Tourists throng Da Lat night market during the holidays in April 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Phong Vinh
Readers weigh in on the bad and ugly of tourism in Da Lat and Vietnam in general, especially the rogue tour guides who terrorize tourists.
“I visit Da Lat at least once every two years with a group of three families. But after this summer vacation, we decided to go somewhere else next time. Da Lat is now too crowded and things are getting… more and more expensive. The traffic is horrible, and rogue tour guides are everywhere. Vietnam has a lot of regions with a climate similar to Da Lat, and even though these regions may be a bit slow in tourism development, the necessities basics like food and accommodation are all covered.
“In 2009, my friend and I used to walk around the market in Da Lat. At noon, we entered the market for lunch. We had two rice dishes with braised pork and eggs, two small bowls of broth and two cans of soda.The owner charged us 300,000 VND ($12.82) for the meal (that’s 10 times the price of a similar meal in HCMC at the time).
I hope that the authorities will take severe measures in these situations. This way of doing business will surely impact the reputation of such a famous and beautiful place.”
“The purpose of travel is to relieve stress, not to become even more stressed than before. For many years, local businesses have been scamming us tourists on everything from parking to food to accommodation. They know that there are guests who only visit the place once, so they don’t hesitate to rob us in broad daylight.If it continues like this, tourism will never take off.
“These ugly behaviors are losing points to our tourism. I think the authorities should organize networks to sell authentic local products at the right price and of good quality. Other organizations can do it as well as long as they can guarantee the appropriate price range and quality South Korea On Jeju Island, local products are sold at the same price as on the mainland Any store that sells more than expected may be reported by tourists and subject to a fine or even lose their business license.
“Vietnam does a poor job of tourism. I visited China once and found them to be very professional. You are taken to the mall, you can eat any sample, and you are free to decide whether you want to buy a product or not. There was no hard feelings.
The same thing happens when you go to a restaurant. They come to make you taste their desserts and leave immediately. You can always go to the stalls to buy the food you like if you are happy with it. I felt comfortable throughout the trip, everything from the airport to hotels to shopping malls and tourist sites was clean and tidy. The people were also very nice. If it hadn’t been for Covid-19 I might have gone back. I was very happy with the way they serve customers. It will be great if local authorities can work out their tourism strategies.”