Taxis in the major cities are generally metered, but this is not always the case away from major tourist routes. As a general rule it's always best to negotiate the fare before you agree to the trip.
Also, steer away from Cyclo drivers - those guys rip you off 99 times out of 100. over 9 years ago
When I visited Ho Chi Minh I was immediately approached by taxi drivers at the airport (outside the arrival gates) who tried to take my bags and usher me into their taxis. I asked about price to my hotel in a central district and quoted $40 USD. I refused and was then immediately offered the same ride for $20. I made my way out to the taxi rank and negotiated a much 'fairer' fare of $8 USD, including toll fares, which is roughly what most guidebooks suggest.
When in SE Asia I try to put the price I'm paying into perspective of their local cost of living. In my experience of Vietnam taxi drivers would consistently quote about double the 'fair' price - and if you don't barter you're paying for a very expensive ride! over 9 years ago
'Rip you off' is subjective, correct, however the cyclo drivers have a reputation for being a rip off for a reason.
This was our experience:
We'd been in Ho Chi Minh for a day, we were walking to the market and a pair of cyclo drivers offered us a ride - we were only going a couple of blocks so we said no. They did their usual thing of 'no, we'll take you on a tour of the city, etc' we said no again and went to the market. On the way out of the market (at a different entrance) the same 2 guys appeared and we agreed to go to the war museum, tried to fix a price, they wouldn't discuss it - said they'll look after us, we'll be happy, we'll look after them, pay what we want. We figured that was trouble, but it was a short trip, so it wouldn't be too bad - I was thinking maybe 30000 dong - They took us on an unscheduled stop or two, as well as the war museum then asked us to buy them a beer, which we did, and write in their book about how nice they were etc - they show you this book at the start to prove that people enjoy their service. Then they took us most of the way back to where we wanted to go and we went to pay them. 450000 dong each they wanted. That's about $40 AUD + a couple of beers per person for a half hour of riding a bike around the city, and not all that far. I told them, politely, that I wasn't going to give that much - start the screaming about feeding their family, etc. It resulted in us paying not as much as they wanted, but more than we should have, and them getting another nice thing written in their book for the next tourists.
So yes, it is business, but for me that's pretty clear intent to overcharge someone vulnerable (being foreigners in this case) for a service. There are lots of stories like this about the cyclo drivers in Vietnam, so I'd say again - if you want to avoid getting ripped off, don't get on a cyclo. over 9 years ago
I travelled to Vietnam last December/January. Flying into Ho Chi Minh from Hanoi, the ever-eager taxi drivers rushed to grab our bags, quoting us US$30, saying it was the "standard" price. As my fiancé and I had already been to the city we waved them off and said we'd travelled *to* the airport a week earlier for only US$8. They dismissed us, saying it was the "old" price. So we walked a hundred metres away from the arrivals to the departures area and hailed a taxi heading back into the city for US$8.
It's easy to get ripped off. Just stand your ground and don't walked all over. It's much easier to negotiate a price at the start of the trip. If you do decide to use a metred taxi, ensure the taxi driver turns the metre on at the start of the trip. over 9 years ago
I dislike all the travel scams, and there are lots, designed to part you and your hard earned cash as much as the next person. But they do exist everywhere and they exist for a reason.
And trust me: these people are A LOT poorer than you.
(Having said that, I was just in India and was SO fed up by it all by the end I'd end up haggling with taxi drivers until they'd given me all my change right down to the last damn rupee. So I do sympathise!) over 9 years ago
In Hanoi I found by experince, some bad, that reputable taxis are the "Hanoi Taxi" brand and only take ones that have an ID no. On the rear pillar. The small ones as the cheapest, 8k Dong flag fall and 8k D per I'm. Watch the meter the flag fall will get yo a I'm then it will start ticking over at 8 to 10k D per I'm, that's about 1 I'D per 100m which is easy to monitor. Waiting in traffic doesn't seem to cost much.
In some cities the meters have seals on them to prevent tampering.
I found that any driver that asked where we were from ended up being dodgy, got our attention off the meter and one stole my camera while talking to me. Stupid, I had the camera in a pouch on my belt. about 9 years ago
Well... what is 'being ripped off'? It's all relative. If you find yourself haggling over what translates to 10 or 20c then step back have have a long hard think about things. The fact you are in Vietnam means you have more money than the vast majority of people. Agree on a taxi fare before you take the ride, shop around first and get a feel for prices and accept that tourists (and even foreigners who live in Vietnam) will pay a higher price than the locals. over 8 years ago
You can avoid taxi scam by booking private airport transfer service in advance. For my last trip to Viet Nam, I got cheated in Hanoi. I and driver agreed on a price for the trip, let’s say $20.00, then once I arrived at my hotel the cabbie seems to remember agreeing on $35.00.
We argued 10 minutes and I paid to get peace in my mind. I did not want this thing destroy my holiday.
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The price is reasonable. Prices are a bit more than a cab and a lot less than a hotel transfer. Gives you piece of mind, especially if you are flying in late and don't want the taxi haggling hassles. We got what we pay for
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This is hotline: + 84 979 58 77 44 or email@example.com almost 7 years agoAnswered by jennifer ong via Travellr.com