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Traveling by sleeping bus

2010-01-04 (GMT + 7)

Sitting on the bus for dozens of hours to cross thousands of kilometers to go from the South to the North is exhausting. Therefore, travel agents are offering sleeping bus programs for a more economical and relaxing journey.

Seen from outside, a sleeping bus looks like other 45-seat buses, but inside it is equipped with smooth beds instead of chairs. Lying on the beds, tourists can adjust to the desired posture for maximum comfort.

Le Hau, a regular customer of the sleeping bus, said, “I used to go to Hanoi from HCMC by air or train, but recently I choose the sleeping bus as the service is cheaper and provides needed demands of passengers such as clean restrooms and driving safety.”

The sleeping bus will also stop by attractions on the way for tourists to enjoy the landscapes as well as to relax. There is also a flexible layover policy that requires no advance notice. For example, when a guest buys ticket from Hanoi to Hue, but the stop-over by Nha Trang City entices that tourist to stay longer, he or she can ask the passenger service to keep the ticket and transfer into next days till he wants to leave Nha Trang for Hue.

In HCMC, tourists can easily find a sleeping bus along Pham Ngu Lao Street at tour operators such as Sinh Café, Hanh Café or Phuong Nam. These agents will get you to Hanoi with stops in Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Hue.

Sinh Café is offering Saigon-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue-Hanoi at VND580,000 per person and Saigon-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue at VND370,000 per person, and open tours Saigon-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue-Hanoi at VND600,000 per person and Hue-Hanoi at VND180,000 per person.

Hanh Café is offering Saigon-Mui Ne-Nha Trang at US$12, Saigon-Mui Ne-Nha Trang-Hoi An at US$31 and Saigon-Mui Ne-Nha Trang-Hoi An-Hue at US$35.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

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