In any tourist destination, traveling by bus is typically a wise choice. Of course, each place has its own way to travel by bus, Saigon included. Here are some tips for people living as well as learning Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City to easily travel in Saigon by bus.
1. “Waving hand” trick to catch a bus
In many other countries around the world (or even in most cities in Vietnam), buses stick to their route and all you have to do is wait for them at the stop where you want to depart. In Saigon, things are different. You not only have to wait at the correct bus stop but also “wave” your hand to catch them. If not, they won’t stop to pick you up.
Many tourists don’t know this trick, and have to wait for a long time at the bus stops. Therefore, memorize this tip. It’ll be useful.
2. Using additional buses
Main buses are usually full of people. So if you see an additional bus, remember one thing: catch it. This oddly shaped bus is unique to Saigon. It’s a kind of van and contains 12 persons at most, moves very fast, helps to reduce traffic jam, and saves you time.
The ticket price of an additional bus ticket doesn’t cost too much – about 5 to 6000 VND. If you’re a student, remember to bring your student ID card because you’ll only pay 2000 VND.
3. Using ticket collection
If you choose to travel in Saigon by bus, remember to use ticket collection. You’ll save a lot of money. The posted price of a common ticket is 6000 VND/ticket/turn. But if you use ticket collection, you only have to pay 4500 VND/ticket/turn. A ticket collection costs 135000 VND/30 tickets. It’s available for a year and you can use this kind of ticket in any rout of bus (except routs 13,94,96), including with additional buses.
Memorize this tip to save your money when you travel in Saigon by bus.
4. Do not doze on the bus
Although many of the Saigonese buses are refurbished, don’t get too comfortable on them. The buses do not have lowdspeakers to announce when it has reached its destination. If you’re sleepy and want to take a nap, remember to remind the person next to you or the driver to wake you when you’ve reach your destination.
5. Ask “Buýt Sài Gòn” before starting your trip
This is a Fanpage on Facebook, established by a group of people who usually travel by bus in Saigon. They always update latest information for the buses, and always answer your questions. The admin is enthusiastic and kind. You needn’t hesitate to ask them about bus routs, how to travel by bus, or which bus stops you can get on/off.
Here is the address: https://www.facebook.com/buyttphcm?fref=ts
You can also search on Google to use a Saigon bus map because there are some bus stops don’t have any notice board.
Although, the best way for you to get on/off the correct bus stop is by asking bus drivers or people who are traveling with you.
Don’t hesitate to ask motorbike taxi drivers for help; they’re very friendly and infrequently rip you off or lie to you. Even if you find it difficult to reach your destination, they’re willing to take you to where you need to go at a low price (5000 VND – 10 000 VND).
Moreover, you can consult dulich9.com about tips to travel in Saigon in order to save your money, your time, and to have a more memorable experience. Have a nice trip!