Beware Thailand Travel Scam

Aug 1, 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Beware Thailand Travel Scam” heading_tag=”h1″ alignment=”center” spacer=”line_with_icon” spacer_position=”bottom” spacer_img_width=”48″ line_style=”solid” line_height=”1″ line_color=”#333333″ icon_type=”selector” icon=”Defaults-circle-blank” icon_size=”32″ icon_style=”none” icon_color_border=”#333333″ icon_border_size=”1″ icon_border_radius=”500″ icon_border_spacing=”50″ img_width=”48″ line_icon_fixer=”10″][/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Visiting Thailand will bring you memories and opportunities to see once in a lifetime locations. Regrettably, there are also many well-known scam attempts waiting for unknowing travelers and we’ve listed a few of them here for you so you can enjoy your stay and not find yourself poorer or worse.

Free Tuk Tuk Ride

A phrase you should learn soon is “Tuk-Tuk” this means “Today Only” and is commonly used by drivers who are working with others to get you from where you are to see as many of their cohorts as possible and part you with as much baht as possible.  These usually involve supposed rare gems or jewelry that you’re shown very quickly and have your money taken even faster and when you get the actual delivery, you find you have purchased nicely polished glass. Thailand is also unfortunately known for knock-off products. The key to their success is taking advantage of the greed of the buyer. The saying, “If it looks too good to be true..” is VERY true here. DVD’s, watches, you name it are all found on streets and stores waiting to part a tourist and their money for cheap junk.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3170″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Money exchange

In many countries, travelers are not used to exchange rates on the street and in tourist shops and even convenience stores like 7-11, they will give you far less change that you’re entitled to. The reputable places will say the currency amount of the note they’re given. Booking travel is another place where travelers can watch their money go a different direction than they do. Scam artists wait near airports, trains and busses and offer to sell you tickets. They tell you that particular transport (the one you wanted to get on) is full so you’ll have to ride one of their vehicles. Usually for an inflated rate and passing by all the places mentioned above.

If you’re going to rent a vehicle, boat, jet-ski etc., make sure you check the condition of the vehicle before you leave, take pictures if possible and document it. Otherwise you can come back and have them point out dozens of scratches or other damaged area that the person before you already paid for.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_single_image image=”3169″ css_animation=”fadeInUp” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” title=”Thai Money”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Thailand travel scam in front Grand Palace Area and sightseeing area

Most of these are relatively harmless, you can ignore them and move along. There are a few where reports of violence have been noted and you should steer very clear of these. The Grand Palace is a great place for sightseeing and photography. There are also professional birdfeeders that will have you join them in feeding the birds. They’ll even give you couple bags of corn while you watch the birds. And when you run out of corn, they demand money; sometimes physically holding on to you and making a scene hoping you’ll pay them to go away.  Some of them might tell you that the Grand Palace close and pursue you to take a trip to other temple with you.

Sea food scam

What you might find is a Somboondee Seafood where the food is lousy, the prices exorbitant and the staff willing to resort to violence to secure payment for the bad meal. Read some of seafood place and guideline.


When visiting Thailand, make sure you have someone who knows the customs, language and areas that really aren’t best for foreigners to visit and enjoy the beauty and culture of this country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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