Open-tour Bus Tickets in Vietnam
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM Last Post By: lavangbay
Oct 22, 2007 3:20 PM
Open-tour Bus Tickets in VietnamHi,
I'm going to be travelling through Vietnam during the month of November from Saigon to Hanoi. I'm thinking about going for one of the open-tour bus tickets becaus of the convenience and cheapness. I understand that a number of different companies offer these tickets. Are there any companies that are better that the others?
Also, I read in LP that the Hue to Hanoi route has had a lot of complaints from backpackers. Any ideas why?
Thanks a lot!
Oct 22, 2007 3:42 PM
1On the Hue to Hanoi route (i've done it 3 times) the buses are invariably full and i've seen some people complain that they've bought 2 tickets so that they have both seats to themselves yet the driver ignores them and insists on someone sitting next to them. Their pleas that they've got 2 tickets fall on deaf ears, even if they show both tickets! Also, moreso on this route than others in my experiences, the locals like listening to their own music out loud and if you managed to somehow sleep you will be woken up by someone's music at 4am without fail!
Last year doing this trip (twice) i got dropped off at the bus depot outside of Hanoi, this year all foreigners got dropped off at some random point in Hanoi. I have no idea where this place was but rest assured the motos and taxi companies know. A guy will come on the bus and tell all foreigners that if you go to his 'office' (aka hotel) then you have free taxi ride into OQ. If you have a hotel booked then get the free taxi in and just walk away when you get into OQ and go to your hotel.
Oct 22, 2007 9:33 PM
Oct 23, 2007 7:12 AM
Oct 24, 2007 11:05 AM
Dec 16, 2007 8:23 AM
5As already mentioned, Avoid T M Brothers, They are the worst and not even the cheapest, don't expect air con or a bottle of water, if you get it you get it and thats it. Never gone between Hue and Hanoi by bus but a do a return to Saigon Nha Trang every week so I know a bit about these company's. I have tried so hard to get out of using Sinh cafe all the time just for change really but I always seem to go back to them after trying someone else, I also like PT but they can drive a bit fast sometimes.
Dec 16, 2007 5:34 PM
6The idea of being hearded, sheep-style between commission paying restaurant to commission paying guest house fills me with horror.
However if you want a CHEAP bus trip (although some of that cheapness may be lost by sub-standard guesthouses, since the commission paid has to come from somewhere), why not buy only 1-leg at a time not the whole HCMC-Hanoi. That way, if you decide you don't like that particular bus company, you can change.
Jan 21, 2009 3:31 AM
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Aug 4, 2012 8:58 AM
Sorry to hear about all the bad experience all of you had with these buses. Actually I was sure to take one of these buses myself in my next travel. We will be travelling from Hanoi to Saigon this November.
So after reading all the comments I start to think about different options. Are there any? Taking regular buses from places to place? Train? What are the options we have there beside the open ticket buses?
Aug 21, 2012 1:52 PM
10I'm going to VN this coming December, 2012. I looked up Sinh Cafe Open Tour, looks like they have a pretty well organized schedule. I did email them for more info and their csr responded very politely. I'm also planning to do the Open Bus Tour from Saigon -> Mui Ne -> Nha Trang -> Da Nang -> Hue -> Hoi An -> Ha Noi. And I'm going with a co-worker. We probably start our trip around December 9th in Saigon, is anyone else going around the same time?
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