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India 2014 - Delhi

INDIA | Tue, 25 Nov 2014 | By megandrob | Views [542]

Delhi is bat shit crazy. That is the simplest way to describe it. We arrived fairly late at night and, after being ripped off by our taxi driver, got to our hotel at about 11 and crashed out. The next day I was so excited to finally experience India.... Read more >

Tags: delhi, india, scams, sightseeing

It's About the Journey

CAMBODIA | Sat, 9 Feb 2013 | By joya | Views [167]

I had gotten quite used to the ‘usual routine’ in Bangkok; doing nothing. I was enjoying trying different dishes at the cheap market next door to Pat’s home, sipping on Thai Iced Teas at the coffee house, reading books and being a general ... Read more >

Tags: crossing borders, scams

Athens - Day 3 - Acropolis and The Ancient Stuff

GREECE | Sun, 22 Jul 2012 | By macedonboy | Views [1650]

It's a Saturday today and it's only now occurred to me that my plan to do the Acropolis on a weekend was a huge mistake. So I'm resolved to get up as early as possible to get to the Acropolis for the 8am opening time. Imagine my happiness when I get ... Read more >

Tags: acropolis, agora, athens, greece, hadrians library, museums, scams, temple of zeus, unesco

Istanbul - Day 3 - 19th Century Istanbul

TURKEY | Thu, 12 Jul 2012 | By macedonboy | Views [936]

Today, I'll do a walking tour of some sights related to the later Ottoman period. Staring the tour with a tram ride to Eminonu, the last stop before Galata Bridge. I decided to walk across the upper level on the way over, so that I could walk on ... Read more >

Tags: galata, istanbul, scams, sightseeing, tower, turkey, unesco, walking tour

Istanbul - Day 1

TURKEY | Tue, 10 Jul 2012 | By macedonboy | Views [1031]

Today, I'm flying from Krakow to Istabul via Warsaw. I'd failed to heed the warnings about trains getting cancelled or delayed without warning and took the last possible train to the airport. The train is delayed by 30 minutes and as I sit there waiting ... Read more >

Tags: istanbul, scams, turkey

Yogjakarta and Prambanan

INDONESIA | Fri, 18 May 2012 | By macedonboy | Views [1042]

I'm done with Borobudur and get the driver to take me to backpacker haven of Jalan Sosrowijayan, close to Yogjakarta Train Station. It doesn't take long to find a hostel and not much longer for a tout at the hostel spotting fresh meat. He talks to ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist, hindu, indonesia, prambanan, scams, temples, unesco, yogjakarta

Scam Watch: Double Agents, Drugs and Dodgy ATMs

WORLDWIDE | Tue, 12 Oct 2010 | By OffTheBeatenPath | Views [3824] | Comments [1]

Imagine your travel budget as being a big plastic bottle of water. Now imagine that every time you spend money it is equivalent to taking a swig out of your bottle. You need to drink to survive, but you are always careful about just how much ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, egypt, india, italy, laos, scams, southeast asia, travel, travellers

How to Identify a Tourist Huckster

WORLDWIDE | Tue, 17 Aug 2010 | By OffTheBeatenPath | Views [6874] | Comments [1]

The primary rule of travel, as immutable as the laws of physics, can be thus rendered: wherever there are tourists, there will be hucksters. They misdirect you to bad attractions. They over-charge your for services or souvenirs. They convince ... Read more >

Tags: hucksters, off the beaten path, safety, scams, tourist traps, tourists, travel

The "Free Luxury Holiday" Scam.

THAILAND | Thu, 25 Mar 2010 | By lisamorrison | Views [12831] | Comments [18]

The suns hot rays beat down on my face and bare arms. Sweat snaked its way down my forehead and into my eyes, stinging them, while beads of perspiration dotted my upper lip. Great, I had a moustache. The mosquito-like whine of a scooter became louder ... Read more >

Tags: hotels, koh samui, scams, thailand

Nha Trang, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Wed, 9 Dec 2009 | By missy_carrie_gee | Views [843]

Nha Trang I escaped the city of Saigon for a few days to go to Nha Trang in the East coast of the middle of Vietnam. It was a nice little beach town with lots of restaurants and bars. And tours. I think the fun of tours in Vietnam is the gamble of ... Read more >

Tags: bad hotels, nha trang, scams, tours, vietnam

Do’s and Don’ts When Travelling in Vietnam

VIETNAM | Mon, 1 Jun 2009 | By travel-tips | Views [78565] | Comments [9]

Vietnam is a friendly country that is generally safe to travel to and full of wonders like Hanoi, the Mekong Delta and let’s not forget the always scrumptious roasted sparrow entrees! The Vietnamese are very appreciative if they see you trying to ... Read more >

Tags: culture, responsible travel, scams, southeast asia, travel, vietnam, volunteering

Taxis in Vietnam; avoid the scams

VIETNAM | Mon, 1 Jun 2009 | By nomads-survival-kit | Views [7043] | Comments [14]

Tags: safety, scams, taxis, travel, vietnam

Bangkok - Scams, smog, and temples.

THAILAND | Tue, 18 Nov 2008 | By jciecko | Views [820] | Comments [1]

I just lost a long elaborate entry so this next version is going to be short and sweet. Damn you internet cafe! Today is our last day in Bangkok and I'm quite ready to move on. My lungs could use some fresh air and I'm tired of everyone trying to pull ... Read more >

Tags: bangkok, giant buddha, lucky buddha, scams, unseen travel, wat arun, wat pho

I volunteered for the wolf’s den

INDIA | Thu, 26 Jun 2008 | By allwelcome | Views [1897]

The two men jumped out of thin air, smiling, gesturing, waving an exotic smell under my nose, and I was hooked. I had a list of ‘musts’ to experience in India. Some call this being a tourist. I’m going to see something I’ve heard about, ... Read more >

Tags: scams, t a j

Shanghai 2

CHINA | Fri, 9 May 2008 | By magdef | Views [672]

Well, again I am writing this a bit after the fact but there were a couple of other things that happened to me while I was in Shanghai that I wanted to write about. On the second morning I woke up and headed out of Xie's place at about 9:30 or ... Read more >

Tags: scams, shanghai

"Go and tell your people about it"

INDIA | Tue, 25 Mar 2008 | By allwelcome | Views [1200] | Comments [2]

‘Do not give beggar’s money. You are their biggest problem.’ As soon as I saw the sign, I walked right into the shop. The man behind the desk looked tough. He was a Sikh. (tell tale signs of turban, silver bracelet, beard) With my most ... Read more >

Tags: beggars, children, india, scams

 

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