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Vietnam taxi fare highest in Southeast Asia: data

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 14:35 GMT+7

A 20-km taxi ride in Ho Chi Minh City will cost you nearly triple the fare for a similar journey in Bangkok, according to data from a website that collects the cost of living in cities and countries worldwide.

The flag-down rate of cabs in the southern Vietnamese city is around VND12,000 (US$0.54) and the ride costs VND14,000 ($0.63) per kilometer for the first 30km, according to Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.

In the meantime, the figures for taxis in the Thai capital city is roughly VND22,000 ($1) for flag-down rates, and only VND3,700 ($0.17) per kilometer for the first 30km, Numbeo data obtained on Monday by Tuoi Tre News shows.

It thus costs VND278,000 ($12.41) for a 20km taxi ride in Ho Chi Minh City, compared to VND98,000 ($4.38) to cover the same distance in Bangkok.

The fare for a 20-km taxi ride in Singapore is VND226,000 ($10.09), still lower than in Ho Chi Minh City, also according to Numbeo data.

It is worth noticing that petrol currently sells at around VND30,000 ($1.34) a liter in Singapore, while the rate is VND17,330 ($0.77) in Vietnam.

Vietnam sources gasoline from Singapore at an average price of only VND9,000. The Vietnamese retail fuel price carries many taxes and fees, which local consumers and experts have repeatedly criticized as unreasonably high.

In Cambodia, the taxi fare is also lower than in Ho Chi Minh City, averaging only VND12,000 ($0.54) a km.

Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions, including the cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution, according to its website.

Transportation accounts for 21.4 percent of the total monthly expense of every Vietnamese citizen, according to Numbeo.

The respective figures for Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia are 13.2 percent, 15 percent, and 15.1 percent.

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