Travelling from Hanoi to Phu Quoc

By: Laura Hill

Getting to Phu Quoc from Hanoi is fast and convenient by air.

Explore cheap and easy land transportation to Phu Quoc.

By air, land, or sea, Phu Quoc is easily accessible from Saigon.

Steeped in history and filled with the sights and sounds of Vietnam’s rich heritage, Hanoi is a fabulous city to explore. Showing the influence of foreign rulers of the past, the narrow streets of the old quarter, and attractions across the city, will provide ample opportunity to create memorable moments as you sample the cuisine, culture and local lifestyle of the city.

However, after a journey focused on exploration, and surviving the chaos of the busy streets, you may feel that it is time to put your mind into the mood for relaxation. There is perhaps no better way to do so than to treat yourself to some time on the beach, enjoying the sumptuous surroundings of La Veranda Boutique Beach Resort, Phu Quoc where you can continue to sample Vietnamese heritage in the charming beauty of Madame Catherine’s French colonial mansion.

With 1754 kilometres to navigate between Vietnam’s capital city and Phu Quoc Island there are a number of different options that you can take to get to La Veranda Resort.

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Flying to Phu Quoc Island from Hanoi

Of course, the fastest and most convenient way to travel to Phu Quoc is to fly. Noi Bai Airport services the capital and is the largest airport in Vietnam. Home to Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier, and also a hub of Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific, there are a number of flights available each day. Flight times to Phu Quoc from Hanoi are around 2 hours 10 minutes, so you are never too far from a delicious meal at the award-winning Peppertree restaurant or a rejuvenating spa treatment in the luxurious TĨNH Wellness Sanctuary at La Veranda Resort MGallery Collection by Sofitel.

Getting from Hanoi city centre to Noi Bai Airport is simple. Taxis are readily available and the transfer from the city centre takes around 30 minutes. Make sure that you get a taxi with a meter and expect to pay between 320,000VND to 350,000VND ($13 - $15). Travel agents in the city will also assist you with making transfers to the airport and many hotels provide shuttle services for an additional charge. Local buses are the cheapest option at 5,000 VND per person but you should expect a transfer time of around one hour when taking either the number 7 or number 17 bus from the city centre.

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When you arrive at Phu Quoc International Airport, why not start your escape as soon as possible by arranging an airport transfer with La Veranda staff? You will be transferred from the airport directly to the resort in La Veranda’s comfortable shuttle. You may not even notice the short journey of approximately 20 minutes go by as you refresh yourself with cold towels and bottles of water provided by La Veranda. Taxi transfers to La Veranda are also available.

Travelling Overland Between Hanoi and Phu Quoc Island

If you have more time to spare or are looking to experience more of Vietnam as you make your way to La Veranda Resort and Spa then you may wish to consider a different option.

The North - South Railway, also referred to as the Reunification Line, covers 1,600km and links Hanoi in the North of Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) in the South. Constructed in the 1880s, during the era of French colonialism, the line also passes through Hue, Da Nang and Nha Trang before arriving in Saigon. This extended journey allows for many opportunities to sample more of this incredible country. Expect a journey time of around 31 hours, if you choose to take the train directly from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. However, if you desire to make a few stops along the way the only limit is how much time you have to spend.

Modern-day train travel may not always mirror the classical elegance of the days of steam engines and polished wood interiors, but the sense of excitement and romance still prevails. Departing from Hanoi’s train station will stir images of vintage leather cases and pressed linen travel suits; an exotic adventure through the tropics just hours away.

Travelling to Phu Quoc

Comfort levels have improved in recent years, and for longer journeys, VIP sleeper berths are available on some trains. Providing premium levels of service on board, these cars not only provide comfort for passengers with soft sleeping berths and air conditioning, but additional extras such as bespoke bedding and complimentary snacks.

Alternative classes of tickets are available, but during peak times bookings should be made in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit baolau.com for full details.

From Saigon to Phu Quoc - By Air, Land or Sea

After travelling the length of the country by train and arriving in Saigon you can opt to take a flight to Phu Quoc or continue your journey over land and sea.

If you choose to fly from Tan Son Nhat airport, flights depart throughout the day and will whisk you to Phu Quoc and a world of luxury at La Veranda Resort in just over an hour.

If you opt to take the overland route from Saigon you will need to make your way to either Ha Tien or Rach Gia, where you can then take the ‘fast’ ferry to the island.

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The ferry transfer connects the mainland to Bai Vong on the east coast of Phu Quoc and takes approximately 1.5 hours (Ha Tien) or 2.5 hours (Rach Gia). Popular travel operator Superdong charges 360,000VND from Rach Gia and 230,000VND from Ha Tien for a one-way ticket. From Bai Vong, La Veranda Resort and Spa is just 20 minutes away and your journey through the Land of the Blue Dragon will reach its conclusion.

However you choose to reach La Veranda Boutique Beach Resort, a tranquil and luxurious retreat awaits. Whether you desire a walk in the organic garden, a swim in the saltwater pool or simply to enjoy the views from your private beach villa or superior room, you will not only have time to indulge in the experience of creating memorable moments, but also to reflect upon those that you’ve made along the way.

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Phu Quoc Infrastructure to 2030: Ambitious and Why Not?

By: Karen Wise

What major investments have taken place in Phu Quoc so far?

Health facilities and air travel are two examples of Phu Quoc’s infrastructure success

Phu Quoc still requires further investment to overcome challenges and complete key infrastructure projects

The Phu Quoc Island Construction Master Plan to 2030, revised in March 2017, is undoubtedly an ambitious one with a central focus on the development and upgrade of Phu Quoc’s infrastructure. Though it is ambitious, the plan shouldn’t be too unsurprising given the island’s major role in Vietnam’s tourism industry.

The plan identifies three large urban areas—Phu Quoc’s main town of Duong Dong, as well as An Thoi and Cua Can. It seeks the support of both domestic and international investors for Phu Quoc to realise projects in world class leisure and entertainment, transportation, telecommunications, additional power supply and water, and sewage treatment. Progress has since been made in many of these areas.

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Major Investments in Phu Quoc So Far

Examples of major investments that have already been completed include Phu Quoc International Airport, which opened in 2012 and expanded again in late 2018, and the Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital, which opened in 2015. Also making recent headlines was the opening of Phu Quoc’s Corona Casino, the first casino in the country in which Vietnamese nationals can gamble.

Yet another impressive addition to Phu Quoc’s infrastructure has been the world’s longest oversea cable car ride (8 km), connecting An Thoi town and Hon Thom Island, funded by the Sun Group. In addition to being a fabulous tourist attraction with amazing views of Phu Quoc and beyond, the cable car also cuts the travel time between the two locations in half.

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Health and Air Travel: Two Examples of Phu Quoc’s Success

The 150-bed Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital in Ganh Dau, adjacent to Vinpearl Safari and Vinpearl Land Amusement Park, has brought modern medical facilities to Phu Quoc that are on par with those available in the US, UK, Germany, Japan and Singapore. Impressively modern Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital boasts a mix of experienced foreign and Vietnamese doctors able to speak Russian, French and English.

Along with state of the art diagnostic equipment, this Vinmec hospital is a real boost to both residents and tourists in Phu Quoc needing high quality medical treatment. Vinmec Phu Quoc was actually the second Vinmec hospital to open in Vietnam, following on from Vinmec Times City International Hospital, which opened in Hanoi in 2012.

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In addition to general practice, Vinmec Phu Quoc International Hospital offers a comprehensive list of specialist services including accident and emergency, resuscitation, gastroenterology, gynecology and obstetrics. The Imaging and Radiology Department is fully equipped with state of the art equipment and, importantly for families, there is a high quality pediatric department. Emergency care for Phu Quoc residents and visitors is available 24/7 and there is also a pharmacy on site.

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Improvements have also been made to the public health facilities on the island. The Phu Quoc General Hospital in Duong Dong now incorporates the town’s medical clinic and has over 20 departments. The physical buildings and facilities are in need of refurbishment, but the staff are dedicated and experienced. Phu Quoc General Hospital is open to foreigners and local residents.

Travel by air is certainly the most common way to arrive on Vietnam’s ‘Pearl Island’ and the current capacity at Phu Quoc International Airport is approaching four million passengers per year. There are also plans in place for a second terminal and runway to take the annual number of air passengers visiting Phu Quoc up to a possible 10 million by 2030.

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Airlines currently operating flights to and from Phu Quoc include Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, Bamboo Airways, and Jetstar Pacific. The busiest route is between Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc, but there are also multiple flights daily between Phu Quoc and Hanoi. In 2016, TUI Airways commenced a twice weekly flight service for the European winter season (December to March), bringing tourists to Phu Quoc from Sweden and the UK, amongst other countries.

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In November 2018, Air Asia Airlines commenced flights between Kuala Lumpur and Phu Quoc, and other major international destinations with direct flights to Phu Quoc include Seoul, Bangkok and Guangzhou.

Increased Investment Planned to Complete Key Phu Quoc Infrastructure Projects

Rapid development typically brings disruption and a plethora of challenges. Though there are many more projects in the pipeline and plenty of obstacles to overcome, there is no doubting the government’s determination to push ahead. In January 2019, representatives from Phu Quoc’s administration management board stated their intention to pursue investment capital to speed up the completion of key infrastructure projects, improve planning and tackle land disputes, compensation, site clearance and resettlement issues.

In the same month, Vietnam News reported that 46 projects had been completed, 41 projects underway with a total investment value of VND101.43 billion, and that, to date, there are 31 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total registered capital of $293 million. Money is indeed flowing to Vietnam’s major island destination, although the issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility in Phu Quoc should not be put aside.

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In 2017, local government figures stated that Phu Quoc welcomed around 2 million visitors to the island, with the number of foreign tourists increasing by more than 70 percent. With the current and future plans to further upgrade the island’s infrastructure and world class leisure facilities, a continued rise seems certain in the number of visitors to Phu Quoc, where Vietnam’s tourism industry is booming.

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