How to travel from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Phu Quoc?
Although Phu Quoc is quite near to Phnom Penh with a distance is just around 244km; however, as it is not easy to travel between these 2 famous destinations, the real travel distance and travel time are much longer.
Our article will show you how to transfer from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc and how long does it takes. Let's follow to get information on planning your trip.
Best ways to travel from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Phu Quoc Island
Due to the geographical location, you don't have too many options to travel from Cambodia's Capital to Phu Quoc, let's see the 2 best ways below!
Bus and Speedboat
There is no direct route for speedboats from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc and it is extremely complicated to travel in this way. In general, you will have to divide your travel route into 3 parts:
- Phnom Penh - Kampot
- Kampot - Ha Tien
- Ha Tien Phu Quoc
To take the speedboat, you have to travel by bus from Phnom Penh to the Ha Tien border gate between Vietnam and Cambodia. Most of the buses running on the Phnom Penh - Ha Tien route have air conditioning, good quality vehicles and run along the route without stopping along the way to pick up passengers, so you can rest assured. However, you will have to catch 2 buses to get to the border: 1 from Phnom Penh to Kampot and 1 from Kampot to Ha Tien border gate. In total, it will cost you only about USD 20 - USD 40 for the buses, sounds cheap but quite cost time and may make you feel exhausted.
After arriving in Ha Tien, you can travel by speedboat to Phu Quoc Island. There are only 2 speedboats traveling between Ha Tien - Phu Quoc, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. It will cost you around USD 11 - USD 16 to travel by speedboat from Ha Tien to Phu Quoc.
In general, it may take you all day long if you are keen on getting to Phu Quoc from Cambodia by speedboat; however, for anyone who wants to save money, traveling by bus and speedboat to Phu Quoc is still a good choice.
Unfortunately, there is also no direct flight to get to Phu Quoc from Phnom Penh. However, flying is still the most comfortable way to travel on this route. As to get to Phu Quoc, you will have to book a flight from Cambodia’s Capital to Ho Chi Minh City and then continue with the domestic flight. If you can book the right flights with the shortest transit time at Ho Chi Minh Airport, the duration of traveling between Phnom Penh - Phu Quoc is just around 5 - 7 hours which means flying is also the fastest way to get to your destination.
There are many airlines from budget to luxury for you to choose from such as JetStar Pacific, Pacific Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Angkor Air, Qatar Airways, etc. The cost for Phnom Penh - Phu Quoc flights is around from USD 300 to USD 500 which is quite expensive if you can’t hunt for cheaper deals.
Local tips to travel from Phnom Penh to Phu Quoc
- Check the schedule of buses and speedboats carefully to have the shortest transit time to change from bus to bus and bus to speed boat.
- Choose bus brands carefully for the best services and avoid scams. Some most popular suggestions are Champa Tourist Bus, Kampot Express, Giant Ibis, and Mekong Express.
- Pack light luggage and hide valuables (wallet, phone, camera, jewelry, etc.) in discreet but manageable places when choosing to travel by bus and speedboats.
- Book flights at least 3 - 6 months before your trip for getting the best flights with the cheapest deals.
- Don’t put your valuables in check-in baggage, bring along in your carry-on luggage when traveling by flight.
- Check immigration rules and procedures in Cambodia and Vietnam carefully and prepare all necessary documents perfectly before your trip.
Although there is no direct way to get to Phu Quoc from Phnom Penh, you can still have at least 2 options on transportation with different strengths and weaknesses. For those who have good health and want to save money, bus and speedboats seem like the best choice; on the other hand, flights are always the most convenient and fastest way to travel. However, the best advice is that you shouldn't travel right away from Cambodian Capital to Phu Quoc Island, but choose a different itinerary that allows you to have a few days to enjoy the transit destination like Ho Chi Minh City before continuing your trip.
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