Vietnam Tourist Traps

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Vietnam Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Saigon River Cruise

    Ho Chi Minh City Tourist Traps

    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 construction works. You will not get to see much of Saigon on the cruise. They do have preformances like fire-dancing on board, But otherwise there isn't...

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  • Touts

    Hanoi Tourist Traps

    You may see women carrying loads of fruit and think great photo opportunity. So do they!! They will ask whether you want a photo or if you are with someone else give them the pole to carry and for them to have their photo - for a price!!!

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  • Proper tailoring & stitching!

    Nha Trang is more a party scene, with cruises to the islands, floating bars off boats, water sports off the islands, etc.Phu Quoc is the place you want to be for quality beaches, more tranquility, etc!! Also very good place for diving if that's what you're into.You will like Hoi An very much. Pick the newish hotel on the outskirts (3 kms from...

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  • no change!

    we took a local bus in Hanoi and the guy told us to wait for my change. then i asked again and he smiled at me making me understand that i had to wait more. at that point, i just went to see him and put my hand in front of him. when you take a taxi, insist for the meter and if you can, get a map and follow the streets taken or pretend when you are...

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  • just watch yourself

    be aware that the motorcyclist amongst others are not very honest people. I was dooped into paying for a ride around a hotel that i was looking for. I was on the most east wall of the caravel. Asked where the caravel was and was charged 20000 dong for a ride. He just took me the long way and parked me on the west side. Other motorcyclist observed...

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  • HOI AN

    Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of the best sites in Vietnam to see capitalism, albeit with a social face. Tourist outnumber locals, while those who are local are busy selling souvenirs, handicrafts or t-shirts. Step into one of the old homes and you will get a bored spiel from some young woman about the house construction...

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  • vietnam vacation with Hailong travel...

    Day 1: HanoiArrive at Noi Bai Airport. Meet and transfer to hotel. Take a glimpse of Hanoi on a short city tour to see the cultural richness of the capital of Vietnam. Tour includes Ngoc Son Temple or pagoda of the jade mountain standing at the northern end of Sword Lake which provides relaxing atmosphere. Then proceed to the Old Quarter consisting...

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  • Hanoi Vietnam

    Vietnam Attraction, Vietnam Travel, Vietnam Hotel The capital, Hanoi, sprawls on the banks of the Red River. It is a beautiful city that retains an air of French colonial elegance with pretty yellow stucco buildings lining leafy streets. Hanoi is also a city of lakes, which adds to its air of sleepy grace. At present there are relatively few cars...

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  • Overcharging for bus - Lao Cai to Sapa

    There are plenty of busses waiting out the front of Lao Cai train station waiting to transport you to Sapa. Cost will be approx $25,000 - $30,000 Dong per person. There is also one mini bus that will likely be waiting for you on the actual train platform....When we arrived at the crack of dawn (we can recommend the soft sleepers on the train by the...

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  • Airport Taxi's

    Do not pay your driver until you reach your destination.I had one unscrupulous driver who would not give me my luggage from the boot of his car until I paid him more money.I got my bag only after yelling and calling out to a policeman.May not always happen but I no longer pay in advance.

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  • Changing Money Cambodia/Laos

    If you are going to Cambodia and Laos from Vietnam:Be aware when changing money in Vietnam to Cambodia/Laos money, the Laos money and the Cambodian money are very similar but the rates are very different, so be aware so you don't get Lao money when Cambodian money are expected nad vice versa. I was fooled that way. Lao money is also quite difficult...

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  • Beware of streets offer

    While walking on the streets in Vietnam, you will see alot of men in motor cycle beckon you. they willing to offer you rides around the city. I am not sure how safe is it but they bound to over charged you and yes, if you are a lady, better do your own walking.Streets Vietnam lady in straw hats , carrying sticks with baskets tie at both ends, they...

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  • Marble Mountain Shysters - Danang

    When visiting Marble Mountain beware of men/boys offering to assist you when climbing up pillars within the mountain. They will block your way and demand money before letting you get either back down or up to the top. I found this quite frightening but fortunately my friend came up not far behind me and created a bit of a scene. Don't be afraid to...

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  • Many scams in Vietnam

    Everyone is trying to make a quick dong from Western tourists. These are the top scams that I either fell for or caught on to and stopped in the act:1. Taxi drivers will try to overcharge you or not tell you about the tolls. This was certainly the most common problem especially in Hanoi. 2. Drivers get kickbacks for bringing tourists to particular...

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  • Night train to Lao Cai

    Travelling independently, we booked our own night train ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai. While ensconced in our very basic 4-berth soft-sleeper, I was woken by two conductors who indicated in sign-language for me to follow them.We traversed a number of coaches before they escorted me into a very nice, cosy and unoccupied Livitrans coach. This could be...

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  • Subcontracted tours

    While SaigonTourist is a large, relatively reliable tour agency, beware of "non-private" tours. We, a group of four, once booked a tour to the Meekong Delta at the concierge of the Omni Hotel for about $20. The next day, we were surprised to see the tour guide an hour earlier than planned. He took us to a totally different agency where we waited...

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  • the taylors of Hoi An

    Taylor-made clothes are the biggest tourist trap in Hoi An... one hard to avoid, as they really look great... especially the flower embroideries themy create on silk. However we were told by manny, including a local insider, that the quality is very poor... true, clothes are cheap in Hoi An, but apparently they are not worth the money paid. Even...

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  • Delta Adventure Tours - avoid!!

    I would like to warn other travellers about Delta Adventure Tours so this company cannot continue to deceive unwary tourists. Myself and 2 friends booked the"Mostly by Boat - Express Way to Cambodia" trip from Saigon to Phnom Penh. We paid $40USD for the speed boat option.In there advertising flyer this option was 2hr 45minutes by boat from Chau...

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  • Ho Chi Minh City

    If you are in the city and you feel lonely do not go to the lake late at night and follow anyone that promise you a good time. They are there to rip you off or worst. They will take you to a karaoke bar where they promise you there are nice girls waiting. But you will only see ugly girls and an enormous bill for a karaoke that you have not done. If...

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  • War Theme Park

    As part of the "War Theme Park" at Cu Chi, you can buy imitation Vietcong uniforms and fire live ammunition from AK-47s and assorted other weaponry, including automatics, at $1 per round. Some tourists quickly run up bills in excess of $100, turning their $4 trip to Cu Chi into a very expensive day out. If you really feel the need to fire a gun,...

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  • Eating in a restaurant

    We ate at Bibi, a french restaurant. I ordered set menu which came with first, second course, dessert and a coffee for 320,000 dong or US$20. When the bill came, the US$20 appeared but I also saw an item for a dessert for 100,000 dong. I asked the waiter what was this dessert item. He said sorry.One night we were at La Fourchette, a french...

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  • Making clothes

    I went to Tome a shop next to the Caravelle hotel where I stayed. I ordered some clothes and insisted that I would only put half the deposit. Next day I came back to try, I was very happy with what they made. However, one of the outfits they could not make for me. I ordered two more tops and did not put a deposit this time because they had...

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  • My Tho day tour from Ho Chi Minh

    For those on a tight schedule many agencies offer one day (to more days) tour to Mekong Delta. If you opt for the 1 day tour you'll be transfered to the river town of My Tho to visit the islands. I found the experience a complete set tourist trap as everything was set up for tourists. You're taken to listen to music, taste fruits, have a short ride...

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  • The Old Bait and Switch

    After bartering for a few minutes on the price of a roll of 40 print APS film, I paid the cashier and she handed me 20 print APS film instead. Of course I didn't notice until I was long gone. Use caution and double check your purchases throughout Vietnam. This is a poor country and every bit of money the people make is extremely important to them!...

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  • The Taxi Scam

    Probably the worst scam I fell for was the night the Taxi Driver took my 50,000 Dong bill and claimed I only gave him a 5,000 (he switched the 50,000 out with a 5,000 that was in this lap...hard to notice in a dark cab late at night). It was dark and I'd consumed a few drinks, so I foolishly believed him and gave him another 50,000 Dong bill and he...

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  • Too many tailors

    Hoi An is known for it's tailors. Once upon a time you could get expertly tailored outfits for next to nothing. Today, there are just too many tailor shops around town. Most of them have no idea how to tailor clothes. I even thought the prices were high. You could find better clothes at a discount store back in the states cheaper. I know that some...

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  • Hand made shoes in Hoi An? No thanks!

    I have only heard horror stories about having shoes made in Hoi An. Unfortunately I heard them after my fiasco at a local shop. I was also stupid enough to give half the money up front. They will insist on it, but don't do it. You will never see that money again, and they will make you the most god-awful shoes you could imagine. I have really large...

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  • Lie!

    If you don't want to buy a trip that someone's selling, but don't want to say no outright, lie! Say you've already been there! We were staying in a hotel and they kept pestering us to buy a tour from them. We wanted to do the tour but with a different company. As a result of my not being a very good liar, I told him that. Well, he sent someone up...

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  • Clever

    A vendor came up with a clever way to make a buck. She gave us her bananas and hat and encouraged us to take a picture. Well, who doesn't want a photo oppourtunity like this one! Naturally, we couldn't just thank her and leave so we bought some of the bananas in our picture. Breakfast and a photo op for a buck, not a bad deal.

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  • Dalat - Prenn Waterfall

    This is a smaller waterfall not far from Dalat. It is part of a larger park with animals and gardens. The animals are kept in very poor conditions though, and since the waterfall is pretty unimpressive compared to most other falls around Dalat, I would reccommend that you avoid this place. We didn't know this and stopped for a visit. Animals are...

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  • Expenisve Loas visa if bought in Vietnam

    A lot of people purchase a visa for Laos in Hanoi but the price they charge at the Laos embassy is 45 USD for one month. Also, you can only purchase a visa for one week or one month unlike when entering via Friendship bridge from Thailand where a two week visa can be obtained. Buy a visa in a cheaper country such as Thailand or go via a crossing...

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  • Weekend Border Charge

    Having just come through the border from Lak Xao into Vietnam, there was a sign saying that as it was the weekend, there was a charge of 1 USD for stamping the passport to exit the country. Of course this was repeated by the Vietnamese to enter. So total extra cost because its a weekend is 2 USD. Not much I know but worth knowing!! Smile and pay...

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  • Sinhcafe voltures

    Usually I organize myself my travels, if possible. In this case I did the mistake to ask advices to Sinhcafe travel agency voltures abut the way to reach Rach Già (ferryboat to Phu Quoc island). My idea was to spend some time in the Mekong Delta area along the way west to Rach Già city. They advice me to spend two days in the Mekong Delta and then...

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  • Street Vendors in Hanoi

    A young girl carrying a bag approached us on the street in Old Town Hanoi and asked us to buy a t-shirt for $10.00 US. I guffawed and she immediately started bargaining and wouldn't go away, even when we told her we didn't want any t-shirts. She persisted, and I got her down to $6.00 for 2 shirts, which is still a rip-off, considering that you can...

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  • Perfume Pagoda - its a commando training...

    We were told that Pefume Pagoda is a "must". So we paid USD12.50 each and books a "small group" tour through Sinh Cafe. It turned our that Sinh Cafe does not conduct the tour themselves but merely sell them and "sub contract" to a "consolidator". The boat trip was quite scenic but the walk to the "main pagoda" up the steep and slippery slope (of...

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  • DVD/CD Alley

    Within Saigon's many shopping districts, there are several DVD/CD stores. I cannot remember the exact street name, but it should be easy to find. They litterly line the streets up with back-to-back stores similar to each other. Buyer beware! Although they are cheap to purchase (the DVD's & CD's) make sure you choose the proper Region Code for your...

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  • Hoi An - a tourist trap?

    Hoi An is a beautiful old colonial style town. Maybe it is a tourist trap, but it is still well worth visiting. Many people have clothes made here, and there are many fine restaurants in and around this area to try local specialities like 'Cao Lau'. yum. Go and visit the orphanage on D. Nguyen Truong To. The kids are lovely and enjoy spending even...

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  • Buon Ma Thout

    I was up in the Central Highland town of Buon Ma Thuot. Dreadful place. If you want off the beaten tourist path, this place is for you. I took a tour of the falls and an ethnic villiage. Cost was $60 for a half day. yikes ! Oh yea, they are the only tour co in town Go to Dalat

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  • Cyclos are not a cheap way to travel

    When in Saigon we were allways being hassled by the local Cyclos the one time we used them it cost considerably more than a Moto .Beware Allways arrange the price before you start on your journey make sure it is an agreed price . Also there is a lot of places cyclos are not allowed to go to. make sure of your address and be aware that cyclos get a...

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  • VISA Ripp Off

    As there is no VN embassy in Jordan, I decided to pick-up the visa in Brussels.The consular section of the VN embassy in Brussels in only open on Mon, Wed and Fri from 14.00 till 16.00 !!!!The price for a visa is one month one entry 62 Euros (approx 80 USD). If you want a three months multiple entry, the price is 124 Euros. The time needed to get...

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  • plastic does not just disappear

    We were excited to take the bus trip over the Hai Van or Sea Cloud Pass as it was described as having incredible views and though they were indeed present, we had not counted on all the debris left behind by the mounting tourists that cross it in ever increasing numbers each year. The winding road climbs nearly 500 meters, offering views of the...

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