To Saigon through Prek Chak

  • If you want to contemplate the Mekong Delta, it is the best option: Ha Tien – Saigon by bus. 
  • The Prek Chak Border Crossing is practical for going from Kampot and Kep provinces to Ha Tien and Koh Tral (Phu Quoc).
  • It is under construction. 

The Prek Chak International Gate is the best place to cross to Vietnam from the Cambodian provinces of Kep and Kampot. In Vietnam it is known as Xa Xien and it is the access to Ha Tien City in the Kien Gian Province and to Koh Tral Island (in Vietnamese Phu Quoc.) From Ha Tien there are regular public transport to Saigon with different bus companies, most of them with very comfortable vehicles to cross the Mekong Delta to reach the city. It is 322 kilometers far from Ha Tien by QL 80 road, including the crossing of a ferry at Vang Cong.

Here I am, on a real bus bed on my travel to Saigon from Ha Tien. There are also night buses that make the travel in 8 hours through the Mekong Delta. A stunning view. 

This is the rustic Cambodian police office, but it will be soon history, because they are building new structures. The place is rather peaceful and crossing is easy.

Just at the border you find the Ha Tien Vegas Casino. Though the best is a coffee before entering Vietnam.

Here we are: construction of the new offices for the Cambodian police passport control. The building has already a Khmer inspiration and it will give the region a great attraction for international visitors.

Welcome to Vietnam! This is the door to the country.

Now at the Ha Tien bus station that is about 5 kilometers far from the border. A moto-taxi can bring you for 5 dollars. This is the office of the bus I took to travel to Saigon, simple, but the service was excellent.

Aspect of the Ha Tien Bus Station.

The bus has not sits but beds…

Finally, enjoy the views of the Mekong Delta.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

4 responses to “To Saigon through Prek Chak”

  1. Elisabetta says :

    Hi ! I’ve red your trip to Saigon through Prek Chak, is very useful to organize my holiday next august in Cambodia and Vietnam.
    I stay 2 days in Koh Rong Samloem island and then i move to Can Tho (Vietnam) from Sihanoukville crossing the border of Prek Chak. In your opinion, it’s possible to do this trip in one day leaving from the island soon in the morning ?
    Can you help me?
    Thank you so much.

    Elisabetta

    • Albeiro Rodas says :

      Yes, it is possible. Between Sihanoukville (Cambodia) and Can Tho (Vietnam) there are 409 kilometers that you could do in about 10 hours. You can travel from Sihanoukville to Ha Tien (at the Vietnamese border) in about 3 hours. If you leave at 7AM, you will reach the border at about 10am. Get to Ha Tien bus station and take a bus to Can Tho (190 kilometers) in about 5 hours more. If you leave at midday, but 5PM you will arriving in Can Tho. Enter your hotel, take a shower and rest 🙂

      • Elisabetta says :

        Thanks for your answer!
        I don’t know at what time the boat departs from Koh Rong Island, i hope as soon as possible, but i have red not before 8.30 a.m. It is a problem?
        Can you show me the details of this trip? Sorry,but i can’t find informations about it…
        1. I arrive from the Island to the Sihanoukville seeport.
        2. where I have to go to take the bus ?By walk? The direction is to Ha Tien? Where i have to change it? To visiting the mekong delta, Can tho is the first place that we meet? We have only 1 day to visiting Can Tho. It should be enough?
        Thank you so much !

      • Albeiro Rodas says :

        There is not a bus company covering the road Sihanoukville to Prek Chak. As soon as you arrive to the port from Rong Island, please take a tuk tuk and ask him to bring you to the taxis (they can be contracted as private or collective). Cost could be $20/$30. The taxis are located at the Leu Market (the main Sihanoukville popular market). There are also vans. You can contact Champa Mekong and Kampot Tours. They can even wait for you at the port. If you take a private taxi, they can bring you right to the Prey Chak border. If you take a collective taxi (with other passengers), you can try to contract with the taxi driver to bring you to the border (he will charge you a little more) or take another taxi from Kampot City to the border (I recommend to agree with the taxi driver to bring you to the border after he reaches Kampot Town).

        Another idea: talk with your hotel reception and ask him to arrange for you the tour Sihanoukville-Can Tho. ALL hotel receptionists have the right information and contacts.

        If you cross the border to Ha Tien, you can take a tuk tuk or a moto-taxi to the BUS STATION (8 kilometers) – Tuk tuks are good but slow. $5 about. The Bus Station is modern and you can take any bus to Can Tho.

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