CAR AND BUS HIRE SERVICES
Hiring a car through a travel agent can be far more costly than hiring a car or bus directly. As a rough guide, a return half-day trip to Da Nang should cost around 500,000 vnd. People often hire mini-vans if they want to go somewhere as a group. This often works out quite cheaply as costs can be shared.
Whilst there are many companies that have cars for hire, listed below are some that are recommended by expats:
Trip cost ½ day to Da Nang return :
Mr Phuc……… +84 (0) 905 064 054……… 400,000 vnd
Mr Kim……….. +84 (0) 902 795 850………. 450,000 vnd
Mr Linh………. +84 (0) 905 705 040……… 500,000 vnd
Mr Dung……… +84 (0) 914 000 887……… 500,000 vnd
Mr Bill……….. +84 (0) 982 544 077………. 450,000 vnd
Note: Not only is Mr Phuc the cheapest, he will reduce the price further for regular customers. Prices quoted are for 4-seat cars; prices are slightly higher for 7 seats.
HIRING A BICYCLE, MOTORBIKE AND ELECTRIC BIKE
You can’t walk far in Hoi An without seeing signs offering motorbikes or bicycles for rent. Ask your hotel for help or walk around Ba Trieu Street, Ha Bai Trung, Cua Dai & Tran Hung Dao Streets. This is where you will find many of the independent operators. You can usually negotiate with these guys so renting from them is cheaper than if you rent through a hotel.
You do not need a license to hire a motor bike but, if you have an accident and do not have a legal motorbike license, health insurers will not pay up. Check the fine print. It is the law that you wear a helmet and madness if you do not.
Hire costs: 80,000 – 100,000 vnd for a semi-automatic motorbike per day; around 130,000 – 150,000 vnd for an automatic scooter
You can sometimes get a better deal if you rent for more than a couple of days especially from the independent agents in the streets listed above.
- Rental bikes are frequently plain dangerous to ride: check your brakes, lights, indicators and tyres …
- Filling your petrol tank should cost approximately 80,000 vnd (depending on the size of course). Always keep your eye on the meter and see the section on ‘Scams’.
Where to hire:
Add : 95 Hung Vuong St
Tel : 0982 692 552
Price: 100,000 vnd/ per day; 1 million vnd/ per month
(“Great service, lovely lady” – Sarah, Hoi An Expat)
Add : 155 Nguyen Duy Hieu
Tel : 0935 852 130
Price: 80,000 vnd/per day; 1.5 million vnd/ per month
( Good English, new high quality bikes, blue card ownership and registration on all vehicles )
Why cycle when you can zoom along without moving a muscle. The electric bike is a nifty option for those unsure of their motor cycling ability. It is easy to manage, easy to ride and, boy, are they fun. Not heavy like motor bikes, you can zoom anywhere with ease but make sure the battery is charged. They are hellish to ride if the battery is flat. Yes, they have pedals but if you don’t want ten minutes to equal 25 hours at the gym, make sure your battery is charged.
You can rent one from many of the hotels on Cua Dai Street for around 75,000 vnd per day. Again, check lights, brakes, indicators, tyres …
Where to hire:
Add: 566 Cua Dai St
Tel: 0510 3 862 542
Price: 70k/ per day
Add: 213 Nguyen Tat Thanh
Tel: 0905 549 213
Price: 60k/ per day
You can rent a bicycle for around 20,000 vnd per day.
Where to hire:
Add: 79 Thai Phien
Tel: 0918 922 927
Price: 20k / per day
Add: 617 Hai Ba Trung
Tel: 0905 3917 138
Price: 20,000vnd/ per day
If going it alone isn’t your gig but you’d like to enjoy the adventure of life on a motorbike on the Vietnamese roads, try a Xe Om, or motorbike taxi. As Hoi An is a rather small town, you shouldn’t need to pay more than 25,000 vnd for most short jaunts up the road, but from the Old Town to An Bang or Cua Dai beaches you should pay around 40,000 vnd. Be aware that your safety is not always guaranteed on the back of these bikes so be sure to wear a helmet, try to avoid wiggling too much or distracting the driver, and do definitely voice your opinion if you feel the driver is going too fast or putting your life in danger. For your safest bet, look for the recognized Xe Oms in the collared pink shirts with numbers.
Important! Agree on the price before getting on. (Using Xe Oms during the day is very safe but a different breed arises after midnight, see Dangers & Scams).
Taxis tend to be a safe bet with one of the two main companies: Mai Linh (green): +84 (0) 510 3914 914 and Faifoo (yellow): +84 (0) 510 3919 191. Finding one when you need one is not always easy, but they tend to hang out around the top of Le Loi St near the old town or across the river at An Hoi peninsular. Both companies use meters.
The English Speaking Taxi number for Tourists is: +84 (0) 5103 929 929
All cyclos have number plates and are managed by the local police. A couple of years ago 50,000 vnd per hour was standard, but these days drivers charge a lot more. A 15 minute trip from one part of the Old Town to another could cost as much as 100,000 vnd. Negotiate!
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