Car Rental in Ho Chi Minh City
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Where to rent a car in Ho Chi Minh City
Although a major tourism destination and an important city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is served only by a few car rental companies. Most of these companies only hire out a limited number of vehicles, and only few choices, since it is not entirely popular as scooters or motorcycles. Should you find a decent car rental company, be prepared to pay hefty costs for (sometimes) less than what you're expecting. More decent ones such as major car rental agencies like Avis and Budget can be accessed through the airport, and arrangements can be made via phone or through online means. Some of the car rental companies in the locale include Vietnam Car Rental, VN Rent a Car, Car Rental Ho Chi minh City, Satsco, and CHAOcom.com. When renting a car in Ho Chi Minh City, take note that Vietnam, in general, do not allow foreigners to rent a car and drive in the country. With this, you must have a Vietnamese licence, or more conveniently, rent a car with a driver. Chauffeur-driven rental cars are ideal as you can have a local with you who is familiar with the roads and traffic conditions in the city.
What to expect when renting a car from Ho Chi Minh City
Car rentals within Ho Chi Minh City, or for that matter Vietnam, is highly unpopular due to the fact that it is not preferred in the country. When locals or even foreign travellers rent some out, this means that you are prepared to pay good money, hire a driver to drive the vehicle, and of course, rely on the said driver to bring you to your destination. A cheaper (yet quite 'adventurous' – to say it lightly) alternative to four-wheeled vehicles are motorcycles, which can be rented as well.
When driving, notice that most lanes are occupied by motorcycle riders who also weave through traffic brazenly. Unlike the rest of Asia, Southeast Asian nations are notorious for its road safety, with the likes of Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam having a great many casualties involving driving. In the rare cases that other drivers show courtesy or care to other drivers, take it as an opportunity to keep safe.
Getting to your destination
Vietnam has its share of beautiful beaches, and the Nha Trang area is the best place to check them out. White sand, blue waters, and warm climate – Nha Trang is waiting for visitors with open arms. No, it is not a remote area – and yes, it is quite touristy.
Travel to Nha Trang would probably take around eight hours, so prepare for the journey by leaving early. Drive to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh City via QL1A.
Can Tho is the fourth largest city of Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is mostly famous for its beautiful floating market, its rice paper-making village, and its Venice-like rural canals.
Can Tho can be reached by driving to Tay Thanh, Durong CN1, and Le Trong Tan to QL 1/QL1A in Binh Tan, towards the direction of Tan Tao – Cho Dem to TP Ho Chi Minh – Trung Lurong in tt. Tan Tuc. Continue to follow TP Ho Chi Ming Trung Lurong and QL1A to Long Hoa, and enter the Can Tho area.
Cu Chi Tunnels
This network of connecting underground tunnels in Cu Chi district is connected to an even larger network of tunnels across Vietnam. The tunnels used to be site of military campaigns during the Vietnam War, as well as a base for the Viet Cong in 1968. This 75-mile long tunnel is now an important tourist destination serving as a war memorial park.
From central Ho Chi Minh City, drive for about an hour to the Cu Chi Tunnels via Xuyên Á/QL22 and HL2.