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Avis Car Rental Opening in Vietnam

Posted by stubbornchirpy on 13/7/2009 at 16:28

Posted from within Vietnam.

Vietnam, 01 July 2009 – Avis, the leading global car rental company, recently announced its entrance into Vietnam as the first leading global car rental brand by 1 July 2009.

Avis Vietnam will offer business and leisure customers the full spectrum of car rental, car leasing and chauffeur drive services. Besides the latest range of compact, mid to large size, sports and luxury vehicles from popular brands such as Mercedes Benz, GM Daewoo, Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Audi and many others, a professionally trained and experienced English speaking local driver – Avis ambassador will also be included as part of the car hire. Avis Vietnam cars are equipped with amenities such as mobile phone, international newspapers and magazines, chilled water and towels and 24-hour customer-service support. Customers in Vietnam can also make overseas car rental reservations in more than 160 countries worldwide via the Avis Vietnam website or call centre at (84-4) 3750 5070.

Avis Vietnam will operate from its main headquarters in Hanoi and plans to open branches in Ho Chi Minh City in the third quarter of 2009 and Danang in 2010. The company expects its fleet size to grow to over 300 by the end of 2011. Partnership tie-ups are also currently being established with major hotels and airlines to create a network of seamless travel experiences.

"The decision to set up operations in Vietnam was due to overwhelming demand from our corporate and leisure customers around the world and the fact that it was one of the last countries where Avis was not present yet" said Eric Brun, General Manager of Avis in Asia. "We believe that Avis Vietnam has great potential to grow in Vietnam"

“We want to set the unique standard of Avis in our services, our Avis ambassador qualifications and added values that customers could have experienced and it differentiates us from any other car rental companies in Vietnam” said Le Viet Hai Son, General Manager of Avis Vietnam. “Our main target customers will be leading international companies in Vietnam, foreign embassies, domestic corporations and Vietnam visitors increasing year by year”.

Avis - the leading global car rental company since 1946, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at nearly 5,000 locations in over 160 countries worldwide.

Avis Vietnam is operated by Gami Group under license from Avis Car Rental. Gami Group is of the largest well-diversified business groups in Vietnam with three main sectors including Real Estate, Trading & Services, and Finance & Banking.

For further information please contact:
Mr Phan Hong Duong
Sales & Marketing Manager
3rd Floor, CT3 Building,
Pham Van Dong Road, Tu Liem Dist,
Hanoi City, Vietnam
Phone : (84-4) 3750 5070
Fax : (84-4) 3750 5080

#1 stubbornchirpy has been a member since 13/7/2009. Posts: 2

Posted by BruceMoon on 14/7/2009 at 07:14


Let me believe that you really want to help me, the traveller, know about costs of car rental in HaNoi, and you can speak for Avis.

If I want to hire an automatic Honda Civic or Toyota Vios for 7 (seven) straight days, and with unlimited mileage, what would be the total price I would pay for the rental (including insurance, taxes, charges, etc.)

And, what drivers licences would I need?

And, if a police officer stopped me, what papers would I need to hold in order to satisfy any concern the police officer would have about me being the legitimate driver of the car?


#2 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by anhluc on 14/7/2009 at 09:10

I knew Bruce would have something to say.

Alright, if this Avis thing catches on, I will never be in Vietnam again. Operating a vehichle in Vietnam takes a special skill-set, and Avis thinks they will get enough travelers who are willing to risk life and limb to drive themselves, let alone can do it legally as Bruce eludes to?

Where they might do well and succeed is in the car leasing and chauffuer services. There are probably plenty of businessmen on short-term assignments that could take advantage of something like that for the convenience and prestige, but please, please don't turn a bunch of travelers loose on the roads of Vietnam in rental cars.

#3 anhluc has been a member since 15/5/2009. Posts: 32

Posted by BruceMoon on 14/7/2009 at 09:50


I'm with you on this one.

I couldn't imagine the situation where tourists who enjoy tootering around VN on a rented moto at slow speeds, are in fear of some western big-belly in a rent-a-car hooning along at 100kph with the attitude that the road is HIS.

Go Skippy!!!!

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Posted by DLuek on 14/7/2009 at 11:22 TF writer

"...if a police officer stopped me, what papers would I need to hold in order to satisfy any concern the police officer would have about me being the legitimate driver of the car?"

I'm guessing those would be the papers that feature a lovely portrait of Ho Chi Minh and fit nicely into a wallet.

just a guess...

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Posted by missmessy on 29/7/2009 at 20:41

I'm guessing that chauffeur services may be an 'optional' (read mandatory) extra given that it's pretty hard for foreigners to obtain temporary driver's licenses in Vietnam.

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