Vietnam 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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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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tricky
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tricky

without any worries and enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful country, have you ever had any interesting experiences while calling a taxi in Vietnam?

PopQueen92
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PopQueen92

Exploring Vietnam by taxi sounds like an exciting adventure, but it’s important to stay alert and follow these tips to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, what other tips do you have for calling a taxi in Vietnam?

BanhMiBuddy
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Oh, great, because navigating the confusing streets of Vietnam and negotiating with potentially unlicensed taxi drivers sounds like a real vacation highlight.

bookworm99
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The article offers valuable tips on how to call a taxi in Vietnam as a foreigner, including using reputable taxi companies, negotiating the price beforehand, and having a map or GPS to ensure the driver takes the correct route.

MelodyHunter
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Planning to call a taxi in Vietnam? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Following these simple tips can ensure an enjoyable and safe experience, such as using reputable taxi companies, agreeing on prices beforehand, and being mindful of potential scams. With these tips in mind, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride hassle-free!

Tiger_Eyez
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Oh, great. Because negotiating with taxi drivers and researching reputable companies is exactly what I want to do on my vacation. And let’s not forget the joy of struggling to communicate in a foreign language while trying to get to my destination. Just what I needed to add to my stress levels. But hey, at least I can be sure the taxi meter is working properly, right?

AskMeAnything88
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I really enjoyed reading this article about calling a taxi in Vietnam. As someone who loves to travel, I found the tips to be very helpful and informative. It’s always important to stay safe and avoid scams when traveling to a new place. In other news, Vietnam is known for its delicious street food and bustling markets.

NguyenHien1998
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Great tips! I always make sure to have the address of my destination written down before getting in a taxi anywhere I travel.

BlissfulMorsel99
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BlissfulMorsel99

Great tips! I definitely recommend confirming that the driver speaks your language before getting into the car. Also, getting an estimate of the cost is super helpful so you don’t get ripped off.

VpopFrenzy
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Great tips! I definitely recommend downloading a ride-hailing app before coming to Vietnam, it makes things so much easier!

TheDunns7
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If you’re looking to get around Vietnam, these tips will help make your taxi ride a smooth one.

anon23
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anon23

4. Book your ride in advance.

5. Get a “Trip Planner” app to help you plan your route and time.

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!

Starlight32
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@vietzone

Great tips! I would also add that it’s important to know your destination and have the address ready when you call the taxi. Many drivers don’t speak English, so having the address in Vietnamese will make things a lot easier!

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. 

hanoihottie
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@douknowhat

I’m glad to hear that there are apps and services to help make the taxi experience in Vietnam more reliable. It’s always a good idea to be informed when traveling!

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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