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> Pattaya Travellers: Beware of Maneerat Transport & Travel (on Soi Post Office), "dark travel house"; scams
post Mar 26 2008, 09:35 PM
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I took a 7 days/6 nights Cambodia package tour with Maneerat Transport & Travel in Pattaya and that was a horrible experience. Please don't do any business with this "dark travel house" when you are in Pattaya.

Here are the mishaps:

1. Visa Scam: When I arrived at a restaurant near the border at Poi Pet, an agent working for Maneerat asked me for 1200B visa cost plus his 100B handling fee (this fee was never mentioned by Maneerat). I asked him if I could pay US$20 (which was the info I had on the visa cost), but he said no. Unwillingly, I paid him 1300B. (1200 Baht is almost twice of US$20.)

Later, I asked some experienced travellers in Thailand about the visa cost issue and they confirmed I was ripped off.

2. Exchange Scam: After I had passed Cambodian immigration, the driver took the group on the bus to a currency exchange place nearby. He told us exchange places were closed in the weekend (that day was Friday) in Siem Reap and we had better get our exchange there. This was just a lie as I found out later that there were plenty of exchange shops in Siem Reap that open 7 days a week. I did my homework and knew US$1 can get about 3,900 Cambodian Riels. That place quoted me the rate of US$1 to 3,200 Riels, which was a total ripoff. Of course, I did no exchange in the shop. Unfortunately, other people on the bus did some exchanges for their Bhat and US$.

3. Tour Not as Described: The tour was not what was described in the tour program. Among many unsatisfactory things, I was left stranded in Sihanoukville (Cambodia) when no one picked me up to return to Pattaya. I had to get back to Pattaya on my own!
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post Apr 8 2008, 09:31 AM
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That's too bad, did you write up a review of your experience on Trip Advisor or some such site? You probably should.

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post Apr 4 2009, 02:20 AM
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I've seen your heated complaint about Maneerat Transport & Travel and I think
you are certainly entitled to expect that people in business would offer an honest
and professional service. It sounds to me as if they couldn't have cared what the result
was of your horrific trip as they already got the money. Sorry about that.

I have seen comments by others saying you should have known better but the bottom
line is that they gave less than, excuse me. No service and were dishonest along the way.

So, eventhough it is about a year after your tragic experience, I am glad to have read it as I stay in Pattaya often and am expecting a group to go with me to tour the region and very easily could have wandered into their office to finalize a package since I stay close by that soi (Near the Marriott) and walk up and down it practically every day I am in Pattaya. NO CHANCE NOW THAT THEY WILL GET 1 BAHT FROM ME !!!
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