hello there Cuffedbloke,
im doing my research and i plan to do exactly what you typed here. what a coincidence! Anw, did you get to go as planned? I hv some questions: (i hope you don't mind)

What bus/how much/what time from Can Tho to Chau Doc ?

What cheapest mode of accommodation in Chau Doc? how much?

What ferry or bus/how much/what time from Chau Doc to PP?

too much reading is getting me confused with the timing, prices etc. thanks for your help! :D

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Posted by Anna2121 on 7/6/2012 at 22:43

Hello maryamosmond and Cuffedbloke.
I am also looking for th speed boat doing Can Tho - Phnom Penh (or at least Can Tho - Chau Doc).I would like to do the all trip (Can Tho - PP) in one day (no overnight at Chau Doc).
Did you get any information about that? Is it possible? What is the price?
How long does it take? When does the boat leave and arrive?
I failed to find information... I am getting very confused as well as of the existence of such boat.... Thank you for your help!!!

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