Phu Quoc Island by Boat

Last updated January 2017 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

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Phu Quoc Island, in the Gulf of Thailand off Vietnam’s southwest coast, is fast becoming the country’s premier beach destination. With the opening of an international airport, the completion of numerous high-profile resorts, and newly sealed roads now stretching even to some of the island’s most remote beaches, Phu Quoc is on track to become one of the star attractions on the Southeast Asia ‘beach trail’. An enjoyable, cheap, and convenient way to reach the island – especially for those travelling to or from Cambodia – is by boat. Over a dozen passenger and car ferries leave regularly from two of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta towns: Ha Tien, on the Cambodian border, and Rach Gia, a couple hours further south. On this page, I provide all the information you need to know about getting the boat to and from Phu Quoc Island, including a full listing of times and prices for passengers and vehicles.

Phu Quoc Island Ferry Boat, VietnamTravelling to Phu Quoc Island by boat is fun, cheap, convenient, and relatively hassle-free

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GUIDE: PHU QUOC ISLAND BY BOAT


Note that fast boats sail to Phu Quoc from both Ha Tien and Rach Gia in the Mekong Delta, but car ferries sail from Ha Tien only. All of the information, schedules, and prices on this page are accurate at the time of writing (January 2017). However, specific details on this route can and do change from time to time. But, in my experience, you can generally guarantee at least two sailings a day in each direction, on each route: one in the morning and one in the afternoon (weather permitting). Check the Superdong (fast boat) and Thanh Thoi (car ferry) websites for more information, contact details, and ticketing services.

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ABOUT: THE FAST BOAT


There are several companies operating fast boat services to Phu Quoc from Ha Tien and Rach Gia. But by far the most efficient and regular of these is Superdong. The boats are long and slender with inside seating on comfortable soft chairs. Air-con is turned up to the max, and Vietnamese pop music and soap operas are played throughout the journey. If you’re not into Vietnamese popular culture, it’s a good idea to head out to the back deck, where you can sit outside and watch the churning wake disappearing into the distance. (Note: for the first and last 10 minutes of the voyage, passengers are not allowed outside on deck). Boat staff are young and polite, and there are decent toilets on board, but no food or drink is available.

Superdong Fast Boat, Phu Quoc, VietnamLong and slender: the fast boats to Phu Quoc (mostly operated by Superdong) are small but comfortable

Although there are at least four fast boat companies, there should be little confusion for travellers, because all tickets for all boat companies are sold either at the ticket offices at the boat piers or at guesthouses, resorts and hotels in Phu Quoc, Rach Gia, and Ha Tien. Ticket prices are fixed and no commission is charged if you buy them through your hotel, so most travellers find it more convenient to do it this way. All fast boats from Ha Tien and Rach Gia dock at Bai Vong Port on Phu Quoc, in the southeast of the island, about 15 minutes’ drive from the main town of Duong Dong. The only hindrance to your voyage might be weather: in the rainy season (May to October) rough seas can force companies to cancel their services.

Superdong Fast Boat, Phu Quoc, VietnamDeck space: the fast boats have decent outside areas from which to watch the seascape pass by

If you’re travelling on two wheels, all fast boats from Ha Tien and Rach Gia can carry several motorbikes, but it’s best to book at least a day in advance, especially during high season (December to April). Be aware that the baggage handlers, who are the ones in charge of your motorbike, sometimes try to rip you off by charging an additional ‘handling fee’ upon arrival: make sure you pay before boarding and establish that the amount is all inclusive. (Note: you will need your passport and vehicle license plate number to make a reservation.) See the full fast boat schedule HERE.

Superdong Fast Boat, Phu Quoc, VietnamFast boats have space for 10-12 motorbikes, which are loaded on the front of the vessel

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ABOUT: THE CAR FERRY


Unlike the fast boats, there’s only one company operating the slower car ferries between Ha Tien and Phu Quoc Island. Thanh Thoi has recently added new vessels to its ever expanding fleet. The car ferries are big steel hulks with room to accommodate trucks, coaches, cars and motorbikes, and plenty of inside seating on soft seats upstairs. There’s lots of deck space out among the vehicles, and most of the ferries have a decent bar/cafe on-board too (some even have karaoke). Toilets are OK.

The car ferry to Phu Quoc Island, VietnamA hulk of steel: the car ferry can accommodate dozens of large vehicles & hundreds of passengers

From Ha Tien, the car ferry sails to two separate ports on Phu Quoc: Vinh Dam, in the southeast of the island (20 minutes from Duong Dong town), and Da Chong, in the remote northeast of the island, about 45 minutes’ drive from Duong Dong town. Thanh Thoi can arrange transfers between the ports and Duong Dong Town for a small extra charge. You can book tickets at the ferry piers or through hotels in Ha Tien and Phu Quoc. In general, there’s no need to book in advance. (Note: you will need your passport and vehicle license plate number to make a reservation.) See the full car ferry schedule HERE.

The car ferry to Phu Quoc Island, VietnamPassengers can stand outside on the deck and there’s a cafe/bar on-board most vessels too

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SCHEDULE & PRICES: THE FAST BOAT


Fast boats, the majority of which are operated by Superdong, run from both Ha Tien (1.5 hours) and Rach Gia (2.5 hours) in the Mekong Delta. All fast boats dock at Bai Vong Port in the southeast of Phu Quoc Island. Each fast boat has capacity for 200-300 passengers and 10-12 motorbikes. Seating is on soft, coach-style reclinable chairs; there’s also some outside deck space. Toilets are fine, but no refreshments are available on-board. If you’re travelling in the high-season (December to April) it’s advisable to book passenger and motorbike tickets at least a day in advance, because the fast boats fill up very quickly. (You must have your passport and motorbike license plate number to book tickets.) The following schedules are for Rach Gia first, and Ha Tien second. (Note: times given in brackets are additional sailings laid on during the high season. Although times are subject to change, there will almost always be two sailings in each direction daily: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.)


RACH GIA  PHU QUOC

Departures: 8.00am, (9.00am), 1.00pm, (12.40pm) daily

Duration: 2.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 350,000VNĐ ($15)

Motorbike Ticket: 250,000VNĐ ($11)

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PHU QUOC → RACH GIA

Departures: 8.00am, (8.45am), 1.00pm, (12.40pm) daily

Duration: 2.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 350,000VNĐ ($15)

Motorbike Ticket: 250,000VNĐ ($11)

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HA TIEN → PHU QUOC

Departures: (7.30am), 8.00am, (10.00am), 2.00pm, (12.30pm) daily

Duration: 1.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 230,000VNĐ ($10)

Motorbike Ticket: 180,000VNĐ ($8)

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PHU QUOC → HA TIEN

Departures: 8.00am, (9.45am), 1.00pm, (2.30pm) daily

Duration: 1.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 230,000VNĐ ($10)

Motorbike Ticket: 180,000VNĐ ($8)

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The fast boat to Phu Quoc Island, VietnamTwo fast boats at anchor in Bai Vong Port, in the southeast of Phu Quoc Island

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SCHEDULE & PRICES: THE CAR FERRY


The car ferry, operated by Thanh Thoi, only runs from Ha Tien (not Rach Gia), but there are sailings to two separate ports on Phu Quoc Island: Vinh Dam Port (sailing time 3.5 hours) in the southeast of the island, and Da Chong Port (sailing time 2.5 hours), in the northeast of the island. The car ferry has capacity for nearly 400 passengers, 200 motorbikes, 20 cars, and several coaches and trucks. Seating is on soft, coach-style reclinable chairs; there’s also lots of outside deck space. Toilets are fine but not great. There’s a decent bar/cafe on most vessels. Generally, there’s no need to book tickets in advance, but during the high season (December to April) it’s advisable to do so. (You must have your passport and vehicle license plate number to book tickets.) The ferry times and prices below are for Vinh Dam Port first, and Da Chong Port second. (Note: staff repeatedly stressed to me that these sailing times are not fixed, so treat the following schedule as a general indication.) 


HA TIEN → PHU QUOC (Vinh Dam Port)

Departures: 4.30am, 7.00am, 10.00am, 12.30am daily

Duration: 3.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 185,000VNĐ ($8)

Motorbike Ticket: 80,000VNĐ ($4)

Car Ticket: From 700,000VNĐ ($31)

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PHU QUOC (Vinh Dam Port)  HA TIEN

Departures: 8.30am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm daily

Duration: 3.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 185,000VNĐ ($8)

Motorbike Ticket: 80,000VNĐ ($4)

Car Ticket: From 700,000VNĐ ($31)

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HA TIEN → PHU QUOC (Da Chong Port)

Departures: 5.30am, 2.30pm, 5.00pm daily

Duration: 2.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 185,000VNĐ ($8)

Motorbike Ticket: 80,000VNĐ ($4)

Car Ticket: From 700,000VNĐ ($31)

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PHU QUOC (Da Chong Port) → HA TIEN

Departures: 5.00am, 11.00am, 5.30pm daily

Duration: 2.5 hours

Passenger Ticket: 185,000VNĐ ($8)

Motorbike Ticket: 80,000VNĐ ($4)

Car Ticket: From 700,000VNĐ ($31)

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The car ferry to Phu Quoc Island, VietnamThe car ferry departing from Da Chong Port, in the remote northeast of Phu Quoc Island

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42 Responses to Phu Quoc Island by Boat

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Tom,
    I was hoping you might be able to recommend the best way to get from Saigon to Phu Quoc, apart from flying as we’re trying to keep the cost down, and then from Phu Quoc to the Mekong for a day tour and back to Saigon. It would be much appreciated
    Thanks
    Nick

  2. Mike says:

    Hi Tom,

    A mate and me are getting ready to embark on a month long motobike trip across Vietnam. We are booked to fly into HCMH and were then considering a flight to Phu Cuoc and beginning our bike trip there after spending a couple days on the island. My question is do you think it would be possible to buy 2 bikes in Rach Gia or Ha Tien after taking the ferry off of the island? We are trying to save a couple travel days but I am concerned about a possible lack of bikes for sale out of HCMC. Thanks!

    Mike

  3. Debora Goncalves says:

    Hello Tom,

    Thank you for all your posts!

    I would like to know if you can help me with the route Phu Quoc – Pnhom Penh.
    I will travel next July and I would like to travel from Phu Quoc by boat in direction of Pnhom Penh, I saw that the best port for that will be probable the HA TIEN. Do you have any advice to do HA TIEN to Pnhom Penh?

    Thank you!

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  5. Alpha says:

    Hi There,

    Your site has been so helpful as I’ve been planning my Vietnam trip. I was wondering if you had advice about booking these ferry tickets ahead of time- I can’t seem to figure out how to do it on their site and I worried that they might sell out considering that I want to travel on New Years Day. Is it possible to purchase online ahead of time? Are seats first come first server?

    Thank you very much!

  6. Miguel says:

    Great info thanks! We’re taking one of the ferries in 2 days. Not sure yet whether the slow or the fast one. One question, do you know how do we get to the port in Phu Quoc? I imagine a taxi could be very expensive.

  7. Wouter says:

    Great blog with very nice photo impressions,
    Phu Quoc sure is an amazing island! I love the superdong fast ferry!

  8. Arni says:

    Hi Tom,

    What a fantastic find Vietnam Oracle is. Vast amount of very useful info!

    Can I please double check and confirm about ferry travel time from Ha Tien to Bai Vong which according to the schedules say take approx 1.5 hours? Also, would you have any info regarding Superdong operation in month of June?
    Would I be right in saying the month of June is within the quieter season and therefore there may not be a 1:15 departure from Ha Tien or is that a regular?
    The link to their website appears to be currently broken.

    Appreciate any feedback.

    Kind regards

    Arni

  9. Christian says:

    Hello again Tom.

    1. We eventually got tickets in Sihanoukville included a taxi from the border. A bit pricey (17$ per person) but they waited at the border and drove us directly to the pier.
    A tip for other travelers is to buy a return ticket at once if you go out of Phu Quoc and then back.

    2. The bordercrossing went ok, but you have to show your papers 4 times, and you have to walk about 300 meters from Cambodia side to Vietnam side. Calculate 15-20 min if you are early.
    Note: do not pay the guards anything even though they say you have to pay “doctors fee”.

  10. Tony says:

    Thanks for the info, came in super-handy. We’re actually planning on going to Ha Tien from Phu Quoc with the fast boat, then from there head to Sihanoukville, at least that’s the plan. Is there somewhat reliable bus service from Ha Tien or across the border on the Cambodia side to there? I’m suspecting there is, but just want to confirm.

    Thanks!
    Tony

  11. Christian says:

    Hello Tom!

    Hope you are able to give us answers to some questions nobody seems to know.

    1. Is it only possible to buy tickets for the superdong in ha Tien? We are trawling from Sihanoukville by taxi and not with the local bus companies. We would like to get tickets before arriving at the ferry in case it is full.

    2. Is it usually much hassle when going out of Cambodia and in to Vietnam at the Ha Tien border? We have visa as we have already been in Vietnam.

  12. Terry says:

    As of December, 2015, the car ferry departed Phu Quoc to Ha Tien at 12 pm and 3 pm. The road to the dock is crazy muddy and bumpy, and is slow going. It seems like the car ferry is the way to go, because you don’t have to book in advance, fight with the porters, and it’s cheaper.

    However, they did almost kill me. I was standing at the railing of the waiting area taking pictures of the arriving boat, with dozens of fellow passengers. They threw a rope with a very heavy weight, and it came within inches of smashing me in the face. Everybody just smiled and laughed, so I wonder what sort of recourse there would have been if it had hit me.

  13. Alison Douglas says:

    Tom thank you so much for your helpful posts on Vietnam. From managing to get my swimming fix in HCMC to facilitating the travel to Ha Tien and onwards to Phu Quoc Your informative posts really helped us make the most of our trip. Much appreciated :-)

  14. Julien says:

    Hello everyone !

    I will visit Ho Chi Minh City on 16th, 17th and 18th. Then I have to be on Phu Quoc on Friday 20th.

    On Thursday 19th, it’s Tet celebration. What would be the best option to join HCMC to Phu Quoc ? I want to do it by bus-boat. Flight is too expensive…

    Thank you ! :)

    Julien

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  16. Kelsey B says:

    Thank you so so so very much for posting this information. It’s been a lot harder to find information on the schedules and recommendations than I thought it would be.

    I plan on spending about two weeks in the Mekong Delta area and hope to make my way out to Phu Quoc. From what I’ve read, thieves seem to be terrible in Rach Gia? I am a very safe and smart traveler but it seems as though it is more prevalent there than most places I’ve read about. Did you feel unsafe traveling through Rach Gia?

    Thanks!

  17. Anders says:

    Thanks for good information. I can confirm that the Superdong from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc is still 350000 dong, (12/12 2014). Also I can recommend people traveling from Saigon to take a Mekong delta tour and stay one night in Can Tho before continuing to Rach Gia. Tour operator will be happy to help arrange this.

    For budget travellers it seems from my experience that you don’t have to book the ferry in advance, you might as well buy it in Rach Gia, as you have to collect your ticket in the office anyway.

  18. Katie says:

    Hello! Do you know if a visa is still needed for phu quoc if coming from cambodia? Likewise, what is the return process into Cambodia again? And would you consider it a worthwhile trip to phu quoc or better to check out some cambodian islands?

  19. zara says:

    Thank you this information is valuable. I am looking at spending Tet 2015 on Phu quoc and would like to take the ferry from Rach Gia on the 18.02.2015. Can anyone assist in letting me know if there would be timetable changes at this time? thank you in advance.
    zara

  20. Peter says:

    Thank you very much for this very usefull and helpfull web page.

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