How it works:
- Opening: at the Pansodan Jetty or in Yangon (e.g. Sule Pagoda), a local offers to show you his village and treat you to a local meal on Dala Island.
- Scam 1: the ferry ride to the island is sort of a scam – foreigners pay 4,000 kyat while locals pay 100 kyat.
- Scam 2: at the island, the local will arrange two rickshaw rides (one for you, one for him) quoted at 7,000 kyat for you to get to the village.
- Scam 3: on the ride, he claims that the village is poverty stricken as it was ravaged by a tsunami. He then brings you to a shop to buy an overpriced bag of rice (55,000 kyat) for the village. The rice is simply returned to the shop for money.
- Scam 4: as you return to the port, he tells you that 7,000 kyat is for 15 minutes of rickshaw ride. Since you took 1.5 hours, you have to pay 42,000 kyat to the drivers, and a fee to the guide!
Places to beware:
- Yangon: Pansodan Jetty, Sule Pagoda, Dala Island
What to do:
- Decline. You can walk around yourself or hire a rickshaw/bike.
- If you want a tour, get a licensed, reputable operator instead.