How to Avoid Taxi Scams Right Out of the Airport: Vietnamese Taxi Scams

A taxi is parking alongside the road

When you step out of the airport after a long flight, the last thing you want on your itinerary is to be scammed out of your money at the beginning of what was supposed to be a successful business trip or a getaway from your everyday life. Here are some tips for your business trip or vacation in Vietnam.


Say you step off the airport in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon or Hanoi and you want to find a taxi to get to your destination. What should you investigate first? You need to check if your taxi is actually reliable. Usually, reliable taxi drivers wear the uniform of their respective companies e.g. Mai Linh or Vinasun. Mai Linh drivers will adorn a green outfit and drive a green taxi. Vinasun taxi drivers will wear a dark green shirt with a maroon tie and drive a white and green car.


Be careful of scammers that will try to resemble these well-known companies. Such scammers will try to have their taxis look similar to the taxis of the reputable ones. Their names might also look similar. For example, scammers may use copycat names such as Mei Linh, Mai Lin, or Mei Lin to impersonate Mai Linh taxis. They might also not own a driving license so be sure to ask them to present those.


If you do find yourself not taking the reputable taxis, make sure that your driver has his taximeter on. If not, you might find yourself having to pay an unreasonable amount at the end of your journey.


By following these tips you can protect yourself from avoidable costs and begin your time in Vietnam on the right foot. Of course, if you do visit Vietnam as part of your international expansion plan, Bubu and Friends will make sure every part of your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Contact us here for more information.