Besides public transportation in the city, there is one more means of transportation. Cheaper than a taxi. More expensive than a bus.
Usually its rate is half of taxi rate if you already take a taxi on a same route. Otherwise, try to get distance info. Then bargain. Good luck then.
As a Viet speaking person, I often get ripped off as I have a different accent from the one in town.
My trick: I always pretend I am a student with a low budget. Sometime it works. Sometime it doesn’t.
When I know and kind of trust a xe om driver, I do not worry much. They call me frequent customer and they do not overprice. They do tell me when they need to increase the rate and look for my sympathy.
Two weeks ago from my office to the airport, I was in a silly awkward situation. After agreeing the rate, that xe om driver took me for like 1km and “sold” me to another driver with his stupid reason: traffic was bad. He took me 20,000vnd for that xe om ride. It was Fri night. No traffic. I dislike such a behavior. Better saying no to me.
What’s wrong to those xe om drivers? I try to help giving work to them to earn money for their families. I have taxi as an option for most of the time.
Oh well. People. Here and there. Stupid and smart.
Just my options. Personally.
By Angela Thao Huynh – Posted from WordPress for Android