The Sleeper Bus

A Sleeper BusEver wondered what a sleeper bus looks like? Well, wonder no more. This photo is from the bus I took from Hoi An to Saigon. (I’m just not going to type the whole frigging name anymore.)

I’ve taken them before, but only in China. One time I took a sleeper bus for 47 hours between Golmud in Qinhai, China to Lhasa, Tibet.

It was sheer hell.

Most of the trip was spent at 4,000 meters or higher in a bus full of spitting, vomiting and farting Chinese. There were plenty of Westerners on the bus that got sick from the altitude as well.

But as buses go, sleeper buses are great. You’ve got enough personal space to be comfortable, the windows open and they stop frequently for food and other necessities.

All in all, not a bad way to travel. Besides, a flight would have cost $80 to $100. The bus? It cost $6 for a twenty four hour trip.

Besides, I got to see countryside roll past me in the window of the bus that I would never have seen on a plane and that is what really counts.

One Response to “The Sleeper Bus”


    I need to ask you to elaborate on the secular- religious argument I think. As it stands I do not think there is any question that the Dalai Lama is head of a political entity that is claiming to be pursuing autonomy within China. Let me tread carefully…

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