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The Hundred Thousand Dong Swindle

Sharpen up in Saigon

Still not got our head around the currency and we've been ripped off a couple of times now.
The hundred thousand bill looks a lot like the ten thousand bill. At night when it's dark or after a few beers it's REALLY easy to get the mixed up. Of course no change is ever forthcoming and so far no one has been honest and let us know we've made a mistake.

It's only when you get home and think "God I've spent a bit tonight" then you realise what a dick you are.

We took a solo passenger rickshaw access town to the "western quarter" which is described as a more discerning Koh San Road and caters for all ones western needs. We were in search of a 3G SIM card as we really need google maps on line.
Most bars have free wifi but it's often very intermittent and weak signal so don't expect too much.

Here is a pic of me enjoying the ride before I knew my driver was Dynamo the magician.


When we went to pay him the agreed price 100,000VND He dropped an amazing David Blaine Illusionist slight of hand trick on us saying that we'd only given him a 10,000VND note.

Like a couple of fresh of the boat daft cringos we coughed up the extra dough. It was only after he shot off (very fucking nimble for a septuagenarian) that we realised what had just happened.


Food wise we have discovered a dish we can order with the confidence of it not being testicles or giblets. Our chosen dish du jour is called - Phò - and it's beef noodles in a very delicious broth with quality beef steak on top.


Sampling loads of different beers as it's so cheap here - it's half the price of Thailand (if we could stop accidentally giving all our bloody money away!)


Posted by Gingertoad 00:33 Archived in Vietnam Tagged saigon

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