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Phu Quoc Island

Getting there and away

Air

Vietnam Airlines has multiple flights a day from Phu Quoc to Saigon and at least one flight a day to Rach Gia. For flights on weekends and in high season, book as far in advance as possible as the planes are small and fill up fast. In general, flights from Saigon cost around 800,000 VND. Flights from Rach Gia cost around 500,000 VND.

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Boat

There are two main boat options to Phu Quoc. From Rach Gia, taking roughly two and a half hours and from Ha Tien, taking a bit over an hour.

Weather permitting, speedboats depart at least once a day from both Rach Gia and Ha Tien to Phu Quoc and in the reverse. Most people use the catchily-named Superdong, but there are other boat operators -- shop around to compare price.

Departure is around 08:00 from each end, and in high season there are often several more departures staggered through the day and early afternoon. The boat fare from Rach Gia is around 200,000 VND and 215,000 to 300,000 VND from Ha Tien.

In the midst of the rainy season, when the weather is rough, boats can be cancelled for days on end -- you're better off to fly.

At peak season, Green Line offers hydrofoils between Hon Chong and Phu Quoc. It's not a bad option, as Hon Chong is closer to Phu Quoc than Rach Gia. Check with your hotel to book tickets.

For detailed timetable and pricing information, see the Superdong website.

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • I read about "rumours" that there might be a boat connection from Phu Quoc island directly into Cambodia (not via Ha Tien in Vietnam, but directly into Sihanoukville, Kep or some other nearby Cambodian place). Does anyone have the latest news?

    Update by rbakels (2)
    Written on 21st December, 2010

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Getting Around

Phu Quoc has a reasonable network of roads -- a few sealed, most not -- which make it easy to circumnavigate the island. While distances are not too high, going can be slow -- especially in wet season when the quality of the unsealed roads declines considerably. The easiest way to get around is by hiring a motorbike on a daily basis. None of the roads are all that challenging, so even novice riders should be okay -- just take it easy, wear a helmet and don't drink and ride. Motorbikes can be hired from most guesthouses and resorts. 4WDs can also be hired, though you need to hire them with a driver -- foreigners are not permitted to self-drive a hired 4WD on Phu Quoc Island.

Sample distance include:
Duong Dong - Ham Ninh: 14km
Duong Dong - At Thoi: 27km
Duong Dong - Bai Thom: 27km
Duong Dong - Suoi Tranh (waterfall): 10km

Updates from Travelfish readers

  • I have just been told that the ferry from Phu Quoc to Ha Tien is about 200.000 VND as you report but a taxi from Duong Dong to the ferry dock would be nearly 300.000 VND - whereas Lonely Planet says 150.000 VND. But LP is often obsolete. What is the (a) proper price?

    Update by rbakels (2)
    Written on 16th January, 2011

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