It only took about 10 seconds after stepping out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport when we were almost scammed by a taxi driver! Don’t think because I’m half Vietnamese that I’m immune to these scammers — I’m as naïve and lost as the next person. I’ve always had my fierce mama by my side as my protector and negotiator when I visited Vietnam in the past, but this is the first time that I’m traveling here without her. So let the learning experience and adventure begin!
Daniel and I were informed that there are only 2 taxi companies that are trustworthy: Vinasun and MaiLinh, both are in green and white, and with this knowledge, we rolled our luggage out with confidence looking for these 2 brands. Within 10 seconds of walking, a skinny man approached me asking if I needed a taxi and flashed his badge with Vinasun brand on it. He told me that it will cost about $25 USD to get us to our destination and Daniel and I thought that was reasonable – It was 11 pm and we were very tired from moving and packing in Taiwan so we accepted the price. As we approached his van, we noticed that it didn’t have the Vinasun logo nor was it green or white – it was gray. The taxi driver quickly tossed our luggage inside, but thankfully, I’ve prepped Daniel to be on high alert for scammers and he quickly grabbed our luggage back from the van and we walked away. After walking away, we saw many taxi cars waiting in the back with lighted logos. I ran down to hail the “real” Vinasun and we safely made it to our home. The cost of this taxi ride was 118,000 Dong (Vietnamese currency) this price is including an extra 10,000 Dong for airport pickup fee ~ $5.50 USD. Thanks to Daniel fast and stern judgment, we saved ourselves $20 US dollars!