Hiring a car and driver in Vietnam
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 8:49 PM Last Post By: mooslie
Nov 26, 2012 5:47 AM
Hiring a car and driver in VietnamA friend and I will be in Vietnam for a couple of weeks beginning Dec. 20. Has anyone hired a car and driver in Vietnam? If so, was it worth it? What is the going price range? Who did you use? Thanks!! This will help us as we're kind of planning at the last minute!
Nov 26, 2012 6:19 AM
1For our area (Nha Trang/Da lat) they charge about 1,000,000VND per day.Many gold shops have cars and drivers. Usually you have to let them join in with your meals and they usually stay in basic digs at your hotel eg in the basement or sleeping in their car! Many taxi drivers will do a non meter deal. Hotels will also provide cars but prices are higher.
Nov 26, 2012 6:34 AM
2I've just find this link, you can refer to their price and decide whether you should use their service or not.
Nov 26, 2012 3:00 PM
3I did this once, for a week in Cambodia, and there were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things about it:
+ obviously, it was hugely flexible. We could go anywhere we wanted, any time of the day or night.
+ the driver became a guide/translator for us. Our guy wasn't terribly up to date on tourist sites, but he could read the language, ask questions for us, and so on.
+ with two tourists in the car, it's probably a break-even proposition compared to other forms of transportation; with three, it's a savings.
+ the driver became one more person to take care of, in terms of food and lodging. Obviously, we didn't consult his convenience about type of food or the hotel room, but we did have to make sure he was sufficiently fed and rested.
+ having a driver puts you apart from the locals, and even other travelers. You become a little like visiting royalty, you don't get the same authentic experience you would on the chicken-bus or the back of a pickup.
+ once you have the car, you're kind of stuck with it; you can't decide to take a sampan or a motorscooter part of the way.
+ a minor point: I was talking to a very attractive European backpacker-girl and it occurred to me, if I were single, or at least not traveling with my mom, I could have said, "Hey, would you like to ride with me as far as Battambang?" (OK, not everybody wants or needs an excuse to hit on attractive backpacker-girls. I said it was a minor point.)
Nov 29, 2012 6:40 AM
Dec 5, 2012 8:16 AM
5We have hired a car and driver several times in Vietnam and on each occasion it was well worth the money. We got to see many things we would have missed and it was great having someone to explain customs and point out interesting stuff we would have missed. You also get to do it alone instead of in a large tour group which we never do.
Our cost varied from 800,000 to 1.2 million Vnd per day and we paid for meals for the driver. On several occasion we have had a separate driver (who did not speak English) and guide and the cost didn't change that much. Again we paid for meals for both.
On One occasion we had a driver and guide for a three day trip and paid for their accommodation however they didn't want to stay where we stayed and charged us about $22 for accommodation for them.
Our feeling is if you can afford it by all means that is the way to go.
Dec 5, 2012 11:13 AM
Meaning they stayed at a friend's house and pocketed the $22.
Which is fine except the reason I'm paying for them to stay at the hotel is so they're there when I need them.
Dec 5, 2012 8:54 PM
Dec 6, 2012 7:18 AM
Dec 6, 2012 5:36 PM
Dec 7, 2012 7:34 AM
10It could e worse. You could be forced to rent from Budget Rent A car in Canada. They have just been accused of fraudulently charging for damage on vehicles to multiple renters. (Ie chipped windshield charged to many customers and never repaired)
Dec 7, 2012 8:28 AM
Dec 9, 2012 6:26 AM
12My understanding of the Budget-Rent-a car thing was: You did the walk around when you Pick up the car and after return again and some days later they would put through a charge on your Credit card claiming to have found another problem.
IMHO businesses like this should not be fined they should lose their business licence and the owner jailed.
Dec 9, 2012 1:39 PM
Dispute the charge. You have a receipt they signed, not seeing any damage. Anything they "discover" later is their problem.
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