The taxi meter clearly flashed 50,000 Vietnamese Dong as we stopped in front of our hotel near the Tan Son Nhat International Airport. It was an hour or so after midnight and I still felt anxious about my previous cab experience in the same city three years ago. So when we exited the airport doors, I carefully picked a Vinnasun from the herd of taxis on queue because of its good reputation among travelers.
But my paranoia got the better of me after I assumed we were getting scammed. I handed the driver 500,000 VND instead and convinced myself that we got duped. After waking up, I looked out the window and saw how close the airport was to Erato Hotel.
Next time, I’ll go on foot.