If you’re visiting a beautiful country like Vietnam, having your own ride gives you the ultimate flexibility and freedom to travel to wherever you want to go, whenever you please. Although foreigners are now permitted to drive in Vietnam (as long as they have an International Driving Permit and local insurance), you’ll have an easier time going around the country by hiring a chauffeur or private driver, especially in Ho Chi Minh City. Having a chauffeur gets rid of the need to adjust to local traffic or road rules, ask directions, and various road conditions and hazards. Now the question is, how?

How can I hire a chauffeur or private driver in Ho Chi Minh City?

If you need a long term driver, we recommend searching online, reading forums and even going on social media before your trip to Vietnam. You can also check for reviews and packages online to see which ones have a lot of recommendations as well as which companies will fit your budget. Another thing to consider asking around and inside your company as soon as you arrive because word of mouth will definitely serve you well in this area. 

Where can I find professional local drivers in Ho Chi Minh City?

The first website below is a reliable English-speaking source of professional local drivers with a number of vehicle types.

Con Đường Việt

vietdriver.vn

115 Street 49, Tân Quy, D7; Hotline : 0918.131.942 - 0913.073.033 Mr Bách

Saigon Budget Car rental

https://www.vnrentacar.com/

+84 96 405 89 78

Blacklane

https://www.blacklane.com/en/chauffeur-service-ho-chi-minh-city/

Blacklane Offers Airport transfer, Limousine service, Chauffeur service, and Private car service.

A range of vehicle types from 4 up to 50 seats with professional drivers are also available for short or long term hire. If you’re only looking for shorter term rentals with drivers provided, we recommend contacting the following companies in Ho Chi Minh City:

District 1

CHAOcom

chaocom.com

90-92 Dinh Tien Hoang, Da Kao ward, D1; +84 9 1558 8100 / +84 9 1559 9100

davidhousing@gmail.com

CHAOcom is one of the leading car rental companies offering 4, 7 and 16 seater vehicles.

District 2

Green World Car Rental

carrental.com.vn

252 Nguyen Van Huong St, Thao Dien Ward, D2; 0932.098.768

Providing a wide variety of vehicles from luxury sedan five seaters such as the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 series and BMW 5 series, SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner (seven seats), Toyota Sienna (seven seats), and larger vehicles such as the 16-seater Ford Transit.

Avis

avis.com.vn

44 Vu Tong Phan, An Phu, D2

A recent addition to the rental industry in Ho Chi Minh City, Avis offers daily and long term rentals. They also accept AWD (Avis Worldwide Discount) for reduced rates and special offers.

Other Districts

Satsco

satsco.com.vn

1A Hong Ha, Tan Binh District; (028)-3848 9001 / (028)-3848 9002

If you don’t mind the hassle of going through customs at the airport, they also offer a pickup service on the tarmac.

TG Car Rental & Tours Services

saigonbudgetcarrental.com

8 Do Son, W4, Tan Binh

+84 93 688 66 57

Where can I find a private driver for hire in Ho Chi Minh City?

In order to find drivers, the Vietnamese rely on word of mouth, their friends or on Trungtâm giới thiệu việc làm(agency or job centre). Websites such as timviecnhanh.com, vieclam.tuoitre.vnvieclam.24h.com.vn, rongbay.com, 5giay.vn; and so on are also reliable sources for employees and potential drivers. Just ask for a friend’s help as the websites are most likely in Vietnamese.

Some English-speaking drivers will also post their services in Vietnam expat groups on Facebook, so check these groups if you don’t want to go through a middle man.

How much does it cost to hire a private driver in Ho Chi Minh City?

The amount depends on how long you’re hiring the driver and where you’re going, especially for short term hiring. If you have a company vehicle, the agreement with the car rental firm will usually specify your driver’s working hours and salary. Generally, the rental fee does not include insurance, maintenance and cleaning but if you choose to rent independently, a package of car and driver can cost around VND19M-33.7M per month for a new car and less for an older car on a sliding scale, depending on the model. Currently, the average salary offered by a local to a driver varies from VND6M-10M/month. It is imperative that the terms and conditions are clear to both parties.

Note that in the current economic climate in which some taxi companies are having difficulties, many taxi drivers are looking for more secure jobs with families or for enterprises. Some will also post their services in expat groups on Facebook, so check there if you don’t want to go through a middle man.

What should you check to employ a good driver in Ho Chi Minh City?

Meet up with your driver and see if he will be a good match for the job and for your personality. Aside from the technical qualifications, of course you need to be able to connect or at least have good communication or feel like you’ll be able to have a good relationship with the driver. Employers would not be out of line to ask for a health certificate, proof of (at least) two years driving experience, photocopies of the ID card and driving license, and references from past employers – but surely the best way to evaluate anyone’s driving skills is to be in their car. Check the odometer to make sure the driver is not using the car for personal use (assuming that you don’t allow this in the agreement).

What should be clarified in the contract when hiring a private driver in Ho Chi Minh City?

If you are considering hiring a private driver to take you around safely and conveniently in Vietnam, there are some important points to cover when making this kind of arrangement. 

Dos and Don'ts – it is best to specify these things right from the start. Can the car be used for personal errands? How long can the motor be left running on idle?

Monthly salary – in VND

Working hours – does this include weekends, evenings, holiday periods, etc?

Lunch breaks need to be flexible as often the car is in use for this period

Overtime rates – remember to give your driver some notice

Safety – make it clear that this is a priority

Be clear if speeding is an issue

Be clear if you expect your driver to be on standby when needed

Drivers should not use phones when driving

For information on Taxis go to Competition Drives Tensions Between Local Taxis And Grab

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