Scammers in Vietnam: what dangers await tourists

By Tychyna TetianaNov 30, 2023 07:36 AMNews
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Scammers in Vietnam: what dangers await tourists
Scammers in Vietnam: what dangers await tourists

Tourism in Vietnam attracts travelers with its diverse culture, rich heritage, and breathtaking natural scenery, ranging from picturesque rice terraces to amazing coastlines. However, as in many countries, tourists should be careful and vigilant.

Some of the most common scams include high prices for tourists, fake tours, or unscrupulous taxi drivers who may try to overcharge for a ride. What other dangers await in Vietnam, deccanherald writes.

Types of fraud in Vietnam

1. Visa and accommodation search

Before flying to Vietnam, you should get a visa. Many travelers prefer online visa applications, as it is convenient and safe. However, you should be vigilant: some online visa services may charge excessive fees. It is important to use only official application channels to avoid possible fraud.

The choice of accommodation in Vietnam is diverse - from luxury hotels to budget hostels. To avoid problems with accommodation, carefully study the proposed options. Read reviews, ask for advice from other travelers, and check the authenticity of information about the hotel. Fraudsters can pose as hotel employees, inviting tourists to fake rooms and leaving them without accommodation and money.

2. Fraud while buying a tour or ticket

Fraudsters can offer attractive tour packages, but leave you with poor quality services or disappear with your money. To avoid such situations, it's important to read reviews, ask for references, and carefully check the credentials of tour organizers. The situation is the same when buying airline tickets. To be safe, always use trusted airline websites or trusted travel agencies when booking flights to Vietnam.

3. Transportation scams

Cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) and Xe Om (motorcycle taxi) drivers can sometimes overcharge tourists who are not familiar with local fare standards. It is recommended to always pre-negotiate the price or use ride-sharing apps to get fair rates and avoid possible overcharges.

4. Counterfeit tickets

When buying tickets for tourist attractions, you should be vigilant. It is always better to buy tickets at official ticket offices to avoid possible fakes and to guarantee the authenticity of the tickets you buy.

5. Fake police

It is important to remember that fraudsters can pose as police officers and demand payment for fictitious crimes. In case of such situations, it is always recommended to ask for an official ID and verify this information at legitimate police stations, especially if you have doubts.

6. Fake money exchange

When receiving Vietnamese dong, it is important to examine it carefully, especially if it happens in less touristy areas. Fraudsters may try to slip counterfeit banknotes as change. It is recommended to pay attention to the details of banknotes, use the services of official exchange offices or banks to avoid possible fraud.

7. Fraud with precious stones and works of art

When dealing with street vendors who offer "jewelry" or "art objects", it is recommended to be cautious. Buy valuables from trusted merchants or specialized stores.

8. Photo scams.

In Hanoi, Vietnam, tourists sometimes encounter photo scams. It is important to always ask for permission before taking pictures to avoid unexpected demands for rewards and to ensure a more pleasant experience for both you and the locals.

9. The donut trick

Situations like this sometimes occur in popular tourist areas in Vietnam. Women in traditional dress may offer tempting donuts to tourists. They do not specify the price and may demand 20-30 dollars after tourists eat a product that actually costs much less.

To stay safe while traveling to Vietnam, also be aware of pickpockets. And be wary of help from strangers.

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