My partner and I were leaving the Revolutionary Museum headed for the War Museum when approached by one Cyclo, we agreed on 100,000D to take us both there. He called over another driver and we took the two for 100,000.
When we arrived he refused to take the money, rather saying he'd take up around sight seeing for 500,000D for the two of us. At first I said no and tried to give him the 100,000D he pulled out a little black book with reviews written in different languages with the figgure 500,000D at the bottom of the Australian one. We gave in in eventually in the end agreed at 500,000D for two for the tour.
We'd spent just short of 2hrs in the War museum before leaving and the Cyclo drivers taking us to China Town for lunch (40min) then out to ' a beautiful temple' on the outskirts of district 10 we asked if it was the Jade Pagoda ... the temple was nothing special ... and it wasnt the Jade Pagoda!
We asked him to take us to the cinema as we wanted to catch a movie. He said he'd take us there for free if we'd pay him now. I pulled out the 500,000D and handed it to him, "No no no no" He took out his little book where he showed us the 500,000Dppp and he explained the ppp (which i hadnt seen before as his finer was over it) which he said ment "Per Person Per Hour!" and we'd spent 3hrs with him!
I argued with him for some time before giving him the extra 1,000,000D and attempted to walk off when his friend stared screaming "me me me" wanting the same amount for the second Cyclo driver. I started loosing my patience with them by this stage, pulled my partner away from the cyclo and we walked off with them following, until i made a threat which they seemed to understand perfectly.
The experience left my partner near tears and me enraged to the point we didnt take a cyclo any time after that .... and that was day one!
Take my advice, and the advice from everyone else on here....TAKE A TAXI!
I've got photos of the pair if anyone is on the lookout!