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Some common scams in Ho Chi Minh City

It is always better to know what to expect before you travel. Though it is, by no means, you will surely face any of these, to know the common scams and crimes in Saigon will actually help you to avoid them.

Here are some common scams and crimes in Ho Chi Minh City:

Cyclo, xe om, intimidation: At the completion of a tour, a cyclo or xe om driver will insist on a large payment (often as high as US$200) and threaten you if you don’t comply. These problems seem to be most common when travellers don’t pre-agree a price. 

There’s something to be said in getting some casual happy snaps with your cyclo driver if you’re doing a longer tour with them.

The tragedy of these incidents is that they tar the entire cyclo fraternity – most of whom are perfectly decent. Be nice to your cyclo driver and you’ll more than likely find the courtesy will be reciprocated.

Taxi intimidation: Saigon’s best taxi drivers are excellent by any standard. Unfortunately, the worst drivers are also worthy of note.

Part of the problem is the peculiar arrangement that sees dubious taxi companies getting the best spots at places frequented by vulnerable tourists. They even seem to have priviliged access to the airport

The other problem is that many of the most disreputable taxi companies copy the names and logos of the more reputable companies. An example is Vinasum taxis trading off the good name of Vinasun taxis.

Keep your wits about you and remember that the more modern a taxi looks, the more reliable it’s likely to be. Yellow Vina Taxis, white Vinasun taxis and green Mai Linh taxis seem to be the best. Taxi issues definitely become a bigger problem the later it gets in the evening. Be careful rather than paranoid.

A foreign tourist found his robbed camera with the help of the policemen

A foreign tourist found his robbed camera with the help of the policemen

Random tour guides met on the street: A number of travellers have been persuaded by young men on the street posing as tour guides to take ‘unofficial” tours at an agreed price. At the end of the tour, the guide threatens the tourists and demands far higher payment.

Poker scam: Filipino gangs in Saigon have been caught extorting money from unsuspecting travellers after inviting them to meet someone in need of help, or simply inviting them for a drink and a game of cards.

Bag and phone snatching:
Travellers frequently fall victim to bag and phone snatchers on motorbikes when crossing the road. Be very careful with your valuables. Cameras are also prized by thieves.

Money changers on the street: These are as risky in Vietnam as everywhere else in the world.

Late night violence: As with all big cities, the later you’re out in Saigon, the more likely you’ll witness or be a victim of crime. Stories of late night violence from the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker’s area are common though probably no more so than in other international cities. Petty crime including lost cameras, bags and wallets are also common in the late hours.

If you’re a victim of crime, remember to report a crime to the police as soon as possible.

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