In effort to facilitate the access to the islands and coastal cities in Vietnam, we are partnering with the leading ferry companies: Superdong Speed Ferry, Greenlines DP, Cat Ba Island and Phu Quoc Express.
We support advance ticket booking for ferry routes to Cat Ba in the Northeastern Coast, Vung Tau and Con Dao archipelago in the Southeastern Coast, and Phu Quoc, Nam Du, Hon Son and Hon Tre islands in the Southwestern Coast.
Types of ferries in Vietnam
Water transportation in Vietnam is carried out by two types of vessels: speedboats and catamarans. Ferry providers operate modern fleets equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable seats and on-board amenities.
Superdong Speed Ferry is a Vietnamese ferry company operating sea routes connecting Ha Tien and Rach Gia with Phu Quoc, Nam Du, Hon Son and Tre islands, and Soc Trang with Con Dao islands.
Greenlines DP is a Vietnamese ferry company operating river routes connecting Ho Chi Minh with Vung Tau.
Cat Ba Island is a Vietnamese ferry company operating sea routes connecting Hai Phong with Cat Ba island.
Phu Quoc Express is a Vietnamese ferry company operating sea routes connecting Ha Tien and Rach Gia with Phu Quoc, and Vung Tau with Con Dao islands.
Getting around Vietnam by ferry
Water transport is a common way to travel in Vietnam, a country with 5,000 km of navigable waters.
Besides providing access to the major islands like Cat Ba, Phu Quoc and Con Dao, river ferries conveniently connect cities through fluvial channels.
The Northeastearn Coast consists of the province of Quang Ninh and the city of Hai Phong.
Cat Ba is the largest island in Northern Vietnam. The island is renowned for containing Cat Ba National Park, one of the most important biosphere reserves in Vietnam. It was designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Besides exploring the national park and trekking through the island, travallers can board a cruise around Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay surrounds Cat Ba and is adjacent to Ha Long Bay. Together they share the most of its beauty and charm. The bay comprises 300 karst islands, limestone pillars, and numerous white-sand beaches. It receives fewer tourists than Ha Long Bay, making it more quiet and isolated.
Cat Ba is accessible by ferry from the port of Pha Binh in Hai Phong in 1 hour. Alternatively, travellers can combine joint bus and ferry routes from Hanoi (3 hours 30 minutes), Ninh Binh (4 hours 30 minutes), Sapa (10-11 hours) and Ha Giang (12 hours).
The Southeastern Coast comprises the provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau. From here, travellers can access Con Dao archipelago.
The Southwestern Coast comprises the provinces of Kieng Giang and Ca Mau. From here, travellers can access the islands of Phu Quoc, Nam Du, Hon Son and Hon Tre island.
Vung Tau is a seaport town with a french colonial past that features plenty of tourist attractions. Soc Trang is fishing port in the Mekong Delta. We integrate river ferry routes from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau as well as sea ferry routes from Vung Tau and Soc Trang to Con Dao.
Ferry routes to Soc Trang
Situated about 185 km from the coast of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in Southeastern Vietnam, Con Dao archipelago includes 16 mountainous islands and islets.
The group of islands was first mentioned by Marco Polo in the description of his voyage from China to India in 1292. Later in the 18th century, the British East India Company founded a settlement in the largest island namely Con Son Island. Since then, it was a trading post for ships sailing the route between India and China, known as Pulo Condore.
In 1984 the islands were given protected status as part of Con Dao National Park, which establishes a marine protected area to preserve coral reefs and water species while developing sustainable eco-tourism. Most of the inland area of the archipelago is composed by primary jungle and magmatic rock. Around it, you can find beautiful beaches and hidden lagoons. Due to its remote location and the difficulty to access there are relatively few tourists, Con Dao is a paradise off the beaten track.
Con Dao is accessible by ferry from the port of Vung Tau in 3 hours 15 minutes, as well as from the port of Soc Trang in 2 hours 30 minutes.
Rach Gia and Ha Tien are the two main seaports in the West coast of Vietnam. From here, travellers can easily catch a ferry to Phu Quoc, Nam Du, Hon Son and Hon Tre islands.
Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, the island belongs to Kien Giang province. Having experienced a tourist boom, Phu Quoc has achieved a fast ecomomic growth. In the last decades, many infrastructure projects have been developed, including 5-star hotels and resorts.The beaches are the main attraction in the island. Phu Quoc offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. It includes Long Beach along the western coast, Bai Sao and Bai Kem in the south, Bai Ganh Dau and Bai Dai in the north, and the An Thoi Archipelago beaches. Besides swimming, snorkeling and sun-bathing, eating seafood and watching the sunset are also the most popular activities.
Phu Quoc is accessible by ferry from the ports of Rach Gia and Ha Tien. The journey from Rach Gia takes 2 hours and 30 minutes, whereas from Ha Tien it takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Nam Du comprises 21 islets and aims to emerge as the new destination for those who seek clean tropical beaches away from tourists.
Situated 80 km from the coast of Kien Giang province, the main island Cu Tron is the only one that can be reached by ferry from the mainland. Once on the island, the main attraction is to visit the Nam Du lighthouse, which stands on a hill 300 meters above the sea offering a panoramic view of the nearby islets Nom, Mau, Ngang and Hai Bo Dap. Tourists can also join a day tour, which typically includes a boat trip around the islands, fishing, diving to see corals and swim in the pristine beaches like Bai Men.
Nam Du is accessible by ferry from the port of Rach Gia. The journey takes only 2 hours and 30 minutes. Each day there are limited ferry services, departing to the island in the morning and returning to the mainland in the afternoon.
Hon Son and Hon Tre
Hon Son and Hon Tre are two hidden gems situated by the coast of Kien Giang which still remain unspoilt of tourists and are suitable for nature-loving travellers.
There is barely any local tourism infraestructure, but the islands offer plenty of options: trekking, swimming, diving, exploring corals and fishing. If you are looking for a place to relax, there are many sand beaches with calm turquoise waters perfect to take a dip and cool off.
Hon Son is located half distance between Rach Gia and Nam Du and is accessible by ferry taking only 1 hour from each port. Hon Tre is half distance between Rach Gia and Hon Son so the journey by ferry takes only 45 mins from each port. Each day there are limited ferry services, arriving and returning in the morning.
How to book ferry tickets in Vietnam
Booking your ferry tickets in Vietnam is very quick and simple. Search for ferry routes between any two ports for your travel dates.
Select your route
After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.
Find the services operated by different ferry companies, and select the most convenient option.
Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. The ferry companies in Vietnam offer various types of fares, depending if the service consists of speedboat or catamaran.
Fill in the passenger and contact details
Next, provide the passenger(s) information and select your seats.
Baolau supports seat selection on certain ferries in Vietnam. In case that seat selection is available, you can choose your preferred seats during the reservation process and the seat numbers will be guaranteed when the booking is confirmed. In other cases, we will carefully select the best seats for you and your travel company.
Don't forget to provide the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send the ticket confirmation by email.
Complete your payment
Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards and Alipay.
Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.
Receive your tickets by email
Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed.
In the following 24 hours you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic tickets in PDF format.
You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic tickets to your device.
The electronic tickets are valid boarding passes and can be used to board the ferry at the port of departure. Passengers must follow the instructions contained in the e-ticket and print a physical copy in advance or carry a digital copy in the mobile phone or tablet to present it before boarding.
Comply with transport regulations when travelling by ferry during Covid-19 pandemic
Following the regulation by Vietnam authorities to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic:
- - Passengers are required to arrive to the port 1 hour before the scheduled departure time for check in and health clearance.
- - Passengers are required to submit a mandatory health declaration in advance via https://tokhaiyte.vn/ and present when checking in at the port.
- - Passengers must wear face masks when entering the port and during the journey.
- - Passengers may need to proceed through body temperature check and additional control measures to ensure the passenger safety.