The Snapshot of Rach Gia Port City of Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
If you are travelling to Phu Quoc Island by land, Rach Gia will be your check point before taking any boat or hydrofoil to the island. Rach Gia is a port city with its river which is open to the Gulf of Thailand and some said, it is a smuggling hub due to its proximity to Thailand, Cambodia and the open sea.
How to get here?
Vietnam Airlines flies once every day from Ho Chi Minh City to Rach Gia. You can take “xe om” a motorbike taxi from the airport to Rach Gia town.
There are buses leave daily from Ho Chi Mih City to Rach Gia. You will depart from Mien Tay Bus Station in An Lac and te journey will take between 6 to 7 hours. There are night buses as well which will depart between 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
The main bus station in Rach Gia is Ben Xe Rach Soi (Rach Soi Bus Station at No.78 Nguyen Trung Truc Street in Rach Soi) which is 7 kilometres from Rach Gia. This station also connecting places such as Can Tho city, Long Xuyen, Ha Tien and Dong Thap.
What to do in Rach Gia?
Well, Rach Gia is mostly a transit place and nothing much to do here. It is a great idea if you can lodge to any backpacker’s hostel located along Tu Do Street (Duong Tu Do) which is facing to the river. You can grab some beers from nearby tore and drink it on the top floor of your hotel besides enjoying the evening view of boat coming in and out from the river.
The hotels here are super cheap, and mostly will have set of old air conditioner or fan-only room. There are many food stalls which selling cheap and tasty Vietnamese foods especially along Huong Vuong Street.