Xe om literally means, 'motorbike hug'. Catching a xe om is an easy, affordable and fun way to see the sights of Hanoi and you can find a driver on every street of the Old Quarter. Pronouncing Vietnamese street names can be a challenge so indicate your destination as you go along or write it down to show the driver. Some xe om drivers will accept US dollars as payment. Inter-District trips should cost around VND50,000, more or less, depending on how far you are going and your negotiating ability with the xe om driver.
If the xe om driver does not have a passenger helmet, find another driver. Be sure that your driver is sober and lucid before hopping on back! In Hanoi's Old Quarter you will be able to hire a xe om easily. In fact, you'll probably be offered a xe om ride before you even go looking for one. Keep small bills in your wallet as most xe om drivers do not carry large amounts of change. When paying for your ride, keep your wallet close; dishonest drivers are not averse to a snatch-and-zoom.