A group of us just got back from a Golf Tour last weekend in Vietnam. The golf courses in Vietnam was excellent. Very well maintained, all of us was enjoying the game till the last putt.
Everything went on fine throughout the trip until the the last night, where we wanted to stay a night at the "Ha Long Bay". Suppose to be the "World Heritage". We went on the boat ride with a local guide, and he recommended us to buy some fishes and other seafood at the floating fishing village. We listen to the guide and went on to buy some. We agreed to the price of USD60 per kilo for the fish and wanted a fish around 3 kilos. The seller quickly netted one and immediately killed it before even weighing it. Then we wanted him (the seller ) to weighed it with he took a old fashioned weighing machine that none of us know how to read it.
After that he quickly get the boat men to cut the fish and prepare for cooking.
As when we about to pay and ask for the bill, the seller told us that the fish is 9.2 kilos. Of course all us were shock to find that the fish is 9.2 kilos. And it's already dead and cut. What can we do? The worse thing is yet to come. As all of us is so furious about the weigh of the fish, we ignored the currency convertion. We paid in Vietnam Dong that was 6 million.
So summarised it, we were cheated on the weigh of the fish and the currency exchange. There distracted us from the weighed of the fish and cheated us on the currency as well.
So please be careful when you are at the "Ha Long Bay", you don't have to buy anything there. We believed that the guide, boat people and the fish mongers are in a team. Just go there and see and please don't buy as there will have different strategies to cheat or con you. Please do not be their victim.
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- Also Known As:
- Ha Long Bay Halong