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  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    We caught a Taxi from Wat Pho in Bangkok back to our hotel Siam@Siam. After waiting for a taxi with a meter we got in and explained where we were going, and also showed the hotel card and where it was on the map. The driver spoke a small amount of english. He mentioned that taxi meter in traffic was no good. After driving on the wrong side of the...

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  • Sim Lim Square - Electronic Goods

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    The guys initially play fair and friendly but their interest is to sell you overpriced stuff. They give false information and refuse later to refund or exchange. Kind of criminals know exactly what you want and the usual market price. Be aware that the price they tell you excludes GST until it billed. Funan Mall

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  • Taxi Driver Scams

    Kuala Lumpur Tourist Traps

    Pavilion mall Kuala Lumpur has all you can think of buying. It is located in the main shopping hub of Kuala Lumpur. However woe betide you if you want to take a taxi from the taxi counter located at jalan bukit bintang (next to Prada). There is a big red sign on the counter saying 'this is a metered taxi stand'. Lies, I tell you lies. The person...

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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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  • Over-pricing

    Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

    For those Tourist who's brain seems to be shutting down allot and surrender to the threats of the Vietnamese people, deserve to get screwed. First off i went to Vietnam and yes at first we agree to a price range that is acceptable and once i got off to my destination, this cab driver demanded more money from me, i left and said thank you, he...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tour Scams

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    The scam... Ive been in Beijing for the past week and I wanted to write a friendly note to travellers that are going to come here. This is my 2nd time here and I thought I was pretty good at seeing through a ruse. Well apparently not... Watch out for the fake money scam. Its more prevalent than you think! Heres our story. My girlfriend and I...

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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

    If you see any beggers in Lahore plz lower your generousity level a little because if you give some rupees to one of them then you will find youself in great trouble & spend all your day getting rid of them.....

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  • Street sellers

    Hanoi Tourist Traps

    It cannot be said often enough: Street vendors in the Old Town take prices that are up to ten or twenty times as high as what Vietnamese would pay. Although a higher price is reasonable (it's still cheap for westerners), this is far too much! Paying VND 30,000 for some small bananas when you can get them for 1,000 outside the Old Town isn't fair...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kirin Yokohama Beer Village

    Yokohama Tourist Traps

    It´s possible to visit the Kirin factory and to see the whole process making beer. Nothing spectacular there, you are not allowed to take pictures, and the visit can take around 20 minutes.It´s supposed to be a museum before the factory... in 2 minutes that "museum" can be visited... It´s more a marketing tip than a tourist tip. It´s a Japanese...

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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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  • Shopping

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    a caveat, all city tours of hong kong whether via big tour group or small ones or personalizd ones have this jewellery factory tour included in the package, and the jewelry factories are located in Hong Kong Island or at at the Hung Hom Area of Kowloon, at the Site of the Old Kai Tak International Airport. They will have a tour around the factories...

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  • Street Peddlers

    Nepal Tourist Traps

    Street peddlers in Thamel get to be a frustration at times, but don't let them get the best of you. They will try to sell you anything from tiger balm to drugs. Simply say no thanks and keep walking. If they follow you keep walking or walk into a store. They may even try to insult you, but just ignore it.

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  • Tuk-tuks

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    We headed to wat po from golden palace and the tuktuk driver was telling us it is closed, that the day we went was a special event, etc. It's open and you can go there so don't listen to the driver Just say you want to go there even if it is closed.

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  • Fake goods

    Singapore Tourist Traps

    again most tour buses stop by here whether big groups or small group to encourage you to buy stuff. The store is not that large and it offers mostly perfumes and bags and shirts and other local stuffs but beware, not all they sell are original as some are imitations but they will tell you which is which (they say). don't buy anything if you are not...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TAXI / CABBIES

    Mumbai Tourist Traps

    Meru Taxi - upgrade without informing passenger, reason being normal taxi not available. As a result for a less than 5 minutes journey to the hospital, I ended up paying Rs. 200!! Rascals is all can say..... I would never use them again.

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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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  • Badaling Great Wall

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    expensive, you must haggle! one of the more popular souvenir items at the various Great Wall Locations of Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, etc is the Great Wall Coffee Table Books being peddled by the souvenir shops and hawkers. they are glossy and with great pictures and is nicely done but are really expensive, so if you really want to buy one as...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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