Photo: Late light, Rach Gia harbour.

Transport

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Air

Rach Gia Airport (VKG) is 10 kilometres southeast of the city centre. A meter taxi will cost around 150,000 dong, the journey taking 20 minutes.

VASCO Airlines, a subsidiary branch of Vietnam Airlines, services two domestic routes. There’s one flight daily to HCMC and as of December 2015, two flights a week to Phu Quoc.

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Bus

Rach Gia is served by two bus stations. If you're coming from Ho Chi Minh City, you'll likely be taken to the main Kien Giang bus station, inconveniently located seven kilometres southeast of the city centre in Rach Soi. It handles the bulk of Rach Gia's transport traffic, and has connections to buses all over the Mekong Delta, and a limited number of destinations beyond.

You’ll obviously need a taxi or xe om motorbike taxi to get to/from the station unless you arrive on a Phuong Trang aka Futa bus. This bus company provides free transfer to your hotel or the pier. Once you get off the bus look for their minivan with the company name in the window and disregard eager taxi drivers who try to snag foreigners unaware of this free service.

Note: As the provincial capital, Rach Gia is referred to as Kien Giang on bus signs/schedules.

Phuong Trang is reliable and has comfortable buses. It includes free pick up from your hotel.
HCMC: Sleeping bus departs at 00:30. Costs 145,000 dong and takes 6 hrs.
Can Tho: Sitting departs at 03:30, 06:30, 08:00, 09:00, 10:15, 12:00, 12:45, 14:30, 16:45, 18:35. Costs 105,000 dong and takes 3.5 hrs.

Other companies and destinations:
Da Lat: Departs at 18:30. Costs 370,000 dong and takes 16 hrs.
Nha Trang: sleeping bus departs at 16:30. Costs 295,000 dong and takes 16 hrs.
Phu Chanh: departs at 04:30, 05:30, 07:30. Costs 110,000 dong.
Ben Cat: departs at 04:30, 05:30, 07:30. Costs 110,000 dong.
Ca Mau: departs throughout the day from 07:00 to 18:30. Costs 85,000 dong and takes 4 hrs.

The Rach Gia regional bus station, sometimes referred to as the central bus station, is located in the centre east of the market on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street. Primarily used by private minibuses, it offers express services to Ha Tien, Chau Doc and occasionally Hon Chong (Kien Luong).

Ha Tien: Mai Linh express has an air-con minibus departing hourly from 04:40-20:15. Costs 60,000 dong and takes 2.5 hrs.
Kien Luong (Hon Chong): Runs infrequently, costs 50,000 dong. Alternatively, take any bus to Ha Tien and tell the driver you're heading to Hon Chong. You'll be dropped at Ba Hon, at a small market town on the main highway 15 kilometres to Hon Chong. Hire a xe om to take you the rest of the way.

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Boat

Be at the pier 30 minutes before departure time.

Weather permitting, the Superdong fast ferry makes the 2 hour, 20 minute journey to Phu Quoc daily.

Superdong is efficient and orderly. The boat is air-conditioned and rather plush – it’s assigned seating, and the seats are comfortable. You get a bottle of water, WiFi and a movie on flatscreen TVs. On Phu Quoc you’ll arrive at Bai Vong pier, on the east coast of the island. The cheapest way to get to town/Long Beach on the west coast is to use the Superdong shuttle bus, for 30,000 dong per person. It will drop you at their office in Duong Dong town.

You can buy tickets at Rach Gia pier or at the Superdong office which is located just a couple blocks behind the pier at 14 Tu Do Street. You’ll see a lot of booths selling boat tickets all around this area but there’s no real reason not to buy it direct (and if you are going to the office by taxi or xe om, they may try to deliver you to an agent). You can tell it is the real office: there’s glass doors, branded signage and a big display of schedules inside. You need to show your passport or give your passport number to buy the ticket. The office is open daily 06:00-20:30; T: (0773) 877 742; superdong.com.vn/en/ .

Phu Quoc: Departs at 08:00, 08:45, 13:00. Adult ticket costs 340,000 dong, children 250,000 dong, seniors 290,000 dong. Takes 2 hours 20 minutes.

On weekends in high season and holidays, an additional departure may be added at 12:40.

During rainy season between May and June, departures are reduced to twice a day, 08:00 and 13:00. We were told that departures are cancelled when winds exceed “level 7”. We’re not sailors but what that means is you should have some flexibility in your schedule as it could be days before the rough weather ends, or quickly book a flight to Phu Quoc as they fill up fast.

Superdong also services three of the Nam Du islands – Hon Tre, Hon Son (Lai Son) and Nam Du – making a pit stop to pick up passengers and cargo at each one before completing the same journey in reverse, returning to Rach Gia.

Superdong ferry to Nam Du departs Rach Gia pier once a day at 07:20. The arrivals are as follows:
Hon Tre: Arrives at 07:55 (takes 35 minutes), costs 70,000 dong.
Hon Son (shown as official name Lai Son): Arrives at 08:45 (takes 1 hour 25 minutes), costs 140,000 dong.
Nam Du: Arrives at 09:40 (takes 2 hours 20 minutes), costs 210,000 dong.

In reverse, returning to Rach Gia:
Nam Du: Departs at 10:15, costs 210,000 dong.
Hon Son: Departs at 11:10, costs 140,000 dong.
Hon Tre: Departs at 12:00, costs 70,000 dong.
Boat arrives back to mainland Rach Gia at 12:35.

There is no regular boat service between Phu Quoc and Nam Du, but you can take the Superdong fast ferry from Phu Quoc to Rach Gia, then take another boat to Nam Du.

Slower Ngoc Thanh ferry (T: 077 3502 368) also services the Nam Du islands. It departs Rach Gia at 08:05.
Hon Tre: Arrives at 08:50, costs 60,000 dong.
Hon Son: Arrives at 09:40, costs 135,000 dong.
Nam Du: Arrives at 11:30, costs 205,000 dong.

In reverse, returning to Rach Gia:
Nam Du: Departs at 12:15, costs 205,000 dong.
Hon Son: Departs at 13:00, costs 135,000 dong.
Hon Tre: Departs at 14:00, costs 60,000 dong.
Boat arrives back in Rach Gia at 14:45.

Duc Trung / Thanh Tu
Hon Son: Departs at 08:00, costs 90,000 dong.

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Getting around

Meter taxis can be hard to come by. You won’t necessarily encounter one standing on the street; your hotel can call you one and it may take a while before it arrives. Taxis and xe om are of course on hand at bus stations and the pier.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Rach Gia? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


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