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What are my options for traveling from HCMC to Phan Thiet?
Hi, from HCM, there is a bus , it takes 4 hours(not recommended).
Train takes 3h30
Mini van taxi MAI LINH , the cost is about 70000 dongs for a distance of 198km.
.MAI LINH taxi campany is known in the town.
A number of options:
Bus (Sinh Cafe) cheap and reliable option. Not sure why last post said not reccomended as have done loads of times and is fine.
Train: OK but then you have to get from Phan Thiet to MN
Hire a car and driver, last time was about130 for the weekend, but might have gone up. Some hotels there will charge for drivers room (5 or 10$)
I agree with JonnyVN about the bus. For me, I'd rather take a large tour bus from Sinh Cafe, or similar operator, than the train or a van bus. I've heard complaints about noise and discomfort on the trains. A large bus allows you to sit higher and observe the scenery. The 15 passenger vans stop often and take high risks driving fast and passing every other vehicle on the road. Then I see them stop suddenly at the side of the road to pick-up or drop off passengers. To experience for yourself, take the train one way and the bus for return.