Posted October 19th, 2010, 10:58 PM
That travel agent does not sound familiar at all
Just provide information of your passport (for landing permit) and wire some deposit if you have to secure the booking. Sending copy of your passport and credit card does not sound right and may be risky
I wouldn't recommend wiring money via Western Union etc as once the money is collected it's gone.
We booked a guide and tour last year for a trip to Hoi An and he failed to show, despite conversation over the phone while we stood on the dock waiting and waiting. We'd paid full cost via WU. Luckily we claimed the lost money back on our insurance.
In comparison our pre-booked tour to Phnom Penh required no up front money or even cc details but the car was waiting for us when we arrived in Sihanoukville. Oh, and we had a fantastic day
Be very wary of sending money