Ho Chi Minh – Dalat: Phuong Trang bus or Thanh Buoi bus
June 09th 2014.
The bus transport from Ho Chi Minh city to Dalat and vice versa is popular for budget tourists instead of expensive airlines or the tourists prefer to experience of sightseeing on the way with a lot of landscape such as coffee & tea terrace, native cultural symbols along the street.
I write this review is assisting the tourists have the good choice for transport services. My review is from experiencing myself, not promote or advertise for any brand.
At present, there are 02 bus companies which tourists & native people always prefer for Ho Chi Minh – Dalat route are Phuong Trang bus (brand name is Futabusline) and Thanh Buoi bus. However, almost foreign tourists are familiar to Phuong Trang bus (Futabus) meanwhile almost native people are familiar to Thanh Buoi bus.
Thus, why have the tourists been going with Futabus?
The significant reasons for this difference, I think they caused from: the marketing advantage of Phuong Trang bus is better one of Thanh Buoi bus. Beginning from name, you have seen Phuong Trang bus with brand name is “Futabus”, it’s very easy to remember “Futabus” with impressive orange color. Besides that, Futabus is the big company with their large extension from North to South of Vietnam, meanwhile Thanh Buoi bus has served for only market of Dalat, HCMC, and Can Tho. The second reason, I think it is the most important element of all, that’s location of station, Futabus has the convenient location of station in HCMC (located 272 De Tham street, Dist.1, HCMC), the central of Ben Thanh market & Backpacker area.
Thus, why have the native people been going with Thanh Buoi?
Because Buses of Thanh Buoi are newer & better buses of Phuong Trang. Inside of the buses of Thanh Buoi, you have never seen the scratched seats (i can’t always guarantee, but I had gone with them 03 times, latest time is 26th May 2014, they’re all new ones). I highly recommend Thanh Buoi bus for the tall tourists, I have been easy & comfortable for stretching my legs in the bunk bed of sleeping bus, meanwhile I can not do well with Futabus (My tall is near 6 feets). Besides that, Thanh Buoi has variety of regular trips, every trip per each 30 minutes included both the seating bus and the sleeping bus.
Comparing Phuong Trang bus and Thanh Buoi bus:
|Phuong Trang Bus (Futabuslines)||Thanh Buoi Bus|
|In HCMC: Central location (Backpacker area)||In HCMC: Location in Dist 3 (5km from Backpacker area)|
|In Dalat: Dalat bus station (4km from center)||In Dalat: Thanh Buoi bus station (4km from center)|
|Free Transfer Service inside of Dalat||Free Transfer Service inside of Dalat|
|Every trip per each hour||Every trip per each 30 minutes|
|Moving time: 7 – 8.5 hours||Moving time: 7 – 8 hours|
|Supporting around Vietnam||Supporting for HCMC, Dalat, Can Tho|
|Same Cost||Same Cost|
By Phong N