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Pirates are lurkin' everywhere, matey - Hanoi

Pirates are lurkin' everywhere, matey

Pirate Land Lubbers in Hanoi, aye , aye!

Have ya ever met a pirate? Never, matey? Ya'll be meetin' those darn bandits in Hanoi the moment ya flag a cab. Aye! 1 out 5 cabs you hail in hanoi will be a pirate. Those blasted land lubbers in cabs are more crooked than Long John Silver and Polly put together. Ya know ya got a cutlass pointin' at ya when..

1)Your cab stops a distance from the hotel lobby and refuses to go near it..
2)The cab meters runs like speedy gonzales instead of clicking dutifully with the distance
3)You get charged about US$5 for a short ride within the city
4) The cab meter starts at 20,000D or more
(Starting fare is 14,000)

Hubby and I were charged about USD5 or USD6 for a short 1km ride many times. On top of that, we got colourful piratey swear words when we insisted on the correct amount. Damm those blasted, barnacle-headed cabbies! Same goes for Xe Om drivers and cyclo drivers. They've got lots to learn from their more honest HCMC mates.

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2005
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