Home to a sizeable bunch of shrewd scammers, almost everyone who has been here has met one. Avoid them at all costs (just like with the tuk tuks in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, etc). They will take out a notebook and show you all the positive reviews in it.
What they do is they will approach you and offer a ride where you can pay as much as you want, or not at all! You will find extremely detailed reviews praising the driver and the trip in different languages and in different handwriting.
It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.He is able to build rapport (this is easy, for instance, enquiring about your country and sharing some knowledge of it) and address any of your fears (such as allowing you to stop halfway if you wish).Once you get onto the cyclo, the driver will then attempt to build trust with you bit by bit.As you know, the Vietnamese men outnumber women so these ladies are proud of themselves.
They dream of marrying a high-level educated man, even though they are not high educated.
However, you only have to google to find blogs of travellers vowing not to return, due to constant scamming that left them miserable. Having read about Vietnam scams before I arrived, I ended up terrified that I was going to be robbed blind from every angle. If you know what to look out for, you can relax and enjoy the vibrant, colourful and culture packed country that is Vietnam. Just keep the below common scams in mind and you'll be perfectly fine.
Remember too that you could be scammed anywhere — even online in our home countries.
Here are the best ways you can avoid the scams and truly enjoy your trip as we did.
If you need a visa for entry into Vietnam (which you will from Australia), then make sure you either organise your visa at the Embassy in Australia, or line up for a visa on arrival at your point of entry.
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