Travel5 Tips For Calling A Taxi In Vietnam

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Vietnam is a beautiful country with an interesting culture, but its transportation system can be a bit confusing for newcomers. The best way to get around Vietnam is by taxi, but there are some things you should know before you hail your first cab.

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Here are five tips for calling a taxi in Vietnam.

  1. Always have the address of your destination ready.
  2. Make sure you know the fare in advance.
  3. Only use licensed taxis.
  4. Be aware of scams.
  5. Know a few basic Vietnamese phrases.

Always have the address of your destination ready.

When you’re in a new country, it’s always a good idea to have the address of your destination handy. This way, you can show it to the taxi driver and avoid any confusion. It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local currency so you know how much to pay for your ride.

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Make sure you know the fare in advance.

Before you get in the taxi, make sure you know how much the fare will be. This way, you can avoid any surprises when it’s time to pay. If possible, try to have the exact fare ready so you don’t have to worry about getting change.

Only use licensed taxis.

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In Vietnam, it’s important to only use licensed taxis. These cabs have been registered with the government and are therefore safe to use. Unlicensed taxis may be involved in scams, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.

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Be aware of scams.

Unfortunately, there are a few scams that can occur when taking a taxi in Vietnam. Some drivers may try to take advantage of foreigners by charging more than the fare should be, or they may even take you on a longer route to increase the fare. It’s important to be aware of these scams and to know how to deal with them if they happen.

Know a few basic Vietnamese phrases.

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photo: Van Thanh

Although most taxi drivers in Vietnam speak some English, it’s always a good idea to know a few basic phrases in Vietnamese just in case there is any confusion. Phrases like “How much does this ride cost?” and “Where are you going?” can come in handy during your trip.

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Vietnam is a beautiful country with an interesting culture, and the best way to get around is by taxi. However, there are some things you should know before you hail your first cab. These five tips will help you take a taxi in Vietnam like a pro. Make sure you have the address of your destination ready, know how much the fare will be beforehand, only use licensed taxis, be aware of scams, and know a few basic Vietnamese phrases. Following these tips will help make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free.

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BiN22
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BiN22

Thanks for the great tips. I’m going to Vietnam in the near future and I’m really looking forward to calling a taxi!

canabee11
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I think taxis can be hard for people who are not familiar with the area. No matter if you are in a major city in Vietnam or a small town, a lot of people tend to overlook the basics and get taken advantage of!

AngelZhao
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AngelZhao

This is a great resource, and I’m sure that many people will find it helpful.

I think it would be a good idea to mention that taxi drivers in Vietnam tend to speak English very well. Also, taxis in Vietnam are relatively inexpensive and efficient. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1-$10 USD per trip depending on where you’re going and how far away that location is from your current location.

vietzone
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Great tips, but I’d add that you should be sure to call a cab from a reputable company. There are plenty of scams and rip-offs in Vietnam, so it’s important to do your research!

BenjaminNgo
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BenjaminNgo

I agree with all of these tips. I think the most important is to be patient and not get frustrated. In Vietnam, taxi drivers are used to driving around in circles, so it can take a long time for them to find where you are. Also, if you don’t speak Vietnamese, it’s very difficult for the driver to understand what you’re saying so learn a little Vietnamese or get the translation app ready in your hands.

douknowhat
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These are simple yet impactful tips. I think a lot of people just wing it and end up confused, lost, or being taken advantage of. There are apps I believe you can use to see the fair costs from one place to another and some cab companies even have their own apps in Vietnam. 

Hanbin_Fan
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There are not too many scams but they are out there and they prey on people they know that are outsiders. So really, knowing some Vietnamese really does help with this. You are less likely to be scammed if you seem more familiar with the area. 

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