Ha Tien may be part of the Mekong Delta, but lying on the Gulf of Thailand it feels a world away from the rice fields and rivers that typify the region. There are dramatic limestone formations peppering the area, which are home to a network of caves, some of which have been turned into temples. Plantations of pepper trees cling to the hillsides. On a clear day, Phu Quoc Island is easily visible to the west.
The town itself has a languid charm, with crumbling colonial villas and a colourful riverside market. Already bolstered by the number of Phu Quoc– or Cambodia-bound travellers, visitor numbers will soar further with the recent introduction of two more car ferries to Phu Quoc to join the two already in place.