Public transport is limited to buses, which are extremely cheap,
but slow, crowded and a challenge for non-Vietnamese speakers.
There are plenty of taxis to be hired and this is the safest and
easiest way to get across the city, though travellers should make
sure the meter is switched on and change is given. Motorbike taxis
are also a cheap and easy way to get around, but the driving can be
nerve-wracking. Renting a car or a motorbike are also popular
options; all cars come with a driver/guide, which is a good idea
considering the chaotic nature of the streets.
Visitors should be cautious about renting a self-drive
motorbike, bearing in mind the primary cause of injury and death
among foreigners in Vietnam is motorcycle accidents. Two-seater
cyclos (cycle rickshaws) are plentiful and can be flagged down
anywhere, but should be avoided at night. Fares should be
negotiated beforehand and a map is useful, as many drivers don't