The SinhTourist

The SinhTourist
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99.3% of 4,205 travelers were presumably happy with The SinhTourist as they left good or no review


The SinhTourist VIP Sleeper 41 outside
The SinhTourist

Quick company Intro
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.

What travellers say
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.


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August 2017

David, Aug 20, 2017 - Arrived at the sinh tourist office only to be moved to another bus from another company, bus was old and leaking and uncomfortable. Not anything like the image they provide. No communication or direction at the border and then the bus drove off without the guy who had our passports on board, we got them later after we stopped at a restaurant but still was worrying. Would have arrived on time if the driver didn't keep stopping to let his friends at the front of the bus stop to piss by the roadside. Would absolutely steer clear
Emma, Aug 19, 2017 - Seats were very comfy. No plugs, no toilet, driver beeped way too much, other travellers were very noisy. Very difficult to sleep.
Kossela, Aug 19, 2017 - Great service Clean bus Stuff are friendly Unexpected Just wow
Silvia, Aug 15, 2017 - Good
Tom, Aug 15, 2017 - The beds were to small, i am 185cm and my legs started camping.
Antonio, Aug 12, 2017 - We bought tickets from Hanoi to Sapa by night.The bus was a sleeping bus, new and confortable. They arrive at time (3'30 am) and they permit you to stay sleeping on bus to 5 a.m.Very good service.
Silvia, Aug 9, 2017 - The travel was very good.
Maria, Aug 4, 2017 - viaje cómodo y tranquilo, también a horario
Dani, Aug 3, 2017 - Nice new bus. Trip Wasn't as listed. Only stated a bus ride. Was 2 buses and a boat, all transitions were smooth and staff was very helpful. Would highly recommend. When buying it said "Sinh tourist" but was ran by Catba Express.
Bonnie, Aug 2, 2017 - Desk was closed when we arrived, bus late, heavy driving.

July 2017

Jessica, Jul 31, 2017 - The whole bus smelled so strongly of old cigarettes it was hard to breathe.
Logan, Jul 25, 2017 - Luckily bus was mostly empty so it was comfortable. But had the bus been full there would be no room for my legs. If you are over 5’ 10” be aware.
Shauna, Jul 25, 2017 - Easy travelling but didn't have a seat on the boat which was annoying as we had to sit on a suitcase. Otherwise great
Logan, Jul 23, 2017 - Seats are very narrow. The bus smells of BO. No bathroom. And no way to store delicate items other than sleeping with them. But it was fast and on time.
David, Jul 17, 2017 - We were very nervous about using the night bus after reading reviews, however it was fantastic! Much better than the 11 hour plane journey to get to Vietnam. The seats were comfy and the footwell was perfect for tucking your valuables into. It was essentially bunk beds on a bus and travelling with my three kids they loved it. Ridiculously cheap and that was for the VIP sleeper. I can't comment on the cheaper buses but if you can pay a little bit more it is well worth it.
Fintan, Jul 17, 2017 - Got to hoi an on time and safely thanks!
Frederic, Jul 16, 2017 - Driver should not answer their phone when driving. This is very dangerous . on the positive point very comfortable .
James, Jul 9, 2017 - Bus was rather tired and scruffy and we didn't stop off for a break on the 4 hour journey. Not too bad though but there are some things that would have made it a little better.
Stephen, Jul 8, 2017 - The bus was an older model but seats were more spacey i.e. Greater leg room . Good space above seats for storage. Bus left Phnom Penh and we were given bottle of water . Plenty of stops along the way to get food and rest room breaks. Bus arrived in timely manner in Ho Chi Minh city. All for $13 one way. Border was a breeze.
Ross, Jul 3, 2017 - Sinh bus station is NOT at 154 Bach Dang St! It's about 2 miles from there, and we almost missed the bus. The bus itself was fantastic, not much room for carry on, and wifi slow, but much better than regular bus :-)
Elizabeth, Jul 2, 2017 - On time depart. Pretty easy going. No border issues. Arrived tad late. Good trip
Ling, Jul 1, 2017 - Kudo to 12GO Asia for the booking convenient. However, the VIP Sleeper 41 is a bit cramp for 182 cm tall passenger ;)

June 2017

Joao, Jun 30, 2017 - Altought is was not a big distance (4h) the staff was very kind, the seats were confortable and the wifi worked really well
Steven, Jun 30, 2017 - Great bus trip from Hoi An to Hue. Careful driver. Clean bus. Efficient ticketing.
Charlotte, Jun 27, 2017 - The journey was fine, we made it to HCMC. Bus clean and there was some bag space on certain seats (not the ones at the front and back). However, this was my sixth sleeper bus in Vietnam and I was annoyed firstly that the wifi didn't work at all (the first time this has happened to me), and secondly that it arrived an hour and a half early. Usually the bus allows people to sleep until the planned arrival time (in our case 6:30), but they kicked us off at 5am and we had to spend 2 hours sat on a bench waiting for our hostel to open. Then I was tired all day.
Nita, Jun 25, 2017 - No problems! Got to Mui Ne as scheduled. The bus stop right opposite of our hotel.
Nita, Jun 25, 2017 - No problems with the tickets bought from 12go Asia. Very reliable! The sleeper bus was amazing. It made the 12 hour bus ride seem not that long as I slept throughout and by the time I woke up, it was already in Nha Trang. The bus stopped around central tourist areas so my hotel was near just 5 mins walk. It was comfortable for me as I'm 1.62m but might not be for someone who's taller - no leg space. One thing I'd point out is there is no space to put your carry on backpack. So I went back out to the office and got tags for my carry on to be kept under with other luggage. The bus company was very organised with checking in and putting tags on the luggage- similar to checking in a flight. You get a free small bottle of water as well and few stops for toilet or stretch.
Christie, Jun 20, 2017 - Awful! Do not go on this bus. It was cramped and the drivers were really rude to all the tourists. We went past other sleeper buses that look 100 times better so book them. We arrived at out bus stop only to then have our ticket taken off us by a guy who escorted us about half a mile down the road, he then left us there (never returned our ticket) for around 40 mins as he kept bringing other people to this random street corner. We got onto a little bus which then took us to the bus terminal, no one told us what was going on and the entire bus was confused. The guy who took our ticket jumped onto this bus on the way to the bus station and we asked for our ticket back and he just looked the other way. We got off and another driver took us to our actual Luang Prabang bus. He took our bags and then as we tried to get on he started shouting at us. There was two of them just shouting at us in Vietnamese, we had no idea what was going on. Then they did the same to a couple who tried to get on. After a couple of minutes of standing just outside the bus they let us on. Despite booking our tickets well over a month in advance they wouldn't let us sit where we wanted so all the tourists were sat at the back of the bus (where it's way hotter because it's over the engine) we were sat on 5 seats in a row right at the back next to another tourist. It was awful. That couple from earlier tried to sit two rows in front of us but the driver wouldn't allow it and forced them to move to the seats behind them. After all of that arguing the bus wasn't even full!!! It was an absolute joke. They were so rude to us the whole bus ride. We didn't leave the station until 6 despite booking the 5 bus. And then we arrived in Luang Prabang at 10 to 9!!! Nearly 28 hours when we were told it was 24 hours. There was only 3 toilet stops along the way. And at one point we had stopped at a garage and my friend tried to get off to use the wc (which we could see from the bus) and the driver shouted at her and shooed her back to the back of the bus. It was honestly the worst experience of our lives. At random stops along the way they picked up locals who had HEAPS of luggage! Like they climbed onto the roof and put sacks up there. We did not feel safe. There was only 2 food stops in 28 hours. The roads were really bumpy and windy but because we were at the 5 seats at the back the 3 in the middle had nothing to hold onto so we were sliding everywhere! One of the toilet stops charged and the drivers didn't tell us so no one took money off the bus with them! And all the guys just used the woods, so basically only the girls had to pay. Would not go on this bus again! Do not go on it even if the other bus is a little more expensive book that. - 12Go: Dear Christie Thorn Thank you for this very detailed report and we apologize that you have had this experience. We are speaking to the operator about it in hopes that they can improve. Hope the rest of your journey goes well.
Megan, Jun 16, 2017 - Truly the most uncomfortable transport of my life. Bus wasn't really that clean, but the major issue was the driver going very fast the whole way causing passengers to literally leap or of their seats several times with the impact from the road. My head was repeatedly banged against the top bunk due to this impact and now I have a bruise.
Charlotte, Jun 15, 2017 - Very nice/clean bus with wifi, although the toilet didn't work. We did have a stop for food/toilet use though. Overall good and we arrived early in Hanoi
Aron, Jun 10, 2017 - It was fine. Everything went as planned, nothing special. We got to the bus than got off at the destination. Easy as it sounds :). It took 12 and a half hours. The chairs were comfortable, and I even managd to sleep a bit. Although the stop for dinner was a bit early for me.
Marigje, Jun 9, 2017 - Good operator, service oke
Mandy, Jun 9, 2017 - The trip was good although the bus is a bit small for tall people. The bus wasn't really clean but fine for the trip. Safe driving and enough stops along the ride.
Beate, Jun 5, 2017 - The ticket stated that boarding was at their town office but we then had to walk for 10 minutes in the heat to the pick up point which was on the side of a busy dual carriage way with no opportunity to wait somewhere inside. Needless to say, the bus was 20 minutes late. We had a stop where food could be bought, but this was of extremely poor quality. We have done a lot of overnight buses in a number of countries and this was the worst experience we had.
Er, Jun 2, 2017 - Good

May 2017

Jenny, May 10, 2017 - It's a bit confusing the visa process, but it worked good. They have wifi in the bus ! They stop after getting the visa to have a break. We got to Cambodia a little later tHan expected .
Fabio, May 7, 2017 - Super smooth! The guide spoke english and he was super kind
Jenny, May 5, 2017 - The place to meet the bus was nice, it's seem very profetional. At the bus you have to take off your shoes. The seats are not so comfortable. Doesn't have a toilet inside. The driver was very rude. We arrive 2 hours early to the last stop and we were thinking it was a bathroom stop and the driver didn't tell us we arrive early, so he yell at us that we have to leave. After that we chek the map and saW that we arrive early... but because of that we had to wait morE until our chek in at the hostel.
Nathan, May 3, 2017 - Really comfy sleeper bus, ok air con. Slightly unorganised leaving late and no assigned seat on the bus.

April 2017

Benedictus, Apr 29, 2017 - We will write a full report later

The SinhTourist

The SinhTourist VIP Sleeper 41 Inside
The SinhTourist VIP Sleeper 41 Inside
VIP Sleeper 41 Outside
The SinhTourist VIP Sleeper 41 Outside
The SinhTourist Express Inside
The SinhTourist Express Inside
Express Outside
The SinhTourist Express Outside

Schedule The SinhTourist


07:30; 13:00, 13:30;
13:00;
4.0 Da Nang - Hue
09:15, 14:30;
10:30, 15:30;
07:45, 14:00;
2.7 Hanoi - Hue
17:30, 18:00;
17:00;
07:45;
5.0 Hanoi - Sapa
07:20, 22:00;
14:00; 07:00, 20:00;
22:00;
07:00, 20:00;
06:30, 08:30, 10:00, 11:30, 15:30;
07:00;
5.0 Hue - Da Nang
08:00, 13:15;
3.4 Hue - Hanoi
17:30;
3.9 Hue - Quang Nam
08:00, 13:15;
07:30, 13:00;
08:00, 13:30;
07:15, 20:00;
07:15, 20:00;
07:30, 13:00;
19:00;
06:00, 08:30, 11:30, 15:30;
08:30, 13:45;
3.7 Quang Nam - Hue
08:30, 13:45;
18:15;
0.0 Sapa - Hanoi
13:30, 16:00, 22:00;

Stations The SinhTourist

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, Sapa Sinh, Cat Ba Sinh, Cat Ba pier, Ben Binh pier, Tuan Chau Island Sinh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Buon Ma Thout - Dak Lak Interprovince, Phong Nha Sinh, Luang Prabang Northern Bus Station, Vientiane Southern Bus Station


Comparison The SinhTourist