Phu Quoc Access

How to get to Vietnam's paradise island? Well, there are options...

Since Phu Quoc is an island, there are just two ways to get there:

Boat on Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island Boat on Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Access to Phu Quoc Island via Bus & Boat

If you are already in Rach Gia or Ha Tien, it's just a hop over the Gulf of Thailand with the fast ferry. Superdong is not some special kind of... toy, but the ferry company that takes you from the Vietnamese mainlands to Phu Quoc and back.

At the time we checked, the fare was
230,000đ for the Ha Tien - Phu Quoc connection and
350,000đ for Rach Gia - Phu Quoc.

Superdong III ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc Island Superdong III ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc Island | photo: Axel Drainville (cc-by-nc)

For current fares, departure times and other information about the Superdong ferry, please check out their website: Superdong Ferries, or drop by their main office on 10 30/4 Street in Duong Dong.

The transferbus from the office to the harbour is 30,000đ extra. Be quick, or you have to stand.

Ha Tien is a popular border crossing to Cambodia, especially for people coming from or going to Sihanouk.

From Ha Tien or Rach Gia to Saigon by Bus

If you travel on a budget or have masochistic tendencies, you take the bus to Saigon, which takes roughly eight hours that feel like 12. The main bus companies offering sitting or sleeping buses are Kumho Samco and Phuong Trang (Futa Buslines). The bus is significantly cheaper than the airplane and usually we take the bus for shorter hops. Even if the seeping buses are uncomfortable for long-legged people like me, at least you catch some sleep... Unless the driver is an utter idiot and cannot drive for two minutes without hooting like a flaming maniac.

as per December 2015. Check out their websites to get the most up-to-date information.

Busline from to type price
Phuong Trang Saigon Ha Tien sleeper 165,000đ
Phuong Trang Saigon Rach Gia sleeper 145,000đ
Kumho Samco Sai Gon Ha Tien sleeper 200,000đ
Kumho Samco Sai Gon Ha Tien seater 175,000đ
Kumho Samco Sai Gon Rach Gia seater 150,000đ

Be careful during summer holidays, since Vienamese families travel a lot during that time and the buses are filled up pretty fast. Buy your tickets in advance at your favourite travel agency.

Taxis and Transfer on Phu Quoc Island

If you booked at one of the more luxurious resorts on Phu Quoc, they probably send a transfer car to pick you up from the harbour or airport. If that is not the case and you need a taxi, be careful as usual when using taxis in Vietnam. Fortunately there are Mai Linh taxis available as well, which are known as the most reliable ones.

tropical beach paradise Tropical beach paradise in Vietnam | photo: (cc-by-sa)

Phu Quoc Island by Airplane

Going by airplane is a more convenient alternative since it's much faster. It is more expensive however. Here is a list of airlines, offering flights to Phu Quoc International Airport. I gathered this information in June 2015, so since Phu Quoc is being developed as Vietnam's prime paradiese island, many planned connections could already be in effect when yo read this. New flight conections from China, South Korea, Bangkok and Kazakhstan are planned, so stay tuned.

International Flights

Airline from/to to/from
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Singapore
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Siem Reap

Domestic Flights

Airline from/to to/from
Jetstar Pacific Phu Quoc Saigon
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Saigon
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Hanoi
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Rach Gia
Vietnam Airlines Phu Quoc Can Tho
VASCO Phu Quoc Saigon
VASCO Phu Quoc Rach Gia
VASCO Phu Quoc Can Tho
VietJetAir* Phu Quoc Saigon
VietJetAir* Phu Quoc Hanoi

* I had to fly with VietJetAir several times now and I have to say "buy cheap, get cheap". VietJetAir service is horrible and I do not recommend this airline. Better pay a little extra and fly with Vietnam Airlines.

Check how much luggage you are allowed to bring aboard, since the domestic limits often are very low and with a good camera, a laptop and a raincoat, you contingent is filled up. Extra luggage capacity can be purchased in advance or, pricy and with paperwork, at the check-in counter.

In the past, Air Mekong had a base on Phu Quoc International Airport as well, but they lost their license in 2014 after almost 2 years of hibernation.

Private Vietnamese carrier Air Mekong has had its air transport license voided as it failed to present a workable plan to resume business after a hiatus of more than 20 months, the Ministry of Transport said earlier this week. src: Tuoi Tre News

Fairy stream landscape Landscape on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa)

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