Rạch Giá ( listen) is a provincial city and the capital city of Kien Giang Province, Vietnam. It is located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, 250 kilometres (160 mi) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City. East of city, it borders Tân Hiệp and Châu Thành town, the Gulf of Thailand is to the west and surrounds some parts of the city, south of the city is Châu Thành and An Biên town, northward it borders Hòn Đất and Tân Hiệp.
If you’re planning this same drive and want to know all about it – how long it is, how long it takes, and where to stop along the way – read on. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything about the drive between Da Lat and Rach Gia.
As the crow flies, it’s roughly 264 miles between Da Lat and Rach Gia. Luckily, we can’t skip over all the good stuff and have to drive – that means seeing some of the sights and countryside between these two points.
For driving, it is roughly 338 miles or 544 km between Da Lat and Rach Gia. This may vary slightly depending on your start and end points.
In terms of travel time by car, the 338 miles drive from Da Lat to Rach Gia takes 7 hours 22 minutes. Again, your final drive time depends on where you start in Da Lat and end in Rach Gia.
As 338 miles is roughly one tank of gas, you may or may not need to stop for gas along the way; there are plenty of options along these major roads.
Realistically, you're not going to want to drive without stopping all the way from Da Lat to Rach Gia, especially if you're the main driver. So let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Rach Gia, and you need to stop along the way to rest. Plus if it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting stops along the way, eat at great restaurants, and find a hotel to stay overnight. That's what we are perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.
Based on the length of this trip, we think you could spread out this fun road trip over a number of days.
Road trip: 2 days of driving
With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.
Travel time: 7 hours 22 minutes hours on the road with 2 overnights
Start at Da Lat.
Drive for about 3 hours, then stop in La Ngà (Dong Nai Province) and stay for about 2 hours.
Next, drive for another 4 hours then stop in Thạnh Đông A (Kien Giang Province). Stay overnight.
Finally, drive for about 0.4 hours and arrive in Rach Gia.
To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.
Departure airport: Lien Khuong Airport (DLI)
Arrival airport: Rach Gia Airport (VKG)
With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.
Getting to the airport: 32 minutes
Getting to your destination: 9 minutes
Now finally, let's look at an example flight from DLI to VKG and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.
Commercial flight time: 30 minutes
So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Da Lat to Rach Gia including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.
Total travel time: 3 hours 11 minutes
Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Da Lat and Rach Gia. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.
Flight time from Da Lat, Lam Dong Province to Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province is 32 minutes under avarage conditions.
Our flight time calculator assumes an average flight speed for a commercial airliner of 500 mph, which is equivalent to 805 km/hr or 434 knots.
Actual flight times may vary depending on aircraft type, cruise speed, routing, weather conditions, passenger load, and other factors.