HCMC is legendary for its chaotic and frenetic traffic.

At first glance, the sheer numbers and chaos on the roads can be intimidating. Observing the street from one of the many high rise buildings in the city, it appears as an army of ants scurrying around without any rhythm or valuable reason to do so.

However, once you enter the biomass and spend some time learning the traffic’s rhythm, getting around town isn’t as difficult as it initially seems. The principal means of transportation include walking, motorbikes, buses, cars, taxis, xe ôm, and bicycles.

However, mass transit takes a back seat to personal transport. HCMC has some of the highest personal transportation market shares outside of North America and it is estimated that personal vehicle travel is 92%, leaving just 8% for mass transit. Motorbikes remain the most popular mode of transportation but cars are becoming more popular among the population.

Car ownership is rising 20% annually, which is more than twice the growth rate for motorbike ownership. If this trend continues, the city’s infamous traffic jams will be even more congested.

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Saigon Scooter Centre

Saigon Scooter Centre

This shop specialises in the restoration and export of classic vintage Italian motor scooters. You can also rent bikes here.

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EVA Airways

EVA Airways

EVA Air was established in 1989 and is a Star Alliance member. This Taiwan based airline was in fact the first to be privately owned in the country and is known for offering high standards of service and safety. Flying more than 60 International locations, its fleet of 70 aircraft offers passengers an inexpensive option for International flights. International connections ...

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Chi’s Café

Chi’s Café

Inventory: Wide range of manual and automatic Deposit: Valid passport Daily fee: VND100,000-300,000/day Monthly fee: VND1M-2M/month Insurance: Yes Delivery of bike: Yes Roadside repair: Yes

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An Phúc Co., Ltd.

An Phúc Co., Ltd.

This is a repair shop that also offers customised paint services for bikes. It is not the cleanest place in the world and you will need a translator, but it does the job and at a very reasonable price (~VND1.4-2 million to paint a Honda Dream).

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Powder Scooter

Powder Scooter

Powder Scooter is a family outfit that has deep roots in HCMC’s Vespa scene. The sons run the business side of things while their father maintains the Vespas, as he has since the 1960s

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Vespa Scooter Guy at Cafe Zoom

Vespa Scooter Guy at Cafe Zoom

This outfit restores and sells Vespas and has sold over 500 restored Vespas since 1999. They also run Vespa food tours around the city. If you’re interested, check out vietnamvespaadventures.com

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fanfan.vn - The Travel Shop

fanfan.vn - The Travel Shop

Price: Helmets range from VND350,000- VND10M (most of the items are between VND400,000 and VND1.65M). Brands: Andes, Indix, Avex, HJC and more. Not only do they sell helmets but other gear and equipment for travelling as well. See their website (in Vietnamese only) for specific prices.

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Hồng Thành PTE

Hồng Thành PTE

This shop is dominated by drying pieces of metal and the sound of compressed air. The owner speaks English and is always on hand to ask questions. Also, for about VND100,000, they can coat your smart phone with a nanocoating that reduces corrosion.

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Joe Creazzo’s Professional Car Tuner

Joe Creazzo’s Professional Car Tuner

The owner is best known as Dr Joe and this shop is where the nouveau riche of the city customise their rides. The garage also does maintenance and repairs but, as you get what you pay for, expect to pay a bit more.

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Green World Car Rental

Green World Car Rental

To date, they provide a wide variety of vehicles from Luxury Sedan class five seaters such as Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 series and BMW 5 series, SUV/ MPV classes such as Toyota Fortuner (seven seats), Toyota Sienna (seven seats), to Large vehicles such as Ford Transit (16 seaters) for the transfer of office staff.

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Saigon Tourist

Saigon Tourist

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios 1.5E (seats four), Toyota Zace (seats seven), Toyota Innova G (seats seven) Initial fare: VND16,000 Fare per 1km: VND16,000 Payment options: cash English speaking hotline operators: Yes English speaking taxi drivers: No

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Vinasun

Vinasun

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios (seats four), Toyota Innova J & G (seats seven) Initial fare: Toyota Vios - VND11,000, Toyota Innova J - VND11,500, Toyota Innova G - VND12,500 Fare per 0.7km: VND18,000 Payment options: Cash, pre-paid cards along with Visa, MasterCard, JCB credit cards English speaking hotline operators: Yes English speaking taxi drivers: Yes (on request)

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Saigon Airport

Saigon Airport

Types of taxis: Toyota Vios (seats four), Toyota Innova G (seats seven) Initial fare: VND13,500 Fare per 0.7km: VND18,500 (after 31km: VND15,500/km) Payment options: cash only English speaking hotline operators: Yes English speaking taxi drivers: No

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Hoàng Tiêm

Hoàng Tiêm

This shop sells bikes on the cheap. However, they stand by their bikes and offer a set of bike warranties depending on where the bike was built (three months for China, six months for Taiwan, and one year for Japan).

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