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11. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting travelolic

The cheep hotels in Vietnam usually keep your passport.
There is only 1 reason. The hotel offer cheep price for room and they expect (may be more than expectation) the customer will use some of their services (eg; laundy, drinks, tours - those may not cheep) to cover the hotel cost. Besides, some of the customers had used their services and disapear without a word. That's why they keep your passport as a deposit for these cases. Register process take only 1 min for them to insert the police from
Cheers & Happy Travel!

I would never trust those "boys" that work in hotels in Hanoi. Its ussually boys with very bad fashion sense. Hanoi, old quarters is like a giant travel agency and it seem like everyone wants to make money, selling passports may be on the list. I'm just saying be very careful, those hotels don't even have managers. I have seen backpackers being beaten up by the three young boys that manage the hotel that I stayed. I left because I think they look like the bad guys in some Asian martial arts movie. I had to be very friendly with the boys in my next hotel. But I didn't buy my tickets from them.

Its just that I met some strange looking characters in Hanoi, both boys and girls... They have the words SCAM in their forehead. I am not saying all of hanoi is that. Vietnam is the only country in southeast that offered me jobs, so I'm not going to hate it that much.

they check passports in all hostels in China and places that don't accept thai guest in Thailand.
But the thread is asking if we should leave our passports in the hotel. Well the staff at the Chinese hostels, don't look like the villains in a Jet Li, movie. The hotels in the old quarters looks so unorganized, its like your checking in someone's apartment, no managers and anything goes. The staff look so unprofessional. I didn't mind paying more dollars to a Aussie run hostel, where the Vietnamese staff looked like more trustworthy.

12. Posted by ssayreaz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

While some people think it's "rude" to require a passport, Vietnam is a police state and you simply don't have rights that you're accustomed to in your 1st-world homes (such a the Netherlands, Germany, OZ, UK, USA). When I was there in the late 1990s, they would not check me into the hotel until I surrendered my passport. So I just kept a couple of copies on me and in my luggage in the event I was stopped by the authorities.

My question is: Do they still do this? Before, they would just as soon turn you away if you didn't comply. What I'm hearing now is that it's negotiable. Anyone been to Vietnam in the last year?

13. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 6y

Quoting ssayreaz

My question is: Do they still do this? Before, they would just as soon turn you away if you didn't comply. What I'm hearing now is that it's negotiable. Anyone been to Vietnam in the last year?

Mate,

they seem to be a bit more relaxed about this recently. Photocopies usually do the trick (with a little persistence ;)), or sometimes, if that doesn't work i just pay up front (or pay a deposit first) so they have no reason not to take a photocopy (unless they "manufacture" passports, of course )

no disrespect to any country, but i always feel uncomfortable going out without my passport with me...

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2010, at 07:43 by Budai ]

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15. Posted by lonederanger (Budding Member 50 posts) 6y

They tried to keep my passport in Vietnam. I just insisted they didnt need it and that I will go somewhere else if they dont agree.
Turned out they wanted to rip me of as I was checking out/paying the bill so im glad i didnt leave the passport with them.

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