Taxi Sir ?

Trip Start Feb 10, 2014
Trip End Mar 08, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014

13 Feb 2014

Taxi Sir?

There is only one thing I hate about Vietnam and that are the taxi drivers. Last year I was ripped off paying $15 for 20 minute ride which brought me within 200 meters of the place where got in. Of course you learn from this and are prepared for the next one.

 At arrival at HO Chi Min airport I was approached by a taxi driver who quoted me $25 for the ride from the airport to District 1 where I was heading for. "Great" , I said and saw his eyes lit up. While he placed his hand on my back pack I placed my hand in my pocket, to get my camera and took a picture of the man, his cab, his number plate and the taxi license sticker on the windscreen. I looked at him and said, Now what was that the cost again?  “ehh..$12 he said.

That at still $4 too much. I turned to another driver, showed him a $10 dollar bill and said, ”is this enough for you? “, “Yes” ,he said.

A day later I saw a young couple getting out of a bus right across the street where I was walking. A taxi driver grabbed a bag and put it in his trunk. I saw the couple talking to him, possibly negotiating a price. Meanwhile I crossed the street and walked over to them.  As it turned out they were Dutch and had just arrived from Cambodia. I asked them where they were going and how much they were going to pay.  We are going to  xyz hotel and it cost $9 the guy said.  That's a lot for 50  meters I said, look behind you  can see the sign from here! When I pointed to the sign; the taxi driver quickly removed the backpack from his car and sped off. Of course not all drivers are like that, it pays to select a certain company recommended in the Lonely Planet , however that is a bit hard getting off a bus in a very busy street.
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Alison on

I knew you learnt a valuable lesson from that taxi ride around the block... obviously that wont be happening again! Enjoy your trip... always enjoy your blogs!


French taxi's are clever, they are bloking Paris airports.
Probably because they known you are trvelling again .... (lol)
Have fun


Nat on

glad you arrived safely, and with more cultural experience. enjoy and keep safe.

richard.wolters on

Thanks Jerome,I will keep you posted

Eddie on

Welcome in Vietnam Richard! See you soon in Ta Van, Sapa.
Mailinh is a trustable taxi compact by the way. Coming by motorbike up north?

Rob on

Hey maatje!

Great to read your blogs again; I kind of missed them. Good luck and bon voyage!

Funny how you explain about the taxi drivers, I can see the whole thing unfolding...witzig!

Ab uit Brielle on

Geniet er van kerel. Je hebt het net weer ervaren, het kan zomaar over zijn. Intussen blijven we graag op de hoogte van je reis. Goede gezondheid op al je reizen.

David A on

Hi Richard, it is good to hear you have embarked on yet another trip, I'm sure you will have a ball! I have been doing some work on my GS - polished the cans, sprayed the heat shields satin black (look great!). I have also filled all the dents in the panniers and resprayed them. While they are not 'perfect', they still look a lot better than did, with all their battle scars! I have also ordered a larger screen for it. Anyway Richard, keep the rubber side down pal!

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