Photo: Towards Cambodia from Thach Dong.

How to get to and from Ha Tien

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The bus station is located two kilometres from the town centre, across the river on the same side as the pier. Phuong Trang and Mai Linh Express are comfortable and reliable.

Mai Linh Express runs an air-con minibus to Rach Gia, with hourly departures starting at 04:30 until 20:15. Cost is 60,000 dong and it takes 2.5 hours. Local bus to Rach Gia departs when there are enough passengers. Hourly departures start at 04:00 until 11:00. Costs 43,000 dong and takes 2.5 hours.

Phuong Trang (Futa Bus) services Ho Chi Minh City. Sleeping bus departs at 08:30, 10:30, 20:30, 22:30. Ticket cost is 165,000 dong and the journey takes 8-9 hrs.

With other companies, there are departures to Ho Chi Minh City hourly from 06:00-23:00. Costs 165,000 and takes 9 hrs.

Other destinations:
Bac Lieu: departs at 09:15 and costs 150,000 dong.
Ben Tre: departs at 06:30 and costs 130,000 dong.
Binh Khanh: departs at 05:00, 07:00 and costs
Ca Mau: departs at 05:15, 06:15 and costs 125,000 dong.
Can Tho: departs at 04:45, 05:30, 22:20 and costs 95,000 dong. Also departs at 18:15 and costs 115,000 dong.
Vung Tau: departs at 19:15 and costs 210,000 dong.

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The pier is located across the river from the town centre. Arrive to the pier at least 30 minutes before the boat’s scheduled departure.

The vast majority of locals and travellers take the Superdong fast ferry to Phu Quoc. Weather permitting, the boat makes the trip at least twice a day to Phu Quoc and in the reverse. Superdong has an office in Ha Tien at 11 Tran Hau Street. T: (077) 3877 742; open daily 06:00-20:30.

Superdong is efficient, orderly, air-conditioned and comfortable. Seating is assigned and included in the cost of your ticket is a bottle of water and entertainment on flatscreen TVs. The boat will arrive at Bai Vong Pier on the east coast of Phu Quoc. Purchase a bus transfer to/from the pier to Duong Dong, the main town on the island, for 30,000 dong per person.

More departures can be added during peak holiday seasons (Saturday, Sunday, Tet and during summer months of May to August). In times of rough weather, when winds exceed safe levels, boats can be cancelled for days on end. Weather is more unpredictable in rainy season and flying may save you from the headache. The closest airport with flights to Phu Quoc is Rach Gia, less than three hours away.

Ha Tien to Phu Quoc departs at 08:00, 13:50. Cost for adults is 230,000 dong, children 160,000 dong. It takes 1 hour 15 minutes. On Saturday, Sunday, public and summer holidays, extra departures may be added at 07:30, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 12:15 or 14:00.

Phu Quoc is also serviced by slower Ngoc Thanh ferry. Boat departs at 07:45, 10:30, and a ticket costs 215,000 dong.

Important: As of late 2016 we've been advised by a traveller that ferry operators in Ha Tien are not currently allowing foreigners to get on a boat to Hai Tac. Please check the situation on the ground before planning to head to the island.

To get to Hai Tac (aka Pirate Island), there are two departures daily though we’re told the early morning departure and subsequent return journey depends on if there are enough passengers. We had no problem with our morning departure -- it was quite full and left on time. Look for the boat to “Tien Hai”, which is the official name for the group of islands. Ferry departs at 08:30, returns at 15:30; departs at 14:30, returns at 09:30 the following day. One-way ticket costs 40,000 dong.

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Getting around

Mailinh Taxis have arrived in Ha Tien. Your hotel can call you one should you need it. T: (077) 3838 3838.

Motorbike taxis are everywhere, on the hunt to take travellers to the border. They’ll find you.

Motorbike rentals are available at some hotels and guesthouses. We were quoted 200,000 dong, which seems steep. Ask around.

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