The trifecta of mass transit – flight, train and bus – are all available to you in Vietnam. While the first is easily the fastest, it is also by far the most expensive. Trains may be available to you depending on your destination. If neither of the first two options are available and you want cheap travel, you are on the bus.
The sleeper buses in Vietnam are relatively new. But that doesn’t make them luxurious. They are a three row, two level reclining chair affair. If you find yourself on these buses, here are a few tips that may be helpful.
Stick to the Windows
There is basically zero on board storage room. Whatever you bring on the bus either sites in your lap or at your feet. The middle aisle lacks the advantage of a firm wall to press bags against. Avoid it.
Seek out the Front Seats for Leg Room
Most seats stick their legs underneath the passenger in front of them. This means that you get little foot room. That is, except for the very front row which allows for more leg room. A full six foot passenger can actually stretch out in the front two window seats.
Bring Your Standard Airplane Gear
Most long haul buses go overnight so don’t forget your usual gear. Earplugs, eye shade, contact lens case, etc.
You may not stop as often as you expect or eat when you want. Bring snacks to avoid being hungry. The bus may provide some water but don’t plan on it.
Wear Something Warm
While the bus will provide a blanket, you might consider a long sleeve shirt for the evening depending on the climate. I usually wear socks and shoes on these buses instead of sandals and barefoot.