Chau Doc is one of the main entry points from Vietnam to Cambodia, and, along with Long Xuyen, one of the key regional centres of the An Giang province. As such, a there are a number of different transportation options, both to other cities within Vietnam, and also over the border into Cambodia.
Using the ferry to cross into Cambodia is quite an experience!
This Chau Doc Transportation Guide gives some background information about getting to and from the city, along with Long Xuyen, and also getting around within the two places. You can also use the local transportation options to get to Nui Sam.
Getting to Chau doc:
By Car or Motorbike
The bus station is located on Le Loi St., southwest of the town. A regular bus line runs from Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City's Mien Tay station (about 6-7 hours), which includes two ferry crossings. There are also buses from Chau Doc to Long Xuyen (1.5 hours), Can Tho, and other destinations throughout the Mekong Delta. Unfortunately, there is no direct road from Chau Doc to Ha Tien. To get there by car involves a drive of about 8 hours via Rach Gia, or else by boat ferry along the canal. The journey via ferry is about 8 hours, and they run daily.
Chau Doc is located 96km from Ha Tien, 117km from Can Tho, 179km from My Tho and 245km from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
By Boats or Ferries
Boats across the Hau Giang River to Chau Giang District leave from two separate docks. The vehicle ferries depart from Chau Giang Ferry Terminal, which is located at 419 Le Loi St. Meanwhile, the smaller, more frequent passenger ferries depart from FB Phu Hiep Ferry.
Xe Dap Loi
Xe Dap Loi drivers will take you anywhere, and are the best, quickest and cheapest way of getting around. You should have no problem finding them - they'll find you! Be sure to negotiate a price before starting your journey.