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Mekong Delta, Vietnam
When traveling through the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, be sure to use the Mai Linh Express bus company as it has the best vehicles and it simply doesn't stop, except to drop off passengers. It is fast, safe, comfortable and efficient, which is a lot to ask for in Vietnam. You can catch those minibuses from Ho Chi Minh City and most major towns in the Mekong. All the locals seem to use this company, despite it being slightly more expensive than the others. When you take a look at the other vehicles you will quickly understand why!
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Mekong Delta, Vietnam
If you are planning on going to both Vietnam and Cambodia, consider taking a boat on the Mekong River from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc or the other way around, instead of flying or taking the bus. The journey is fantastic and only takes 5 hours with the fast boat ($25) or 8 hours ($15) with the slow boat. We took the fast boat and it was thoroughly comfortable and enjoyable.
We booked through Mekong Tours in Chau Doc and they took us to a fish farm and Cham village first. Be aware that the boat can run late due to occasional long queus at the border crossing, so if you are planning to travel to Siem Reap on the same day, the last bus leaves at 2pm, so if you get there after that you will have to catch a taxi or shared taxi to get there. Don't buy a bus ticket to Siem Reap from an agency in Chau Doc as they will charge you $15 instead of the usual $5 or $6.
Visas are available at the border and cost $20, you will need to bring one passport photo.
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Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Small Border town in Vietnam that is a common stop for people entering Vietnam via the Mekong river.
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Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
If you go in the summer, bring some sunblock cream of course. Diving, fishing, swimming are all possible. Sea life is spectacular.
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Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Phu Quoc is a special island: if you travel around May to August, then the western coast of the island tends to be stormy and wet, but coasts such as Bai Kem or An Thoi enjoy beautiful weather. If you travel around November, December to Spring, then the western coast is the best place to go.

What to do: Enjoy the pristine beach, trekking and swimming in Suoi Da Creek. Rent a boat at An Thoi and head to Hon Mong Tay or Hon Dam Ngoai for your own private beach! Visit the pearl farm, Fish sauce plant and pepper plantations (Vietnam is the world's largest exporter of pepper and a good number of it comes from Phu Quoc!). Try the "Co bien mai", a specialty mollusk dish. Go cuttlefish fishing, visit Duong Dong fish market, Phu Quoc prison or just lazily boosting your vitamin D dose in the resort.
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Ap Sai Gon, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
If you like vietnamese food, this place is for you! You can eat anywhere, at any time, anything you want.
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Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
The floating market at Can Tho is a must for anyone visiting this region. Savour a fresh pineapple and marvel at the everyday world of the Mekong Delta inhabitants.
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Chau Doc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Chau Doc, a relaxing and beautifull place to stay in the Mekong region. You can experience the real local life here. See fishing villages, muslim village on the water, foot rowers, standing-hand rowers.. nice colorfull temples and markets if you go it bit more to the border of Cambodia. Also great food in this area.
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Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Saur Beach.. just at the south of the island.. wite pure sand and nobody around.. just rent a motobike and drive there (be aware of chicks, kids and cows on your way there)..
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Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
While Phu Quoc is famous for their fish sauce, don't expect to carry any out via airplane. The sauce is so smelly that the airport won't allow you to bring it onto the plane :(
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