just a word about the prices of the open bus ticket:
a ticket with 5 stops should cost something around
20$-23$ if you buying it in Hanoi and around 15$-18$
if you buying it in Saigon.
a ticket that include all the stops points will cost something around 25$ in Hanoi, and less in Saigon.
I'm just telling you this because i met same people
that paid 35$ because the travel agency told them that
they will get special bus, but eventually, all of them got
to the same bus like the ones that paid just 20$..
i can recommend you on an open bus company called
"an-phu" - it has good buses and i paid 20$ for a ticket
with 5 stops.
good trip to you all
#1 ozmo has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 1
AnPhu, based in Hoi An, is NOTORIOUS for ripping pax. He 'co-operates' with T.M. Brothers - also well known for sharp practices - and Camel who are just as bad.
There are so many honest bus operators, Sinh, Ha Noi Toserco, Trekking, etc. that you can get honest prices from companies that employ competant drivers.
Camel, for example, ran a bus from Ha Noi to Hue recently and the driver fell asleep twice - as in the bus drifting towards the far (opposite direction) side and was awoken by my whistle on one occasions and the assistant driver on the other. The bus departed 90 minutes late from Ha Noi; he stopped for fuel just outside Ha Noi (15 minutes) and less than an hour later he took a 53 minute 'meal break' so he could watch a TV soap opera whilst he drank beer.
AnPhu, T.M. Brothers and Camel have nice paint jobs but their buses are second hand.
Pricing is similar on all lines IF YOU BOOK DIRECT.
#2 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349
My bus journey from Hue to Nha Trang was handled by AN PHU Travel. Cost USD18. An Phu passes the buck (after their cut) to transport operators so this may happen: Two taxis from hotel to boarding point seated only 8 and there were 9, so I was taken on a motorbike without a helmet. The "sleeper" bus to Hoi An (where passengers to Nha Trang change buses) was 8 berths short. Confusion followed, the agent pleading our "help" to sit on the floor for the 3 hours to Hoi An. Finally, some Vietnamese gave up their berths for the foreigners. I had the "jump seat" near the door. Twice, the overcrowded bus passed traffic police & the "floor passengers" had to lie low. The bus driver sped on a down hill winding stretch to make up for the delay and once almost lost control. At Hoi An passengers for Nha Trang were offloaded to board a QUANG HANH sleeper bus. There were several Vietnamese sleeping on the floor, blocking the aisle on the overnight journey (17 hours in all). It's usually better to book directly with a bus operator with own their buses like Sinh Tourist.
#3 tropixblue has been a member since 3/4/2011. Posts: 5