Ha Tien


Ha Tien is a seaside town in Kien Giang Province in Southern Vietnam. It is at the west end of the Mekong Delta close to the Cambodian border. Although a tourist spot, it doesn’t see many western visitors due to its remoteness.

The bus terminal is west of the city center (it was moved there from To Chau on the other side of the bay around January 2008). There are buses from Ho Chi Minh City’s Mien Tay terminal (about 8h) as well as from Can Tho and Chau Doc. The connection from Can Tho often requires a change in Rach Soi or Rach Gia from where it is about 1h.

Ha Tien

Ha Tien

The border near Ha Tien (7km to the north) was opened for tourists in 2007. As of late 2010, it WAS possible for tourists of most nationalities to enter Vietnam via this border crossing without the need for a visa. However it applied only for stays of up to 15 days, and you could only visit the so called “Special Economic Zone”, which was essentially the town of Ha Tien, and the area between the town and the border.In early 2013,this scheme was cancelled,and as at all other borders in Vietnam, a visa is needed prior to arrival at the border.The ONLY exception to this is for certain nationalities who have a 15 day visa free allowed entry.

To get to the border from Cambodia you can hire a motobike taxi from Kampot ($10), Kep ($7), or Kampong Trach ($5), from Kep by Tuk-Tuks ($10). The road can vary in condition from paved and bumpy to packed dirt and bumpy, be prepared for a slightly white knuckled ride depending on the daring nature of your driver and the road can also be very dusty in the dry season.UPDATE-as of late 2013,the road (RN33) is now widened,raised and ashphalted all the way from Kompong Trach to Kep and Kampot. Also, be aware that there seem to be Vietnamese drivers now waiting well inside the Cambodian side waiting to pickup (poach) prospective travelers to take them across the border into town. Your driver may stop here to talk with them and seem to suggest you go with them. A ride to town should be $3-4 or less (it is only 7 km and the road is well paved on the Vietnamese side.) If you can’t agree on a price there you can simply have your Cambodian driver take you to the border where you can cross over and have the drivers on the other side fight over you.

Ha Tien

Ha Tien

Regrettably,a new scam has surfaced here.Several instances have been reported of travelers coming from Can Tho on the bus,being told to get off at a petrol station,about 200m after the bus comes over the bridge in to Ha Tien.There,some “helpful ” moto drivers are waiting to take you to a hotel etc,for a vastly inflated fee-obviously in cahoots with the bus driver.DO NOT get off the bus here,insist on going to the bus station,which is 300m further on

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