""Gifts" and "Donations"" Nadi Tourist Trap Tip by ShireLass85

Nadi Tourist Traps: 6 reviews and 5 photos

Even when you're told not to be tricked into buying anything with a sappy story or roundabout phrasing, it may be more difficult than you think when the moment arises!

Upon walking into one shop, the owner tied a cheap little necklace around my neck saying it was a "gift." For the hospitality I was asked, upon leaving, to give a "donation" for the necklace. I handed one man a two dollar coin, but he refused to take it, simply saying "ten dollars." This was no donation. He refused to take my $2 and when I tried to leave requested the "gift" be returned... of course they tie them on so tight you can't take the necklaces off! I should have just ran out but when there is someone demanding $10 or to (impossibly) take an item off your neck, well, I had to pay the $10.

The moral is, saying "no" to pushy sellers may be harder here than you may think! If you don't plan on buying anything, it may be best not to travel with too much cash...it may be forced out of your wallet.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 19, 2007
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