My first stop in Vietnam was the small town of Hà Tiên, right across the border with Cambodia. The town is a nice introduction to Vietnam, with no traffic, lots of sidewalk cafes, some colonial architecture, and a scenic location on a river.

There may not really be any specific sites to see, but I thought it was a nice place to spend a couple days. I’d rather just experience places than chase down tourist sites anyways.

But there are a few things to see in Hà Tiên. There are quite a few interesting modern temples in town. They all seem to be new and still under construction. There is a hill covered with tombs, which also has nice views of town.

Church juxtaposed with temple.
Church juxtaposed with temple.

One could easily kill a day here just relaxing in various cafes. Strolling along the river is nice in the evening. There is a good night market serving all sorts of seafood.

Hà Tiên is set in scenic countryside, and is near a beach, so there are some sightseeing opportunities. And it’s a jumping-off point for Phú Quốc Island. But just using it as a quick stop on the way to the island would be missing out on this Mekong Delta gem of a town.

Tién gets  bath.
Tién gets bath.
A horse cart  for hire.
A horse cart for hire.
A store on the main street.
A store on the main street.
The fountain is lit up at night.
The fountain is lit up at night.
The main street of Hà Tiên.
The main street of Hà Tiên.
Girl at the war cemetery.
Girl at the war cemetery.
Catching a cyclo home.
Catching a cyclo home.
Novice monks.
Novice monks.
Sidewalk cafe.
Sidewalk cafe.
Good food at the night market.
Good food at the night market.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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