Chapter 6 brings readers to the ocean-side mountains, a costal areabetween Ha Tien and Rach gia
He said, 'All paperwork and agreements to start a sea tour of Ha Tien, Rach Gia
, and Phu Quoc Island in Viet Nam, Sihanoukville in Cambodia, and Trat and Chanthaburi in Thailand have been finished.
30am as we had to catch a ferry at 1pm and it took us that long to cycle to Rach Gia.
We join an old woman in prayer then it is back on our bikes to the resort of Rach Gia.
French planners had designed the canal to improve transportation along the coast of the (then) Gulf of Siam between Rach Gia and Ha Tien; it was to carry fresh water into coastal lands seasonally inundated by salt water, one of a series of projects to expand settlement into the Long Xuyen Quadrangle (Til' giac), a depressed floodplain covering more than 400,000 hectares between the Hau Giang River and the Gulf.
One ancient canal stretches over 90 km from Rach Gia to Ba The Mountain and Tak Ev in Cambodia.
Ba The Mountain was an important centre for the area designated as 'Funan' in the third century; near its base is the trace of the ancient canal crossing the plain from Rach Gia to pre-Angkorian temple complexes at Angkor Borei.
This can-do spirit was very much in evidence at a school for the handicapped we visited in Rach Gia
on the Gulf of Thailand.
The second loan will also provide funding for a comprehensive design and execution assistance for the residual parts of the GMS Southern Coastal Corridor in Vietnam from Ha Tien to Rach Gia
a loan that the bank will mull over in the next year.