Ways to Get Around Ho Chi Minh City
Although it is easy to walk to many of the key attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes it is simpler and more comfortable to use public transport.
Options include the public bus, although this is predominately in Vietnamese, or taxis, which are plentiful and very cheap. Other alternatives include taking a motorbike taxi called a XEOM or hiring a cyclo.
To avoid being overcharged travellers are encouraged to take one of two taxi companies. Vinasun and Mai Linh are generally more reliable and are less likely to bump their prices up to tourists. Be aware that there are several taxi companies with names that look remarkably similar. Sometimes drivers speak English, but in most cases they do not, so be sure to have the destination written down.
A fun way to traverse the city is to take a XEOM, which is a motorbike taxi. They are easily recognised as they hang around on street corners and often approach visitors. Negotiate the fee first and be fair and enjoy the ride. They usually provide a helmet, but if you wish to buy your own, they are readily available and cheap.
A cyclo is like a tricycle where the passenger sits in the front seat, so they have a prime view of all that goes before them. Be sure to bargain with the driver before sitting down and be clear about where you are going. They are a fantastic way to experience the sounds and views of the city.