Night bus trip in Vietnam. Yes or No?
October 27th, 2019 by Luiza
It is said that if you are not trying a night bus or a sleeping train in Vietnam you came for nothing here. 😀
Vietnam has around 2000 km from North to South and these are great ways to travel the distance.
And they are also cheap. For 668 km we paid VND400000/ person (EUR16/person). Pretty good, right?
Night bus trip in Vietnam. Is it worth it? Yes or No?
I really don’t know what to answer to this question. Based on our experience I will recommend to give it a try. But taking into consideration the ugly stories we read online about night buses I will definitely allow yourself to decide.
After all those reviews I have to admit that I was a bit scared before the trip. But everything was fine. 🙂
Tam Coc to Da Nang
We know how traffic in Vietnam is and we actually wanted to rely more on the train but being in Tam Coc it was much easier for us to get a bus. Tam Coc does not have a train station, the closest one was in Ninh Binh city. Hence, it would have taken us longer and it would had been more expensive.
Therefore, we booked 2 tickets for a 16 hours trip. The bus left at 8.30 PM from Tam Coc and arrived in Da Nang at around 12. The trip was fast and nice but the breaks were too long. Imagine, we arrived at 6.30AM in Hue, that is 100km far from Da Nang and had to wait till 8AM to leave again. After that, at 11AM they had a 30 minutes lunch break in a place located 20 km far from Da Nang. But anyway, they told us is going to be a 16 hours trip, so this is that we received. 🙂
*** If you want to know more about Tam Coc you can have a look here. Also, wanna enjoy the best food in a cozy and nice place? You can read our recommendation here.
What did we expect?
Actually, to arrive safe in Da Nang. :)) All the reviews we read were surely not positive. It was mentioned about scams, crazy drivers, dirty buses and hours of delays. The day before we booked the tickets, we waited for a random night bus to come. And entered inside to see how it looks like, what it provides, and so on. So if you have the chance to see the bus before your booking, that would make your decision easier.
Check also different providers, ask for photos and search for reviews. We booked the tickets through the reception of the hostel we stayed in Tam Coc.
How was the bus? What facilities did we have?
- Because we chose a night bus, the chairs were individual and almost totally extendable. There were 3 lines and 2 levels of chairs. Our bus came from Hanoi, so the only available places were the ones on top. Nothing to worry about. 🙂
- Every chair comes with a pillow and a blanket. If you don’t want to use them make sure you have a sarong or something to cover yourself during the night.
- The bus is fully AC which is awesome but at some point I think the drivers want us to feel like being in Siberia. 🥶
- There was free WiFi in the bus. But it might get slow at the beginning when everyone looks for something online.
- The bus had a toilet but it was almost impossible to use it at a certain point. :/
Tips for a nice night bus journey
- Prepare a pair of socks in one of your packets. Once you get into the bus you need to get off your shoes so make sure you are not barefoot there or especially in the toilet.
- Dressed yourself well for a good sleep, it becomes cold during the night.
- Make sure you have your devices fully charged or you own a power bank. There were no plugs inside the bus.
- If you want good WiFi wait for 30min to 1 hour until the rest of your “room mates” get bored with their mobile. And the speed internet is going to be pretty good. 😉
- Bring some snacks and water with you. There are few stops during the journey but you have to expect prices for tourists in those shops. 🙂
- Be patient and don’t get crazy if delays occur. At the end it is not only about the destination, it is also about the journey. 🙂
Happy travels! 🙂