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  • chichinic

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    28th January, 2008
    Posts: 6

    Hi,

    I am arriving in to Ho Chi Minh on March 2nd at 2 pm and I would like to catch a night train to Nha Trang. I have tried to book a ticket with through the 5 Star Express Train yet I have not received despite sending many emails and even Fax's.

    My questions are :

    Will is be easy to secure a sleeper at such short notice? Also, where is the best place to purchase the tickets when I arrive in town?

    Cheers!

    #1 Posted: 27/2/2008 - 14:42

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  • CatBa

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2007
    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    For those who don't know, the English language URL for the s-Star Express is < http://222.253.120.101/enver/index.php?cid=11,17 >.

    It's popularity has ramped up with many of the OpenTour operators together with travel agents selling this package. As a result, 5-Star Express is busy ... dealing with these retailers.

    Their staff has difficulty in using some languages (I have visited their offices on several occasions).

    I. Schedule:
    Day Train:
    Sai Gon – Muong Man – Thap Cham – Nha Trang:
    06.15H – 09.45 - 12.00H – 14.00H
    Nha Trang – Thap Cham – Muong Man – Sai Gon:
    14.55H – 16.40H – 19.40H - 23.30H

    Night Train:
    Sai Gon – Nha Trang: 20.20H – 06.45H
    Nha Trang – Sai Gon: 18.10H – 05.00H

    Pricing:
    No Class One way
    1 Business Class 2.400.000
    2 5 Star Club 450.000
    3 Deluxe 330.000
    4 Standard 220.000

    I suggest you contact SINH TRAVEL (also of OpenTour fame) - use < http://www.sinhcafe.com.vn/Desktop.aspx/News/Other-menu/BOOKING_GUIDE/ >. Sinh knows how to handle Foreigners and will take the pain out of this transaction.

    #2 Posted: 1/3/2008 - 05:11

  • goldilocks

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    10th April, 2008
    Posts: 44

    Forget trying Sinh travel I tried 5 times over the last 12days(filled in their contact forms) they obviously dont need our custom

    #3 Posted: 4/5/2008 - 03:14

  • CatBa

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2007
    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    goldilocks:
    Which Sinh?

    There are over 52 of them in Ha Noi!

    #4 Posted: 4/5/2008 - 05:31

  • CatBa

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    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    BTW, the REAL Sinh address in HCMC is:

    Sinh Cafe, 246 - 248 De Tham, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Tel: +84-(0)-8-836-7338 / Fax: +84-(0)-8-836-836 9322, Email: info@sinhcafevn.com

    The other good national bus operator is:
    Mai Linh Express, Lamson Square/Hai Ba Trung, Ho Chi Minh City; Tel: +84-(0)-8-929-2929

    #5 Posted: 4/5/2008 - 06:26

  • goldilocks

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    10th April, 2008
    Posts: 44

    Hi CatBa,
    Thanks for the contact address .The one I was trying to make contact with was through the website that you posted on this page in reply to chichinic.

    #6 Posted: 5/5/2008 - 02:07

  • goldilocks

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    Posts: 44

    CatBa,
    Well......!Sinhcafe Haven't answered my e-mails so it looks like I will have to wait until I arrive.I guess with the choice of bus,train, or plane I will reach my destination in time HA! HA!

    #7 Posted: 7/5/2008 - 05:11

  • goldilocks

    Joined Travelfish
    10th April, 2008
    Posts: 44

    CatBa,
    Well......!Sinhcafe Haven't answered my e-mails so it looks like I will have to wait until I arrive.I guess with the choice of bus,train, or plane I will reach my destination in time HA! HA!

    #8 Posted: 7/5/2008 - 05:12

  • CatBa

    Joined Travelfish
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    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Goldilocks:

    Look at < http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/vietnam/3791_ >

    #9 Posted: 8/5/2008 - 23:18

  • CatBa

    Joined Travelfish
    5th March, 2007
    Posts: 349

    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Goldilocks:
    I will visit Sinh and apply a boot to the bosses rear end.

    Mai Linh does everything Sinh does and the even employ non-Vietnamese in their call centre!

    #10 Posted: 8/5/2008 - 23:20

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  • goldilocks

    Joined Travelfish
    10th April, 2008
    Posts: 44

    CatBa
    Many thanks for your replies. What a wonderful source of information you are.I am sure so many others who became as frustrated as I regarding a train booking will benefit by your post=(Golden Train information).

    #11 Posted: 9/5/2008 - 02:27

  • goldilocks

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    Posts: 44

    Hi again !CatBA,
    Please don't get me wrong ,Iam not complaining, just really frustrated#+*!!It is now nearly 4 days since I sent a e-mail to Thanh with all required information .Again no reply*#+.I have tried WWW.Vietravel-vn.com and the website is closed for updating+*#.I suppose I should just laugh and admitt defeat HA! HA! ????

    #12 Posted: 11/5/2008 - 03:38

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