My friend and I took the 7.00 bus from Hanoi to Sapa. I booked directly through the office in Hanoi with Jonothan who was great. $30 one way each. As our pick up was from the Hanoi Eco Sapa office we were first on the bus and got to pick the seats. This isn’t always the case though as some people will specifically request and pay a little more for the middle or front row seats. Back seats do not recline but they are still comfortable and have everything else.
Loved having a USB to charge my phone and also wifi is great although I think it drops out every now and then.
Two stops along the way. Our first stop was meant to be 25 mins but the driver, Addison, disappeared for about 40 minutes which was weird? We were kinda wanting to get going!
Second stop was for just 10 mins. Perhaps they could even out the 2 stops to just 2 x 20-minute breaks?
When we got to the end of the highway it was time to climb the windy round to Sapa. I had heard other people complain about the sickness they feel when doing this climb. It’s a real thing. I felt a bit sick after a while! My tip: don’t look down at a screen or book. It makes you feel worse! Look ahead at the road and if you are prone to terrible car sickness, try and sit as close to the front as possible. Keep a bag handy.
For our return trip, we were caught out. We thought we’d just book from Sapa office as we weren’t sure how long we were staying in Sapa. When we tried to, book 2 days out from departure there were hardly any seats available. We could only get a seat next to the driver and one in the back so we couldn’t seat together. Not such a big issue but the front seat next to, the driver isn’t that comfy. We did pay a little less tho so that was good. So the lesson from that is to book your return trip in advance or you’ll miss the good seats!
Great company, I had no problem with the drivers. Lots of previous reviews complained about how scary the drivers where but I think it’s just a Vietnam traffic thing. I felt safe the whole way.
Free water, cake, and a wet towel is a nice touch.
Looking at the other bus options on the way to Sapa (cheaper sleeper buses etc) I am very glad we took this one! Sure you pay a fraction more but………Comfort plus!