Hop On-Hop Off bus services are increasingly popular among travellers. The bus service is an ideal compromise between a traditional public bus and a coach for a tour. They offer flexibility, reliability and safety while giving to tourists the opportunity to visit major attractions in a city.
In Southeast Asia, Hop On-Hop Off bus services are already available in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore or Jakarta. It was stopped in Manila. In Thailand, Pattaya is so far the first urban area proposing the Hop On-Hop Off service.
The same concept is now beeing introduced in Ho Chi Minh City. The “Hop On – Hop Off” city tour service by bus is now operating in HCM City at the price of VND200,000 (US$9) per person.
The first service of its kind in HCM City, it stops at 13 famous tourism and scenic destinations including Pham Ngu Lao – De Tham streets, Ben Thanh market, the People’s Committee building, Nguyen Hue Walking Street, the Central Post Office, Binh Tay Market and Sai Gon Notre-Dame Basilica.
According to Anh Viet Tourist, the tour operator, customers can design their own tour and stop at one place as long as they want.
Each bus has 35-45 seats and has an auto-translation audio system in many languages at every stop. The tour runs from 8am to 9.30pm daily with frequencies every 30 minutes.