How it works:
- Scam 1: unofficial guides will latch on to you, provide unsolicited advice and then demand a “tour guide” fee at the end. They may also try to “upsell” you by offering to bring you to (sham) orphanages.
- Scam 2: any help you receive, (e.g. photo taking, parking) will likely come with a request for money.
- Scam 3: shoe guardians.
- Scam 4: flower offering scam.
- Scam 5: bird release scam.
Places to beware:
- Bagan: Shwezigon Paya
- Yangon: Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda
What to do:
- Some guides may be good, some bad, test them for a minute before committing. Else, get a legitimate, reputable operator:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: Klook (best day tour platform in Asia) also has many popular tours (e.g. Bago, Yangon, Bagan, etc).