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.
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.
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.
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.
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.