Taxis, Ho Chi Minh City
The average taxi ride in HCMC is US$1-$2 so it makes it VERY convenient to just carry alot of ones with you.
We found this to be very nice because we didn't have to convert numbers in our head when thinking about 20,000 dong for a cab ride. Plus, the drivers like the dollars better and when you give him a tip (like the .50 leftover from the fare) he's very appreciative.
We positively LOVED the taxi drivers in HCMC. They were very easy to deal with and NONE of them were trying to scam us. Unlike some southeast Asian countries where you have to be somewhat on your guard.
The taxis in HCMC are great. After several trips to Thailand, I was prepared for getting hassled about shopping, etc every time we got in the taxi but that was not the case.
The level of tourism in Thailand has not yet hit Vietnam so the taxis have not yet started hassling fares to "go shopping" in order to get kickbacks. Very nice.
The entire three days we were there we NEVER had any taxi hassle us ABOUT ANYTHING. We told them (or showed them) where we wanted to go, they flipped the meter and off we went. No haggling, no messing around.
Now, perhaps it does happen and we were just lucky enough to avoid those drivers? I don't know. All I do know is, don't worry about it! If you've been to Bangkok and you're expecting sneaky taxi drivers, you're in for a treat! :)
If you take a Taxi in Siagon be aware that the driver may
-say he knows where you want to go, then driver all the way around the city because he pretends not to know where it is! We had a driver take us to the war remenants museam....what taxi driver would not know where the most frequented museum by tourists is??!??!?
-Try and short change you. We gave the driver a 50'000 note for a 30'000 ride. First he pretended like he didn't owe us change then only gave 2'000 change hoping we would think it was a 20'000 note!!
-They also pretend not to understand what you are saying so you try and gesture and they still act dumb, when they're clever enough to rip you off!
We hired a taxi for a day to take us out to a friend's house in the country. It was a one-hour ride to the house, the driver waited with us for three hours, and we had a one-hour ride back. I think we spent a little more than average at US$35 for the day, but it was worth it. He took great care of us and we had no problems. Before you leave ensure he knows you want him to wait at the destination, and do not pay him until you return.
Taxis can easily be found in Saigon (HCMC). You can go anywhere in the city with a Taxi. One thing you gotta observe once you get on to a taxi is the meter. Make sure metter is on, and the taxi have an operating 2 way radio, which pretty much means it's legitimate. The fare is fairly cheap, and the driver will be willing to wait around on you if you give him a small tip.
We went from LAX to Taipei on China Airlines, they aren't Virgin but then again not many other people are.
Taxi - A twenty minute taxi ride cost us 20,000 VD. Most have AC and you get there faster.
Cyclos are nice but they aren't very fast, comfortable, or safe
The use of taxi is very recommended for tourist as well as affordable in Vietnam. This is surely easy and very convenience way for a new tourist in town to get to the right place.