Hà Tiên is a Provincial city in Kiên Giang Province, Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Its area is 10,049 ha (100.49 km2; 38.80 sq mi) and the population as of 2019 is 81,576. The city borders Cambodia to the west. Hà Tiên is a tourist site of the region thanks to its beaches and landscapes.[citation needed]

Hà Tiên
Thành phố Hà Tiên
Hà Tiên City
Hà Tiên town square
Hà Tiên town square
Hà Tiên is located in Vietnam
Hà Tiên
Hà Tiên
Location in Vietnam
Coordinates: 10°23′N 104°29′E / 10.383°N 104.483°E / 10.383; 104.483
Admin. divisionKiên Giang Province
 • Total100.49 km2 (38.80 sq mi)
 • Total100,560
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)


The name "Hà Tiên" is derived from the Sino-Vietnamese word: or , meaning "river spirit".


Mạc Cửu mausoleum

Hà Tiên was established by a small group of Chinese people, mostly men who supported the Ming Dynasty and were opposed to the Qing Dynasty, led by Mo Jiu (Mạc Cửu). When they arrived in Đàng Trong (as southern Vietnam was called while under the rule of the Nguyễn lords), the Nguyễn lords ordered the king of Cambodia (then a vassal state of Đàng Trong) to grant land to these Chinese people. These people built markets in this place and turned it into a busy business town. Vietnamese people gradually arrived there. This town later was merged into Vietnamese territory when Mo Jiu delivered its sovereignty to the Nguyễn Lords. Mo Jiu was then conferred the position of ruler of this town. It was at this time that the name Hà Tiên (河仙 - "River Spirit"), referring to the guardian deity of the Giang-thành river, was conferred on the town by the Emperor Minh Vương.[1]


Around 22 km south of Hà Tiên is a large cement plant located in Kiên Lương. Its history goes back to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), where it was one of the largest industrial projects when construction was started in April 1961.[2]


Vietnamese border gate next to Hà Tiên
Border crossing Vietnam - Cambodia

Road transportEdit

Buses connect Hà Tiên to the provincial capital Rạch Giá and many other towns in the Mekong Delta, including Châu Đốc, Can Tho, Ca Mau, Vung Tau and Saigon.

Sea transportEdit

Daily fast ferries are available to Phú Quốc island. In the low (wet) season they normally operate twice a day - at approximately 08:00-08:30 and then 13:00-13:30 (times vary a bit according to tides/weather). In the high (dry) season they run more frequently, with up to 3 fast boats (Superdong) each making up to 3 crossings every day. The trip takes about 80–90 minutes. There are also now 4 car ferries operating from Hà Tiên to the north east corner of the island at Bai Thom. These run on demand, not to a fixed schedule and can start as early as 05:00 and run until 21:00. This takes about 2.5 hours.

Border crossingEdit

A road border crossing between Vietnam and Cambodia, called the Hà Tiên International Border Gate, is located 7 km west of Hà Tiên in the village of Xà Xía. On the Cambodian side, the border crossing is known as the Prek Chak International Border Checkpoint in Kampong Trach District, Kampot. The border crossing was opened in 2007. It is open from 07:00 to 18:00. Besides conventional Vietnamese visas, this border crossing is also listed as a Vietnamese e-Visa point of entry for foreigners.[3]

Coordinates: 10°23′N 104°29′E / 10.383°N 104.483°E / 10.383; 104.483

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nicholas Sellers, The Princes of Hà-Tiên (1682-1867): the Last of the Philosopher-Princes and the Prelude to the French Conquest of Indochina: a Study of the Independent Rule of the Mac Dynasty in the Principality of Hà-Tiên, and the Establishment of the Empire of Vietnam, Brussels, Thanh-long, 1983, p. 24.
  2. ^ Đặng Phong (2004), Kinh tế Miền Nam Việt nam thời kỳ 1955 - 1975, Nhà xuất bản Khoa học xã hội, Hanoi, page 286
  3. ^ "Danh Sách Cửa Khẩu Cho Phép Người Nước Ngoài Nhập Cảnh, Xuất Cảnh Bằng Thị Thực Điện Tử (List Of Ports That Allowed Foreigners Enter And Exit Vietnam By Vietnamese E-Visa)". Vietnam Immigration Department. Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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