22 Nov 2017
One might think it would be “safe” in DaNang during the APEC 2017 forum held in DaNang? Think again.
Was attempted with the shoes scam right next to the central, iconic NOVOTEL Hotel, while waiting for some cocktails in the souvenir shop just 30 steps from the NOVOTEL’s main entrance.
There were armed people with assault rifles AK-74, police, roads closed, VIP corteges with APEC forum participamts leaving the NOVOTEL and mobody gave a damn.
If I were to fight this scammer, I will become the “bad guy” immediately, and possibly catch a bullet from one of these AK-74.
Attractive women give their phone number to you after a few minutes of chat? You think they are genuinely interested in further contact? Think again. This is some kind of an extortion – they will not pick up when you call them; but called back next day at 7am (sick). I did mot pick up either, but wheb called back later the same day, was just told by her “NOOOOOO”, laughed at and talked to her boyfriend.
Construction works with jigsaws, hammers and whatnot from 7:20 am till well over 22:00 everyday, including Sundays.
Motorbike riders with constantly looped ads on tape with a loudspeaker – are there nonstop, day and night, well over 23:00.
Windows are lacking any kind of noise isolation. You can hear what is happening in the neighbours’ rooms.
There is zero privacy in Vietnam, none.
When you rent an apartment, you cannot change locks without having ro give the key to the owner.
The same applies to renting a house.
When you bring in a girlfriend or anybody to your apartment, make sure you have informed the owner in advance and provided a copy of your girlfriend’s passport/ID.
The supplements, which I have purchased in one of the most popular pharmacy stores, were looking like these were made in Australia and imported to Vietnam. There is also “import stamp” and translation of the ingredients in Vietnamese. Looks legit, right? WRONG.
After taking these supplements (fish oil, zinc, magnesium) I could not sleep the whole night.
Next morning I have googled these “Australian” producers and found out an unprofessional website with news dated back to 2014 with multiple mistakes in English everywhere throughout screaming “beware, low quality”.
And guess what? This “Australian” company only sold their products in Vietnam.
Scam and deception all the way.
After getting severely poisoned with food (vomitting with blood), have found the only private “hospital” in DaNang whos personnel spoke English. Around 19:00, mind you.
I was told that the “consultation” _must be paid immediately_ (about USD 90), because they have made an effort to wait for me; the “doctor” just listened to me and offered an intravenus injection (that was the “consultation”);
I have asked the total price which was around USD 300.
I was barely walking feeling severely weakend, nonetheless had to go out looking for an ATM and crossing the road myself as I have not planned an extra USD 300 expense (in addition to the already paid USD 90 for consultation) and do not have a habit of carrying massive amounts of cash (USD 300 is about VND 6,000,000 which is a massive amount of paper).
The ATM have not accepted my foreign embossed debit card which was absolutely fine in my previous travels to MY, SG, HK, TH.
I have returned to know “excuse me, sir, I have made a mistake, the total is wrong; it did not include the time for using the bed during the procedure; the correct total amount is USD 485”.
This is how business is done in Vietnam.
“FIVE STAR” HOTELS
The only place to soothe your pains and relax your tired body in a warm jacuzzi, and finally be alone in a steam room. Sounds great, right? Think again, this is Vietnam.
In the Pullman Danang (“5 star”) after having a wonderful lunch in their restaurant (thanks to their white foreigner Chef, thanks man, you make wonders there), I was sold 1 day SPA and fitness for an “introductory” fee of VND 350,000 (earlier last week they had 1 month membership option, which was cancelled the day I appeared with the required cash, and only 3 months option available – don’t ask why, as I have no idea).
I have passed the “friendly” (at least they were smiling) personnel of 3 persons wishing to finally get that estranged, forgotten feeling of getting rested.
After undressing and going to the steam room it did not take 5 minutes before someone (a male employee) came in DIRECTLY TO THE STEAM ROOM (damnit) and telling me that they will be testing fire alarm in 5 minutes, “but it is ok if tou want to stay” (amazing, right?).
OK, I decided to plunge into jacuzzi before I leave, but it was freezing cold.
So I have dressed and went out telling them that this is inacceptable and they could inform me about the alarm situation in advance. I have asked for the money back, but was refused. So I have just walked away.
BUT FURAMA RESORT IS BETTER, RIGHT?
They have hosted the APEC 2017 important guests, so they must know how to deliver hospitality, right? Right?
Before buying 1 month membership in their fitness, attempted a 1 day pass. I was told that it is less than 1 hour to the closing time and offered to come tomorrow, but I have insisted as they said iver the phone there is no time limit when a guest may come as long as he finishes before 23:00 (when they are closing).
The price is precisely VND 231,000 and I have waited for a while to receive the change.
While waiting, have asked for a bottle of water, which took them a long phone call.
No bathrobe, bath shoes and towel were provided. OK I just wanted to relax ASAP and grab a fresh rolled towel from the heap.
Finally undressing (again), taking shiwer and getting into the steam room…
Knock knock – I hear. OK, that might be my water. NO, IT IS THE BILL FOR WATER. YOUR WATER IS AT THE RECEPTION, SIR.
OK, the hell with them.
Went to the reception, giving her VND 100,000 but she does not take, pointing with her finger to the money I keep in my hand (the change that they gave earlier). The 500 ml bottle of water was about VND 58,000.
OK I just moved to the exit, without saying a word.
Want to get scammed, decepted, overcharged, humiliated? Welcome to Vietnam.
There is no way on Earth I would ever think to go again to Vietnam.
Got “lucrative” offer to travel to Vietnam?
Do not be fooled. Do not trade our technology secrets and your time to them.
THIS IS A TRAP.
Vietnam is pure hell.
You were warned.