Enough with the shenanigans. I have come to marvel at your beautiful country and you, your vendors, motorbike drivers, cycles, are making me want to run away. Or punch you in the face.
First off, why oh why do you feel the need to scam and cheat all the time? It is one thing to set a price and deliver whatever service or product we agree to (even if overpriced, that’s the charge of being a tourist). It is another to set a price, provide the service/product then demand 10 times the price agreed. Or perhaps, pretend to have no change. Or refuse to sell something worth $1 for less than $10. They didn’t do this to me in Thailand, Cambodia or Laos. Just here.
I had heard of your unscrupulous, conniving ways before arriving, but I came with the belief in giving the benefit of the doubt. 2 weeks later, I know I was naive. Your land is so beautiful, your towns colorful and historic, but you ruin it with your incessant “you buy something!” “where you go?”, and one dollar bike rides that in the end are $40.
You know what you are? You are the older sibling that makes a fixed $1 bet with the younger sibling and after winning assures the youngest that their $10 bill is actualy a $1 bill.
I have been fortunate enough to avoid your most evil of scams, but many of my friends have not. If you could kindly stop ripping people off and badgering every second of the day, it would be much appreciated. Understand we are here to enjoy, to learn. Do not take me on a museum tour and spend 3/4ths of the time in the gift shop instead of the museum.
One of the many irritated, fed up and tired tourists.
And P.S.- Your food stinks and has made me repeatedly ill. All this talk about great Vietnamese food, and this is what you deliver? Bahn mi aside, I don’t get what all the fuss is about. Where are the goods? Sorry, Vietnam, sometimes the truth burns.