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5 Star Express Train

Posted by chichinic on 27/2/2008 at 14:42

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 chichinic has been a member since 28/1/2008. Posts: 6

Posted by CatBa on 1/3/2008 at 05:11

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 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349


Posted by goldilocks on 4/5/2008 at 03:14

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

#3 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44

Posted by CatBa on 4/5/2008 at 05:31

Posted from within Vietnam.

goldilocks:
Which Sinh?

There are over 52 of them in Ha Noi!

#4 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

Posted by CatBa on 4/5/2008 at 06:26

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 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

Posted by goldilocks on 5/5/2008 at 02:07

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 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44

Posted by goldilocks on 7/5/2008 at 05:11

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 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44

Posted by goldilocks on 7/5/2008 at 05:12

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 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44

Posted by CatBa on 8/5/2008 at 23:18

Posted from within Vietnam.

Goldilocks:

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

#9 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

Posted by CatBa on 8/5/2008 at 23:20

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 CatBa has been a member since 5/3/2007. Posts: 349

Posted by goldilocks on 9/5/2008 at 02:27

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 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44

Posted by goldilocks on 11/5/2008 at 03:38

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 goldilocks has been a member since 10/4/2008. Posts: 44


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