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Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

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Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

We took a taxi from Hanoi Airport to Hanoi Imperial Hotel. Our driver stopped outside the Eden Plaza Hotel. A man opened the door and said "welcome to the Hanoi Imperial Hotel". We laughed, then slammed the door. We told the taxi driver to take us straight to our real hotel. Not sure why he thought we could be fooled.

The most disappointing part of Vietnam is the taxi drivers.

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1. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

Good of you to post a 'heads up' on this. If the taxi drivers are the most disappointing part, then the hotels that are in on these scams must be the second most disappointing. If you read the reviews for that hotel, there are other reports of this happening....so it might be worth posting your experience in the review section as well. tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293924-d115728…

This is a frequently reported occurrence in Hanoi & it's best to have your hotel arrange the transportation if possible. For a few more dollars, it's worth not having the aggravation of scamming taxi drivers and hotel staff.

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ON, Canada
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3. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

A misunderstanding? As in, "the scammers misunderstood the intelligence of the OP?" ... LOL ;)

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4. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

SusamM2004 beat me to it. welcometovietnam's post borders on frivolous, especially for someone out of Ha Noi.

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5. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

I understand there are pre-paid airport taxis outside the Hanoi airport . Was it one of these taxis that took you to the wrong hotel?

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6. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

Here's a link to an article of interest, even if the subject is HCM:

…baomoi.com/Home/…100757.epi

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7. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

Another interesting article to read on Taxi scams in Vietnam.

vietvaluetravel.com/blog/2011/01/21/hey-taxi/

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8. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

Generaly the asking price is 20 usd from the airport to your hotel. Seems no escape but is is negotiable- 12 is the best ive got. I call it the mafia taxis...

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9. Re: Hanoi Airport Taxi Scam

I reckon the tuk-tuk mafia in phuket run a real close second. At least you can choose your company (Vinasun etc.) there and check meters etc.

Also do some homework and check on a map where you're going, if in wrong area then tell 'em. If they know you're on to them they'll get you there asap.

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