To hire a good tour guide is what makes the difference between a mediocre experience and a unforgettable travel. Some people prefers to check by themselves the information in google and later go to the main tourist attractions. Some other people commit the mistake to look so much at their budget and try to find some really cheap guide.
Our personal recommendation is to choose a good travel guide to know about every inch of the new territory. You can check some reviews about guides in TripAdvisor or traveller forums to make your travel experience outstanding.
The unlicensed temple tour scam
Many “tour guides” giving unlicensed temple tours wait outside of main attractions like Angkor Wat (Siam Reap, Cambodia), Goa Gajah in Bali, Wat Pho in Thailand or Badrinath Temple in India.
Like by chance they start to walk close to you and start a conversation. Usually the fake tour guide know a little bit of english. He explain some things about the history of the place without say that he is tour guides and giving you impression that this information its for free.
At the end of the tour, they ask you for money showing you a price list of different tours.
How to avoid this scam?
It’s easy, try to avoid unlicensed temple tours. In case that you are interested, first of all ask how much it cost and how long it take.
You can also hire a guide beforehand and like that, you will be sure that he is real tour guide. Of course, a official tour guide will cost more but after spend a lot of money on the travel, have no sense to exert in this kid of things. You can try to find in Tripadvisor, sometimes you can find reviews about different tourist guides.
If you are traveling through Asia maybe you can also check beautiful bargirl scam.