After being up to one month in this country, I feel the necessity to write about taxis in Vietnam and also all the ways you can get through to them.
In the very first day, as I didn’t get well informed (my fault) I paid 24 dollars for a taxi from the airport to the city center. I thought it was a fair price compared to European countries. I must say in my defense it was my first time in Asia.
So the tips I am going to give you are the basic ones you need to know before going, in this case, in Vietnam and not losing all your budget in stupid and nonsenses’ taxis and tours.
So, first of all, you need to know about the apps which save my life and also my pocket: Uber and Grab. The most economic one between these two is Grab. The bad point is these are just working in the big cities.
These two apps let you get in touch with taxis in a rush and also know in the very first moment what you are exactly going to pay, no surprises. Moreover, as you are writing in the same app the address where you want to go, you will not have any confusion or misunderstanding with the driver. Isn’t it amazing?
So, if you don’t get a Sim card in the country, you need to download the app before leaving yours. So as they are going to ask you through an SMS to confirm the account.
Other tips that are not only useful for Vietnam but from around the world are the following ones. Although they seem something basic and for sure you will not forget, sometimes your brain can play tricks.
- Compare the price with other taxi drivers and also ask tourist how much they pay for the same a driver is offering to you.
- Agree with the taxi driver the cost of his service before getting into the car. And if it’s possible to give the money to him before him starting the ride as a sign you are not going to pay more than what is agreed in the beginning.
- Try to share the taxi so you can divide costs.
- Don’t take taxis in a very touristic zone if it’s possible so they may apply you additional charges.
- When need to get a taxi, it’s always much cheaper to get a motorbike taxi than a car taxi.
If you have any other suggestion, please feel free to comment 🙂