It is a very pleasant and easy flight to Phu Quoc. It takes about and hour from HCMC. If you have the time and ytou want to really unwind - then definitely make the trip to Phu Quoc. Vietnam airlines has several flights daily to the island. You fly on an ATR Turboprop.
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We rented motorbikes at a small shop located at 100 Trang Hung Dao ...the main road that goes South to An Thoi...and used them to tour the Island...I only rented for one day...while Kevin rented a few days and did some different areas of Phu Quoc..
Motorbike is the common way around the island....the roads are a little bit rough in some places...and some of the bridges I don't think would hold the weight of a car...just a thought...some of the bridges were pretty iffffy...so if you really want to get out and about and explore Phu Quoc renting a MOTORBIKE is the way to go..
The price for the motorbike rental was 110 000 Dong for a twenty four hour period...and included a helmet...this was the cost of an AUTOMATIC bike...Standard or shift motorbikes were less expensive...but also included a helmet..So...for about $5.00 a day you can have transport around the island..
The bikes were almost NEW and in SAFE MECHANICAL condition...even after I dropped mine...see "warnings"...DIRT ROADS..
The bikes come with only a small amount of gasoline so you'll have to gas up...head North towards Duong Dong and gas up at the ONLY gas station we saw anywhere near Duong Dong...the same road that the rental place is on...Trang Hung Dao Street.
I wouldn't hesitate to deal with her again...she had a wicked smile and was fun to know!!!
As it turned out the little shop also sold various grocery items....AND looked after our laundry for us..all rather cheaply..laundry was minimal at something like 20 000 Dong for each kilo of clothing..
Third photo by Kevin C. of Vancouver,B.C.
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Vietnam Airlines... Phu Quoc Airport
To maximize our time we used Vietnam Airlines to get to and from Phu Quoc...we flew in and out of HCMC.
As Ive mentioned already in my Hoi An pages I wouldn't hesitate to use Vietnam Airlines again at all...the service received from this airline was excellent...on time flights,reasonable cost,and professional service.
The flight from HCMC to Ohu Quoc was only about an hour long..in a prop plane similar to a DASH 7 or 8 I suppose. There are plans for an International Airport which will enable jets to access Phu Quoc but for the time being this small and modern airport serves the island well with multiple flights daily in and out of HCMC..
We flew in January of 2010 and the cost return from HCMC was only about $ 100.00 USA..WE booked previous to our journey to Vietnam and used they're on-line service to book with NO ISSUES!!!
The airport on Phu Quoc is located in Duong Dong City and is about a fifteen or MAXIMUM twenty minute drive to the hotel strip along Truong Beach otherwise known as "Long Beach"..Its a SMALL airport and easy to get around...in fact you could likely throw a stone from the arrivals area to the departure area..You'll find an area for beverages and snacks and a souvenir area for your last minute shopping..
Outside the arrivals area is a large car park where taxis are waiting for each inbound flight...contrary to things Ive read...I did not notice "touts" hassling new arrivals with hotel offers or transport.
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The main jumping off point for Phu Quoc is Rach Gia. Planes are reasonably frquent from the airport And there are boats from the harbour twice daily at 8.30 a.m. and 13.30 p.m. This takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to get to An Thoi at the sourthernmost tip of the island. Price around 5$ one way. You can of course get a 'plane directly to and from HCMC. that arrives at Duong Dong airport.
UPDATE - I am told by friend and fellow VT'er Betska that the boat from Rach Gia now goes to Bai Vong and not An Thoi. This makes the arrival a lot closer to the main town of Duong Dong
Rach Gia to Phu Quoc
Very easy now to travel cheaply to Phu Quoc Island from Rach Gia. It's a 2 hour Ferry across to the island and the Ferry now stops at Ham Nim Town which is a lot closer to Doung Dong Town than An Thoi was.
we discovered that flights were booked 2 weeks ahead, from the sound of it that is not a rare thing.
Boats can be unpredictable too and ours broke down so we barely got a ticket 3 days ahead.
from the words of a divemaster i talked to "getting to and from Phu Quoc is a ***.
so my advice would be to book transportation well ahead.
The most convenient way to get to Phu Quoc is by plane. Departing from Tan Son Nhat Airport, it takes around 1 hour to get there. From the plane you can see how blue the sea is and the great curve along the beach. However, the fare there is considered expensive (domestic flight is expensive). My return ticket was around 1,200,000 dong.
Vietnam Airlines is the best bet.
There are two ways to get to Phu Quoc. You can take a boat from the mainland or you can fly. It is cheaper to buy your airline ticket in Vietnam from a local travel agent (Hanh Cafe in HCMC is good), than it is to buy it overseas!
The flight takes about an hour from HCMC. Phu Quoc airport is a modern little terminal, but it only stirs with activity when a plane lands or takes off!
A return flight to Phu Quoc could cost you about $US70 from HCMC, or so I was quoted.
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The flight to Phu Quoc takes just under an hour and the airport is a 10 minute drive away from the main beach. we paid $80 each return through a tour company before we left for Vietnam which isa maybe a bit more than the going rate. Theres about 4 flights a day and it seems easy to book them once you get to Vietnam.
Be prepared to drive or hop on the back of motorbikes to get around the island. Hold on as the roads are not smooth!
The ferry leaves from Rach Gai and takes about 7hrs, arriving in An Thoi. The locals will string up hammocks - pretty cool.
The ferry is made of steel and appeared fairly ship worthy.
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