It must be nth post about cyclo scams but I couldn't help but share my recent experience. I was walking alone from New world hotel towards Re-unification palace when this guy approached me, I had a map in hand and a camera round my neck so it mustn't have been difficult for him to figure out that I am a tourist. He offered me a ride I politely said no, he asked where I am going, upon hearing the destination he said its 3km(originally 1.5km). He said he will offer a ride for 15, I asked is it 15,000? He nodded his head said something which I didn't understand clearly, I said i will go if its for 10,000 and showed him a 10,000 dong note from my pocket. He just side later, later and asked me to board his cyclo.
He than took to me too an empty street by the side of the palace and asked me to get down and pay him. When I offered him 10,000 Dong he said no and showed me a piece of printed paper mentioning 1,50,000 Dong. I said I will not pay a dong more than 15,000 which he initially asked. He started shouting saying either I pay him 150,000 or he will not take anything. I replied saying don't take & started walking towards the main street, he than shouted again asking for money, I said If u want u can take 15000. He then took the 15000 dong from I hand and I quickly walked to the main street.