Category: Getting Around

Getting Around Sai Gon Maps-01

Getting Around Sai Gon: Maps

You will receive a free ‘VN Trip Map – for travel and coupons’ by Vietnamese women wearing the traditional ao dai dress as you are leaving Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Additionally, most hotels will provide a free tourist map of District 1 although these vary in quality and tend to be advertising based. The Read more

Getting Around Sai Gon On foot-01

Getting Around Sai Gon: On foot

Traffic is made up of a staggering number of motorbikes and, since import duty was reduced upon Vietnam’s joining of the WTO, an increasing number of private cars. However its exceptionally rare to see a motorbike of more than 150cc, and the traffic rarely gets above 20-30km/h in central areas. However crossing the road in Read more

Getting around Sai Gon By bus-01

Getting Around Sai Gon: By bus

Bright green public buses serve 150 routes throughout the city. You can find maps of the bus system across the street from Ben Thanh Market – just go into the waiting room to the desk in the middle. Cheap, safe and not too crowded either but only if you can find the right line. If Read more

Getting Around Sai Gon By cyclo-01

Getting Around Sai Gon: By cyclo

A ride on a cyclo, which is sort of akin to a reverse tricycle with the passenger sitting in a front seat, through downtown HCMC is a great way to see the city the way the locals do. The sights, sounds, and smells are a large part of the excitement of the city, and are Read more

Getting Around Sai Gon By motorbike-01

Getting Around Sai Gon: By motorbike

Motorbike taxis (xe ôm, literally hug-vehicle) are plentiful (get used to hearing “you want moto!?” everywhere), cheap, and are generally quite safe. As of 2007 all riders in Vietnam are now required to wear helmets, a rule that is strongly enforced. Make sure a driver supplies you with a helmet. If he doesn’t – find Read more

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Getting Around Sai Gon: By taxi and rental car

Taxis are the most comfortable way of getting around, and not too expensive – about 12,000 dong for the first 1km, plus 10,000 dong per additional km. (Prices jumped about 30% in 2008 due to the soaring price of fuel but have since been reduced.) It’s usually not hard to flag a taxi anywhere in Read more