Phu Quoc International Airport (PQC) is located at the southern end of Long Beach, approximately nine kilometres from Duong Dong town. Opened in 2012, the new airport was built to accommodate larger aircraft and international flights. Domestic routes include Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi, while regional international routes include Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
Jetstar offers an airport shuttle to/from Duong Dong town. Cost is 50,000 dong per person. For transport from town to the airport, you or your hotel can call their hotline T: (077) 660 8686.
Metered taxis are lined up out front. A 20,000 dong surcharge applies for taxis leaving the airport.
There are ATMs under the outside stairwell that connects to the second floor departures level.
Weather permitting, fast ferries make the trip at least once a day from both Ha Tien and Rach Gia to Phu Quoc and in the reverse. The vast majority of travellers take the catchily-named Superdong fast ferry, which is efficient, orderly, air-con and comfortable. Seating is assigned and you even get a bottle of water, a moist towelette and entertainment on flatscreen TVs. Phu Quoc Express is another popular operator.
The Superdong office in town has English speaking staff and is open daily from 06:00 to 20:30. Superdong ferries arrive/depart from Bai Vong Pier on the east coast of Phu Quoc. When you buy your ferry ticket, you can also purchase a bus transfer to/from the pier for only 30,000 dong per person. The bus leaves the office one hour before boat departure.
Phu Quoc to Rach Gia: Departs at 08:00, 13:00. Takes 2 hours 30 minutes and costs adults 340,000 dong, children 250,000 dong, elderly 290,000 dong, disabled 255,000 dong. On Saturday, Sunday, public and summer holidays, extra departures may be added at 08:45 and 12:40.
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc: Departs at 08:00, 08:45, 13:00. On Saturday, Sunday, public and summer holidays, an extra departure may be added at 12:40.
More departures can be added during peak holiday seasons (Saturday, Sunday, Tet and during summer months of May to July). In times of rough weather, when winds exceed safe levels, boats can be cancelled for days on end—in which case everyone scrambles to get a flight. Weather is more unpredictable in rainy season and flying may save you from the headache.
Phu Quoc to Ha Tien: Departs at 08:00, 13:00. Takes 1 hour 15 minutes and costs adults 230,000 dong, children 160,000 dong, elderly 195,000 dong, disabled 170,000 dong. On Saturday, Sunday, public and summer holidays, extra departures may be added at 09:45 or 10:00 and 14:30.
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc: Departs at 08:00, 13:50. On Saturday, Sunday, public and summer holidays, extra departures may be added at 07:30, 10:00, 12:00, 12:15 or 14:00.
Phu Quoc Express: 90 Tran Hung Dao street, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc. T: (02973) 996 686, (989) 566 889 http://phuquocexpressboat.com/
Superdong 10 Duong 30/4, Ward 2, Duong Dong town, Phu Quoc. T: (077) 3980 111 http://superdong.com.vn/
Phu Quoc has a reasonable network of roads, with key north to south and east to west roads now sealed and easygoing. There are still dirt roads, mainly on the north and north east coast, that give you a taste of what Phu Quoc was like 10 years ago. The going can be slow and it requires some experience and finesse—nearly every day we saw someone hobble into a hotel muttering about hitting a slippery patch of sand. Wet season is especially difficult, when the quality of the unsealed roads deteriorates into a muddy mess.
Phu Quoc’s freshly paved roads, dramatic scenery and numerous beach options make it a great place to explore by bicycle or motorbike and this is the most popular way for travellers to get around. However, by law, in order to drive a motorbike, foreigners must have an International Driving Permit. A fatal motorbike accident involving a tourist and prominent local in 2014 led to the change and local authorities do enforce it with regular stings specifically targeting foreigners. Long-time residents told us the fine can be as hefty as US$100, or worse, the bikes are confiscated by the truck full and held ransom for days, the fine increasing by US$100 a day. Also check the fine print of your travel insurance.
If you do choose motorbike, every hotel, guesthouse or tour agency will happily rent you one for 150,000 dong a day (but don’t expect any support with the fine).
The speed limit in town is a strict 40 kilometres per hour, or 50 kilometres per hour outside of town—there are police stings in this regard too. When in Duong Dong town, if you don’t see anyone else parked in a spot it is probably because it is not allowed.
On the flipside to all these motorbike caveats, you won’t find any of the usual pay-to-park schemes at beaches. No protection is needed as in other parts of Vietnam. Many locals told us it was perfectly safe to park, lock it and enjoy a day at the beach, be it a busy or quiet one.
Sasco Taxi T: (077) 3767 767 and green Mai Linh T: (077) 397 9797 meter taxis are available on the island.
Duong Dong town—Phu Quoc International Airport: 9km
Duong Dong town—Ong Lang beach: 10km
Duong Dong town—Bai Vong port: 14km
Duong Dong town—Vinpearl Land: 23km
Duong Dong town—An Thoi: 27km