Does anyone know the answer to this? Our hotel have offered to pick us up for 13 usd. Seems a bit steep?
#1 emma066 has been a member since 21/10/2009. Posts: 60
Take that offer of $13. - that's a bargain for the service. Vietnam has a real problem with airport cabbies, and unless you want some of those problems, I would take that offer. Having your hotel meet the plane is especially nice late at night. There are no tuk tuks in VN by the way, but they do have cyclos.
As daawgun stated there are no tuk tuks in Viet Nam.
I have taken taxis from the Airport to District 1 twice in the past year and the average has been about $8US. So $13 is a little higher. However, consider that a person will be coming and waiting just for you. They also know where you are going so the ride should be hassle-free.
Consider that most vendors, taxis, etc. will not hesitate to rip you off. Landing at the airport gives these guys a good idea that its your first time there so you may be vulnerable/gullible and they may try to separate you from as much Dong as possible. So is it worth the extra $5? If its your first time and its at night, probably.
#3 UCSBrown has been a member since 28/11/2009. Posts: 24
If you choose not to take the taxi of your hotel, take, Vinasun or Mailinh Taxis, at least you ll pay on the meter.
If your hotel is in the city center, even 8USD is quite a lot, I pay 6 usually.
13USD is really expensive, but like UCSbrown wrote, someone will be waiting for you and you will be sure not to pay more than 13usd.
A taxidriver once asked me 10USD just for the parking ticket of the airport whereas it is less than 1. Then, he asked for 25USD to go to my place instead of 4USD.
I threatened him with the police and finally I paid only 8!
Again, like UCSBrown said, maybe you should take the offer if it is your first time, by night.
#4 aperrin49 has been a member since 8/6/2010. Posts: 6
There are many reports of scams in Vietnam. To be fair we found the Vietnamese to be as honest as anywhere else really....apart from when it comes to anything to do with transport. The lying and attempted cheating by seemingly most taxi drivers, bus drivers, cyclo drivers etc is astounding. Plus, once you recognise one scam, they surprise you with another - attempting to overcharge, agreeing a price then changing it, trying to take you the wrong way, trying to take you the long way round, trying to short change you - we had 'em all. The silly thing is its usually a small amount of money that they try to scam you for. Generally it backfires on them overall, as after you've had a few arguments with cabbies and the like, you do what you can NOT to take one.
Why the authorities don't clamp down on the scams is strange. First impressions for many on arrival anywhere in Vietnam is either being ripped off or an attempted rip - off. It can't be good for their tourist industry.
My first time in Vietnam my family and I were charged $25 USD for a ride to district 1 in a cab that broke down 3 times in traffic on the way. Mind you being my first time in an asian city (not including singapore) that was a bit daunting.
When I return in December I will most likely try to have the hotel pick us up to prevent any problems. After a full day of flying, not having to deal with the stress of dodgy taxi drivers would be good!
#7 murphy_213 has been a member since 6/7/2010. Posts: 3
Like abc says the cost is $5/6 or 100/120,000vnd. Take only Mai Lindh or Vinisun - but don't be surprised if the latter try to scam you! We call them Viniscum around here :-/ Sure there are scamsters out there - lots of them - but there are also honest cabbies so keep an eye on the meter but don't assume you're going to be ripped off...
#8 CharleyNoir has been a member since 7/7/2010. Posts: 8