How to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam

How to avoid taxi scams in Vietnam
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Taxi prices in Vietnam are very reasonable, as long as you get a reputable company and the meter is used. Usually, the largest and most reliable taxi companies like Mai Linh or Vinasun have meter that automatically start after the car moves about 5m. Always choose your taxi carefully, because scams are everywhere, especially foreign tourists.
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In general, be cautious when hiring a taxi in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or any other major city. Look for taxis where the warden wears a specific number of uniforms. For example, Mai Linh wards wear green uniforms while Vinasun controllers wear dark green shirts with maroon ties. Besides, it is also important to note about taxis similar to those of famous companies. A lot of scammers copy famous names and turn them into something like Mei Linh or Mai Lin instead of Mai Linh. These companies charge outrageously high fares, and they can also steal your stuff.

Whenever you step into a taxi, make sure the meter is on. A suspicious driver will start driving without the odometer on. He can then ask for an unreasonable price at a location where it is impossible to hire another taxi. Another signal to look for is a driver’s license. Do not trust any driver who cannot present a license.

As of July 2020, most taxi companies charge about 13,000 – 14,000 VND per kilometer traveled (65-70 cents). A 10-15 minute ride in the city, without traffic jams, won’t cost you more than 50,000 VND (or 2.5 dollars).

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