Photo: Towards Cambodia from Thach Dong.


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Squeezed into a distant corner of Vietnam, Ha Tien has fully embraced its position as the mainland gateway to Phu Quoc island, and as the passageway connecting Vietnam with Cambodia. For a border town Ha Tien is surprisingly sleepy and safe. Set on the coast, where the river meets the sea, the town is a pleasant enough spot for travellers to spend a night before moving on.

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For some, moving on means biding farewell to Vietnam for Kep or Kampot in Cambodia. In fact, it seems like the entire town really, really wants you to go to Cambodia and it’s impossible to walk a block without a motorbike taxi offering to take you there. If you’re coming from Cambodia, moving on means taking one of the at least two daily fast ferry (the Superdong) to Phu Quoc, or hopping onto the bus for Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta, Hon Chong or perhaps Rach Gia, the jumping off point for Nam Du, a small set of little visited islands that we’re trying to put ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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