There are two ways to get to Phu Quoc Island
The most popular way to get to Phu Quoc is by taking a flight as the island is not too far away from all the major hubs in Asia. Flight fares are heavily subsidized by the government and begin at just 390,000VND or about $20.00USD. Domestically only Vietnam Airlines (Vietnam’s national airline), VietJet Air (Low far airline), Vasco (Operated by Vietnam Airlines) and Jetstar Pacific all fly to Phu Quoc Island with the most popular route being Ho Chi Minh City – Phú Quốc (45min flight time).
All flights to Phú Quốc land at the Phu Quoc International Airport in Duong Dong Town, the islands economic capital, and within 10 minutes of Long Beach, the islands most popular beach. For more details about the Phu Quoc International Airport, please click here.
Various new routes are making Phu Quoc more accessible and as the flight offerings are in a constant state of fluctuation, the following are some recent changes/additions to the routes, schedules, rates, etc as they occur.
You can also get to Phu Quoc by a combination of bus and ferry from either Cambodia or Ho Chi Minh City. The routes are well established and travel is quite comfortable. All the buses will either stop off at Ha Tien City & Port (if coming from Cambodia or the western part of Vietnam) or Rach Gia City & Port (if you are arriving from the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, etc).
As of 2017 there are 3 ferry companies that service the island:
Phu Quoc’s main island has 3 domestic ferry ports all of which are located on the eastern side of the island:
1. Bai Vong Port: This is the main port servicing tourists arriving via the fast ferry or slow ferry. The port is located just south of Ham Ninh Village and it is the closest port to Duong Dong Town and the popular Long Beach Area. Once you have arrived at Bai Vong Port, there will be numerous transportation options available for you to get to your destination e.g. shared mini bus (fare: ~40,000VND to 50,000VND to Duong Dong), taxi (more expensive @ ~200,000VND and up), and xe-om (motorbike taxi). Pre-arranged transfers can also be arranged via the SuperDong Ferry Company.
2. Da Chong Port (Slow Ferry Only): Da Chong Port is located in Bai Thom (Thom Village) in the remote North Eastern section of Phu Quoc, adjacent to the Phu Quoc National Park. Once you have arrived here there will be numerous taxi’s ready to take you to your destination. Pre-arranged transfers are also available via the Thanh Thoi ferry company.
There are limited accommodation options available around the port area however 10 km’s north of Da Chong Port lies Thom Village, which has a few hotels, guest houses, and a couple oceanfront resorts. South of Da Chong Port, and just 5 km’s away, you will find a few boutique beach resorts located on the white sand beach of Bai Cay Sao (part of Ham Ninh Village), not to be confused with Bai Sao located in An Thoi. Bai Cay Sao Beach is one of Phu Quoc’s hidden gems and a true “off-the-beaten” track paradise locations. Highly recommended resorts include: Mango Beach Resort, Chez Vu Villa, Kiki Beach Resort, and Cosiana Beach Resort.
3. Vinh Dam Port (Slow Ferry): Vinh Dam Port is located just 4.5 kilometers north of Sao Beach, one of Phu Quoc’s most popular beaches. This port is also relatively close (5 to 8 kilometers) to Long Beaches 5 star luxury beach resorts found on the western side of Phú Quốc in Duong To village (e.g. Intercontinental Phu Quoc Hotel & Resort, Novotel Phu Quoc Resort, Sol Beach House Phu Quoc, Kosmos Villa, Sonasea Villas & Resorts Phú Quốc, and the Muong Thanh Luxury Resort). South of Sao Beach lies Kem Beach, which is 5.6 kilometers from Vinh Dam Port, and home to Phu Quoc’s best beach resort – the J.W. Marriott Emerald Bay. The Vinh Dam Port port was temporarily used by the Thanh Thoi ferry corporation (slow ferry / car ferry) while waiting for the construction of the new slow ferry port at Bai Vong to be commenced.
HA TIEN ↔ PHU QUOC
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc via Bai Vong Port (fast ferry) – 90 minutes | 230,000VND (~$10.00US) for a one way trip
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc via Da Chong Port (slow ferry, car transport) – 150 minutes | 185000VND (~$8.00US) for a one way trip
Ha Tien to Phu Quoc via Vinh Dam Port (slow ferry, car transport) – 210 minutes
*Motorbike fee 80,000VND or $4.00US
RACH GIA ↔ PHU QUOC
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc via Bai Vong Port (fast ferry) – 120 minutes
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc via Bai Vong Port (slow ferry with stops to other islands) – 180 minutes
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc via An Tho Port (slow ferry, infrequent route with) – 220 minutes
Cost: 350,000VND (~$15.00) – Updated for 2017 season (note: the price use to be 260,000)
* Note that the above time is the time spent out at sea and not at the port. Time at port varies depending on the number of passengers boarding, cargo, etc.
** If you are traveling by motorbike, you can bring it on board the fast and ferry for an additional fee.
Q: Should I take the slow ferry or the fast ferry to Phu Quoc?
This is a common question asked by some travelers to the island. The fast ferry is faster by 1 hour, there are more daily departures, the arrival port is closer to Phu Quoc’s main tourist areas, and cheaper. You will take the fast ferry to save time and it is also more convenient. By contrast, the slow ferry is slower by 1 hour and there are limited daily departures. Ideally you will take the slow ferry to Phu Quoc if you have a vehicle (motorbike/car/truc) and/or if you want to experience the more adventurous and rugged parts of Phu Quoc Island. Also, the slow ferry is much larger and more luxurious than the fast ferry. However both trips are equally scenic, especially if you depart mainland Vietnam just before sunrise.
*Like Vietnam tourism as a whole, the Phu Quoc ferry schedules and ticket prices are in a constant state of flux. More daily departures are added during the high season some departures are suspended during the wet season. For up-to-date ferry information please visit here.
If you are arriving to Phu Quoc by the “fast ferry” (most popular) from either Ha Tien or Rach Gia, you will disembark at Vong Beach (Bai Vong) located just south of Ham Ninh Village and close to Duong Dong Town, the capital of Phu Quoc District. From here you can either take a taxi, shared minivan, or motorbike taxi (Xe Om) to get your destination – rest assured there will be plenty available waiting for you as they keep track of all Phu Quoc ferry schedules. The cost of a taxi will be approximately 200,000VND – 350,00VND, depending on your destination, but you get the convenience of having your own car and the taxi driver will drop you of directly in front of your hotel. A shared minivan costs only 30,000VND (as of 2016) per person and it is economical way to travel, especially if you are budget conscious. Some minivan drivers may charge you 40,000VND per person because you are a “foreigner” and it is up to you if you want to pay the extra 10,000VND or stand your ground. Make sure you tell the driver where you are headed (Long Beach, Ham Ninh, Kem Beach, Dai Beach, Duong Dong Town, Sao Beach, etc) so that you take the right minivan as not all minivans are going to the same area. There will also be a motorbike taxi available and the cost varies.
*Please note that there are no ATM’s at the dock.
The slow ferry to Phu Quoc departs from Ha Tien only, not Rach Gia, and arrives at Da Chong Port (Đá Chồng) in the north western section of Phu Quoc Island just south of Thom Village and adjacent to the Phu Quoc National Park. Da Chong Port is very far away from Duong Dong Town & Long Beach, where most tourists stay. At Da Chong Port there will be taxis available to take you to your destination but expect the rates to be much higher.
The following is a video of Phu Quoc slow ferry terminal located in Bai Thom, Phu Quoc:
It is also possible to travel by sea to Phu Quoc from mainland Vietnam by joining a local fisherman and or a product supply boat. The journey will take approximately 6 hours and you will dock at An Thoi port, located on the southern tip of Phu Quoc Island. Expect to share the boat with live animals and curious Vietnamese people. You can find fisherman to take you to Phu Quoc at Cau Mau, Rach Gia, and Ha Tien, but there are no guarantees and it helps if you know a little Vietnamese.
Although Phu Quoc is located just 4 km from the Cambodia – Vietnam border, currently there is no way to reach Phu Quoc directly from Cambodia by boat, as you need to formally pass through customs & immigration. However both Cambodia and Vietnam are upgrading their coastal links and there will be ferry from Sihanoukville to Phu Quoc in the very near future, docking at Da Chong Port up in the north western section of Phu Quoc Island.
Phu Quoc has 2 international seaports capable of accommodating luxury cruise ships: 1) The Phu Quoc Internationa Passenger Port located in Duong Dong Town, the center of tourism on Phu Quoc and 2) The An Thoi Seaport, located in An Thoi Town, the second largest township on Phu Quoc and the gateway to the Phu Quoc Marine Park. Expansion of both these international ports occur annually to accommodate larger cruise ships visiting Phu Quoc as well as military vessels.
*Passengers on board international cruise ships arriving on Phu Quoc will receive a Vietnam visa exemption.
The following are the cruise ship operators that take guests to Phu Quoc Island:
Costa Victoria Cruises: The Italian based (Costa Crociere) cruise liner first arrived on Phu Quoc in January 13, 2017 carrying over 2,000 passengers. Due to the sheer size of the vessel, the Costa Victoria had to dock 1 km from Duong Dong Beach and then transport guests to Duong Dong Town via small vessels. The cruise ship operator uses the Laem Chabang Port near Bangkok Thailand as its main cruising hub for the South East Asia area.
Cruise trips from Thailand to Phu Quoc cost 370.00 US (8,306,702VND) per person. The cruise sailing route to Phu Quoc from Thailand is as follows Laem Chabang (Thailand) → Sihanoukville (Cambodia) → Phu Quoc (Vietnam) → Koh Samui (Thailand) → Laem Chabang (Thailand)
Photo courtesy of Costa Crociere
Jupier Cruises: Hong Kong China’s Royal Group and Vietnam’s Sea Star Corporation will also be bringing guests to Phu Quoc from China on a seasonal basis in the near future.
To get to Phu Quoc from Phnom Penh via a combination of bus and ferry you need to book your ticket through a travel and/or transport agency. The cost is approximately $30.00USD and they will pick you up from your hotel. The total trip takes about 8hours. The bus travels south from Phnom Penh to Kampot and Kep and will pick up passengers from the aforementioned cities as well. Occasionally the bus will also stop of at Sihanoukville. The bus will then continue to the Vietnam/Cambodia border. You will exit the bus at the border, go through immigration, and then board another bus that will head to Ha Tien Port. Once at Ha Tien port, you will board a ferry operated by the Superdong corporation. If the ferry is late, you can grab a quick bite to eat at the few restaurants that are there.
There is a bus/ferry combo that goes to Phu Quoc from Siem Reap via Phnom Penh but it is probably more cost effective to just fly directly via Vietnam Airlines, if the flight is available. Direct flights from Siem Reap to Phu Quoc were once offered but shortly terminated. They may be offered again in the near future, once the island is more developed.