Whether you're a first-time traveler or have been living in Vietnam for a while, driving on Vietnam's streets will always be a challenge. A private driver in Vietnam is the perfect solution, satisfying both your wish to explore further and beyond the country and the need for a certain flexibility and customized service. Here we have the top tips for how to find a private driver in Vietnam.
The streets in Vietnam can be quite tricky to navigate through
A private tour will most likely offer everything on your checklists: personalized service and a professional driver. As a cherry on top, a private tour guide is a trusted partner on your trip, who will show you the nooks and crannies of Vietnam.
Many options to choose from: you can either book a city tour, a trip to the countryside, a food adventure, or better yet, combining everything into one trip for an eventful expedition
Services tailored to your needs: the flexibility to choose your preferred vehicle (either motorbike tour or car tour), add in more places to visit, skip certain spots, or take the routes that you like
Professional English-speaking guides with profound cultural and local knowledge
Quality private tours are mostly available in big cities like Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. On the bright side, you can always drop an inquiry where you want to visit for a trustworthy operator as private tours are incredibly customizable.
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The types of cars can range from 4-seat to a minivan or a tour bus, depending on your group's size
Another prevalent is to hire a private driver with a car rental service in Vietnam. Thanks to the advancement of technology and rental services, finding a private driver in Vietnam is easier than ever. Here are some options you can look into
Ride-hailing apps: Popular ride-hailing services in Vietnam, like Grab, offers private car rental with a private driver aside from their regular transportation service. The car rental is charged by hours with the fees somewhat equivalent to standard taxi fares in Vietnam (around - which won’t be economical if you’re planning to explore the city for the entire day.
Grab offers car rental by hours with a personal driver
However, one important note is that most drivers, either from car rental companies or ride-hailing services, do not speak fluent English. Therefore, even though the English function greatly aids you on the app and the website, consider this fact when booking a private driver in Vietnam.
Car rental services: Regarding a more cost-effective choice for a private driver in Vietnam, many car rental companies provide a private driver for an additional fee. This service can range from standard services to professional chauffeurs.
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Blacklane was originally founded in Berlin, and now they are offering chauffeur and transfer services around the world, including Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi
Blacklane is famed for their high-class service
Avis - a US brand - is another car rental service with international standards in Vietnam.
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In order to find a trustworthy driver possessing adequate skills and a professional attitude, you might need to invest quite some time in researching and possibly with a bit of trial and errors to find out the one who is most suitable to your needs. We’d recommend asking your friend groups for advice, look for reviews on online expat forums in Vietnam, and arrange a meet up with the potential driver to learn firsthand if they would be a good fit for you.
Whether it is a short trip or a long-term service, having a private driver in Vietnam can provide huge flexibility without the actual hassles of driving on Vietnam’s busy streets. Remember to weigh your options carefully, and you’re all set for your next trips.
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