Once a foreign traveler comes to a city in Vietnam, taxi is regarded as the most secure choice for transportation with high quality services and English-speaking driver. However, the price for a catch is not cheap at all. So if one travels alone, why not try “xe om” – the local transportation service (or so-called as motor taxi). Xe om is cheaper and more interesting way for tourists to get around every corner of the city. This kind of service is becoming extremely helpful at the rush hours. With their excellent driving skills, xe om drivers can easily take one out of the traffic jam.
In most of streets in Vietnam, it’s quite easy to find a driver hanging a sign reads “XE OM” in front of his motorbike. Normally the same driver will wait at the same location every day and he is willing to carry anyone that offers a very reasonable price.
In Vietnamese language, xe om means “hug the driver” but surely you don’t have to commit the act if you don’t want. All xe om are fully equipped for passengers so there is no need to bring your personal helmet. One simply put the helmet on and sit behind the back of the driver.
How to make a deal with Xe Om?
As a foreign traveler, it is not always easy for one to get the best deal with xe om drivers. Probably, you should learn the art of bargaining when using a service in Vietnam. You must reach an agreement about the price with the driver before sitting down on his pillion. Generally, the price is determined by the distance, the quality of the road or even the weather. VND 10000 – 15000 per kilometer is reasonable.
Some interesting facts about Xe Om
Xe om drivers are viewed as live roadmaps in Vietnam because they do know almost every single corner of the city where they live. Therefore you will not fear being get lost when riding with them. Even when you have no idea where you are, you completely can ask for a way direction from a xe om driver nearby.
You can negotiate the price better if you know a bit Vietnamese language. Often xe om drivers find it interesting to listen to foreigners speaking their mother tongue, and possibly you can receive a discount when bargaining.
If you wish to travel to many amazing local places by xe om, you should contact to a travel agent to book a full day tour with a reliable xe om driver.
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