List of Top 10 Scams in Bangkok and Thailand

April 30, 2013

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Most tourist destinations around the world have their scammers. Thailand is no different. However, what is more tragic here is that Thai people are naturally very hospitable. They love playing the host and welcoming guests to their country. I am sure many of us have seen this generosity on long train journeys when families share their meals with you. But, it is unfortunate that once they start to have prolonged contact with foreigners, some of them begin to change. It is no longer “be our guest”. They will lie, cheat and even blindly rob you into order to get as much money from you as they can. But, to be clear here, this is still a minority of Thai people.

Despite the warnings in guidebooks and in websites like ours, these scams are still happening every day. It is really tragic because some tourists get hurt so much that they will never return to Thailand again. Even worse, they will tell their friends to avoid our adopted country like the plague. I really feel sorry for the tourists who go to the Grand Palace on their last day only to be told by scammers that the palace is closed. I was there the other day with some friends and we were told several times that the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun were all closed on that day. They said that it was our lucky day as they knew a temple called the Big Buddha which was open. What they didn’t mention was that they would drag us to a gem store where we would get a hard sell to buy worthless gems.

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To help you be more street savvy on your next holiday in Thailand, we have decided to put together a top 10 of scams in Thailand. It is by no means definitive. If you have any scams that you would like to report, then please post them in the comments below.

1. The Grand Palace is Closed Scam – This scam can happen near any tourist attraction but still happens a lot outside the Grand Palace. As you approach, someone will tell you that the palace is closed for various reasons. Ignore them as you will end up in either a gem store or a tailor shop.
2. Thai Gem Scam – If you are not an expert on gems then I strongly urge you not to take the word of other people on how much money you can make if you sell these gems on return to your home country. People are losing a lot of money every day. Don’t make the mistake that you are different.
3. Wrong Change Scam – A common scam at places like 7-Eleven and Family Mart in tourist areas is to give you change as if you gave them a 500 baht note instead of a 1,000 baht note. Many tourists are not familiar with Thai money and often give the wrong money or don’t notice that their change is incorrect. Most shops will say out loud the denomination of any paper money you give them. Check your change!
4. Jet Ski Scam – Many people in Pattaya and Phuket are being scammed after renting jet skis. When you come back after your fun, they will point out scratches and dents in the jet ski and they will demand large sums of money. What they fail to mention is that a dozen other customers have already paid for those scratches. If you rent anything, be it motorcycle, car or jet ski, make sure all scratches and dents are documented.
5. Patpong Sex Show Scam – Don’t believe the touts outside who say free sex shows and drinks for only 100 baht each. You will end up paying a bill in the thousands. Stay clear if you are alone as they can turn violent if you refuse to pay.
6. Hualamphong Scam – Outside the train station you will meet official looking people who will say they will help you book the seats. They take you to their nearby travel agent and pretend to ring the train booking office. They then say the train is full and your only way to travel is on one of their buses.
7. Long Distance Bus Scam – Many people have had things stolen from their bags on overnight bus trips. Some have even reported they were drugged and found their money missing when they woke up.
8. Airport Taxi Scam – Official looking touts will pretend that they are meter taxis and tell you that it is 500-1000 baht to go into town. The meter taxi outside is less than half this. The police have tried to crack down on them but they are back. Ignore anyone who asks if you want a taxi. The real taxi drivers are waiting outside by their cars.
9. Blackjack Scam – This usually starts when someone asks you where you are from. If you say, New York, then he will say he has a sister who will be going to study there. He then asks if you can go and meet her as she has some questions. At their house, you somehow end up playing blackjack with them. They then ask you to help cheat someone out of their money. Don’t get tempted as it is you who is being scammed.
10. My Girlfriend is Pregnant Scam – A popular scams these days is your long distance girlfriend writing to you to say she is pregnant with your baby. She either asks for help to pay for the aboriton or for money to raise the baby. What she doesn’t tell you is that she has already written to five other foreigners telling them that they are the father too. The latest gimmick is some medicine circulating in Isaan that swells their belly to make them look pregnant in case you fly in to visit them. The only way to know for sure is to go with them to the doctors to get an ultrasound.

Please remember, most scammers are successful because they play on the greed of their victims. If something is too good to be true then it probably is. As kind as Thai people are, they are also very shy. If you are approached by a well spoken Thai person on the street then the chances are high that this person is a scammer. Thai people are not normally so forward. However, please give them the benefit of the doubt unless, of course, they give you the codeword “Big Buddha” or “Lucky Buddha”. This is then their admission of guilt. Finally, it is sad to report that there are now foreigners praying on helpless tourists. So, be weary of any unsolicited help.

59 Responses to List of Top 10 Scams in Bangkok and Thailand

  1. kahunablogger on May 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

    All of these scams are true and they happen every day here in Bangkok. However I noticed that the scammers really only try this on people with the “newbie” look. People who look kind of scared, unsure where to go, Lonely Planet in their hands etc. If you look confident and have done your bit of research before heading to BKK, it is unlikely that you will be a victim of any scam.

    • bs_walks on November 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      They try it only on people with a “FARANG” look,
      no matter how confident you seem. and how long you’ve been in Thailand.

      The “Wrong Change scam” just happened to me in a bar, EXACTLY, the same way,
      The bar’s name is “Sandcastle Club” in Haadrin, Koh Phangan.

      The bar lady even argued with me, and when I asked to see their CCTV she said they got none. There goes 500 baht for some poor family in Issan or for a bigger TV set to watch the Soap operas on.

      The reason this scam doesn’t happen in 7-11 and Convenience stores anymore is because most of them have CCTV.

      • time_out on February 15, 2015 at 11:30 am

        @ bs_walks
        Well by your own words, at least you were possibly able to help a poor family that has less money than you. 555

        Caution always!

      • Me on September 8, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        Happened to me on a bus going to Om Yai in BKK. THe conductress came to me empty handed, and when I gave her B50, she said she was going to get my change. She walked to the front of the bus, and came back with B9 instead of B39. She said I gave her B20, and it was a big spectacle as no one believed me.

        It has also happened to me in several places, even in the market recently. I paid with a thousand, and instead of returning B880 change, she gave me B80 and started conversing with me. I asked for my correct change, and she said she didn’t forget, but that she was trying to be friendly.

        • Torben Retboll on September 11, 2015 at 10:01 pm

          This is not a scam, because a scam is something that is done all the time.

          You were simply unlucky. I take the bus in BKK all the time. I have never had this experience. The conductor always gives me the correct change, whether I hand him/her 20 Bath or 100 Baht.

          When I ride the bus in BKK, I am almost always the only farang on the bus. Once there was another farang on the bus. He handed the conductor 20 Bath. When the conductor wanted to give him his change, he said: “Keep it. It is a tip.” The conductor did not understand. And she refused to accept his tip.

          Once again, I will say you were just unlucky to come across a bus conductor who wanted to trick you. I have never heard about this before.

      • Ian on November 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

        I get around the short change scam by always telling the seller what I am handing over. For example, one thousand baht would be “neung pan baht”

  2. Enrico de Guzman on September 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I was recently in Bankok for 2 weeks and a new scam that was tried on me was a foreign looking man (Arabic or Mediterranean) approached and asked where I was from and after I said I was from the US, he asked me if I had any new $100 bills because he had some old ones and wanted to check what the differences were. I gave him the “Do I look like I was born yesterday?” look and walked away. Sounds like he wanted to do a switcheroo.

  3. Fidelitycheckonline on September 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    There are so many scams going on in Thailand any visitor should always be aware and keep the wallet in the pocket!!

  4. Mke on December 26, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t even remember the number of times I have gotten out of a taxi because the driver refused to start the meter. If you are a westerner, be advised, you are prime pray for the taxi scam. It is hard to find an honest driver.

    *Don’t close the door until the meter is started — great advice*

  5. Arnald on January 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    There are big tailoring scam in bangkok especially. I was intended to visit Universal Tailors but the driver kept on insisting that the store is closed forever when my friend just visited them few months back. They took me to Brioni tailor upon constant persistence but I was adamant not to be scammed. He at last left me at Universal Tailor was overcharged by 300bht.

    • Jeff on May 16, 2016 at 4:24 am

      That’s why we nearly always take only metered taxis, and if they don’t IMMEDIATELY turn on the meter, we tell them to. If he gives us ANY song-dance we tell them “pull over now – ride over – no meter no ride”. Then, they either pull right over or grumpily turn the meter on. ANY driver who pulls ANY of this stuff gets NO TIP from us. The one’s who do what they should get a nice tip.

      Heck with all the Tuk Tuk drivers and their “Farang Inflated Prices”. I’ve got no patience for any of that garbage. If they quite anything remotely unreasonable, we just immediately walk away – it’s not worth our time and frustration to negotiate back and forth for a simple ride. Give me a metered taxi anyday!

  6. Joy Arnold on January 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    All of these scam reports are so sadly true, and its sickening that there are so many. Many visitors to Thailand have lost large amounts of their hard earned holiday money so be very careful if considering visiting Thailand, and consider carefully any financial transaction. Also do not exceed the amount of cigarettes or alcohol you bring to Thailand as Thai customs will try to take as much of your holiday money from you as possible, even if you are just slightly over the allowance. Across the Internet there are many reports of this occurring, and its also happening at Suvamabhumi Airport Bangkok.

    A friend of mine recently informed me that he and his Thai girlfriend were caught out by Nong Khai customs at the Laos border crossing. He and his girlfriend were returning from a visa run to Laos. They had been informed by the duty free shops at Laos that they could bring back 400 cigarettes each into Thailand with no problem. This was incorrect as the allowance is 200 per person. My friend was confronted by customs in the car park, and he suspects that the customs officers already knew that the limit for cigarettes had been over exceeded since only he was pounced on. He and his Thai girlfriend were taken to the Nong Khai customs office where he was threatened with jail unless he paid 20,000 baht on the spot. This was calculated at approx 484 baht per packet of 20 cigarettes and he was told that this was on the full amount being carried, 4 cartons, not on the 2 cartons over the limit. They said that all of the cigarettes were his, ferrangs and none of them could be his girlfriends or her allowance. This is because the financial penalty for excess cigarettes is much higher for ferrangs than for Thai, and so the amount of the fine would be higher if all blame was attributed to him. After hours of painful negotiation the amount was reduced to 12,,000 baht which he had to pay or face going to court, and they confiscated three of the four cartons, not even leaving them with 2 cartons, one for each as per their allowance. Please be warned that this is a well rehearsed and well practiced scam designed to extract huge amounts of baht from ferrang and applies even if you only slightly exceed the customs allowance. You will not be told of your rights, or given any translation of what is going on in your own language, and my friend was taken away without being cautioned or read any rights. My friend was also threatened with police arrest, being held in custody, and a Court trial and possibly not being able to enter Thailand again.

    This is a scam in my opinion because:

    1. The amount of fine at 484 baht per packet over 200 cigarettes is ridiculously high, and it is unfair that the fine is four times higher for ferrang than for Thai people.
    2. The duty free shops are misleading ferrang about their allowances, and then I summise mabe even tipping off the customs.
    3. In this case claiming that all the cigarettes were the ferrangs and none of them his Thai girlfriends is deliberate manipulation to maximise the amount the ferrang is forced to pay in this trap.
    4. Too many cigarettes were confiscated, even the duty free allowance of 200 per person could not be retained.
    5. Initially they tried to extort an amount based on the entire quantity in his possession and not just the amount above the limit.

    My advice to any ferrang contemplating a trip to Thailand or a Laos Visa run would be to ensure that you do not cross into Thailand with one cigarette more than the 200 cigarette limit !!!!!

    Also never hire Jet Skis if in Pattaya !!

    You have been warned !!!

    • Torben Retboll on February 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

      My advice:

      Do not buy any cigarettes! Anywhere! Do not smoke! Then you can never be a victim of this scam.

      Torben Retboll
      Bangkok
      Thailand

  7. first time in Thailand on May 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I had no problem during my time in patong beach and Chiang mai but Bangkok is a different story. The night before leaving to go to Thailand, I researched scams in Thailand. Unfortunately,I did not remember all of it because I was intoxicated. I did remember the tuk tuk story so when the driver tried to bring me to a jewelry store, instead of the grand palace, I got out and gave him my only bill, 500 baht. He did not want to give me change but I argued with him and luckily there were some locals around and he gave me my money back. So I ended up walking to the grand palace for 40 minutes and when I got to the side, some guy who looks like legit official told me it’s a holiday and will open at 2pm for tourist so I should go see Wat arun first. He told me that I should only pay the local price because I look like I’m Thai so it should be 30 baht for a tuk tuk ride and a boat ride for 1600 baht to take me to Wat Arun and old Bangkok. Sadly, I fell for this trick.

  8. chris on June 14, 2014 at 11:34 am
    • Amelia on November 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Be careful if you eat in BC Food A (BCA Food) in pratunam area. This is happened on 5 November 2014. Small restaurant in small alley, opposite of that place is a massage place. We ate at the 2nd floor. There was 1 old man and young staff that prepare the table and chair for us. The old man noted the order, delivered the food and drink, gave us bill and told us to pay after all the order placed on the table. We did that and when we left the place, the young staff of the restaurant told us that we haven’t paid. We told that we already paid to the old man but the young staff said the old man already gone and didn’t give the payment to the restaurant. And threatened us that they wiil call the police if we didn’t pay. We asked the restaurant to call the police but they didn’t do that. We argued for a quite long time in the restaurant but still they forced us to pay. Because we have to do other schdule, we gave up and paid again.

  9. Ole on July 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The tailor “Dusit Collection” uses these tuk tuk drivers to scam you! I hope this prevents others from being scammed like I was!

    • Gavin on August 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Wish I had done my research sooner. Just made a purchase for a suit and a shirt for 15,000 thb.

      • Fabiana Nascimento on September 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm

        I was also a fooled by “Dusit Collection”. They are criminals con-artists.

        • M on December 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

          We got screwed over by tuktuk drivers, polite and helpful young men, “a lawyer from New York” and Dusit Collection on Christmas eve.. What a great present.
          We got nothing in the end. Now trying to “get back” part of the money from the credit card company. We signed bunch of papers, didn’t see what all of them said (stupid stupid stupid..), so if there was something like “I have received the goods” this ends up being quite expensive lesson.
          Unfortunately this incident made me sort of dislike the whole country.. Even though I know there are good people too.
          I truly hope no one else gets sucked into that crap..

          • Ryan on February 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

            Just returned from Bangkok and had the EXACT same experience, same guy in the car park claiming to be from New York etc. It was so intricate I couldn’t believe it was a scam until it slapped me in the face…
            In the end we got the suits we paid for, and whilst they are not exactly ‘Armani’ quality as promised, they do fit nicely.

          • Mareike on March 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

            Hi Ryan, (post on 1/2/15). How did you end up getting your items. We asked them to send it home to us and this was 6 weeks ago…. The phone number on our receipt is no longer connected. We cannot get in touch with the company – for obvious reasons perhaps!
            Kind Regards,
            Mareike

          • Randy on March 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

            This scam is still alive! It happened to us today! Same NY lawyer visiting his sick father, the liar that gave us to the tuk tuk driver for a cheap price, same Dusit Tailors! This all just happened to us today, the charge is still showing as Pending on my credit card. I’ve alerted the credit card company already to not post the charge. I hope it works.

          • Ryan on March 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

            Hi Marieke,
            We got the suits before we left BKK as I had the concierge call them from the hotel and threaten to come with the tourist police if they didn’t deliver the suits. They arrived 5 minutes later (surprise, surprise)….
            I suspect that if you are overseas you won’t ever receive anything. I have their phone number written down somewhere which I can find if you like? Just let me know.
            Good luck!

          • Anonymous on March 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

            Hi Ryan, the phone number you have might be helpful. You never know we might get somewhere with it. We have a friend in BKK who could help us with it. Thanks! Mareike

          • Ryan on March 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

            Hi Marieke.
            The phone numbers I have are: 02-2825329 or 02-2828279-80.
            Also, if you have someone in BKK maybe go and see them? Their address is:
            463/68-69 Lookluang Rd., Seeyek Mahanak, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300.
            I imagine if you send your friend in there with a copy of your invoice, and have him/her threaten to tell everyone who’s in the shop about the scam, they’ll produce the goods quick smart!

          • Mareike on April 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

            Hi Ryan,
            I can’t believe it! A fed ex package arrived with all the things my husband and I ordered over 3 months ago. We must have been lucky!!!
            Mareike

          • Ryan on April 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm

            That’s great news Marieke – congratulations! I hope they’re OK.

          • Flinn on May 10, 2015 at 5:10 am

            Painfull to read, got scammed by them yesterday. Still hope to get a suit out of them by yesterday. Same american lawyer whos car we blocked whilst waiting for our tuk tuk driver to come back from a toilet break. Just hope we still get my suit of 11500 baht, hoping I cancel credit card payment.

      • Guido on September 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        Fabiana i made the same mistake, what did you in the end handle with them?

        • Fabiana Nascimento on September 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

          Unfortunately, I went to the police station and it was a big waist of my tourism time… I cancel the transaction on my credit card however, my friend had to accept the ridiculous 5% discount, which was 200 Bhats.

          • Ar on December 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

            How did you cancel the transaction on your credit card? I just called mine and they can’t cancel because it’s not considered fraud since I technically bought it even if in dishonest circumstances. Ugh!

          • Bobby on December 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

            Dusit Collection is a big scam, they pay off the Tuk Tuk dricers to take tourists there. What happened to us was a guide in the street got us a Tuk Tuk very cheap to take us around. When we got back from Golden Mount there was a Thai guy standing next to the Tuk Tuk who spoke perfect English. He fooled us into believing he was from US visiting his brother and suggested we go to Dusit Collection because they had a good sale advertised on TV. We ended up ordering bunch of stuff which didn’t turn out to be that good. When I got back to US I disputed part of charges but didn’t get anywhere. One of the paper they had me sign at the time of order said something like ” I have received the merchandise and I am completely satisfied” which I had not payed attention at the time of purchase.

      • Guido on September 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Gavin,

        What did you get in the end? I also ordered a suit today, now i read all this.

        What to do?

    • Mueller on April 9, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      It also happened to me yesterday 🙁
      I was with my family close to a temple, when a nice “student” asked if we got lost. He told us a nice way around Bangkok, first one temple, than a nice silk exhibition, which will end today and this is the first time tourist can go to, after that another nice temple (golden mountain).
      He wrote everything down on a paper for us und said it woul cost 200 Baht.
      After that a tuk tuk was already there and it sounded like he would describe the route to the tuk tuk driver.
      He showed us everything and seemed to be pretty nice. At the first temple he stopped his tuk tuk and said he had to go to the toilet (for a very long time…). The next minute a very friendly Thai person came who wanted to drive away his car, which was parked in by the tuk tuk… We started to talk and he told us the story that he was now a lawyer from New York just visiting his brother, who is a monk…
      He seemed all excited, that we knew about this great exhibition and he actually was at the same place the day before and bought an Armani suit for 350 Euro (the guy actually spoke pretty good German, too).
      When we came into the little store, first they were all pretty friendly, told us the same price (350Eurp) for pants and jackets and together with a shirt, west and a tie, it would cost 450euro. If I would buy two suites, I get the third one for free, the will deliver everything to my hotel by 12 o’clock the next day. after I signed a couple papers (stupid, because I didn’t read that there is no refund possible) they seemed to be in a big hurry. I wasn’t even allowed to pick a tie…because they were all in the other store…
      I felt not good about the whole thing, so back at the hotelI read everything written here and felt really really stupid…
      I asked the guy from the lobby to call the store and I threatened to call the police if I wouldn’t get my good quality suit. On the phone I was told, they didn’t promise Armani quality, but only Armani stylet. When I went to the store again, fortunately the suite was ready, fitted well and is good quality. I asked for money back, cause of the cheating, but they wouldn,t agree. When I went out of the store I was warning other German speaking customers, than the owner got pretty mad at me. Since I was still pissed off, I stood another 15 minutes in front of the store and tried to warn other customers 🙂 of course the owner didn’t like this at all and told me that I had to leave and wasn’t allowed to talk to anybody.. I just told him I wouldn’t leave until I warned a couple more people or if he would give me some money back. In the end he didn’t give me any money back, but I got two more ties and a scarf.
      Summing up: be very very carful! Don’t pay any money (or at least not the entire price) before you get your suit/dress and don’t let them ship you the suit or deliver it to the hotel, but pick it up personally the next day. Don’t pay more than 8000-9000Baht ( I payed 15750 🙁 )

  10. Eugene on July 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    We were in Thailand 2 months ago for our Honeymoon. We were ask by a guy to make suits and shirts and and and… it was close to our hotel in Patong beach. He took us into a shop his brother helped us “Bob” I got some stuff maid and then he said the are busy and they will send it by Post. its bin 2 months and now that I email him and phone him the emails come back and he doesn’t take my calls

  11. Mike T on August 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I never get scammed probably because of my appearance though, 2 other scams are the attempted, i will bring you to famous Thai seafood place by taxi, which turns out to be actual seafood place with same price you would pay in North America! and airport taxi going to bangkok, this taxi guy knew i had beers with me and after 1st toll booth said, “excuse me , i didnt know you had beer! when we went through toll booth they have camera that took your pic and now they charge taxi 1000 baht, i basically said Bullshit in a very aggressive manner!! and said lets check out camera at next toll booth!!! dead silence rest of way..

  12. fredn on October 18, 2014 at 4:51 am

    There’s another scam warning for teachers or people working or looking for work in the kingdom of Thailand.

    It’s about fake job agencies or education scams in and around Bangkok

    Do a Google on:
    kirk pathumanun smartkurve meebal

  13. fredn on November 6, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Bangkok schools like Chanhun Bamphen School or Chan Hun Bamphen School, Sarawittaya School and Streesmutprakan School are somehow in on the deal with this so called job agency and maybe other agencies. Both parties gaining something out of this system but the teacher who is doing all the work gets nothing and has his salary stolen. Smartkurve even has Thailand’s Natural Resource and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti involved in the scam! This scam has been going on for years and still is today…

  14. Noel on November 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Help
    My friend has been with this lady for nearly 3 years and was going to get married. He visits Thailand every 6months…

    He called the wedding off when he was concerned about some of the questions she wouldn’t answer or didn’t sound right.

    Recently she informed him she got convicted of embezzlement for the sum of 3 million Baht..

    Her court re appearance for sentence was last week… She informs him that if she pays the money back she will not face prison…

    I have tried to convince him this would not be true as they would at least take her owned home … or as I said if its worth 3million she could sell that first…

    Has anyone got any idea if this is how Thailand justice works.

    Pay back what you embezzled and we let you go !!!!

  15. Anonymous on December 7, 2014 at 12:01 am

    on this year i come bangkok and i call tuk tuk and he show me one tailor he say it very good quality

    and have promotion only 7 DAY and he say to day it Final day went i go to buy and he can send
    for me to my Home and i buy two suit and two shirts he say he can make finish don need to fitting a suit and shirts i paid 30000 b you know what happen to me this show not send my suit for me this show name VISUTKASAT COLLETION it SCAMS tailor for Everyone much very Be careful

  16. TravelScams.org on December 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Richard!

    Thanks for sharing the list of these common scams and educating fellow readers. Just thought maybe you would like to add on the Tuk Tuk scam, a big one in Thailand. So what they do is they offer extremely low prices for private tours, tourists get hooked, engage the tuk tuk and end up on a private tour of gem stores and tailor shops.

    I’m simplifying though, more details shared over at http://travelscams.org/asia/21-common-scams-thailand/

  17. sornswan inyawilert on January 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Video / http://youtu.be/G18dNKOpJDA

    Part 2 / http://youtu.be/xD31TACIy8M

    bad experience and worst ever!! in Bkk
    please help and share
    yesterday not just us , have a lot people have seem like that too

    we have fake guide people ripped off with bad experience about trip boat in Bkk
    no safety shirt,
    diver drink and drive on the boat , never stop on th spot like they’re said
    if someone try to put you ,
    invite you sit in private Boat for the trip don’t pay for it
    there have 3 place near river in bkk , they’re do same game ,
    later they gonna left you like trash,
    thank you
    PS,
    it’s not about how much you pay , it’s all about hurt you feeling later !!!

    The Khlong Scam

    Similar to the Grand Palace scam, the khlong scam is not as popular as it used to be as the khlongs are not what they used to be either. A friendly Thai man (he could be young or old) will approach you in the street, noticing your unmistakable lost look. He will ask the usual non intrusive questions: “where do you come from”. Those guys always have an anecdote about your country and always know a couple of sentences in your language… they also seem to know all the football players from every country, so if you are a football enthusiast, you just found yourself a buddy who will happily hit on that nail. The man will offer you to ride his friend’s longtail boat to go around the famous khlongs of Bangkok for a ridiculously low price (you know, the canals). It’s too nice to be true will you think (indeed) and the man is so friendly and he can even speak English! The tour is real and actually very nice so enjoy it. He is so kind he might even stop at a riverside bar and offer you a coke. So far so good, and as the ride is about to end you think how lucky you have been today! As you approach the pier, you are about to find out how lucky you really have been. The engine stops 200 m from the pier and your new friend will ask for an additional 1,000 baht – or more – for the cost of the boat ride. No matter what you say and how much you argue, the boat won’t get any closer to the pier. You will of course pay because they are two, the guy and the boat driver, and the idea of swimming back to the pier with your expensive camera and smartphone isn’t worth a thousand baht.

    How to Avoid it: Once again, use your common sense. Don’t trust strangers approaching you in the middle of nowhere with too good intentions. Just smile and decline. If you want to explore the klongs by boat, book from a tour agent or at the piers. (note that smiley guys might try to approach you at the pier as well, just buy your own ticket at the counter)

  18. c on January 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I was in BKK for the new year. Arrived on the 29th and left on Jan 2. I look thai-ish since I come from the same south east asia region and was never scammed in taxis. But the khlongs are a different story. Most tuktuks would bring you to small khlong stations where there would be boat scams offered to you for as high as 2500 baht. Outrageous since the boat fare is only 12 baht. 😐 So be sure to be dropped off at the right boat station. Ask around for the right one. Better to walk around than to be scammed by the tuktuks. The 12 baht boat is the Chao phraya express boat. Most boat scammers would tell you that the express boat is closed for the day. It isnt! In the boat stations there would be no tours offered since this is government owned. Also be wary of Ayodai in Ayutthaya. It’s a complete tourist trap with the elephants, tigers and pseudo floating market. The real floating market is not in ayutthaya. The tiger there was drugged. It still pains me that I saw that tiger and could not do anything about it.

    • sornsswan inyawilert on January 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

      yeah , i not Bkk person but i’m Thai

      but okay buy bad experience have lesson and learn

      if we know we can tell the Tourist and friends from back home

      because him already took we go other place and do same thing ??

      we already cancel, not go try to took other taxi

      and his offer said okay i not charge you anymore

      want to Bring you a good Boat Trip

      i know a other place,

      so my boyfriends say just 2000 B come on !!

      no big deal , but i think it’s very funny ,

      i won’t go , but him wanna know how going on this guy try to do

      now it’s on

      newspaper already

      a lot people have been left like trash same us

      http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/454907/a-river-trip-to-hell-for-locals-and-tourists

  19. Scott J on March 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Hello, my wife and I recently got scammed by Nakorn Sawan Tailor trading as Dusit Collection. We took a Tuk Tuk to the Grand Palace where we were approached by a man who claimed that he was a government worker employed to protect tourists. He told us that the Grand Palace was open but as it was a Buddhist holiday, he recommended that we come back after 12pm (lunch time). He then asked if we had a map so that he could point out a few local temples that we could visit while we were in the area. We didn’t have a map so he kindly provided us with one and circled a few temples. Then he told us that we should hire a government Tuk Tuk which we could identify by their yellow number plates and that we should only have to pay about fifty bht fare for two hours. He asked us if we had heard about a special sale on television last night as, this week only, Thai export quality cashmere was available for purchase by the public. He circled a place on the map and said that he would tell the driver to take us there too. So we went to the temples one by one and at one of the temples we started talking to a budhist monk who seemed like a nice gentleman who told us that he was a banker and that he was here on his day off (it being the 8th day of the week and he, being Buddhist, would spend his time at the temple). He told us that just yesterday he had bought four suits as the cashmere was only available for purchase this week. We then went to the tailors, ordered two winter coats on the promise of an international deliver which never came. Our bank said that as we had no evidence of a non-delivery agreement, we could not get a refund of our purchase. So as a heads up, if you buy anything from Thailand on the promise of a delivery. Get a written non-delivery agreement(!) and pay with Visa.

    • Torben Retboll on March 24, 2015 at 10:58 am

      If you buy anything in Thailand, you should get it while you are still in the country. If they promise to send it to you later, do not trust them and do not pay anything. This is my advice.

  20. Johnathan on April 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Honestly, anyone who gives a Thai tailor shop their visa card number and/or cash against a promise of a suit being mailed to their home country is asking for it… How naive can you be?

  21. rr on April 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Yesterday ive been scammed by tuk tuk driver to go to a “good cheap sea food restaurant”, when we approached it it was night and restaurant looked conveniant, (many thai girls in suits, and all inside interior was made to look like its luxurious restaurant) the man approached and said if we would drink beer, luckily i said no and checked price on the menu and it was 200 bht for a bottle. unfortuately we didnt leave at this point and ordered 2 soops, finishing with 1000bht cheque. im happy that i dint use my credit card there because i have a feeling that in similar places they scrim the cards and later sell them for other criminals.

  22. Lynn A Girard on May 14, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    We fell for the temple is closed scam & couldn’t believe we were so stupid.

    Recap of our experience:
    http://moneyleftfortravel.com/the-lucky-buddha-scam-bangkok/

  23. Paul on June 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Hi everybody,

    Today i share my scam story happen at bangkok in 2015.

    The process is pretty the same for everyone, we just visiting bangkok with a map on the hand. And someone nicely come to help us. She even find a cheap tuk tuk for the price of 40 THB.

    We visit two temple and we meet another man who talk to us about cheap suits during this special week, but only this week…
    Just after the tuk tuk stop at tailor shop. And we buy two supposed cachemire italian suits.

    After we come back in France, we asked to a familly member who is french tailor what she was thinking about our suits.

    Verdict:
    – Every persons we meet this day were connected
    – There’s no italian cachemire, what we called “italian cachemire” come from China. And this is a low quality cachemire.
    – But the suits are fine and well done so we are always winner compared to French price.

    The shop is “Visutkasat Collection”, 386 Wisutkasat Road, Banpanthom Pranakom, Bangkok.

    I hope this post will help.
    Bye

  24. Aaron on June 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Similar experience today at reclining Buddha. Managed to escape after “Happy Buddha” after being taken to Thailand Export Company. Refused to go in and left tuk tuk driver – made hasty retreat into taxi. Cannot believe I fell for it as I have spent heaps of time in SE Asia. Be careful!

  25. Jens on June 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Many things happened to us during our stay in Bangkok, most of them did not work, as I’m generally very doubtful. But they are perfect and one of it worked, but we avoided the worst things that could happen, to loose all the money and to loose your freedom of travelling. So we were brought by Tuk Tuk (20 bath, first ride, so we didn’t know the prices) to the travel agency Tiger Travel Group, We were looking for a flight to the south, because we wanted to go Koh PhiPhi and unfortunately told them, that we want to go to Koh Phangan for the FullMoon Party a week later. They booked us a taxi transfer, a flight to Krabi, a transfer to the port and the ferry, further a bungalow on Phangan with AC, fortunately I’m blocking, when people try to force me to do something, they tried to plan and book our complete stay. So we just booked these things, about 50 % more than usual, a loss about 100 Eur/person. But we kept our freedom to decide, how long we want to stay on PhiPhi island and where to go after the Full Moon Party. The bungalow in Phangan was very nice, but at first they tried to give us a Fan Bungalow far from the beach. After long discussions and some threats from us, we were 2 guys, 2 m tall and 100 kg weight, they decided to let us have the beach front bungalow we booked. But all the other things we booked worked well, the transfers were on time and the tickets were valid, but the price was too high.

    The second scam which nearly worked was a guy who came to us north of Sanam Luang park close to the KSR.
    He told us he was a teacher and came to Bangkok to see his family. He was praying at a monument nearby and asked us, what we are looking for, because we stopped to look around where to go and what to do. (Our tipp, NEVER stop walking!) He was talking to us about 5 minutes, just talking about his Family and Thailand and how we dicided to come to Bangkok, it felt very familiar, then we told him, that we are looking for a boat trip to see the klongs. He was warning us to go to the river near the KSR and he knew about some cheaper provider a few minutes to drive to the south. Then a TukTuk came across by chance… we thought. He brought us to a smal dock near the Wat Pho. 240 Chakphet Rd, Bangkok, they were really forcing us to do the trip, it was about 50 €/person, they went down later to 40 Eur and after we left to 25 Eur, but we noticed that this price is also very expensive, so we and felt very unsafe in this area.
    Then we left by foot, because the TukTuk was gone. But we met him again after ¼ mile, the ride to the Wat Pho costs about 100 bath then, 5 times more than the ride to the boat trip provider, for half of the distance, we knew, we just avoided another scam…
    But we also knew we would have to avoid hundrets more.

    Make fun of it, or maybe it will become the best drinking game in the world! Have a shot when revealing a scam!

  26. Harman on July 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm
    • Torben Retboll on July 24, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Harassment of foreigners around Asok was a problem six months ago. As far as I know, it is not a problem any more.

      Torben Retboll

  27. Kieth Emerson on August 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

    I am a Brit who has lived and worked in Thailand for 11 years.
    My advice is simple and easy…NEVER trust a Thai – ANY Thai….yes…sadly its that simple..works for me, and guess what, i have never been scammed.

    • Joe on October 26, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Kieth,
      You are right on the money with your comment there ,Good on Ya !!!
      When you are handing out the money you are the best person in the world.Stop splashing money around and nobody wants to know you .
      You can do 1000 good things for them but the minute you do the slightest thing that dosent go there way the shit hits the fan ..
      Joe from Australia

  28. Bob on February 19, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Thailand is a great place , even for half wits with money. Your all welcome! Just keep your eyes open, some scams can be inexpensive and interesting as well. Specially if you know your being scammed but it is still such a great deal !

  29. Elena on July 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The Thai Thai Travel Tourist Information center was a big SCAM also. Paid 3 times the normal price, since i can’t walk further with a small kid. Everything they told me was a false info. And tours were nightmare!!!! Please be aware of them.

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