Attractions

Top Choice Memorial in Ha Tien

Ba Chuc Tomb

Ba Chuc’s memorial, 75km from Ha Tien, stands as a ghastly reminder of the horrors perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge. Between 18 April and 30 April 1978, the Khmer Rouge killed 3157 villagers here, leaving only two sur…
Top Choice Island in Ha Tien

Pirate Island

This small speck of an island, covered in lush vegetation and with clear blue waters, has a sordid 500-year history as a pirate haven, which only came to an end during the reunification in 1975. Today the inhabitant…
Buddhist Temple in Ha Tien

Thach Dong Cave Pagoda

This Buddhist cave temple is 4km northeast of town. Scramble through the cave chambers to see the funerary tablets and altars to Ngoc Hoang, Quan The Am Bo Tat and the two Buddhist monks who founded the temples of t…
Buddhist Temple in Ha Tien

Phu Dung Pagoda

This pagoda was founded in the mid-18th century by Mac Thien Tich’s wife, Nguyen Thi Xuan. Her tomb and that of one of her female servants are on the hillside behind the pagoda. Inside the main hall of the pagoda, t…
Buddhist Temple in Ha Tien

Tam Bao Pagoda

Founded by Mac Cuu in 1730, Tam Bao Pagoda is home to a community of Buddhist nuns. In front of the splendid, many-tiered pagoda is a statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat (the Goddess of Mercy) standing on a lotus blossom. …
Beach in Ha Tien

Mui Nai

The best of the Gulf of Thailand beaches, Mui Nai is 8km west of Ha Tien. The water is incredibly warm and becalmed; great for bathing and diving. The bay spills over with stalls selling loud-coloured water rings, s…
Natural Feature in Ha Tien

Dong Ho

The name translates as East Lake, however, Dong Ho is not a lake but an inlet of the sea. Dong Ho is said to be most beautiful on nights when there is a full or almost-full moon. According to legend, on such nights …
Hill in Ha Tien

Tuc Dup Hill

Because of its network of connecting caves, Tuc Dup Hill (216m) served as a strategic base of operations during the American War. Tuc dup is Khmer for ‘water runs at night’ and it is also known locally as ‘Two Milli…
Buddhist Temple in Ha Tien

Ngoc Tien Monastery

From Ha Tien’s riverfront, this Buddhist monastery is a striking sight – sprawling up the hill on the other side of the river. The buildings themselves are unremarkable but it’s worth making the steep climb up here …
Tomb in Ha Tien

Mac Cuu Family Tombs

Not far from town are the Mac Cuu Family Tombs, known locally as Nui Lang, the Hill of the Tombs. Mac Cuu, a Khmer-appointed 18th-century Chinese governor, and several dozen of his relatives are buried here in tradi…