Trouble with Money
It is true, Vietnam is a socialist society, but anyway, they really know about capitalism! And this so much that many travellers coming to this country are more than confused about the money. Money seems a deep grounded problem and also the source of many misunderstandings. I’ve read in many western travel guides, forums and even got to know in talks that western travellers usually fear to be scammed. Scams appear in Vietnam, for sure, but they are only in some cases really the reason for fights with Vietnamese. In most cases, Western visitors fear rip-offs of Vietnamese. I want to say clearly: Yes, there are scams and rip-offs, but these appear in every tourist centre of the world (I remember the scams of the Marcus Place in Venice!). However, Vietnamese and Foreigners have a different view on money.
|Photo: Me and friends during a get-together dinner in Cuc Gach Restaurant, District 1, HCMC.|