Rush hour traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is full on, so watch out for the times between 7-8.30am and 4.30-6pm. Walking is certainly an option but it can be too much for some foreigners. Motorbikes, taxis and cyclists are driving everywhere and Ho Chi Minh City traffic quickly becomes overwhelming. If feeling confident and alert, go for it.
Since the introduction of ‘Grab’, the equivalent of Uber, it has never been easier to get around Ho Chi Minh City. One can choose a motorbike, all the way up to a luxury car. Foreigners particularly like this service as the price is set before setting off.
Taxis can be hailed from anywhere in the city and should ideally cost around 12,000 to 13,000 dong per kilometre. Watch out for dishonest taxi drivers who are reluctant to turn on their meters. Taxi drivers here are also renowned for driving like cowboys. Hold on! If it gets too much, make it clear that a slower pace is appreciated.
This is the most popular way to get around Ho Chi Minh City and for all the right reasons. Travelling by motorbike is cheap, quick and efficient. Make sure you wear a helmet whether you are riding yourself or hailing down a moto. This has been the law since 2007 and is strictly enforced by the police. Prices are around 10,000 dong per kilometre. Make sure to agree on a price before hopping on.
There are 150 routes throughout Ho Chi Minh City but they can be difficult to navigate if you cannot speak or read Vietnmese. However, getting around Ho Chi Minh City by bus is made easier through the power of Google Maps, you can find out what buses leave from a particular stop and what buses arrive at your destination and work it out from there. Buses are comfortable, efficient and a good price. There is also a Hop On Hop Off bus available if one wants to sightsee this way.