World’s worst tourist traps

We have all experienced it, and promised we would never fall for it again, but still we do. The tourist trap is a dragon in disguise promising a once in a lifetime experience, only to rip the seems out from our wallet and leaving us regretting leaving our room.

Here is a compiled list of the 12 worst tourist traps from CNN:

1. Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Millions of tourists cramped together on guided marches up a ‘nice’ waterfall.

2. Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong
Small statues of famouse people and tiny speakers pumping mall music and a zillion mainland Chinese visitors.

3. Times Square, New York City, United States
People from everywhere gather to look at giant billboards and gawk at the tall buildings surrounding the square. It’s all expensive here.

4. Nanjing Dong Lu, Shanghai, China
It call itself  “the best shopping street in China”. And if you have ever been to China you know what that means.

5. Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience, London, United Kingdom
“What visitors get are amateur tableaus featuring department store mannequin limbs slathered with fake blood meant to represent Blitz carnage.”

6. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand
This once floating market is now a floating circus for tourists.  If you want something genuine then look elsewhere.

7. All of central Tokyo, Japan
Hey, I like Tokyo! But please give Sony Center a miss. Nothing there but regular stuff at regular prices.

8. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Yes, it is a building and yes it leans. Let’s move on.

9. Bandra’s Bollywood homes, Mumbai, India
We can all agree that the buildings are ugly but the atmosphere is cool.

10. Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, Australia
“Plastic seats on metal stands overlook the dirty and aptly named Blackwattle Bay.”

11. Patpong, Bangkok, Thailand
Where to begin? Brits, Swedes and Germans gather on a single beach with prostitutes. Hopefully they use condoms before returning to their wife’s and girlfriends at home.

12. Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
“If this is amazing snorkeling, please jam our snorkels with seaweed. The water is murky and short of fish and you have to dodge banana boats and jet skis. If you’ve got a thing for dead coral, however, please feel free to sign up for a glass bottomed boat ride.”

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