French tourists complain about ripoff by Hanoi taxi driver

By Hoai Anh   May 12, 2024 | 09:08 pm PT
French tourists complain about ripoff by Hanoi taxi driver
Two French tourists who have filed complaints against a taxi driver in Hanoi for ripping them off, May 2024. Photo provided by the tourists
Authorities in Hanoi are investigating a complaint by a French couple that a taxi driver charged them VND500,000 (US$20) for a 200-meter ride, around 20 times the normal fare.

On Sunday Son Nguyen, a tour guide who takes French tourists to Cat Ba Island, mentioned the incident on social media, saying the couple had taken the taxi from Tran Nhat Duat to Cho Gao Street in Hanoi.

A one-kilometer taxi ride in Vietnam usually costs less than $1.

Then, after getting off the taxi, the man discovered he had forgotten his wallet and passport in the car.

The driver did come back to return the wallet and passport but demanded another VND500,000 for them.

The couple paid the money for their belongings, but were frustrated and took a photo of the driver’s car and license plate.

They then told their guide to report the incident to local authorities.

Son said this was the couple's first visit to Vietnam.

Police in Hoan Kiem District where the incident took place said they summoned the taxi driver, a 34-year-old freelance worker, on Monday. They are investigating further.

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