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Trip to the southwest of Vietnam: Ha Tien and Rach Gia (Kien Giang province)

Ha Tien is in the south-west of Vietnam close to the Gulf of Thailand and the Cambodian border. It’s a small town about 340km (211 miles) from Saigon by road. Ha Tien is an interesting area of grassland, wetland and limestone ‘karst’ ecosystems, rich in biodiversity, particularly birds and cave animals. Rach Gia, closed to Ha Tien (88 km or 54 miles), is the capital city of Kien Giang province.


From Ha Tien or Rach Gia, visitors can ride the speed boats or hydrofoils to Phu Quoc island. The trip takes about 2.5 hours. The best time to travel by sea is during the dry season when seas are calm (late October to May), as seas are rougher during the monsoon season (June – September).  Phu Quoc is a peaceful tropical paradise of Vietnam.

We took a car trip from Saigon to Ha Tien, Rach Gia of Kien Giang, a southwestern province of Vietnam. From Saigon, we drove on the national highway 1A to My Thuan bridge on Tien Giang river, then continued on route 80 to Sa Dec. From Sa Dec we took route 91 to Long Xuyen, then turned to route 941 to Tri Ton district (An Giang province). From Tri Ton, we took N2 route then route 80 to Ha Tien (see map below). We stayed at Ha Tien for 2 nights, then drove to Rach Gia on route 80. From Rach Gia, we went to Sa Dec on route 80, then back to Saigon.

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