Photo: Nam Du isn't all that busy.

How to get to and from Nam Du

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The Nam Du Islands is serviced by the Superdong (go on, say it a few times) fast ferry. It stops at Hon Tre, Hon Son (Lai Son) and Nam Du before making the journey in reverse, stopping at each island again to pick up passengers and cargo.

Superdong 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 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.

The ferry is efficient, orderly, air-con and comfortable. Seating is assigned and you get a bottle of water, a refresher towel and entertainment on flatscreen TVs.

You can purchase tickets directly at the Superdong office (open daily 06:00-20:30) located a few blocks behind the Rach Gia pier at 14 To Do St; T: (077) 3877 742.

If you don’t want to buy your return ticket in advance, we were told you can purchase it from a uniformed Superdong representative who is at the pier a couple of hours before departure. Your guesthouse owner can surely also help you get a ticket – if you don’t speak Vietnamese, write down where you want to go rather than try to pronounce it.

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 the Superdong to Hon Son or Nam Du.

Slower Ngoc Thanh ferry also services the 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.

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Getting around

Informally motorbike rentals are available at your accommodation. We hired a motorbike and driver through Phong Vu, a half-day for 300,000 dong. This is rather inflated. Negotiate the price beforehand.

The island’s freshly paved roads would be great on bicycle. Try renting one in Rach Gia and bring it with you.

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