Vietnam is a long thin country. The distance between the two main cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is about 1,300 miles. A great way to visit the country is by bus. In Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi it is easy to purchase bus tickets all the way south or north. The convenient part of the process is you can choose to get off at cities along the way including Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hué and Mui Ne. It cost me $16.00 in 2005. Thanks to @Shamalkumal, who just returned from Southeast Asia, I have been informed the price now ranges from $20-25.
The route follows the coast and affords many incredible views. At night shrimp boats were lit up on the water with a fluorescent light to attract fish. Unfortunately, this was a site I could not capture in a photograph, but I was able to get a few nice scenes from the bus.
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OMG traveling more 1000 km in bus ?? I ll be dead tired for sure if i do this .
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Very true, that is why it is important to get out and stay awhile at the stops along the way. The bus tickets can be purchased in an open ended fashion, so you can stay as long as you want in each town.
That’s a great shot Ted! I completed that journey back in 2008. I’d love to do it again.
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how many hrs did it take u by bus – i have to go to hanoi from HCMC – train is 29 hrs – if i take a flight i wil miss all the view – so bus seems to be an option but cant find how much time it will take
i’m planing a trip with a friend around south east asia. We’ll also spend some time travelling around Vietnam. I read about the bus but we couldn’t find a cheap bus such as you wrote about. What bus did you take? and what do you think is a must see in Vietnam?
There is no need to book these buses in advance. They are easy to book once you are in Vietnam. They are everywhere especially in the tourist towns like Saigon, Nha Trang, Hoi Ann, Hué, and Hanoi. You can read about it a little bit here http://www.lonelyplanet.com/vietnam/transport/getting-around The cities I listed above are a must see as well as Halong Bay and Sapa.