Not only a Vietnam guidebook but also the daily life of a Saigonese who enjoys travelling as a backpacker

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Content includes:
1/ Overview
2/ Vinasun taxi
3/ Mai Linh taxi
4/ Phuong Trang taxi


All main cities and towns in Vietnam have taxi service. Most taxi companies use 
4 and 7-seater Toyota, Sonata, Innova, Starex cars. Famous and reliable ones are Vinasun, Mai Linh and Phuong Trang.

Sai Gon and Ha Noi cities are really crowded during peak hours (6:00AM - 7:30AM and 5:30PM - 6:30PM). Even the motorbikes move very slowly during these peak hours, so taxi maybe will get stuck.

Taxi fare includes start fee, distance fee and waiting fee. Start fee from 10,500 VND -12,500 VND. Distance fee: Km 1 to Km 30 charges from 13,000 VND -18,000 VND/Km and from Km 31 will be 10,400 VND/Km

Beware!!! There are some scam taxi and fake taxi in Sai Gon and Ha Noi cities. To get on the true taxi, you can follow below tips:

1/  Ask receptionist at your hotel/guesthouse or waiter/waitress at restaurant to call for you a taxi to make sure you've got the "true" one.

2/ Taxi drivers of  Phuong Trang, Mai Linh and Vinasun  wear uniform.

3/ From Tan Son Nhat airport to the center of Sai Gon, a taxi should charge about 6USD. You can book airport pick-up in advance with tourist agencies, such as TheSinhTourist (

Vinasun taxi 
So far Vinasun has got more than 4000 vehicles operating in mostly Sai Gon and Da Nang cities. The company use 4 and 7-seater Toyota cars.

The car is mostly in white and green colour. On body is written Vinasun taxi ("Vinasun" in green colour and "taxi" in red colour)

Taxi drivers wear white shirt with red tie and black pants

Sai Gon telephone: (08) 38 27 27 27

Da Nang telephone: 0511 3 68 68 68

                                                       Pic: Vinasun company

Mai Linh taxi
So far Mai Linh has got approximately 2.400 vehicles operating in 24 provinces and cities throughout the country, from Lao Cai to Ca Mau. Mai Linh is also one of the most famous open bus operator (See "Bus")

Taxi driver wear white shirt with green tie and black pants
Taxi car is in white and green colour. On body is written Mai Linh group

Sai Gon telephone: (08) 38 38 38 38

Can Tho telephone: (0710) 3 65 65 65

Phu Quoc island telephone:  (0773) 97 97 97

Ha Noi telephone:  (04) 38 33 33 33

Da Lat telephone: (063) 38 38 38 38

Mui Ne telephone: (062) 38 38 38 38

Nha Trang telephone: (058) 38 38 38 38

Da Nang telephone: (0511) 356 56 56

Hoi An telephone: (0510) 392 92 92

Hue telephone: (054) 3 89 89 89

                                                                  Pics: Mai Linh taxi company

Phuong Trang taxi
Offer service in Sai Gon and Da Lat cities. Phuong Trang is also one of the most famous open bus operator (See "Bus")

  Taxi driver wear bold green uniform with a light red tie

  Taxi car is in grey colour. On body is written Taxi Phuong Trang with logo in reb and white colour "Futa"
    Sai Gon telephone:08 38 18 18 18 

    Da Lat telephone: 0633 556 556 - 063 35 35 35 35


                                                      Pics: Phuong Trang taxi company