General tips for Morocco

 Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert

    1.    Do not trust anyone.  Especially English speakers.
    2.    Bottle water (1.5L) should cost you 6MAD.
    3.    Do not ignore scammers, they will verbally harass you if you don’t respond.  Look and smile at them.  Lie to them, make something up.  Ask them questions that they might not know the answer to.  Have fun.
    4.    The local hammam bath should cost only 20MAD.  Your hostel will take you to a tourist hammam bath and charge a lot more, even though you asked for a local one.
    5.    Do not believe directions given to you.
    6.    Always ask for the price for ANYTHING.
    7.    Do not take the harassment from scammers personally. They harass EVERYONE.  Smile, joke around. Have fun!
    8.    If someone can speak English, chances are they want to scam you.
    9.    Do NOT join desert tours unless you’re willing to get ripped off during lunch (7euros), be taken to a carpet shops, and sit in the van for 3 days.  I did join a desert tour because I didn’t have time.
    10.    Take local buses, arrange trips on your own.
    11.    Remember, you’re always the boss.  You are the one with money
    12.    Pay NO more than 5 MAD for any services.
    13.    Couchsurfing:  Especially around the desert area.  Chances are if you do stay with them, they will try to sell you tours.

Essential tips in Marrakesh

 Medina night market

Medina night market

I was going to put this information on wiki travel but it’s not relevant to their website.  Here’s what’s going to happen when you arrive in Marrakesh or any major cities.  It’s like a movie script because it’s the same every time.
1.  You will get harass by taxi drivers and they will offer to take you for 150 MAD (15euro) into the city.  This is the NIGHT rate.  They will push you around to different drivers because everyone wants more money.  BE FIRM with them and walk away.  They WILL come back to you.  There are a ton of drivers.  Do not look timid.
2.  You get dropped off a few minutes away from the hostel because taxis can’t go through the tiny streets.  Teenagers, scammers, and beggars will start approaching you and offer to take you to “their” hostel where they’ll earn a commission.  Stay calm and smile at them.  They are very persistent because they KNOW you can’t find your hostel.  As a matter of fact, it is TRUE.  The Medina is like a maze and it is almost impossible to find it, especially at night.  (RyanAir flight lands 22:00)  Be friendly with your guide and hope that they’ll take you to the right place.  You WILL be walking through dark alleys.  

Remember, NO ONE will take you to the destination for free.  They will ask for some outrageous amount of money from 50 MAD to 200 MAD for their service.  (someone told me a Japanese girl paid 200MAD)  DO NOT PAY that much.  They are harmless but they will rip you off.  If you decline payment, they will verbally abuse you.  The smartest thing to do is when the hostel opens the door, jump inside.  
*Here’s my recommendation – Bring some coins with you.  Carry 1MAD,2MAD,5MAD coins with you at all times.  Paying for service is a way of life here, because even the locals do the same.  Tell the beggars , “Here’s 1 MAD or 5 MAD, take it or leave it.”  They will try to ask for more money, but they WILL take it. **The reason WHY they ask for an astronomical amount (200 MAD) is because people actually pay that much.  By paying them that much actually encourages more scammers on the street.

here's my recommendation

Bring some coins with you.  Carry 1MAD,2MAD,5MAD coins with you at all times.  Paying for service is a way of life here, because even the locals do the same.  Tell the beggars , “Here’s 1 MAD or 5 MAD, take it or leave it.”  They will try to ask for more money, but they WILL take it. **The reason WHY they ask for an astronomical amount (200 MAD) is because people actually pay that much.  By paying them that much actually encourages more scammers on the street.