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How to Get Around in Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh . 2017 . Aug 9 - 13

This post is part of our Ho Chi Minh Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here
If you are thinking of using public buses and trains in Ho Chi Minh city to get around to save a penny, you will be disappointed, for these infrastructure are not up to standard yet or are still under construction.
In Ho Chi Minh city, the only form of public transport readily available are the taxis.
Getting around by taxi is relatively easy - there are plenty of them around and they’ll bring you to all corners of the city.

However, there is a catch here - be sure to take only the ones from Vinasun (the white taxis) or MaiLinh (green taxis) - they are the only ones which are licensed and trustworthy.

At the airport, you’ll see a long taxi queue and touts are known to approach you to bring you to either of these taxis.  However, beware that many of them are not from these 2 taxis companies, and you may end up boarding a taxi that takes you on a long journey to overcharge you.

Although affordable, the cost of taking even the licensed taxi around the city can still add up.  These taxis run a metered fare, and getting caught in a jam which is extremely common in Ho Chi Minh city would mean that you fare will sky rocket.

A much better way of getting around, as the locals do, is to take Grab Car or Grab bike.  
This type of private transport runs on a flat fare, and the fare usually works out to a dollar or slightly more if you are travelling within the same district.  You need not worry about being overcharged or having to pay a high fare during a traffic jam.

Grab drivers are also a lot more trustworthy than the taxis, as your driver’s name and details are logged and tracked by Grab.   You’ll also be able to track the route that they are taking and their proximity to you during pick-up.

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