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Ferry from HCMC

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Ferry from HCMC

Will be travelling from HCMC to Vung Tau in late November. Is the ferry service now running? Is it better to use this or travel by bus?

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1. Re: Ferry from HCMC

The last information on the ferries was that sea trials have commenced and that scheduled service should be available late August. I'm watching this myself for October and onward to Ham Tien (Mui Ne).

At the moment the best means of travel HCMC to Mui Ne is the Phan Thiet train and bus on to Mui Ne.

Cheers Ross

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2. Re: Ferry from HCMC

We are aware of the train but with a couple of days up our sleeve thought we would investigate visiting Vung Tau en route. Hope this is not a silly decision.

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Not really this post but where do you stay in Ham Tien? How accessible is this to the city centre?

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4. Re: Ferry from HCMC

Ham Tien is really Mui Ne. The Travel Industry refers to Mui Ne, which is another ward of the City of Phan Thiet some 8kms further up the coast from Ham Tien. Ham Tien is where the centre of the beach activity is, in the Phan Thiet area. In a straight line from the city centre of Phan Thiet you pass through, Phu Hai, Ham Tien and then Mui Ne .If you use Google Maps you will see how it all lays.

There are Resorts at Mui Ne and these generally speaking have shuttle buses to take you back to Ham Tien. Mui Ne is actually a village that is a fishing port, but does not have the amount facilities that Ham Tien has.

The trip from Vung Tau is slow but not uncomfortable. Get a seat on the RHS as you may get better views, what there is anyway. 12.30 bus would be cooler on the RHS as well.

Hope this helps.

Cheers Ross

Edited: 08 August 2014, 04:16
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5. Re: Ferry from HCMC

If your budget stretches to it, rent a car & driver & do it at your own pace. Vung Tau is best avoided but the route to Mui Ne via Ho Tram, La Gi & Ke Ga is quite scenic & there are some nice places to stop off on the way. But best done at your own speed in your own vehicle if you can.

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6. Re: Ferry from HCMC

Is there somewhere better than Vung Tau along the coast that we should consider a two-night stay instead?

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7. Re: Ferry from HCMC

Depends on your budget. Princess d'Annam in Ke Ga is really nice but not at all cheap. There's the Ho Tram Grand if you want a big Vegas-style experience, and there are a few nice, smaller resorts around Ke Ga/La Gi.

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8. Re: Ferry from HCMC

Than Binh Hotel at La Gi is a pleasant place for a stopover. La Gi is not a developed Tourism town but does give you an authentic look at how a Vietnamese small town is like. Have a look at my Review. Very well run Hotel and the state of the beach is very good. In fact there is a large banner across the beach entrance calling for more protection of Vietnams seas and beaches. Never seen one like it in my travels and is to be commended.

Getting about is by taxi or motorbike.

You can leave the bus from Vung Tau and re-join for onwards to Phan Thiet, Ham Tien, Mui Ne and Suoi Nouc.

Cheers Ross

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9. Re: Ferry from HCMC

Vung Tau is a good place for a 2 night stopover for a mature couple if you are moving up the coast later. Lots of expats living here and the shops and restaurants are well versed in dealing with westerners.

The footpaths and streets in the city centre and beach areas are in the progress of being upgraded .The completed sections look quite good.

Latest on the ferry is that it will resume operations on 1/9/14. No guarantees on that.

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