As you can see these cars are branded with more stickers than a formula one racing car. The phone number is clearly displayed along with the cars individual number. When you get in you will see the fare clearly displayed on the front console. The driver should be wearing a white uniform shirt and a tie. They come in both sedan and 7 seater Innovas. The taxi driver should have his id card clearly displayed on the dashboard. Don't count on a seatbelt in the back. You can always dig your hand down the back of the dirty seat and fish for it but do so at your own peril!
|This is a fake Mai Linh taxi. Note it is actually called M Taxi and has no where near as many stickers. Quite often the windows have a very dark tint.|
It is worth noting that Mai Linh also have green coloured Innova's. These are not necessarily fake, just from a different area my guy tells me. Now I am not saying that these guys are always 100% but they are usually pretty good. You could still get the odd dodgy one who wants to take you the "long way" to get to where you want to go. He might be profusely sorry and have to stop and ask directions several times. He will be so upset that he does not know where to go, getting out and banging the roof in frustration. This actually happened to friends of mine. (It's not hard to find An Phu buddy!). You will end up paying for a scenic tour you did not ask for. If this happens I suggest cutting your losses if you can and get out and find another taxi.
|Note that the fare is clearly displayed and there is actually a meter!|