Experience Xe Om in Vietnam

On their trip to Vietnam, many tourists often opt for taxi as a safe mode for transportation. Besides what make for great convenience are English speaking driver and high quality services, it also has disadvantage as it comes with a price tag which may be a little over your affordability. So if you travel in Vietnam with just one partner or alone, it is a good idea to experience “xe om”-the unique locally-grown transportation service? Indochina travel

Endless stream of vehicles
Endless stream of vehicles – source: legalnomads.com

Vietnamese use “xe om” as an informal word to refer to “motor-taxi”. It is certain that in Vietnam, motorcycle is the most popular mode of transportation and “xe om” is regarded as the cheaper and more exciting way for visitors to travel around when coming to “the country of motorcycles”. To travel by “xe om”, all you need to do is to get on the behind back of the driver, wear the helmet he prepares for you and immediately joining the organized chaos of Vietnamese traffic!

You can see “xe om” throughout Vietnam, from mountainous to metropolis areas, from the Southern areas to the Northern areas. Both holding such a deep breath of the fresh air of the highland region and being a part of the endless stream of vehicles in the street from the back of a motorcycle will be certainly such an incredibly thrilling experience that you cannot forget.

Xe om adventure
Xe om adventure – source: hghtravel.com

However, for many travelers coming from a foreign country, it may be quiet difficult to have the best deal with the “xe om” drivers. To do so, you will at least need to reach the art of bargaining at the level of beginner. Before taking a seat on the pillion, do not forget to ask the price clearly to reach a suitable agreement. Normally, depending on the state of the road, the distance, or even the weather, the price ranges from 10000VND to 15000VND per kilometer. You do not need to bring your own helmet as all “xe om” drivers will provide it to you.

In addition to the reasonable price, becoming really handy when it comes to traffic in the rush hours is another reason why “xe om” is so popular in Vietnam. “Xe om” drivers who have such excellent driving skills, can quickly take you out of the traffic jam, as expected to being stuck for some exasperating few hours on the bus or in the cab.

People also regard “xe om” drivers who know clearly almost every small corner, every short cut of the city where they stay as live maps. So getting lost when riding with them is what you needn’t worry! The better Vietnamese you can speak, the better deal you can get. “Xe om” driver often feel amazing when listening to the foreign travelers speak their mother tongue, and for your all effort, they will be happy to give you some discount.

Traveling by xe om
Traveling by xe om – source: vietnamflavor.com

Now, some “xe om” drivers co-operate together and found their own union/small business, and plan every detail for their own tour only available for foreigners at reasonable prices. Among numerous tour that can last for a few hours, a few days, or even a whole month, you can opt for the most suitable package via the Internet.

On their trip to Vietnam, many tourists often opt for taxi as a safe mode for transportation. Besides what make for great convenience are English speaking driver and high quality services, it also has disadvantage as it comes with a price tag which may be a little over your affordability. So if you travel in Vietnam with just one partner or alone, it is a good idea to experience “xe om”-the unique locally-grown transportation service?

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