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Rach Gia

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Rach Gia is the capital of the province of Kien Giang, in the Mekong delta region of Vietnam. For most tourists it is mainly of interest as a jumping-off point for trips to Phu Quoc island.

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

Buses and minibuses connect Rach Gia and Ha Tien (2h30, 50,000 Dong), Hon Chong (2h30, 50,000 Dong), Can Tho (3 hrs), Long Xuyen (1.5 hrs), and Ho Chi Minh City (6 hrs).

From the Cambodian border, motos can be hired to Ha Tien, from where buses connect to Rach Gia. The green mini-buses of Mai Linh company are faster as they do not stop to collect passengers along the way. If these are full, the marginally-cheaper local bus also plies the route. It is best to wait for the bus in one of the cafes on the road leading out of the bus station, since the bus will crawl out of the bus station at the scheduled departure time, but take 10-15 minutes to reach the main road as it tries to drum up more passengers.

By Airplane[edit]

There are flights on Vietnam Airlines to and from Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City (both under 1hr).

By Boat[edit]

There are ferries (8 hrs) and hydrofoils (2.5 hrs) to Phu Quoc. Hydrofoils to Phu Quoc leave at 07:45, 08:00 and 13:30. The morning boats cost 240,000 Dong. The afternoon boat costs 220,000 Dong. The journey takes 2 1/2 hours. There are lots of ticket offices near the port.

Hydrofoils to Ca Mau leave at 14:00 (110.000 d) from the Rach Meo ferry terminal 2 km south off the town center.

Get around[edit]

There are motorbike taxis which will take you from hotel to bus station etc. There are aswell some taxis. Most off them waiting in front off the market 300 m east from the bus station.

See[edit]

  • Nguyễn Trung Trực temple- Visit the final resting place of Nguyễn Trung Trực, the fisherman who fought French colonial forces in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam in the 1860s.
Nguyễn Trung Trực temple
  • Tam Quan Gate
  • Tam Bao Pagoda
  • Phat Lon Pagoda - Khmer pagoda
  • Kien Giang Museum

Do[edit]

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Eat[edit]

There are lots off street stalls, small restaurants and many cafés all over the town.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Khach San Phuc Hung, Lạc Hồng, Vĩnh Lạc, Rạch Giá, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam. A nice place near the ocean. No views. Free wifi with a free computer in the lobby as well. Rooms are nice, brand new and have a flat panel TV. Map is on the website.
  • Phuong Hong, 05 Tu Do - P. Vinh Thanh, 077.3878 777. Near Phu Quoc harbour. Rooms from US$12. New building but the rooms are rather hot. Free wifi with a free computer in the lobby. Rooms are clean, with fridge and TV. 350,000 VND for standard aircon double, 550,000 VND for VIP double.
  • Lang Du Inn, 36 Nguyen Cong Tru Vinh Thanh, +84 77-863672. Check-out: 12 noon. double room with own bathroom. 200,000 dong.

Go next[edit]

  • Phu Quoc - is the obvious next stop, if that's not where you are coming from.
  • Can Tho - Phuong Trang bus company (phone 0.77 3.691.691) connects Rach Gia to Can Tho (~every hour between 03:00 and 18:00, 80,000 Dong, ~3h)
  • Saigon - (Phuong Trang bus company; 9 a day between 07:30 and 12:00, 120,000 Dong). Several bus companies make the journey with the option of a seated or sleeper bus.
  • Ha Tien - Mai Linh Express provides regular buses to Ha Tien for 65,000 Dong (ph: 077 392 92 92).
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