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Tips to avoid scammers in Vietnam

Posted by gonorman on 23/1/2012 at 01:33

Posted from within Vietnam.

OK, here is some guid lines to help you avoid being over charge in Vietnam.

Firstly, let's talk about ' Xe om'

XE OM: (people who are motobike riders who offer to take you from here to there, you are best to avoid all of them, because they like to exaggerate their prices, even to Vietnamese people, not only to you. I don't trust them , I avoid them and you should too. It will never cost you more than $10 to go from this end of the city , to the other end). There are some xeom try to charge you $500 aday, protect yourself.

TAXI: and by, you need to confirm the price first before you jump in the cars/vans, don't ever let them pull you in and they ask for the price later. Even a long road that take aboug 2 hours of driving will NOT cost you more than $20 to hire the whole taxi, some times , they ask each of you to pay $20 for each person (to sit in a bus with 50 people), never let this happen, this is NOT the price in Vietnam.

HOTEL: An OK place will never more than $15 a night. Unless it is a very luxury place.

Ferry and yatch, to travel to island, i should not cost you more than 150,000 VND on way for a ticket and 300,000 tickets, it happens a lot that they make you pay 300,000 VND to have just one ticket.

Wherever you walk out of an airport, boat, ferry, there are always a group of people who standing their away, they are standing their because it is their full time jobs, they are their to make money, not make friends. Those people are not able to speak much English, and the only words they can speak are about the price, they are their to make money.

There are wonderful Vietanamese people, but wonderful educated people will be students, or have proper jobs to work in offices, NOT to stand searching for people in harbour, ferry, airport, or drive taxi, so it they can't speak a good level of English, they are often not educated, and the chances are they are there to make money from you.

The best advice is you need to make friends with some local students who are real Vietnamese, are are educated people, whose parents tauch them not to lie, not to cheat, those who go to uni. The people who are not standing there everyday to make money, for the thrist of bringing their English closers to perfection, they will be with you for a good reason, will be also with you on your way and help you to negotiate the prices, and help you to translate.

If you have more questions to ask for your own case, I'm more than happy to provide advise, I have been living in Vietnam for nearly 5 years, and i'm sure I know little or much, and I myself get scammed quite enough of time, to give you some directions to avoid it

my email go.norman [aatttt] hotmail.com

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#1 gonorman has been a member since 23/1/2012. Posts: 1

Posted by deco on 23/1/2012 at 09:48

gonorman ..is it better to pay in dollars or in dongs?..how much i have to pay for taxi from the airport to the center of hanoi?..what about the tours in halong bay and sapa?
thanks a lot..!!

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Posted by 9preciousGems on 24/1/2012 at 03:50

where is the best place to me the honest working/student types of Vietnam?

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Posted by daawgon on 25/1/2012 at 13:15

Best place to meet good and honest students - Hanoi kids, the free student tours (book several weeks in advance) email at hanoikidsvn@gmail.com

Always pay in Dong for the best deal (they want you to use USD because then it's a better deal for them)

Best not to use a taxi from Hanoi airport - they have low cost daytime shuttles or have your hotel meet your flight (too too many cabs will scam the hell out of you!)

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Posted by travellingsarah on 25/1/2012 at 22:31 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Or book your taxi in advance at www.hanoiairportransfer.com - not as cheap as a proper taxi from the airport but avoids risk of over charging.

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Posted by deco on 26/1/2012 at 15:41

thanks both of you!!

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Posted by ComeAndGoVietnam on 28/1/2012 at 23:06

Posted from within Vietnam.

What a load of absolute nonsense the OP is spouting.

" There are some xeom try to charge you $500 aday, protect yourself."
In general xe om drivers are a lot more honest than taxis or cyclos. I've never heard of anyone having any trouble with them - in general they have a hard life & work in a very competitive market so are generally grateful for any work they can get.


"TAXI: and by, you need to confirm the price first before you jump in the cars/vans, don't ever let them pull you in and they ask for the price later."
Again, absolute rubbish. Any taxi driver who gives you a price before your journey starts is a crook. If he doesn't turn the meter on, get out & find another one, ideally Mai Linh.


"HOTEL: An OK place will never more than $15 a night."
??? So anything over $15 is not OK? Jesus. I'd say the opposite applies - pay less than $15 & you're really taking a gamble.


"Ferry and yatch, to travel to island, i should not cost you more than 150,000 VND on way for a ticket and 300,000 tickets"
??? What route? Which island? From which port? What a ridiculous generalisation.


NB this poster put the same post on Tripadvisor & it was deleted - suggest you do the same.

#7 ComeAndGoVietnam has been a member since 17/3/2009. Posts: 24

Posted by daawgon on 31/1/2012 at 01:28

"Ferry and yatch, to travel to island, i should not cost you more than 150,000 VND on way for a ticket and 300,000 tickets, it happens a lot that they make you pay 300,000 VND to have just one ticket."

I can agree with this statement. I was scammed at the docks in Haiphong using the ferry to Cat Ba. Some time after I realized how foolish I'd been, and confronted the ladies who took my money, they did acknowledge the scam and returned half of the 300K. What really bothered me was the fact that the scam was done in plain sight of the authentic ticket sellers!

#8 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,111


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