I'm looking for a relatively painless but interesting way to get from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Kampot in Cambodia.
The most commonly suggested route seems to be the bus from HCMC to Phnom Pehn, and then Phnom Pehn to Kampot. My main concern with this is that the early buses seem to arrive in Phnom Pehn around 1330, and the last ones to Kampot seem to leave about 1430, which doesn't leave much of a window for delays on the first leg. Also, we intend to go back to Pnomh Pehn so don't really want to do the same route twice.
I have heard there are busses from HCMC to Ha Tien, but can't find much in the way of times/where they leave from. Can anyone advise on these? getting from Ha Tien to Kampot seems straightforward.
How can we arrange a shared minibus to Ha Tien?
If all else fails, what would be a ball park figure for a taxi/driver cost from HCMC to Ha Tien?