Taxi is a common form of transportation because it can help you avoid the heat and is easy to find. There are dozens of taxi brands operating in Ho Chi Minh City. Even though some are legit and some are created to confuse and trick you. Aside from the common scams in Vietnam, here are the 3 things to keep in mind when you wave down a taxi in Ho Chi Minh City:
Tip #1 to Avoid Taxi Scams in Ho Chi Minh: Know the Trusted Brands
We recommend the use of these reputable taxis:
- VinaSun Number (HCM): 028 3827 2727 or the VinaSun app
- Mai Linh Number (HCM): 028 3838 3838
Xanh SM (electric cards): download and book via the app called “Xanh SM: Dat Xe Dien
Pay attention to the taxi names and phone numbers on the taxis. Note that some brands and phone numbers are created very similar to the above ones to deceive tourists.
Tip #2 to Avoid Taxi Scams in Ho Chi Minh: Know the Average Rates
A legit taxi driver and company will always follow the meter. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t research a rough estimate of the routes before you go. Check this guide for information on the travel time and taxi fares from major cities in Vietnam to the city center.
Tip #3 to Avoid Taxi Scams in Ho Chi Minh: Use Small Changes or Pay with an App
Using a small denomination minimizes your chance of getting ripped off. In some instances, you may encounter a driver who does not have change for your fare and asks to keep the rest. Additionally, when you book a ride using an app, see if you can use an e-wallet or online pre-payment on the app.
Tip #4 to Avoid Taxi Scams in Ho Chi Minh: Book via an App
Most major taxi lines in Vietnam, such as Vinasun and Mai Linh, now have mobile apps, through which you can see the distance and taxi fares before booking. Additionally, drivers’ information and support center contact are available with one click. You can also pay in advance with your cards or e-wallet to prevent rip-offs.