Getting around Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City  is absolutely teaming with people. Before you venture out from the hostel, you may want to take a second to consider how you’re going to get around.

Motorbike (moto)

Most of the population seem to drive motos. It’s not rare to spot a family of four crammed on to one moto alone. Due to the sheer numbers of people piling through the streets, moto driving seems generally erratic and road laws appear to be regularly scrapped in favour of convenience and haste.

Hiring one yourself would be ill-advised even for even the most competent of motorbike drivers. This is considering we witnessed a crash in our first morning in the capital. Though at $5-$10 a day some may be tempted to flirt with danger.


If you’re not straying too far from base, or you’re heading somewhere rural it is worth renting a bicycle for $2 a day, however if you’re right in the thick of it this can pose the same hazards as a moto.

Walk or Taxi

If travelling in a group or as a pair it is probably best to either walk or chip in for a taxi, depending on the distance. A stroll through the streets not only keeps the Saigon beers from showing, but is also a great excuse to interact with the locals on the way.

Reputable taxis are usually green with white or white with green. Always insist on the meter being used which should start at around 11,000-15,000d for the first kilometre.


Coaches to areas around the City such as the Chu Chi Tunnels are generally quite comfortable, dependent of course on whether the A/C works. Also, we had a hilarious tour guide called Tony who helped pass the time with his anecdotes and stories. Our coach did break down twice, however the driver was met with a solid applause when he got the beast going again shortly afterwards.

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