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Getting There

Contact a tour agent in Ho Chi Minh City. Chau Doc is 285km (177 miles) southwest of Saigon, and the all-day bus ride combines visits to other hamlets in the delta, boat trips, and lunch stops -- it's a fun, full day.

Local buses leave and arrive from the busy station a few kilometers north of town on Le Loi (connect by motorbike taxi for about 15,000 VND). Mai Linh Express (tel. 076/356-2812) runs regular connections on reliable shuttle buses to Ho Chi Minh City (105,000 VND) and Can Tho (50,000 VND). You can buy Mai Linh tickets at the bus station or have your hotel book them ahead of time.

Boats from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh (and vice versa) leave at 7am, arriving at 4:30pm, and cost $8 (plus $26 for a Cambodian visa). Contact any local tour operator in Saigon or make arrangements with tour operators in Chau Doc , or, coming from Cambodia, with Capitol Tours in Phnom Penh.

Visitor Information & Tours

Should you be crossing over from Cambodia and looking for onward connection by cafe bus, tiny Mekong Tours (10 Quang Trung, tel. 076/386-8222; or 14 Nguyen Huu Canh, near the central market, tel. 076/356-2828; www.mekongvietnam.com) runs a terrible guesthouse but offers good tours and bus connections to other parts of the delta or with Saigon.

Fast Facts

Banks & Currency Exchange -- There are a few small banks in little Chau Doc, but your best bet for currency exchange is at the Victoria Hotel. Best to bring enough money for on-tour incidentals (usually few) and carry a few U.S. dollars if you're coming from Cambodia.

Internet -- On the post office grounds , find Diem Truy Cap, a small Internet storefront with rather slow service at 6,000 VND per hour. In the center of town near the market, try Saigon Net, at 40 Nguyen Van Thoai (tel. 076/356-1491), with similar service.

Post Office -- The main branch is at 73 Le Loi St. (tel. 076/386-7900), just adjacent to the large riverside park. The main office is open from 6am to 10pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.