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Cyclo Scam HCMC

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Cyclo Scam HCMC

I was done near the Ben Thanh market and a cyclo driver asked me where I wanted to go as I was looking at my map. I told him the war museum and then back to my hotel. He said 50,000 dong and I said OK and made it clear to him that he would have to wait for me and take me back to the hotel for 50,000 dong. All was well and good until we got back to the hotel and I wen to give him the 50,000 dong. He seemed offended and said that he had to wait one hour and that it should be 200,000 dong. I said no and tried to hand him the money but he refused to take it. I walked away and he kept following and refused to take the money each time I tried to give it to him. I walked into the hotel and gave the receptionist the money and told him to give it to the cyclo driver and walked up to my room. Like others have said write the agreed price down before you start and hopefully avoid such an nasty confrontation at the end. It will be interesting if I go back downstairs and he is still there. It's cyclo driver's like him that give themselves a bad name and in the end lose customers. I didn't try to get him down to a lower price after he said 50,000 because they quote over the odds in the first place. What he didn't know was that I was going to ask him back later this afternoon and have him take me somewhere else and was prepared to pay a bit more.

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1. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

Your complaint is becoming more frequent as the VN government moves to outlaw cyclos. They are being restricted to certain areas. It's a sad thing that they are becoming more agressive as it gets near the end.

Cheers Ross

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Apart from the fact that barring a rainstorm I'd have walked the less than two km, a regular taxi or honda om would probably have cost you less.

In the old days it would have been ok to agree on the driver waiting for you. I used to pay for his lunch on those occasions.

These days everyone in HCM is in such a darned hurry.

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privatbruger

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These days everyone in HCM is in such a darned hurry.

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I hadn't noticed, it seems to all go by in a blur.

And I can see why they are restricting cyclos, especially if you get a few going along together. They tend to impede traffic flows.

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4. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

We agreed a price..$2US for 1 hour.. the guy called his mate and off we went.

was a bit worried when they took us to the war remnants.. we hadnt asked for this but hey! it was getting hot and was slightly cooler in there.

came out.. off we toddled to a temple... ok.. then we stopped at an ATM he said he needed a drink then showed us we owed him 30,000 each..

wow thats not 2 US!

he wanted 60thou for two hours and had been peddling 20 mins max.. slowly ... he got cross.. we said we hadnt enough he grabbed my other halfs wallet and said Yes you do!

it was orrible.. we paid him way to much.. we were scared!

Id say avoid them get a taxi!

u will still prob get ripped off tho...

thats what HCMcity seemed all about to me..

I wont go back!

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5. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

Unfortunately, an increasing number of travellers claim they will never return to Vietnam.

And I can understand why. Vietnam is an acquired taste, it takes a few visits.

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6. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

when we were paying for our cyclo, my friend has his wallet open and was trying to get his money out. The driver quick as can be, grabbed some money out of his wallet and ran. We were not impressed.

But all said and done it was a real novelty and an experience.( in all ways).

Made us a bit more aware, but loved HCMC. (except the pushy market stall owners) At least when we felt ripped off, it really was not much money at all.

We found HCMC very vibrant.

cheers

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7. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

Cyclo scams are a unique cultural heritage of Vietnam and I'm sure

would be recognized immediately by UNESCO once a petition is submitted.

The word cyclo is actually an abbreviation of the word cycloscam. (all one word)

The correct response to anything a cyclo driver says to you is again one word, LIAR!

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8. Re: Cyclo Scam HCMC

To my knowledge cyclos are being phased out and are restricted to certain areas of operation. I dont recall seeing them at the airport. I hope you are not thinking of taking a cyclo to your hotel from the airport .In this phase out stage the agression levels seem to be rising as it getting very near the end.

Ross

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