Da lat - This is the sole motorbike taxi firm in Vietnam that has its own website and only serves foreigners.
years ago motorbike taxi drivers in Da Lat set up this firm. Besides having a
website at www.dalat-skyraiders.com.vn,
other special things about this firm is the mutual affection and sense of
community – as well as their long journeys.
known him for a long time but it is very difficult to arrange an appointment
with him. Whenever I went to Da Lat, I called him, but he was always somewhere
very far away like Ca Mau or Sapa I’m a journalist, who has chances to go
everywhere, but I admire him for his travelling experience.
thought I lost my chance to meet him, he suddenly called me and said he was in
Da Lat to relax and maintain his motorbike. So I went there to meet
thought that we would meet at his house or a street café but I was very
surprised when he arranged the meeting at a luxurious café which has wireless
Internet service. He was drinking coffee and looking at a laptop waiting for
the computer very well. Calling for a cup of coffee for me, he said he has been
familiar with computers and the Internet for a long time because it is his means
Worldly-wise and manly as a motorbike racer, he is Tran
Ngoc Ba, from Ward 6, Da lat city
supporting his wife and two children who are studying at universities in Hcm
City. The total expenditures of his family are around VND6 million (US$380) a
month, and it comes from his Bonus motorbike and clicks on the
his “Internet motorbike taxi” service was initiated in 1991 but did not operate
systematically from a website until 1995.
recalled that in 1991 when Da Lat focused on developing its tourism industry,
many foreign visitors came to this highlands city, especially Norwegians and
Germans. From here they wanted to travel to other provinces by
having worked as motorbike taxi drivers for many years, Ba and his colleagues
had never run far. They just carried passengers within Lam Dong province or to
neighbouring provinces like Gia Lai, Kon Tum or Dak Lak.
visitors were willing to pay highly to be transported by motorbikes to northern
provinces like Hoa binh Lao cai or Ha Giang but Ba and his colleagues didn’t
dare because they didn’t have any information about these sites or
as many visitors had demand for long trips by motorbikes, Ba and some motorbike
drivers decided to collect tourism maps of all provinces and cities and seek
partners. Several years later, they had a website.
visitors who want to travel by motorbike can visit this site to know everything
about this group of motorbike drivers and their services as well as useful
advice for their trips in Vietnam
motorbike taxi group currently has 70 members, who know all routes and tourism
sites very clearly. All of them can speak and write English and some can speak
French and German.
to this group, everyone must equip themselves with good English because besides
good health and good vehicles, foreign language is indispensable. When visitors
access the website, these drivers have to convince visitors by their experience,
price, services and win their trust.
motorbike taxi firm has many special things that are admired by other
transportation service providers. The longest trip conducted by other
transportation service providers is around one month but Ba and his colleagues
sometimes provide rides of several months and the longest was six
record long trip was with a Norwegian female TV journalist who wanted to
discover all regions of Vietnam. Through a friend, this girl visited Ba’s
website and was convinced by his service. She decided to fly to Vietnam to
travel by motorbike with Ba.
from Da Lat to HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport to pick the girl up. From Tan Son
Nhat, he took her to Ninh Kieu wharf in Can tho city then to Ben Tre, Phan
Rang, Lao Cai, etc. and finally Da Lat. The whole trip took six months. Ba said
thanks to this trip, he had money to support his children’s studies.
the drivers in the group have a lot of customers while some don’t so group
members set up a fund, called the “risk fund”. Any member who has tours will
give part of their income to this fund to support others who don’t have
unique motorbike taxi service has lost some of its members who fall in love with
foreign customers and go overseas.
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