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From Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh by train

08:39
NTR Nha Trang
16:10
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 31m
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08:39
NTR Nha Trang
16:10
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 31m
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08:39
NTR Nha Trang
16:10
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 31m
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09:34
NTR Nha Trang
18:21
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 47m
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09:34
NTR Nha Trang
18:21
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 47m
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09:34
NTR Nha Trang
18:21
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 47m
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10:51
NTR Nha Trang
18:55
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 4m
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10:51
NTR Nha Trang
18:55
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 4m
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10:51
NTR Nha Trang
18:55
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 4m
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12:40
NTR Nha Trang
21:46
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 6m
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12:40
NTR Nha Trang
21:46
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 6m
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12:40
NTR Nha Trang
21:46
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 6m
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18:19
NTR Nha Trang
04:07
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 48m
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18:45
NTR Nha Trang
02:57
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 12m
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18:45
NTR Nha Trang
02:57
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 12m
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18:45
NTR Nha Trang
02:57
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 12m
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19:02
NTR Nha Trang
03:25
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 23m
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NTR Nha Trang
03:25
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 23m
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19:02
NTR Nha Trang
03:25
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
8h 23m
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19:20
NTR Nha Trang
04:38
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 18m
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20:00
NTR Nha Trang
05:26
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 26m
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20:00
NTR Nha Trang
05:26
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 26m
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20:28
NTR Nha Trang
06:20
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 52m
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20:28
NTR Nha Trang
06:20
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 52m
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20:28
NTR Nha Trang
06:20
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 52m
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21:12
NTR Nha Trang
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 33m
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NTR Nha Trang
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 33m
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NTR Nha Trang
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 33m
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21:12
NTR Nha Trang
04:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 33m
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21:35
NTR Nha Trang
07:00
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 25m
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21:35
NTR Nha Trang
07:00
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 25m
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22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:35
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 32m
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22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:35
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 32m
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22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:35
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
9h 32m
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22:26
NTR Nha Trang
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 19m
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22:28
NTR Nha Trang
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 17m
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NTR Nha Trang
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 17m
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NTR Nha Trang
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 17m
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22:28
NTR Nha Trang
05:45
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
7h 17m
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23:05
NTR Nha Trang
09:20
SGO Ho Chi Minh City
10h 15m
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NTR Nha Trang
09:20
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10h 15m
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From Nha Trang to Binh Duong by train

22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:10
STH Song Than, Binh Duong
9h 7m
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22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:10
STH Song Than, Binh Duong
9h 7m
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22:03
NTR Nha Trang
07:10
STH Song Than, Binh Duong
9h 7m
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23:05
NTR Nha Trang
08:41
STH Song Than, Binh Duong
9h 36m
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23:05
NTR Nha Trang
08:41
STH Song Than, Binh Duong
9h 36m
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From Nha Trang Hanh Cafe to Ho Chi Minh by bus

08:00
Nha Trang Hanh Cafe
17:00
Ho Chi Minh Hanh Cafe
9h
20:00
Nha Trang Hanh Cafe
05:00
Ho Chi Minh Hanh Cafe
9h
20:30
Nha Trang Hanh Cafe
05:30
Ho Chi Minh Hanh Cafe
9h
21:00
Nha Trang Hanh Cafe
06:00
Ho Chi Minh Hanh Cafe
9h

From Nha Trang Southern Bus to Ho Chi Minh by bus

07:15
Nha Trang Southern Bus
18:15
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
08:20
Nha Trang Southern Bus
19:20
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
11:00
Nha Trang Southern Bus
22:00
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
19:40
Nha Trang Southern Bus
06:40
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
20:50
Nha Trang Southern Bus
07:50
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
21:50
Nha Trang Southern Bus
08:50
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h
22:10
Nha Trang Southern Bus
09:10
Mien Dong, Ho Chi Minh
11h

Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh Schedule

Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Phuong Trang Express 07:15 – 18:15VND 264k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 08:39 – 16:10VND 322k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 10:51 – 18:55VND 333k
Vietnam Railways Class II Sleeper AC 12:40 – 21:46VND 511k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 18:19 – 04:07VND 658k
Vietnam Railways Class II AC 20:00 – 05:26VND 407k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 21:12 – 04:45VND 1,390k
Hanh Cafe Standard AC 20:00 – 05:00VND 210k
Phuong Trang Express 20:50 – 07:50VND 264k
Vietnam Railways VIP Sleeper 22:03 – 07:35VND 959k
Violette Express Train VIP Sleeper 4x 22:26 – 05:45VND 1,390k
Phuong Trang Express 22:10 – 09:10VND 264k

How to get from Nha Trang to Saigon

What about

The largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam is a city of an endless charm. Regardless official renaming into Ho Chi Minh City (or HCMC) after the former Communist leader, it is still widely called by its historical name both by locals and foreigners. If you arrive to HCMC by train, the first thing you will probably notice is large letters ‘Sai Gon’ greeting visitors from atop the railway station.

Elegant colonial buildings and brightly coloured Orient temples; incredibly tasty baguettes in French-style bakeries and two-dollar bowls of famous pho sold by street hawkers; hip young crowd in leafy city parks and dull grey concrete of the communist-era derelicts – Ho Chi Minh has tons of that wonderful flavour of old Saigon in the air. Buzzing with colourful markets, bustling with chaotic traffic, glittering with bright neon signs and shining with smiles of friendly locals Saigon never fails to conquer the hearts of its guests.

From Nha Trang to Saigon

Getting from Nha Trang to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh, or HCMC) is easy both by train and bus, but you have to be ready for rather a longish journey. Trains can save you a couple of hours of your travel time, but buses are a bit cheaper. Anyway, expect to spend from eight to 11 hours on the move between Nha Trang and Saigon.

From Nha Trang to Saigon by train

The fastest trains to get from Nha Trang to Saigon are two night trains (SE1 and SE3), which leave Nha Trang in the evening at 9.25pm and 10.15pm, arriving to Saigon early the next morning (4.40am and 5.20am respectively). Do not fear, though, early hours: life in Asian cities and towns starts much before their Western counterparts wake up, so you will be able to have an early breakfast, take a taxi or just stroll leisurely to your accommodation – it is about three km from Saigon train station to Bui Vien-Pham Ngu Lao area where a lot of budget hotels are located. Both trains offer AC seats and second and first class sleeping cars, and the best choice from the point of view of comfort vs price ratio is probably second class AC sleepers (about VND640.000/USD30).

Though not the fastest one, SE25 at 10.25pm is even more convenient, reaching Saigon at 7am (tickets are sold at the same price).

A more luxurious alternative to ordinary Vietnam National Railways cars, Livitrans Express and Saigon Golden Train, sell berths in VIP sleepers for four passengers in their private cars attached to SNT1 train (it leaves Nha Trang at 7pm and arrives to Saigon at 5am). Tickets are nearly twice as expensive as in ordinary cars and cost VND1.100.000 (USD50) per berth. Private cars guarantee a more comfortable ride and in general a better and more relaxed experience.

All the other trains of Vietnam National Railways provide the same level of service, but are less convenient from the point of view of their schedule. Morning trains rob you off the whole day and two evening trains bring you to Saigon in small hours, which is, actually not a big deal, but you will need either to pay full rate for a hotel room for few remaining morning hours, or to while half the night away at the train station, which is not the best idea at all.

From Nha Trang to Saigon by bus

For those who prefer buses to trains, The Sinh Tourist operates two buses from Nha Trang to Saigon a day, one in the morning at 7.15am, and one in the evening at 7.30pm. Both take about 11 hours to reach Saigon, which is longer than the majority of trains need; but both the morning and the night buses are VIP sleepers which means you can sleep the whole journey through (if you are lucky enough to be able to sleep in such sleeping buses at all!), and cost less than trains (VND220.000-240.000/USD10).

Another good thing about Sinh Tourist buses is that they pick up and drop off their passengers in the heart of tourist activity both in Nha Trang and Saigon. In Nha Trang, The Sinh Tourist Office, from where the company’s buses depart, is located one block away from the sea, at the corner of Hung Vuong and Biet Thu streets. In Saigon, buses head to De Tham street, which connects the famous backpackers headquarters in Saigon, Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien streets.

Getting around in Saigon

Even if you are used to renting a motorbike for getting around cities and towns in Asia, think twice before doing it in Saigon. Motorbike traffic is absolutely terrible in the city, two-wheeled transport comes in an endless flow and all you can do is just wonder how the riders manage to avoid constant collisions at roundabouts and junctions. If you are confident in your riding skills, you can easily rent a motorbike in Pham Ngu Lao area for about VND150.000 (USD6-7) per day. As a rule, police do not ask a driving licence, though by law you should have a valid one. Note that many rental agencies would require your passport as a deposit, and in case you have an accident or get your motorbike even slightly damaged, it will be quite hard to negotiate compensation with the owner.

Some people consider cycling around Saigon a good alternative to renting a bike, but again, with thick traffic and polluted air it is not a best option to consider.

Taxis and xe om (motorbike taxis) are wonderfully affordable in Saigon. And while taxis tend to use metres (insist on switching one on if your driver does not do it by default), you should absolutely negotiate the cost of the ride in advance if going by xe om.

Many beautiful temples lie within a walking distance from Pham Ngu Lao area, and strolling the street of the old city filled with colonial mansions make for an atmospheric experience anyway.

If you want to savour real local flavour, take a tricycle, aka cyclo, ride. It is quintessentially Vietnamese experience to be pedalled through heavily trafficked streets with your driver behind you and all the road chaos of cars, bikes and buses rushing right towards your insecure means of transport.

Finally, there are public buses – the cheapest and in most cases the fastest way to move around in Saigon – they are always given way to. The only problem is to figure out which line you need. But as soon as you solve the puzzle, enjoy going local.

Where to stay in Saigon

The prime backpacker’s choice for budget guesthouses is Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area, conveniently located close to Ben Thanh Market. The cheapest rooms can be found at as low as USD10, but USD20 is more realistic amount for which you can get a room in a family-operated guesthouse with private bathroom and air-conditioning. In recent years more and more mid-range hotels are making their way to Pham Ngu Lao, with prices ranging between USD30-USD40. These are mostly clustered around Le Thanh Ton and Ly Tu Trong. If Pham Ngu Lao is too frenetic for you, head to Co Giang Street or Co Bac Street. Both offer quite a decent choice of budget guesthouses but boast a quieter ambiance. The central part of the city is the enclave of luxury hotels and international chains though some great mid-range deals can be found there, too.

Things to do in Saigon

There is soooooo much to do and see in Saigon, that planning your stay may become a real challenge. Do not try to cover all the sights in a couple of days; just pick up a bit of everything to see the many faces of the city.

Walk from District 1 to Cholon to visit some of the best temples in Saigon. These are colourful oasis of tranquillity and peace amidst the sea of loud traffic horns and dust. Do not miss an impressive gilded ship in Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda, watch the incense coils hanging from the ceiling in Thien Hau Pagoda, admire four dragon columns brought from China in Ha Chuong Hoi Quan Pagoda and feel as the time slows its pace in a secret Jade Emperor Pagoda. Walk through the rooms and underground tunnels of President Palace complete with rooftop helipad, find out what the modern Vietnamese art is about at rather small but charming Contemporary Art Museum, and study old maps of Saigon and Vietnam at the gorgeous Central Post Office which occupies a stately colonial building inspired by the architecture of Gare d'Orsay in Paris. Indulge in shopping: markets in Saigon are incredibly varied and offer an abundance of great finds – from excellent local coffee to stylish gold jewellery.

Last but not least – set on a culinary tour of Ho Chi Minh which is a foodie’s paradise. From Pho 2000 proud for having fed even President Bill Clinton with their soup to elegant Fanny ice-cream cafe with mind-blowing choice of frozen delights, you will have plenty of gastronomic fun in Saigon.

Your onward travel from Saigon

There is a choice of international buses, which connect Saigon with Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The trip takes about seven hours with any company and costs between USD13 (The Sinh Tourist) and USD18 (Giant Ibis Company).

You can further connect from Saigon via Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to pay respect to amazing temples of Angkor (from 17 hours with Giant Ibis Transport).

Low-cost airlines fly between Saigon and neighbouring countries, the most popular destinations being Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (from USD50 one-way with Air Asia) and Bangkok in Thailand (from USD60).

Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh destination reviews

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264 customer reviews
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73% of 264 travelers were happy with this destination
SW
5
train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Sep 16, 2019
Always an adventure on the train had. A cabin with a Vietnamese and polish interesting conversation listening to there story’s
AW
3
train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Sep 4, 2019
Travelled on SE7. Train arrived just 10 minutea late, which i tho8ght was pretty good as it originated in Hanoi. Carriage was Ok. Yoi never know with the seats. And we had backward facing seats. They allpwed us to swap into empty seats until the rightful passengers joined at later stations. Some chairs also were in full re line position and no chance to fix them. Toilets were 1 star. We noticed that many passengers came from the 2nd class wooden bench seat and no AC and sat in our carriage, when approaching a station they packed up and moved back so this was ko trouble. Just in case yoy think you have a vacant seat next to you ot may not stay that way.
EB
2
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train, Aug 23, 2019
Per 60 euro mi aspettavo servizio diverso, invece le cuccette del treno erano tutte uguali. Se quello era un letto morbido poi... era semirigido diciamo. L'unica cosa positiva è che ti forniscono da bere e da mangiare qualche snack.
MB
2
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train, Aug 17, 2019
Vip coach only means different sheets and drinks and a crisp. The beds are the same and the noise also
CC
2
train #SNT3 Class II Sleeper AC, Vietnam Railways, Jul 22, 2019
Second class sleeper booked as this was the only choice remaining. 6 berth cabin with extremely hard mattresses and insufficient height to be able to sit up. Never again. If I need to use a sleeper train i n vietnam again, i'll be more organised and ensure I get a first class cabin of either 2 or 4 beds.
JA
5
train #SE3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jul 13, 2019
12go.asia was no help whatsoever changing our tickets but the people At the train station were a great help. The 1st class.sleeper was clean and on time.
CC
3
train #SE7 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Jul 10, 2019
Toilet very dirty. No announcement of the next stop.
OH
4
train #SNT3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 20, 2019
Good sleep, Train arrived 1,5 hours late, and 1 Class Sleeper was in reality a drunk-cell madrass, but popped some pills and slept like a king.
ED
2
train #SNT3 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Jun 17, 2019
Didn't feel like VIP.. Very old carrage (had way newer one from Hanoi to Danang)... Seats on train next to mine looked better then my bed...
RS
2
bus Standard AC, Hanh Cafe, Jun 9, 2019
interesting bus though im glad I made it to my destination Saigon safely, I would be very wary to those that larger frame the seats are very small and can be rather uncomfortable would have been nice to be put in on the bottom seat but I got put on climb seat which was unusual cheap option though
JF
4
train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, May 1, 2019
Decent trip. Not too many stops. Beer/beverage service Bring a good snack
MP
4
train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Apr 30, 2019
Nha trang to Saigon was good. 8hrs was just long enough.
SJ
2
train #SE5 Class II AC, Vietnam Railways, Apr 26, 2019
It should have said no aircon and smoking I wouldn’t travel on it again. If they just had the doors self closing it my be ok
KV
3
train #SNT1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Saigon Golden Train, Apr 10, 2019
Bathroom was dirty. Not sure what VIP meant but it was a shared bathroom in a coach. Interior was and felt muggy. AC ran high for a good while but was turned down 1/3 off the trip in. Earplugs didn't help those all the noise from the train track and movements in train. Only water was provided. No snacks but vendors came around with snacks to buy like boiled eggs, instant noodles, drinks. Bed was firm.
DB
5
bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Apr 3, 2019
Very professional service. Made 2-3 stops to use the bathroom during the trip. We also arrived 2.5 early which was fine for us as we had booked our hotel for the day before - consider this if your bus is due to arrive early in the morning. Would use again
CS
2
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train, Mar 26, 2019
Changing vouchers for tickets and boarding the train was well organised. The train itself was way below the standard we were advised of and the standard shown on the Internet. We booked Violett train but get another one. Never gone use 12go again
AW
3
train #SE7 VIP Sleeper, Vietnam Railways, Mar 23, 2019
Good until someone got on the train and brought two boxes of fish into the cabin. Couldn’t stay in the cabin after for two hours
JS
3
bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Mar 18, 2019
Il a fait vraiment très chaud dans le bus. Nous étions ds le fond et la clim ne fonctionnait quasi pas . Ça a été 10h de trajet très long mais nous sommes bien arrivé à destination.
MD
3
train #SE1 VIP Sleeper 4x, Violette Express Train, Mar 18, 2019
Après avoir été très inquiète vu certains avis extrêmement négatifs de ce voyage, je tiens à nuancer les propos suite à mon expérience. Déjà la communication a été plutôt fluide en gare de nha trang et le train n'a eu que 20min de retard. Certes les draps n'étaient pas propres et le lit dur mais en prévoyant notre nuit cela a globalement été. nous avions prévu des vêtements longs sur nos bras et jambes, recouvert l'oreiller avec un de nos tshirt, prévu des épaisseurs pour pouvoir jouer avec le chaud froid de la clim et du papier toilette au cas où... Pas de souris ou de cafards n'ont croisé notre chemin donc rien que pour ça je suis heureuse ! Clairement ce n'est pas un voyage très fluide mais suffisant vu nos attentes.
AG
5
bus Semi Sleeper, The SinhTourist, Mar 11, 2019
Very comfortable ride, skillfull and experienced drivers

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