Money, money, money
Never change the money in the streets, no matter how profitable exchange rate they will offer you. They will either give you less in a way you never notice, or you can get old banknotes (there was monetary reform).
cave with strange shape, I Show a very old tomb from trakia tribe. They put there the dead men ashes. these specific ritual is common only in the eastern part of the Rhodopi mountain in Bulgaria and is not well known even in the country itself.
the only way to get into the cave is by a rope, which makes the experiense even more amusing and filled with thrill. that is it.Related to:
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Change offices on Sofia Airport
Don't exchange money in Change offices at the Sofia Airport. There the exchange rate for 1EUR is about 1.70 leva and it should be about 1.94 - 1.95 leva. You can find Change offices with this rate down town and also in the banks but be careful because there are some change offices with even worst rates.
A lot of people see the signs where u can get a good rate if u change there. But they will cheat u and take a big commision for changing the money and there is no exception!!
Fun Alternatives: U should change at your hotel or in the bank.
When we stayed in Golden Sands we were shocked by the ammount of working girls on the streets. At one point there seemed to be more of them than tourists, I think they were getting desperate as the season was coming to a close. Beware ladies even if you are holding your man they will still approach him!!!!
Fun Alternatives: If tempted always remember to practice " safe " sex
As in most places taxis can be a tourist trap, Bulgaria is just the same. Decide a price before you get in and stick to it. Also be aware of men calling themselves taxis, they have no insurance and the cars are unmarked and unregistered.
Fun Alternatives: Take a bus, they are very cheap
Do not exchange money in the streets, most of the notes will be fake, and you will only lose out. Change money in the hotels or at the banks to make sure that you dont get ripped off.
Unique Suggestions: If someone approaches you in the street just say no and keep on walking.
In the resorts you will find kiosks changing money they look official with a security guard but the security guard is to protect the teller when they rip you off and they will always change money at your hotel or the Bank.
Unique Suggestions: Just Don't
Fun Alternatives: ONLY USE HOTELS AND BANKS FOR CHANGING MONEY
This may sound a bit funny but, in most places in Bulgaria you have to pay to use the bathroom & in some they don't allow anyone to simply come in to use the restroom.
If you use a public restroom, in some places charge anywhere from 20 to 50 stonkinki.
These restrooms are in poor condition. Most don't have a sink. Just a toilet. Your best bet is to use one in a hotel or in bar. Those are in better condition.
Unique Suggestions: When you use the restroom and don't talk. If they hear that you are a foreigner they tend to charge more to use the restrooms.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
Sunny Beach is a package tourist nightmare full of proles and ugly hotel blocks. The beach is so crowded, there's not even room for a towel and prices are three times higher than elsewhere in the country. And the ignorant Western European tourists who never leave the resort are happy because everything is "soooo cheap".
Unique Suggestions: Visit Nesebar, it's just around the corner.
Fun Alternatives: Sozopol is a much nicer beach resort!!Related to:
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Not enough tourist traps...
With this one, I can be very short. There are tourist traps in Bulgaria indeed: taxis asking to much money for their fares, people changing money on the streets with some bizarre exchange rates, fake police officers trying to play stupid games with innocent tourists and of course the double prices: tourists pay double prices compared to locals. Well, so be it (if you want details on these matters, see my dangers and annoyance page, which actually makes this page unnecessary) But always keep in mind; a vacation without tourist traps is not really a vacation! And to be honest, when I left Bulgaria for some days for Istanbul, and I experienced the way tourists where there being act upon by local tourist trappers, you simply only can conclude that Bulgaria is a relaxed country in respect to this issue.
AFTER DARK THEY COME OUT
In Sunny Beach there is disco called Go Go Girls and is to be avoided at all costs if you get drunk. Outside the road is full of prostitutes and they will literaly grab you by the balls and ask if you want sex for 100 lev which is approx 40 pounds. The really bad thing is that there are a few trannies with them.Take great care.
LONG LIVE BUREAUCRACY
Unless you want to be part of Bulgarian corruption system, don't forget to take your ADRESNA KARTA at your hotel. Without it, you will have troubles with Bulgarian custums when you will leave the country. Off course, everything can be settled with a proper amount of Euros...Bulgarian custums says that if there is a problem, that can't be settled by money, it can be only settled with more money!
Unique Suggestions: Ask your hotel receptionist to give you the "Adresna karta". Usually they do it by default, so you don't have to remind them, but don't forget to do it if you're using private accomondation.
Fun Alternatives: Alternativly you can bring some small change (10-20 Leva or EUR) for the customs :) But don't be mad at them, it's just a part of their job.
Rila Monastery --- worth the 3 hours bus away?
It is hard to list the Rila Monastery as a tourist trap. It is a nice monastery and surely it is very beautiful, but it takes 3 hours by bus to reach there from Sofia and you can pretty much see the whole Monastery in half an hour. Nevertheless the scenery along the way is beautiful though... so you judge whether it is a trap or not.
The diferent traps for an foreigner in bulgaria
Well there is several problems .. one of them is the alphabet /Ciryllic.. it has nothing related with the Latine one.. it is barely confusing than to understand it....very few signs are in latine if they egsist at all../stolen/ .. what i know and have seen is that many places that are suposed to know some other languages the servent or the officer doesnot know your language or at least some English.. do not expect to see at the local restaurants a menu in English.. you may find only at the unreasunable expencive restaurants or at the hotels.. else.. often the tourists are paying double prices/rates for short distances if they take taxi.. it is often.. but there is no way to avoid this.. even for a local persone.. so my sugestion is to find a local persone that for some money to take you around and be safe and out of troubles.. i think this is a right way .. if anyone have any questions .. you may call and ask or send an email...
Fun Alternatives: Find a friend to guide you a local persone.. this is the my suggestion ..
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