Riding on a Sleeper Bus

By Christina Kim - February 24, 2016


Reclining your seat all the way to the best extent without annoying the passenger behind you to make yourself comfortable; snuggly so, while you're on the plane or train or bus.
If that sounds like you, then the sleeper bus is just the answer.

This is one of the highlight of my personal experiences as I rode on a sleeper bus on my way back from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh City.
(It was the usual seater bus on our way to Mui Ne though).

The sleeper bus is common in Vietnam; where bus travel is one of the most preferred transportation when it comes to traveling across the cities and states, despite the distance.
Most of the distances could vary; though the length of the bus trips would typically start from a minimum of two hours even if the journey is only about a hundred kilometers away.

The reason for the long bus rides is attributed to the strict adherence to the speed limits imposed on the highway.
Yes, the local Vietnamese drivers take their speed limits very seriously, though I do believe most of the countries do obey these restrictions as well. 
(Most of them, at least)

The standard speed limit could be approximately 60-80km/h and the drivers would be observing the rule.

Back to the sleeper bus; it is just like the ordinary bus except instead of seats, they are filled with rows of full reclining seats, or sleepers as they are called.

The only drawback is that due to the fitting of three rows within the bus, the aisles could end up being narrow and that applies to the individual sleepers' width as well.


Furthermore, the sleepers are designed in bunk bed styles where instead of pairing the seats, the sleepers are stacked on top of each other in that bunker style where one would need to climb up the ladder should they be assigned the upper deck.

It was an entirely different kind of experience altogether; though it was quite uncomfortable, at least for me as I was on the top deck and right in the middle row.
Well, I guess most people would enjoy lying down to enjoy the ride and probably end up sleeping but I would prefer to sit rather than having a seat reclined all the way down.

At the same time, I found it rather interesting that the bus was designed in such a concept and that it was intended for longer and overnight bus rides; particularly those that lasts between 8-12 hours.

Privacy was definitely compromised in my opinion; especially for those located on the lower decks for those on the upper decks could just get that full view of everything they were doing; even if not on purpose.


The bus would make at least one rest stop; well, actually there is only one general rest stop on the highway as I remember as compared to our various rest stops in our country.


It was a rather insightful journey and experience to ride on a sleeper bus at least once; just to get that atmosphere of lying on your backs while the bus rolls on the wheels.

If you're the type who sleeps through your journey, this would be your perfect ride.


To Sleep or not to Sleep, even if you're on a Sleeper Bus, it is totally your call.

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