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.
Actually, this is no tourist trap. But if you happen to get caught in this guys fishing net, then you certainly will be trapped!
This photo was taken in Georgetown, Penang. This guy picked up more junk than he did fish. And the fish that he caught were really small too!
Unique Suggestions: Bring a knife just in case you get caught in the fishermen's nets. Then you can cut yourself out of the net and swim to safety.
The Malaysian are in general very honest and sincere! They even run after you if you've forgotten some change at a shop! In all my travels I never was a victim of a tourist trap and I never felt like I had paid too much for anything. Some of the cheap tours (like in the Cameron Highlands) are quite funny, because they do not only show you sights (like a tea plantation), but also places where you can buy honey, strawberries, ect. Not that bad!
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.
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.
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!!
The jungle train.
One wacked out guidebook suggests that the views from the day jungle train are 'superb'. Yeah, right. Look, the first hour is fun and you get to see lots of greenery flashing by, but by the 5th hour you're a bit bored and by the 12th hour you'd like to slit your wrists because you realize that you've wasted a perfectly good day on a rather boring, rattling, hot train. Take a bus or take a night train, unless you have an awful lot of time to kill. There were quite a few tourists on the train (we all had the same guidebook) and we were all disappointed. Oh yeah, here's another thing our guidebook didn't mention: if you take the day train you're going to get stuck in a little crappy town which doesn't even appear on some maps. The train pulls in around 7pm but the connecting train for Singapore doesn't show up until 2am and there are no evening buses on to Melaka so you have to spend the night and take a bus the next morning.
not a tourist trap - but a cochroach trap is soomething you may feel the need for!!! they are harmless but many people are just cruelly squashing them alive :( when you observe them really closely, they are even quite cute! but ok, fair enough, you do not want one lay on your pillow when you wake up... :D
ALWAYS BARGAIN. When you go to stalls for souvenirs or something, do be careful as some would mark up the original price. This happens especially when you go to markets or anywhere likewise. Remember, never fall for it.
Penang. Yes, all of it.
I was told that I absolutely could not miss Penang, but why I've yet to work out. It's brutally polluted and not very interesting - lots of crumbling colonial architecture and little else to occupy tourists. If you've only got a short time, skip it - there's lots of good food elsewhere in the country.
Light and Sound show in Melaka. The light show consists of green and red floodlights momentarily brightening the nearby mansion and A'Famosa and the sound show is a muffled account of Malaysia's history. Trust me, just go to the museum which, by the way, is free.
PETALING STREET (fraud market)
Know this folks, no matter how much the stall owners try to convince you or how genuine th products look, DKNY tees, Rolex watches and CK perfumes arent sold on streetstalls in Malaysia. You need to go to a boutique for that.
Most products sold at petaling Street are fake items. A rolex watch will be sold to you at RM500 only. I (being a local) would buy it for RM30. The same goes for everything else. So dont get fooled.
The taxis from the airport are a real killer, costing you a good US$50-$100 to get anywhere. Sometimes, it's better to go around in a large group so that the unit cost would go down.
Also, if you don't mind cramping in little mini-vans, there are such vans operating between towns and villages. They are quite easily identified, with the names of the towns printed on the van.
The usual suspects... Taxi drivers!
They are not quite as bad as in some other Asian countries, but they can still be quite annoying. They are supposed to use the meter. But some of them, (like the ones on this picture) will just park outside a popular area, then wait and try to impose a fixed and expensive price on unsuspecting customers. Always insist on paying the meter price. Shame on these people who make a living out of tricking others!
The Internet Cafe at the airport!
There are many in town and as of now (July 2002) they seem to charge 4 RM an hour. One exception is at the airport, where the internet access booth in the middle of the terminal charges... 12 MR an hour! Maybe that's because they are so prominently located, and display a lot of Samsung advertisements? I gave them a hard time about it.
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