This resort wasn't really a tourist trap, except the name is a bit deceiving for two reasons.
First, we thought this was going to be the GENTING HIGHLAND RESORT. It wasn't, of course, rather it was a resort with a "view" of the Genting Highland Resort.
Second; because from our living room window we should have had a view of the Genting Highland Resort high up the mountain from us, instead we saw this, a construction of the Genting View Resort, a new resort blocking our view of Genting Highland Resort! Can't escape progress where ever we go!
The funny thing is that this type of creative naming doesn't just trick tourists, it tricks the locals as well.
Fun Alternatives: About the only thing you can do is to really pay attention to the wording. We didn't and we were surprised.
Thankfully not one of us were grouchy people. We just accepted the misconception and had a great time anyway.
Beware of overpricing taxi drivers. As with other countries do insist for the metered taxi, especially if you're on a budget travel.
Unique Suggestions: Ask before you ride.
Fun Alternatives: Do take advantage of the trains and buses in going around places as much as possible.
There are countless fish spas in Malaysia, but only a handful of these shops use the correct fish.
The species that should be used is the Garra Rufa (Doctor Fish). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_fish
Many outlets use juvenile Tilapias instead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilapia
There are no health benefits associated with Tilapias nibbling at your feet. They are underfed, and being aggressive eaters, they will nibble at just about anything you put in the tank!
Poring hotsprings is not worth a visit, its a real disappointment. We went there expecting a big natural spring, but instead we a bunch of large concrete baths that have hot and cold taps to fill them up. It was crowded with locals having a 'bath' so had to wait for ever to sit a what I can only discribe as a dirty outdoor, public bath tub. Definitely worth a miss.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go there I would recommend walking up passed the baths to the canopy walk, it was at least an interesting experience.
Fun Alternatives: Climb Mt Kinabalu. I didn't get to do it and I really regret that.
On the first day we arrived we decided to go for a walk...as we walked down the road we were concious of our bags however when we stopped at the lights my friend decided to take a photo and low and behold a guy on a bike came around the corner and snatched her camera from her hand she had the strap around her wrist so it got caught on her finger ... my friend had no idea what was going on as the guy came from behind and she ended up on the road...her camera was broken and her finger cut open....she needed 6 stitches, xray and is still getting physio 3 months later!!
The thing that shocked us the most was that when we arrived at the tourist police there was another couple there that had there bag snatched and there was a form purely for this situation!! Makes you think it happens far to often!!
Fun Alternatives: Be aware when walking the streets that you carry everything on the otherside of you body from the road and don't stand to close to the road when waiting at lights,....we personally decided to use the monorail a lot more and walk when we had too!!
Most of the taxi that we rode used their meters but on our first day in Kuala Lumpur, this taxi driver asked us for 15 ringgit from our hotel to our shopping destination. We thought it was the right price since in Manila, taxi fare can reach up to 100 pesos but to our surprise, on our way back, the other taxi that we got only cost us about 7 riggit i think. Lesson learned: "Always ask the drivers to use meters and learn the real value of their money."
My Fellow Travelers... How many of us have been ripped off by some person selling products for twice the price of the next person???
I was at the markets at Batu Feringgi Markets and there was this man trying to sell another tourist a table runner for 25 RM, normally I wouldnt mention it but the previous night I had seen the exact same table runner being sold for 10 RM...
Unique Suggestions: My advice would be to go for a walk along the stalls and then take a look at the prices and ask about the price if you are not sure.
It will save you a few more dollars with wiser shopping so you can get more shopping done in while you are there... also one less tourist being ripped off by designer fakes.
Also if you are looking for LV bags, you probably wont find many in the shops around George town but they have tons in Batu Feringgi
Fun Alternatives: If all else fails Pragin Malls is very good for shopping (but beware its that good there are lots of locals there)
This is the second it happened in Butterworth while we were travelling from Thailand to Singapore. The first time we paid our Bus to Singapore, but we were only brought to Johor Bahru. The second time was worst. Beware of this Travel agent, JETTY ENTERPRISE in Butterworth. We came down from Thailand, supposed to get a bus to SIngapore from them. Van driver supposingly had arranged our journey with the front desk lady, but later, due to a queue, she insisted that the van driver did not give her anything for our trip. She refused to help us, to trace the driver, (the driver was then heading to Penang), refused to contact the travel agent in Hadyai, just wanted money if we want to go to SIngapore. Forget about calling the police, they are of little help. They would suggest we pay them the bus and lodge complain in Singapore. Damn intelligent.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure the driver who brought u to the agent, confirm the journey before he disappears. Best is to ask for a receipt all the time. In our case, the agent in Hadyai did not give us a receipt, claiming that we will definitely get the transfers.
Fun Alternatives: Don't pay any single cent to these travel agents. We went to the Bus station nearby to buy from other companies.
if u travel in kuala lumpur especially in pudu raya area, please beware of the taxi drivers , sometimes they purposely charged you more than regular prices. they ripped off tourist as well as locals. : (
Good thing I read all of KL tips here before traveling coz what they say about taxi drivers not using thier meter were all true! So beware! If a taxi driver asks for a fixed price and doesn't want to use his meter, then all you need to do is transfer to another descent and honest taxi driver in KL. There still are honest drivers here you know.
This is an old tourist trap. Hopefully you will not encounter it anymore.
In the 1965, Malaysian, Brunei and Singapore currency were at par and used interchangeable and commonly called "Dollar".
Malaysian currency is now called "Ringgit" (RM=Ringgit Malaysia) but the word dollar is still used by some.
So if you are bargaining on a price and the seller is using "dollar", do confirm that you are talking about "ringgit" and not "US dollar" when agreeing to final price.
KL sentral as the name suggests, connects many public transport systems such as the monorail, train and light railway transit. I stopped here to take a cab to JW Marriot Hotel and it cost me RM9 as you have to prepay at the counter before entering the cab.
The same journey later from the hotel to the station only cost RM6.
Perhaps it is cheaper to stop at the station before or after KL Sentral and take the cab from there as you can use the meter.
You will find the occassional salespersons that try to sell you that tries to con you, however it helps to go to check out alot of places before making your mind up ;) you will find that it is worth it at the end.
Cab drivers are as always the worst if your thinking of getting a cab to travel to a long distance location.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure when your there, you try to be more casual cause dressing up like its your first time in the country can get you into one of those tourist traps. Try to read a bit about the country and make yourself feel at home.
When you go into a cab, make sure they onn the travel meter which they are by law supposed to use.
But the best alternative is to always have a few cab numbers with you, which you can get off any cab you take or even from the taxi adverts that are stuck on the outside of cabs.
If your travelling long distance, make sure you call a few hours earlier to book a cab and call an hour before to make sure they remember. Call centres there still needs loads of improvement, however it is much safer as you can usually ask them how much it would cost you beforehand to travel to a long distance location.
Fun Alternatives: Personaly, I would just choose the public transport trains(LRT) as its much cheaper and faster to travel in the capital. But remember it can bring back feelings of travelling in the london underground if your travelling at lunch time (1-2pm) or after office hours.
This is a specialist in the other kind - tricking unsuspecting folks, not you I hope.
Probably a practitioner of traditional medicine. He's been healing some sick people, no doubt.
Fun Alternatives: Go the the city or town where there are properly trained physicians to deal with your nose, eyes, body, head, heart or soul.
I think that Johor Bahru (just over the causway from Singapore) itself is a bit of a let down. It is one of those places that you can only stay 1 night. You'll probably end up doing that anyway. Sorry to anyone that lives here!
Unique Suggestions: Have a walk around the city or go shopping.
Fun Alternatives: Head straight for Kuala Lumpur.
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