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Advice on travelling Saigon-Hanoi? Bamba Experience?

Posted by mpmcintosh94 on 13/2/2013 at 06:00

Hi all,

I'll be arriving in Saigon mid May and will be there until 20th June. During this period my rough plan is to travel from Saigon to Hanoi, what lies in between I guess depends on my travel method and how spontaneous I'm feeling.

The company 'Bamba Experience' seems really good to me, its a Hop-on Hop-off bus pass in simple terms. It is valid for 12months and you book online a few days before you plan to begin the route. There's various trips or tours or experiences along the way which all sound great, including a Mekong Delta tour, Snorkling Trip, Cycling trip and Halong Bay tour (off the top of my head) - in each destination you do something different. I can get this for about £400.
What I'm basically asking is whether it is worth it? It will provide ease of transport, include tours that I might do anyway and may be more legitimate. So do I buy this in advance? Or just stay 100% independent, and buy a motorcycle etc etc?

I'm finding it hard to find any reviews on Bamba Experience specifically in Vietnam on any other travel site or anywhere online.

Any information on Vietnam south-north or Bamba Experience is great!

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Posted by jtdoesit on 13/2/2013 at 22:16

Posted from within Vietnam.

I'm a Vietnamese, but never heard of Bamba Experience :) I would love the idea of buying a motorbike to travel

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Posted by daawgon on 14/2/2013 at 09:09

Open tour buses in Vietnam have a very poor reputation. Often what they advertise is very poorly delivered, if at all. Unless you get good solid recommendations for that company, I would reconsider your plans. INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE, INVESTIGATE, or you could have one miserable trip!

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Posted by TravelingDave on 15/2/2013 at 12:24

I wouldn't trust it. There are alot of scams in SEA and this looks like one. The best thing to do is research where you want to visit and work out travel routes using online guides and travel books.

To me finding out about the places and planning a route is the first fun thing about travel. Gets you all excited about doing it.

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