Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

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  • 1. Over-pricing

    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...

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  • 2. The money-thing

    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...

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  • 3. Saigon River Cruise

    The Saigon River isn't smelly anymore when i went unlike what has been described by the others. However there really isn't that much to see either. The banks are lined with industrial boats and...

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  • 4. Scam & Dirty Trick Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

    Based on our trip (30Nov-6Dec2013);1. TAXI OVERPRICE : Usually the taxi driver ( Ho Chi Minh (HCM) Airport - HCM City ) wants 400000 VD. BUT the actual taxi...

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  • 5. WARNING! Ben Thanh Market theft and phone calls

    I have just returned from HCMC and whilst in Ben Thanh Market a young man pushed into me and sped off without apologising or even bothering to look round. Alarm...

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  • 6. Make sure your taxi driver knows where you want to

    I was in HCMC during the weekend Aug/15, 2009 for a wedding ceremony. During the day, I took a taxi to the chapel. Although the driver overshot on the way, we...

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  • 7. Bad experience with Sinh Cafe tour guide

    I had the misfortune of being informed that Sinh Cafe is one of the best tour agencies in HCMC. On August 12 my companion and I joined the Mekong delta tour...

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  • 8. Shine your shoes?

    Especially true in tourist areas of HCMC, you'll find lots of young boys totting shoebrush and a little box offering to shine your shoes. They will offer even...

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  • 9. Hotel scams

    We were almost scammed even before booking into our hotel! Arriving in Pham Ngu Lao, we exited the vehicle to the excited welcome of what we thought of as our...

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  • 10. Military Museum - Cripple beggar

    On arrival i got cornered by a man who had stepped on a mine and had no arms and one leg. At the start i thought he was with the Museum, but no... he was...

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  • 11. Sinh Cafe - NOT WORTH IT!!

    Wanted to take a boat trip to the Mekong Delta, spend the night, then take a boat into Cambodia. Decided to go with a Sinh Cafe tour, after seeing lotsa good...

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  • 12. Airport taxis - don't pay in dollars!

    We took a taxi from the backpacker area to the airport. Made sure the meter was on, but the guy seemed to be taking the long way. Got to the airport, and the...

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  • 13. Prostitutes on bikes

    While walking from Dong Khoi towards Pham Ngu Lao I was twice approached by young ladies offering their services for US$20 (including the hotel room). One...

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  • 14. Picking you up...

    Do not get on just about any motor-cyclist that comes along and offers you a ride (ie illegal motor-cycle taxis), esp when you're walking along a street. They...

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  • 15. Vietnamese Traditional Massage Institute

    Run by the Ho Chi Minh Association for the Blind, this is a place to go for no-nonsense, no-hanky panky massage. Situated at the Pham Ngu Lao area, there are...

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  • 16. Drivers' licenses

    International drivers' licenses are not valid in Vietnam. If you have one and would like to drive legally,the document must be translated into Vietnamese and...

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  • 17. Important Tips

    1) Taxis from Airport When you first leave the airport, there are loads of people trying to get you to get onto their taxi. For us, we stayed at Hai Ba Trung,...

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  • 18. Tailored clothing

    My wife ordered 4 gowns and paid a 50% downpayment of US $70 with a nearby tailor 5 minutes' walk from New World Hotel. To her horror, despite going through no...

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  • 19. Opportunist @ Saigon Zoo

    If u went to Saigon Zoo, be careful of teenage boys who try to attract the animal attention by throwing packets of nuts or any other things when u r around the...

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  • 20. Long Tan Rort - Phuong Trang Tours

    Our trip the Long Tan / Nui Dat turned into one of the worst days of our entire trip. Although we eventually made it to our destination it was not easy.After...

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  • 21. Wasted time on the Mekong

    It's a long drive to and from the Mekong Delta tour for a small boat ride and a walk through a delta island. Nothing of great interest to see, just an organized...

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  • 22. Zippo lighters

    If you are sitting in one of the bars or cafes in De Tham or anywhere else in the backpacker area, you will probably be approached by someone selling "authentic...

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  • 23. Get the paperwork done before you come!

    Entering Vietnam is a bit of a hassle. You must either get a visa before you come, or get a letter from Vietnamese Immigration, saying you can have a visa on...

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  • 24. Entrance fees to Cuchi Tunnels

    We went for a one-day trip to Cuchi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. Apparently, one couple was surprised that they still have to pay $5/per person for the Cuchi...

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  • 25. Fake Sinh Cafes

    Now if you've been around VT long enough, you'll know that Sinh Cafe is enormously popular with all of us and the rest of backpacker's world. Spurred by the...

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