Here are some questions. Since we're a couple, do we need to ride separately? Will some taxi drivers take both both of us? If yes, we'll probably have to get at least one helmet, maybe two. What should we pay, since we're only in Hanoi 4-5 days and in Saigon for 3 days...
#1 thailen has been a member since 12/7/2014. Posts: 7
For motorbike taxi (in Vietnamese: xe om), you need to ride separately since it's illegal for three adults on the motorbike. The xe om normally will provide an extra helmet for his customer but if you want to have your own helmet you can buy one at a local helmet shop or a local market, the helmet price can range from VND 80.000(~$4) - VND 300.000(~$15).
A normal price for xe om driver for a 15minute ride is maximum VND50.000(~$2.5/person), and you should negotiate the price before getting on the motorbike. If you and the xe om can't agree on the price, you can continue searching for another xe om (this is a bargain trick, 70% they will agree with the price you propose as soon as you turn down the deal and walk away).
If the motorbike taxi is no longer your option, you can get a taxi. Name of some reliable taxi companies: - VINASUN TAXI(white car), MAILINH TAXI(green car). The taxi normally looks nice, clean and quite new.
When you are at the air port and want to take a taxi back into town, these two companies are reliable, the other company is normally a rip off.
The price from Hanoi airport (Noi Bai) to Old Quarter is fixed at 350,000 (or might be 360,000) VND. There are no Vinasun taxis there. I usually try to get a Noi Bai taxi but have taken others with no problem. As long as you check the price first any should be OK.
Regarding xe oms, if there are two of you a taxi will be cheaper, but if you want the experience the advice above about prices and negotiating is correct.
If you want to rent a moto-taxi to visit Hanoi and Saigon, ask your hotel to write on a piece of paper the Viet name of where you want to go, to show to the driver, and ask the hotel for the price. In Hanoi, the whole Old Hanoi, a small area, is visited by foot (and you may take a cyclo-pousse for one hour) ; you really need a moto-taxi only to go to the remote marvelous Museum of the Minorities of Vietnam (50-60 000 D will do the trick)., the trafic in Old Hanoi is terrible, so 2 motos, which snake between cars, will not cost you more than a taxi.(and don't worry, they are real pros; I have never had an accident with a xe om in 6 years of living in Hanoi !
To go from Hanoi Airport to Old Hanoi (Hoan Kiem), an excellent solution is the minibuses which are on your far right at the terminal exit. 2$ per person and they stop you in front of the Vietnam Airlines Office smack in the middle of Hoan Kiem, where xe om and taxis are waiting for you.
#6 larsay has been a member since 20/7/2014. Posts: 45