Ok just experienced our first scam in Vietnam and wanted to ask If anyone has had a similar experience. If not, hopefully, you can avoid the same. We have just arrived in Sapa after taking the Sapa Express bus from Hanoi. Getting off, it was rainy and we needed to find a taxi to our homestay. A woman approached us in Sapa Express green uniform and kindly got a taxi for us.
Firstly the taxi driver refused the meter (should have gotten out then) but we had big bags in the boot and it was crowded so we asked how much and he said 30,000. We set off and approach this toll booth where we had to pay 75,000 VND each. Apparently, it’s because we are tourists and it’s a fee to visit these villages. Again had no choice but to pay and there was a man stood at the window in a security uniform.
Get to the homestay and he wants 300.000 dongs. And wouldn’t let us get our stuff if we didn’t pay. So again it’s a caught with your hand’s tied situation. I never know what to do because you have no idea where you are, and causing trouble by arguing never gets you anywhere. Nice 375000 taxi ride. Talked to the guy on reception here and he says we have had a bad taxi driver and we should have got the company name (didn’t think to take pictures at the time…). Puts a downer on the trip.
What Kind of Scams you’ve seen in Vietnam which happens with the Tourists or if you’ve experienced any?