Organized chaos. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. With streets packed with motorcycles day in and day out, we absolutely have no idea how everyone manages not to bump into each other!
We recommend visiting the War Remnants Museum and Central Post Office, scouring the Ben Thanh Market, and exploring the nearby Cu Chi Tunnels. When its busy streets become too much, know that you can always find solace in one of its many cozy coffee shops!
There are 2 ways you can travel the 385km distance from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh: a 2-hour journey by flight (including transfers) and a combined ferry and bus that takes 8 hours 15 minutes. Fares start from 708,000 VND ($30).
The flight is the only direct option from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh. Including transfers to and from the airports, travel time should be just around 2 hours. Combined fares start from 708,000 VND ($30) when you book your flight early!
When flights are too expensive, you can also combine the bus with a ferry ride from Phu Quoc. There are no direct tickets from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh though. You’ll first have to take a ferry to Rach Gia, from where you can transfer to a bus bound for Saigon. Travel time may take up to 10 hours if you include all the transfers.
There’s no question that a flight is the fastest option from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh. And if you book really early, total rates can be as cheap as a combined ferry and bus ride.
Step 1: Phu Quoc City Centre to Phu Quoc Airport by Taxi
Duration: 10 minutes Cost: 160,000 VND ($6.50)
Phu Quoc Airport is located about 5km north of Long Beach, the island’s main tourist area. We prefer taking a taxi to the airport as it’s very convenient and not that expensive if you’re travelling with at least one other person.
Rates start from 160,000 VND ($6.50), whether you’re going south to Long Beach or north to Duong Dong town.
Alternatively, you can also take a shuttle bus for 50,000 VND ($2.15).
As there is quite a distance from the port to Rach Soi Bus Terminal, we recommend that you allot at least a 1-hour allowance between your ferry’s arrival and your bus departure.
Step 2: Rach Gia to Ho Chi Minh by Bus
Duration: 6 hours Cost: 275,000 VND ($11.50)
There are 3 bus companies that can take you from Rach Gia to Ho Chi Minh. These are Kumho Samco, Thien Thanh, and Futa Bus. Note that although Futa Bus offers the cheapest rates, it doesn’t always get good reviews.
Kumho Samco offers regular buses with reclining seats. They’re already quite comfortable for the 6-hour journey. But if you prefer to take a sleeper bus, then you can go with Thien Thanh.
Want to enjoy a great atmosphere with a bit more privacy than the typical backpack hostel? Boholand hostel offers lovely decorated private rooms. The super friendly host will give you the best recommendations of where to go. And best of all, she serves a delicious home-made breakfast for a perfect start of the day!
This boutique hotel is located just oustide of the center, but everything is still in walking distance, or just $1 by taxi to the center. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the balcony after a great night of sleep in the comfy beds. The very helpful owners also provide airport shuttle service.