Xe om literally means 'motorbike hug'. Catching a xe om is an easy, affordable and fun way to see Saigon. Pronouncing Vietnamese street names can be a challenge so signal your destination as you go along or write it down to show the driver. Inter-District trips should cost around VND50,000, more or less, depending on how far you are going and your bargaining prowess with the xe om driver.
If the driver does not have a passenger helmet, find another driver for hire. These days this would probably be a rare occurrence as the Saigon traffic police have seriously stepped up enforcement on helmet use. It goes without saying to be certain that your driver is sober and lucid before hopping on the back! In heavily touristed areas of Ho Chi Minh City you will be able to hire a xe om easily. In fact, you'll probably be offered a xe om ride before you even go looking for one. Have small bills on your person as most xe om drivers do not carry large amounts of change.