The people in Uzbekistan as a Central Asia country are used to bargain their prices. You should also do this, anywhere in markets, transports, accommodation and restaurants, where there are no clear signs or menus to see the price of goods or service.
Before you book yourself in a hotel/hostel, make sure, you have an idea of the actual prices. Middle class hotels shouldn't be more than 10-20 USD p.p. per night. Budget hostels or guesthouses should not be more than 10 USD p.p. per night.
Make sure, you fix the price for a taxi drive, before you enter the car, otherwise it might result in a much higher price than expected. Rough guide for summer 2006: 1 km equals 1000 som.
Make sure, you know the prices for bus or train drives, before you buy the ticket. Your hotel or fellow travellers can give you advice on that.
If you want to buy something at the markets, check and compare prices before you actually buy. If you intend to buy high quality art or handicraft (suzanas, carpets, etc), ask at your hotel or fellow travellers about their experience or reliable places to buy. Bargain in any case, as the first price you will be told, is not the end price.
Unique Suggestions: If someone offers you to take you into a special place (such as the ones I have described in off-path), make sure you know the average fees for visiting places. These places, which are not official sights, won't have receipts available. But the people who bring you there should know the average fees.
If you are visiting an official sight (such as Ark, medressas or mosques), and you don't get a receipt, you are cheated. This can happen during "visiting rush hour", e.g. that someone close to the entrance offers you to let you in, but the fee vanishes in his own pocket. If this happens, simply make a big thing out of it, shout, talk loudly, grab him on the arm and make sure, you get your money back. Or don't pay without seeing the receipt block on a table in the entrance.
If you buy bottled water, cigarettes or snacks at the kiosk, make sure, you now how much to pay. Usually, all items have a price tag. Some kiosks don't show the price tags – so hands off of these !
Many o fthe mosques and medreses in Bukhara are now turned into msueum-like complexes. The old galleries and rooms are now occupied by souvenir shops, sometimes in the disguise of a carpet museum. Also the old covered bazaars - trading domes - are souvenir bazaars today. Some people think it is a pity as it does not look like the original anymore. It is not authentic, they say.
Unique Suggestions: At least the mosques have not been destroyed and people earn their living with selling souvenir shops. And what could be more authentic than a bazaar where trade is still going on? Even ,w hen they do not sell jewellery anymore but souvenirs?!
When you are visiting some historical places, mostly the officials working for that place, come close and ask you if you want to see, special tower, hidden room, etc. Don't pay these guys. It either does not worth it or already included in the ticket you paid.
This is one of the oldest traps in the city. 18th century prison has no danger at the moment but was the last dwelling of two British officers that were dispatched to held negotiation with a local emir and lost their heads instead.