The SinhTourist

Company Information

This bus operator has been in business since 1993 becoming established as one of the most popular travel companies in Vietnam after a name change in 2009. Sinh Tourist was initially based in a small coffee shop in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) but now spans offices across Vietnam which provide expert advice as well as assisting travellers in arranging tours and transport.

Routes served by The Sinh Tourist

Sinh Tourist offers a huge range of routes all across the country. It’s possible to travel to almost every destination within Vietnam you could wish with The Sinh Tourist, ensuring you are using an excellent, reliable and safe service.

From Ho Chi Minh City

One of the most popular trips for tourists is from HCMC to Dalat, Sinh Tourist offer one service per day on this route which leaves HCMC at 22.00, arriving at 05.00 and costing VND259,000. The journey in the opposite direction is priced at VND249,000 as it often takes a little longer, leaving Dalat at 08.00 and due to arrive in HCMC at 16.00.

If you’re in HCMC and wish to head to the beaches at Mui Ne then there are three buses each day making the trip. The services are spread throughout the day between 07.00 and 20.00, with a journey time of five hours. Visitors wishing to return to HCMC can jump on buses from Mui Ne at 07.30 or 13.00 each day. Buses are priced at VND169,000 for the journey in either direction.

Of course, The Sinh Tourist can also help if you are wanting to travel between Dalat and Mui Ne. There are two buses each day heading in either direction between 07.30 and 13.00, costing VND169,000 for the four hour trip.

One of the country’s main routes is the road from HCMC to Nha Trang and there are two buses a day connecting these cities. The journey typically takes around 11 hours and you have the option of travelling during the day or overnight on a sleeper bus. Tickets are from VND239,000 and buses depart in both directions at around 07.00 and 20.00.

From Nha Trang

From Nha Trang, visitors can head south along the coast or inland to either Mui Ne or Dalat. The bus ride between Nha Trang and Mui Ne takes around five hours, with two departures each day at 07.15 and 20.00. Buses for the return journey leave at 13.00 every day and tickets are priced at VND179,000 either way.

Sinh Tourist offers just one bus per day from Nha Tang to Dalat which leaves at 07.30 and is scheduled to arrive at 11.30. However, there are two buses leaving Dalat for Nah Trang each day at 07.30 and 13.00, tickets cost VND169,000 each way.

From Hanoi

All visitors to Vietnam will spend some time in Hanoi during their trip and you’ll no doubt want to visit the ancient capital of Hue. There is one overnight service per day connecting the two cities, leaving Hanoi at 18.00 (arriving in Hue at 07.00) and departing Hue at 17.30 (getting in to the capital for 06.45). This is a 13 hour trip that will cost from VND299,000 one way.

From Hue

From Hue, Sinh Tourist can arrange transport to Da Nang, a popular coastal city in its own right but also the gateway to Hoi An. There are two services each day from Hue (at 08.00 and 13.15) making the three hour trip to Da Nang. There are also two buses every day heading tin the opposite direction, both priced at VND169,000. From Da Nang all visitors should head to Hoi An, just 1 ½ hours away. There are two buses connecting Da Nang and Hoi An each day, priced at VND159,000.

International destinations

Sinh Tourist can also help you book tickets to international destinations, including within Cambodia and Laos.

From HCMC, you can travel to Sihanoukville by bus at 07.00 each morning, the trip costs VND678,000 for the 11 hour journey. You can also visit Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, from HCMC. There are four services per day between 06.30 and 15.30 crossing the border into Cambodia. For visitors looking to return to HCMC, there are three buses each day from Phnom Penh, with prices starting at VND307,000.

From Hanoi, Sinh Tourist can arrange travel into Laos, it these are very long bus rides. There is one service each day to both Vientiane (22 hours) and Luang Prabang (24 hours), both departing at 17.00. Tickets cost VND674,000 to Vientiane and VND1,059,000 to Luang Prabang.

Pros

It’s very convenient that you are able to book all of your travel within Vietnam, and even to Cambodia and Laos, using just one company. This will save you a lot of time organising and arranging transport, so you can focus on choosing where you want to stay and what you want to eat during your trip.

As Sinh Tourist has been operating since 1993, you can be confident that you will receive a reliable and high quality service.

Cons

The prices of Sinh Tourist buses can be slightly higher than with some of its competitors, but you are paying for the expertise and professionalism of this long-established company.

Keep in mind

It is possible to purchase open bus tickets from Sinh Tourist, which allow you to hop-on and hop-off all along the route between Hanoi and HCMC. You’ll have to check the prices as it can depend on where your journey begins.

Travellers reviews

The majority of reviews of Sinh Tourist services praise the reliability and comfort of the buses and the operator has long been a hugely popular choice amongst travellers of all ages and budgets.

Criticism of these trips tend to focus on the same issues that plague bus travel across the country, such as fairly common delays affecting journey times and the lack of toilets onboard the buses. Unfortunately, delays are a fact of life when travelling through many countries and Vietnam is no exception. The absence of toilets is a bigger issue but, again, is one that affects travellers on almost every bus in the country.

The SinhTourist Company Reviews

3.6
655 / 14,336
5 187
4 195
3 144
2 54
1 75
99.1% of 14,336 travelers were presumably happy with The SinhTourist as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Aug 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Smooth, safe and on time.
Aug 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★☆☆☆☆
The bus was very old and smelled not so good, we had the places in the lower beds in the back of the bus. 5 people were very near to each other. And in the middle there is no space for that one... Shit place. And we were late, because we had problems with the bus.
Aug 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
The AC broke down during our trip. It was very hot. Furthermore, one of our seat belts was broken too. Since we had the front upper beds and the door was open (because of no AC), we didn't feel safe all the time by not wearing them. The travel itself went well and we arrived in Dalat on schedule. Good service, but quality of the bus was somewhat lacking.
Aug 17, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
It's not comfortable for tall people, once you sit in the seat you cannot move anywhere, there is no space for hand bag
Aug 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
On time, safe driver, comfortable seats and the woman at the tour office was very nice.
Aug 16, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Great and smooth ride all throughout
Aug 15, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Nice bus where you can sleep
Aug 14, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
Bus was ok but the seats were tiny and very uncomfortable. Im a slightly tall person and had a terrible time fitting in the 'seats' if you're tall you HAVE to get a seat at the very back where your legs can hang and have slightly more room for the experience to not be unbearable, otherwise youre better off getting a standard bus and putting your seat back. Thank god for sleeping tablets.
Aug 14, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Great comfortable trip. Very organised. Would highly recomend more trips
Aug 13, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
The bus toilet was broken. We arrived to Ho Chi Min at 3:45 in the morning (one and a half hour and before than expected)
Aug 13, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
The bus was on time. However, there is no wifi connection. Overall, it was a pleasant trip.
Aug 12, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
The trip by his own was okay, but iT was not really clear what to do at the border. They ask $35 for visa, but at the border on the sign says $30 tourist visa. So thats not that Nice from the sihn tourist operator.
Aug 12, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Driving was a bit intense later on in the journey, but all in all, it was a comfortable ride
Aug 11, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Excellent service!
Aug 10, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Train was nice when we got on but we noticed in the first class sleepers the employees were letting people in that didn't have tickets for that cabin until stops where passengers coming aboard had a ticket for that cabin also towards the end one employee came in and slept on the top bunk above my husband and another lady sat in my seat then took my pillow which was ridiculous it was about 45 minutes before I got off the train
Aug 10, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
We bpoked thid bus because we wanted to travel in a regular bus. However we got a sleeper bus. Not enough space for us and difficult to see sonething of the surroundings. Bus went very slow. Drivers do not seem to know that breaking by using the gear is far better than using th brakes all the time
Aug 10, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Very nice trip, seats were long enough and there was much space for „european“ people haha! Had a very good sleep! Definitely recommend this!
Aug 9, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Good service. Recommended to book thru online.
Aug 9, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Fast ride, check in was easy!
Aug 8, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
Bus was slow the trip took us 8 hours. The aircon is dripped water at some point of the trip. The staffs are courteous but they dont speak english. The stop overs were not physically appealing but food is somehow okay.
Aug 6, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
The staff was very nice with us. Great location. The only problem where the mosquitos, it was full of them in our room.
Aug 3, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Nice on time.
Aug 3, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
We checked in early because we wanted to have a Seat downstairs. The lady told us everything was already booked, reason was that we did not book directly at the Office but via 12goasia! We had to walk to the busstation as well, after waiting for a long time! After 1 hour they stopped and also at midnight, which was too late if you want to sleep. Arrival was 4 AM instead of 5.40, without warning before, we had to go out while sleeping.
Aug 1, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
Having travelled with Giant Ibis a day after this trip it reflects very poorly on SinhTourist. It should be made more obvious that wed’d be fobbed off with another operator on an old and uncomfortable bus with poorly trained staff (no communication during border crossing whatsoever), and how hard is it to list an accurate destination arrival time?). “It’s asia” doesn’t cut it anymore. SinhTourist and Long Phuong need to up their game. 12Go should update this trip to include details/photos of the actual bus company used (Long Phuong Cambodia), we should at least get an accurate description for the premium of booking through the site.
Aug 1, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
No much space for foot but other than that it was good
Jul 30, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
No seatbelts, no comfortable seats. Driver didn't sprak english and their was no guide. Arrival time was earlier then expected witch was very good.
Jul 30, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Arrived earlier than the scheduled time of arrival.
Jul 30, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★☆☆☆
Booked with Sinh Tourist as we had previous experiences with them, couldn’t fault them in the slightest. Amazing service. We even recommended the bus to two friends of ours who were doing the same journey as us. That being said, our bus from Hue to Phong Nha was another experience entirely. I checked in with the office the previous day, and double checked if the bus was direct to Phong Nha, which she said yes. I also asked if we could book seats at the front as my friend got car sick. The employee said we couldn’t, which is fair enough, so we made sure we arrived at the departure point in enough time to guarantee front seats. When the bus arrived, we were surprised to see that it was not a Sinh Tourist bus, and was another company. We questioned this with the woman in the office to double check it was our bus, and she said it was. The bus also arrived 20 minutes late. We then spent the next 30 minutes, at least, driving around Hue picking up other passengers from various hotels and bus offices. This confused us as we were led to believe it was a direct bus service. These passengers also did not have any heavy baggage, which again we thought was odd. Our two friends, who we recommended the bus to, sat across the aisle from us, so we had the whole front row. At one pick up, one of the employees asked if we could move for a passenger who gets travel sick, to which we replied that we sat in the front because of this too. After a guided tour of Hue’s hotels and bus offices, we were finally on our way 1 hour after our scheduled departure time (should have been 6:30, we left Hue at 7:30). Our friend sat across the aisle, who was tired from the early start, decided to recline his seat and get some sleep. The passenger behind him smacked him across the arm, and began to be verbally abusive towards him because his leg room was decreased. My friend sat next to me was shocked with the way this man had behaved, and she suggested that there was no reason to be physically and verbally abusive when all he had to do was ask politely. At this point, he then started shouting at her, aggressively gesturing in her face and using the most foul language, considering he had a young child sat next to him. My friend was very distressed by his behaviour, and felt extremely intimidated. Granted, the behaviour of this gentleman should not reflect on the review of the bus service, however the bus employees did very little to calm the situation, nor did they reprimand the man for his diabolical behaviour. The irony is, after this debacle, the gentleman then reclined his seat. Hypocracy at its best. We then stopped at a church, and it was only then that we discovered that we were on a tour bus, not a direct transport. This was not disclosed by the company or the employees in the Hue office, and partly explains the numerous pick up stops around Hue. When we arrived in Phong Nha, we were dropped off on the side of a road, not given much information as to where we were and they drove off to continue their day tour. My friends and I were particularly shaken by the whole experience, and were treated like second class citizens on the bus as we were not part of the tour. There is no Sinh Tourist office in Phong Nha, so we cannot inform them of what happened, and I know that the situation with the gentleman should not impact my review, but the lack of information regarding the bus and the way were treated was horrendous. In SE Asia, we have heard horror bus stories, but have not had a bad experience ourselves up until now.
Jul 29, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Clean bus, comfortable bedseats, clean fresh blanket, enough toiletstops, safe driver. Minor point: we arrived 1 hour 15 minutes too early ..in the middle of the night.
Jul 28, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Checked in and left on time. Arrived an hour early on the outskirts of Hue, and dropped off. We were then bombarded by taxi and motorbike drivers trying to charge obscene amounts to get us into the city. Do not take these! We waited for about 5 minutes and then a shuttle bus came to take us to the Sinh Tourist office in the city.
Jul 28, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Departure and arrival is on time. The company is very organized. The bus was clean.
Jul 26, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Super comfortable, clean, and efficient! Definitely would recommend and take again.
Jul 23, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
Not great if you are over 6 foot in height as the seats are quite cramped. The bus also arrived 1.5 hrs early which would be great if it wasn't at 4.15am
Jul 22, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Was a great trip, had an individual recliner bed. The air con was not working properly so the bus got quite stuffy, but the WiFi worked and we arrived 45 minutes early. Would use this company again.
Jul 21, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
your wifi bus cant connect ????????‍♂️????
Jul 20, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
toilet was broken sadly..and chinese people were so noisy
Jul 20, 2018
bus Express, The SinhTourist
★★★★☆
Nice ride.arrived safe.
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★☆☆
I think the buses in service are rather old and need service. Going up hill was difficult for the bus. We were not a full group either. Probably the bus was only half full. The seats really are not meant for people my size I guess. The bus waited for us a 5 minute walk away with all of us carrying bags. Other buses are in front of the bus stations on the same street. Why is that? I think SinhTourist has a bit of bureaucracy as well since it takes two stops to do a checkin. For something as simple as a bus ride, you should go to one desk, show your passport and voucher and be done. The whole process of boarding and getting the tickets needs to be streamlined and the bus should really be in front of the offices and not down the street. Clean the buses! They were dirty.
Jul 19, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Всё было очень комфортно и быстро. Прибыли на час раньше.
Jul 18, 2018
bus VIP Sleeper 41, The SinhTourist
★★★★★
Good service

The SinhTourist Stations

Mui Ne Sinh Ho Chi Minh City Sinh Nha Trang Sinh Dalat Sinh Phnom Penh (SinhTourist) Hoi An Sinh Danang Sinh Hue Sinh Hanoi Sinh Tuan Chau Island Sinh Siem Reap Bus Terminal Sihanoukville Phong Nha Sinh