HO CHI MINH CITY (Saigon)- VIETNAM

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Today my husband and I (both senior citizens) returned from an 8-week vacation which included one day in Ho Chi Minh City. We were wondering if our experience there was one-of-a-kind but obviously not. We toured for three hours on two cyclos at what was supposed to be a rate of $3 for three hours. That seemed too cheap, even if they had meant $3 per hour. We were a fair distance from the hotel on a street that was "quiet" for Ho Chi Minh City, when my driver said they wanted to be paid in Vietnamese Dong, not dollars. He stopped at an ATM so that I could withdraw VND, but by the time I had dug out my bank card, a lineup had formed. Rather than wait, we drove on and eventually found an ATM without a lineup which happened to be on a busy intersection - a good thing for us! I was prepared to pay our drivers a maximum of 400,000 VND, the equivalent of almost $20, but started to pull out the bills, they threw then back and screamed that we owe them much more - 2,000,000 VND. The change in their demeanor was like Jeckle and Hyde! They pulled out a laminated rate sheet which showed that the rate for one-way was 150,000 VND an hour and that a return trip was 300,000 VND and that was for each cyclo. I thought an hour was an hour no matter whether you are coming or going! We tried again to pay them what they had originally asked for, but they continued to throw the money back, screaming in our faces, too close for comfort. We ran across the street with them following and screaming at us. Obviously this drew a few onlookers who had stopped at traffic lights. Just as one of the men grabbed my arm, a man drove his motorcycle up onto the sidewalk. One of the men ran off when he realized this was a policeman. His friend continued his loud tirade at the policeman. We tried to explain our side of things to the policeman but he spoke no English. Without giving our cyclo driver or the policeman a chance to think about what we were doing as they were focused on each other, we hailed a passing taxi, jumped in and left in a hurry, quite badly shaken. We calculated that in the throwing back and forth of the money, the cyclo drivers actually ended up with less money ($15) than what they would have gotten if they had remained nice.
VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH CITY
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