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  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Bangkok taxi driver requests fare prior to commencing trip to destination once victim in car. Bangkok taxi driver requests fare once 63 year young lady in cab. After being given the address on a card he drives in the opposite direction. She gestures so he has no doubt that he is going the wrong way. Since she had paid her 200 baht when he stopped...

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  • Sim Lim Square - Electronic Goods

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    Ladies and gentelman, I wuld suggest not even going into the shop called SLR Pro, located on the ground floor in Sim Lim Square. Yes, I got duped because I was stupid. You WILL be duped if you go there. Singaporeans are normally honest. The owner and salesman at the specific shop does not care about return customers, they try to fleece new...

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  • Taxi Driver Scams

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Look, we can't stop KL taxi drivers from acting unethically and illegally. The city doesn't seem to care about taxi extortion. But there's an easy suggestion. Just avoid them. KL's rail coverage is sufficient enough so that you can avoid taxis all-together. In addition, there's a convenient free city bus. During my 3 days in KL visiting...

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  • Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    When you are in a crunch time, you don't have to visit the Tokyo Tower. There are many other places to see close to the Tokyo Tower. The line going to the Tokyo Tower just to purchase tickets is very long (two hour approximate time for waiting) then there is another wait to go to the elevator going up and then another time to wait just to go...

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  • Tour Scams

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    Day 1: We were in Beijing on 25 Dec 13. We were approaching to the entrance of Forbidden City and one lady named "Lucy" approached us. She said, she is from some university in Xian and she is volunteering a Water Paint exhibition of her university. She asked us to visit the place. We followed her to see the exhibition. On our way to the place, she...

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  • Itaewon

    Seoul Tourist Traps

    My 1st time in Korea, read a lot about Seoul and Itaewon. It is a very big let down, day and night. Its raining, and the fake apparels by the road side is not as I had expected. Compared to the sprawling bangkok with lots more everywhere. At night, the bars are too mild for my liking. I ended up early to bed and read the emalis. I wanted to get a...

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  • HAWKERS/TOUTS/SCAM

    Goa Tourist Traps

    Despite what people think and say I believe the beach sellers are part of the holiday experience. Some of the stuff they sell is what you find at the market and its up to you whether you get it cheaper or not ? I cannot speak for all the sellers but the ones I came across where friendly and could speak 3 or 4 languages,after all its there...

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  • Over-pricing

    Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

    people in the markets have a 200% mark up in their merchandise moreso at the Benh Thanh market. you MUST HAGGLE and remember the exchange rate of a Vietnamese Dong into a US Dollar so that you can gauge the amount being overcharged!, start at 150% of the price and if they don't agree then LEAVE since 90% will ask yes to your price. Remember, just...

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  • Shopping and nightlife

    Phuket Tourist Traps

    Well, this happened to my friend during my last trip...(for ppl who think i dunno what i am talking abt it was 16th trip to pukhet), since it was his first time he got bedazzled by the relatively cheap prices and the wide array of goods, hes a watch freak he ended up going to this bloke who owns a shop right next to the DUBAI RESTAURANT he is a...

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  • BEWARE

    Mumbai Tourist Traps

    If you are planning to visit Elephanta Island, you will probably go to Gateway of India to take the ferry. Already when reaching the checking area at the entrance, you will be welcomed by a person who wants to sell you tickets for the ferry. They will show you where to take the ferryboat and sell you a ticket. You can chose between normal and luxus...

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  • Snake-less Temple

    Penang Tourist Traps

    I read everyone's comments about the snake temple but i still decided to go. Yes there really arent many free reigning snakes around however for a small price the temple has a mini zoo enclosure of snakes and this was very interesting! We even had the opportunity to go into a cage with one which i obviously declined!

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  • Drug Addicts & Beggers

    Lahore Tourist Traps

    I went to the Minar E Pakistan one day, and purchased an elevator ticket. Turns out the elevator was broken. Also turns out the guy who sold it to my cousin was high. So, make sure the elevator is working before you go in it, and make sure the guy isn't on drugs. had I been there alone I probably would have just left, but my cousin forced the man...

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  • Street sellers

    Hanoi Tourist Traps

    I was in Hanoi recently on a business trip for a few days. My colleagues and I walked around the old quarter where they sell a lot of tourist goods. I got caught just after I had crossed the road, a lady carrying 2 baskets on a pole bumped into me by 'mistake' and within seconds I somehow ended up carrying the pole and wearing her hat. My...

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  • Food and Dining

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    If you are a picky eater, make sure to point the food at the window gallery if you wanted a particular food. Don't choose the food that you don't know how it looks like or taste like. The reason why? You end up wasting your money! I am not a picky eater but still, there are some food that are new to me especially when I am travelling. My stomach...

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  • Changing Money

    Ko Samui Tourist Traps

    I`ll describe 2 traps in 1 tip, 1st one - check your money before changing 2nd one- The amount of money you carry No 1 -- Always double check the amount you are about to exchange,this is common sense, however on my last trip I went to exchange $150AUD(3 $50 notes) counted twice went to F/X , signed reciept & was about to walk away,luckily I hadn`t...

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  • Elephant camps

    Chiang Mai Tourist Traps

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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  • Paharganj

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    Paharganj is a fun place to visit and shows you the real india. It has hundreds of hotels and small shops. There are people who will try to sell hard, give you bargain offers or even try to trick you. I come here every year as it is perfectly placed next to new delhi railway station. And with my experience, I have learnt where to buy and where not...

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  • Killing Fields

    Phnom Penh Tourist Traps

    When you arrive at the airport you will be approached by taxi drivers who will try to rip you off. Remember, you can get a tuk tuk to take you anywhere you want for a full day for 15$, don't pay anything more, you will get offers to take you here or there for 30$ and on up, don't agree, shop around and when in doubt just head to your hotel and grab...

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  • castle

    Osaka Tourist Traps

    u will see travel books introducing this place ** but there is really nothing to see here besides sakura ** ** there are so many such kind of similar castles in japan ** during spring time this place will attracts crowds to come for the sakura there are lots of them around the big garden and beautiful ** go during spring time.... to see...

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  • Airport Taxis

    Rangoon Tourist Traps

    Its easy to feel a bit dazed when you get through customs in a busy airport, especially when you are assailed by hopeful porters and taxi drivers. We accepted the services of a man, only to find that the deal included the driver and a potential "guide" - and the fare was US$12, rather than the advertised US$8 - we were in the car, with luggage...

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  • At the Terracotta Army

    Xi'an Tourist Traps

    The guides trolling the TerraCotta Warriors are usually not the recommended guides. Do not get a guide here. Make sure they are licensed. Make the guides show you their certification. A real certification will have an electronic card that looks like a SIM card on the back. Get a guide beforehand -- that is a must! I have two recommendations: I used...

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  • Avoid the Smugglers' Bazaar

    Peshawar Tourist Traps

    There are 2 parts of the Smuggler's Bazaar. The legit side, which is the most boring place I've ever been (blenders, and other kitchen appliances, etc), and the restricted side, where you can appartently buy hash, guns, and a lot more. I met a traveler who went to check it out, but I didn't; I had my mind on going to Kabul.

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  • Be aware of Rent-a-jeep Brokers

    Naran Tourist Traps

    Rent-a-jeep is one of the most popular business in Naran as the city serves as base for all near by tourist spots. Many drivers with their jeeps wait in main bazar for tourists to come and get a deal. One thing which is very important is that you should talk directly with driver about how much he is gonna charge. Never ever get any tout or third...

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  • Bargaining for the Price

    Nathia Gali Tourist Traps

    In Nathaiagli you would meet many locals with their horses offering you rides to near by areas and some time on long routes. You would meet many of them on your way to Greens Retreat Hotel. Horse ride on short routes is fun but longer routes you need to be extra careful. Well its fine to have horse ride if you really know how to handle horse. But...

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  • Gilgit City

    Hunza Tourist Traps

    The city of Gilgit is impressive, but then again not so impressive. It is a big city, with restaurants, houses, hotels, etc but has no major attraction. However, it has benefited from the beauty of its northern counterparts. People usually stay here a lot. It can get very good in Gilgit, upto 40 Celsius is normal in summers. There is little...

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  • Nathan Road

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    We didn't read these posts before shopping on this road, and like everyone else here got ripped off horribly. The Gallant Store is just a den of thieves. Went back to the store and called them on it, they basically agreed that yes they had ripped us off, but so what, its your own fault. Absolute crooks and thieves, and I will never return to...

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  • Kathmandu Airport

    Nepal Tourist Traps

    Be wary of groups of young men who try to carry your bag/open taxi doors etc for you as soon as you come out of the airport, then demand a 'trinket' - usually currency. It can be quite dazing and confusing after a long haul flight, and a long time waiting in a queue for a visa - I thought the guy who carried my bag was from the 'pick up' guy from...

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  • Hardly any Tourists, No Traps

    Pakistan Tourist Traps

    Let's travel n tour is a Travel and Tourism company, based in Lahore. We were established in 2009. Our competent team deals in both, Leisure and Business Tours, providing highest level of standards of hospitality with devotion, reverence, and expertise. We lay major concern upon satisfying the needs and travel requirements of our leisure & business...

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  • Grand Palace Closed Scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Often when you are looking for directions or the entrance to a temple/palace/... a local comes up to you and tells you that the place is closed. Sometimes it's "closed for lunch", for temples it's mostly "closed because the monks want to pray without any visitors". They'll mostly tell you about a great outlet shopping centre you can visit to pass...

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  • Lucky Plaza

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    Lucky Plaza is promoted as a good place to purchase electronics in Singapore - Somewhere to get a bargain. Instead, expect to be ripped-off at every opportunity. You could end up with: * A second hand camera * An 'export model' with no warranty * An old model camera touted as the latest model * A camera worth 1/2 what you actually paid for it....

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  • Chinatown

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Use bargaining to your advantage, start with 50% of quoted price and retreat softly . Never be violent as these fellows can be nasty. Go around the market once or twice without touching or asking but looking at all the wares. This way the shopkeepers assume you have asked the price somewhere else also. Bargaining becomes easier. Go to malls, almost...

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  • Amusement Facilities / Theme Parks

    Tokyo Tourist Traps

    These shops at the entrance sell all the Disneyland merchandises. You may just keep swiping you plastics (credit cards) because all your friends expect you to bring back some souvenirs. Most of the merchandise that sold in any theme parks are mostly produced some other part of the world (like Taiwan ot China) & fetch a very high premium price....

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  • Badaling Great Wall

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    About Great Wall Tour Packages : Long Di Superior Jade Factory A Virtual tourist contributor ,Confucius,reviewed a typical organised tour of the "Great Wall" .The reviewer writes a most entertaining but unfortunately rather accurate account of the seemingly compulsory stop-off at the Long Di Jade Factory.Confucius compares the visit to being held...

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  • Getting Around

    Seoul Tourist Traps

    We just finished shopping in Dongdaemum district and about to go back in the hotel but it rained so hard so my friend and I decided to take a taxi. We were waiting for a taxi when this big black cab that just looked like a private car stopped in front of us. It's a taxi with a writing that says "TAXI" and with other writings that clearly says its...

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  • TAXIS

    Goa Tourist Traps

    I am Mr.Surajit ghosh from Kolkata and a Doctor in profession. I stayed in Colva Residency hotel in colva which was very good. Goa is beautiful and it has charm of beauties and people visit to Goa for peace and relaxation. The places in Goa are very nice. Sir i like to raise a complain regarding the tourist taxi service in colva. they do not have...

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  • The money-thing

    Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

    we arrived in hcmc around 1am and we didnt see any mai linh or viansun taxi so we took the saigon air taxi ...befor e we rode the cab we asked the one in charge if it was metered, he assured us yes it was, half way to our hotel the cab driver suddenly was asking for us$20! we were arguing that it was agreed that itll be based on meter but the...

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  • Excursions

    Phuket Tourist Traps

    We regretfully took 2 tours with this company and we can't decide which was worse than the other. JAMES BOND ISLAND- The shuttle to pick us up was completely overcrowded and if we knew it would take so long to get to the tour spot, we would have just taken a cab there ourselves. We did not stop at a couple of islands listed in the tour itinerary....

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  • TAXI / CABBIES

    Mumbai Tourist Traps

    Living in Mumbai fro last 5 years now, I thought of sharing some tips for safe taxi/cab options for tourists at international/domestic airport. Priority 1 -Pickup arranged by hotel in which you are staying. This is slightly expensive yet safest bet for foreign tourist. Not only safer its more convenient too, as the driver would know exact location...

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  • Eateries w food at cut-throat price

    Penang Tourist Traps

    no doubt you can find varies of penang hawker food here nonetheless, ask for the price before you order. there is no price listed on the food. hee.. if you speak in hokkien (local dialet), you get the local price. anyway, dun take things for granted, local people like me got cheated too :( as long as you open ur mouth to ask for the price, well.....

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  • Skip the Tour Guides at the Lahore...

    Lahore Tourist Traps

    I have to first say that I totally understand why these guys are trying to be tour guides, but in this case it was depressing! A guy who was actually pretty sweet approached my friend and I to see if we wanted a guide. He made the hardest sell, first saying he spoke 20 languages, including English IN 4 DIFFERENT ACCENTS! Then, he said he could...

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  • Transportation matters

    Hanoi Tourist Traps

    I felt into the traps 3 times, even I am extremely careful: 1. Took a taxi from one of the museum to the city, should cost around 40,000 Dong. The meter jumps so fast that I ended up paying about 5 times more. BUT, this is not the end of it. After I tried to consult the driver the price per kilometer and failure to do so, my wife passed me two...

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  • Gion (Geisha District)

    Kyoto Tourist Traps

    Ok ... sometimes tour books get a bit over excited on some must do's and recommendations ..... In Fodor's they go out of there way to make sure that if your in the Gion section of town to attend the Gion Corner show !!!! it states traditional Japanese show compacted into about 90 minutes from a Tea Ceremony to Geisha dancing to Imperial music show...

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  • Shopping & Bartering

    Ko Samui Tourist Traps

    Because chaweng beach is the most popular place in samui many shops charge 2-3 times more than it's regular price. Bargain at least for half-price or compare from prices from other shops You can try Lamai or Nathon market

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  • Travel agencies

    Delhi Tourist Traps

    If some tout approaches you in Connaught avoid. We were approached by a tout who promised a car & driver for 600 Inr's a day & switched to a closer from EXOTIC ADVENTURE TRAVELS who promised more than he could deliver and for an price that was totally unfair. Avoid this travel agency. Write down everything that he states will occur and research...

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  • Touts

    Phnom Penh Tourist Traps

    As you arrive by boat from Siem Reap, you will find many guesthouses' touts waiting for you at the pier. It is a bit confusing at the beginning, they shout and hassle you around... If you have a guidebook, take a deep look at the accomodations section while you are on the boat, before arriving. Decide then where to go. You will probably find a guy...

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