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Kien Giang

A  thriving  port on the Gulf of Thailand and something of a southern  growth   town benefiting from a  serious injection of Viet Kieu money, Rach Gia is home to  major   quantities   of both ethnic Chinese and ethnic Khmers. Most  tourists   zip straight through for boats to Phu Quoc Island, but the beautiful   waterfront and busy   alleys   are worth  exploration.

With its easy  entry   to the sea and the  propinquity   of Cambodia and Thailand, fishery  , agriculture and smuggling are moneymaking   trades in this province. The area was once well-known   for  supplying the large feathers used to make ceremonial fans for the Imperial Court.

icon list  Sights

icon mekongdelta tour  Nguyen Trung Truc Temple 

(18 Ð Nguyen Cong Tru) This temple is dedicated to Nguyen Trung Truc, a  commander  of the resistance  campaign of the 1860s  against the  recently  arrived French. The first temple  structure was a plain   building with a thatched roof; over the years it has been  widened  and reconstruc  several times. In the centre of the main hall is a portrait of Nguyen Trung Truc on an altar.

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Among other exploits, Nguyen Trung Truc conducted  the attack  that resulted in the burning of the French battleship  Esperance. In spite of  repeated  attempts to  capture him, Nguyen Trung Truc continued to  battle  until 1868, when the French took his mother and a number of civilians hostage and  threatened to  kill them if he did not  surrender. Nguyen Trung Truc turned himself in and was executed by the French in the marketplace of Rach Gia on 27 October 1868.

icon mekongdelta tour  Phat Lon Pagoda 

(Chua Phat Lon; 151 Ð Quang Trung) This large Cambodian Theravada Buddhist pagoda, whose name means Big Buddha, was esatblished  in the 19th century.  Though all of the  monks who live here are ethnic Khmers, ethnic Vietnamese also  visit  the pagoda. Inside the sanctuary (vihara), figures of the Thich Ca Buddha (Sakyamuni, the Historical Buddha) wear  pointed hats. Prayers are  held here everyday  from 4am to 6am and 5pm to 7pm.

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icon mekongdelta tour  Kien Giang Museum 

(21 Ð Nguyen Van Troi;  7.30-11am Mon-Fri & 1.30-5pm Mon-Wed)  Housed in a decorative  gem of a French colonial-age   building (once a private house), the collection here includes lots of war  photos and some Oc-Eo artefacts and pottery.

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icon list  Sleeping

There are clusters of hotels near the bus station on Ð Le Thanh Ton and near the boat pier on Ð Tu Do.

icon mekongdelta tour  Kim Co Hotel $

( 077-387 9610; www.kimcohotel.com; 141 Ð Nguyen Hung Son; r 350,000-400,000d) Centrally  located, trim and tidy Kim Co is a masterclass in pastel shade.  Brilliant  and happy  rooms have tidy  bathrooms, but most face the  gallery , so pull the shades for privacy.

icon mekongdelta tour  Hong Yen HOTEL $

( 077-387 9095; 259 Ð Mac Cuu; r 150,000-250,000d) Stretching over four pink floors, Hong Yen is a  likable minihotel with sizeable, neat  rooms and  outgoing  landlords . There’s a elevator  and some of the rooms have balconies.

icon list  Eating

Rach Gia is famous  for its seafood, dried cuttlefish, dried fish slices (ca thieu), fish sauce and black pepper.

icon mekongdelta tour  Hai Au VIETNAMESE, INTERNATIONAL $

(2 Ð Nguyen Trung Truc; mains 60,000-120,000d; 6am-10pm) A fancy restaurant by  loca criteria , this cavernous eating-house  with chandeliers has a  great  location by the Cai Lon River. Seafood is well-known , embracing  crayfish and crab, and Western-style dishes also feature.

icon mekongdelta tour  Quan F28 VIETNAMESE, SEAFOOD $

(28 Ð Le Thanh Thon; mains 25,000-60,000d) Convenient for the bus station hotels, this is  lively by night and does budget  molluscs – shrimp, snails, blood cockles and the like.

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Benh Vien Hospital ( 077-394 9494; 80 Ð Nguyen Trung Truc) One of the better medical facilities in the Mekong Delta; privately  operated.

Kien Giang Tourist (Du Lich Lu Hanh Kien Giang;  077-386 2081; ctycpdulichkg@vnn.vn; 5 Ð Le Loi;  7am-5pm) Provincial tourism authority.

Main Post Office ( 077-387 3008; 2 Ð Mau Than) There are  the usual  attached internet services.

icon list  Getting There & Away

icon mekongdelta tour  Air

Vietnam Airlines has daily flights to and from HCMC (from 1,100,000d) and Phu Quoc Island (from 800,000d). The airport is 10km southeast of the centre, along Hwy 80 in the direction of Long Xuyen; a taxi into town will cost  around 80,000d.

icon mekongdelta tour  Boat

Boats to Phu Quoc Island leave from the centrally located ferry terminal at the western end of Ð Nguyen Cong Tru.  Approximately three hydrofoils leave daily for Ca Mau (110,000d, three hours) from the Rach Meo ferry terminal ( 077-381 1306; Ð Ngo Quyen), about 2km south of town.

icon mekongdelta tour  Bus

There are regular  services to Ca Mau (50,000d, three hours), Ha Tien (38,000d, two hours) and other cities in the area  from the central bus station (260A Ð Nguyen Binh Khiem) north of town. A taxi into town will cost about  20,000d.

icon mekongdelta tour  Car & Motorbike

Rach Gia is 90km from Ha Tien, 120km from Can Tho and 270km from HCMC.

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