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Vietnam taxi shortage exasperates travelers and expats

Fistfights and 1-hour waits at airport as riders scrum over cabs

Tan Son Nhat Airport, near Ho Chi Minh City, has faced a severe taxi shortage. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- Vietnam is experiencing a shortage of taxis so severe that brawls over catching a ride have become an almost daily occurrence as the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has spiked demand while high gas prices have kept drivers home.

For one Japanese expat in the nation's capital, trying to flag down a ride home each day after work has become an exercise in frustration.

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