If you encounter anyone who claims he's International Police and tries to rip you off some money by pointing your pocket and asking "what's in your pocket" if you reply "my money ofcouse" he would ask "show me"
You don't have to do anything he orders,Just tell them "Sorry I don't believe you" and just walk away as soon as possible.If he's still bugging you by trying to take you to "Police Station" DONT pay attention at them.Just looking for police in uniform around there if possible and tell them what happened.Otherwise just tell those guys that you will call Tourist Police to check his ID that it's real or fake.(and ofcourse it doesn't even exist)
These people they're not even Thais.(In his card says "Turkish" but anyway you can't believe anything) These people are real trouble.Government don't even have a clue that this kind of people exist and I don't know how many tourists they've rip off them already.
They will try ask if you use drugs or stuff like that.Don't waste your time.Walk to most crowded areas as soon as possible and if they still wanna take you to police station.You might say "yes" BUT ONLY IF YOU WHO CHOOSES A POLICE STATION and ofcourse they won't go with you.It seems they work as teamwork.While one guys is trying to make a trouble with you,other one is waiting on his motorbike as they could run away anytime.
I was quite shocked to hear this story from my Belgian friend.(he encountered ones near Siam BTS station) So,becareful.
The police here in Thailand,
usually accepts that a vendor
may over charge you
or take you for a ride.
So do take this warning with attention,
since it is not usually of their kind to
have this kind of attention.
Beware of strangers who try to take you to buy cloths, jewelry, gems, silver, etc.
Please do not trust them!!
If you need help please
1) Call Tourist Police 1155
2) Contact the nearest police box
Bangruk Police Station
This is a horrible thing, which I have personally seen in Bangkok (and Bangkok only). Fake monks on the streets. These fakes love to steel money and make "illegal" business deals. Be careful, these people must be bad if that pick wearing a monk's robe as a disguise. I actually got a photo of a fake, and the signs were blatantly obvious, first of all the "monk" was smoking, which real monks don't do, and second of all he was hugging a woman, which monks don't do either (it is forbidden for monks to even touch women). Be aware and be careful, there are some bad people in Bangkok (but a lot of very good too!!).
My husband and I believe ourselves to be pretty savvy and had prepared ourselves before arriving in Bangkok for all the possible scams etc (or so we thought). While walking to the palace, we were greeted by a friendly-faced old man, carrying an umbrella and a briefcase. He asked us where we were from, and he told us he was a professor on his way to University (flashed us some sort of ID and pointed across the park to the University's location). After some friendly chit-chat he then proceeded to tell us that the palace was closed due to celebrations (a line we knew to expect from touts and taxi drivers, but one we weren't expecting from a nice old University professor). Next thing we know, he's arranging a tuk tuk (taxi) for us, explaining how we can avoid getting scamed by taking the ones with the green license plates because the yellow ones were illegal (or something to that effect). Next thing we know, we're thanking him and off we set in the tuk tuk who is going to take us to some obscure temple. But as soon as he stops first at a silk shop we recognise we've been had...so we toss him a few coins and head off on foot back to the palace, which of course....is open.
We got along absolutely fine for the rest of the trip via public bus. You can get a map with the bus routes from the tourism offices...and you can save more money for the great food!
Never say it's your first visit to Bangkok, if a taxi driver or whoever asks how long you've been there or if it's your first trip lie! There are ample con artists around just ready and waiting to take the unsuspecting tourist for a ride! Taxi drivers will charge you way over the odds if they think you don't know the going rate. Always ask them to turn on the meter if they want to agree a price upfront it will be above the going rate! When visiting the main tourist attractions you will see many smartly dressed men in suits even lingering around the sights to try and persuade you that the attraction is closed today or not open until later, many will even point to a closed gate, chances are you are just not at the front enterance. They might also try tell you that your clothing is unacceptable for entrance to the palace etc whereas at most major tourist attractions including the grand palace you can hire appropriate clothing free by leaving a refundable deposit. Don't be deceived by their lies, they will say there is another attraction close buy that they will take you to. I've never been mislead by them but have heard plenty of stories where people have been fleeced for tour guide fees or taken to the make shift tour guides shops or families shops along the way and encouraged to buy stuff. So be assertive and don't be misguided by anything they may tell you. Check everything out for yourself.
Near the temples or tourist sites... if anyone approaches claiming a temple is in the other direction... ignore them, keep walking, smile... don't pay attention to them... this happened several times.. I was told Wat Pho was closed due to Buddha holiday -- not the case.... walking to the temple, without asking, I was told entrance was in a different direction.
Near Grand Palace -- I was told I could not go in dressed the way I was (I was fine) and that it was closed until 2pm.... again, not the case!
Follow your instinct, follow your map or ask another tourist...
People approach you and talk to you about anything that may lead them to ask you for a pen so they can write an address for you !
On two occasions in Bangkok we were subject to this. They are very smooth and nice people but they want you to open your bag for a pen. As soon as you look down to do this their accomplice walks past and tries to grab your bag, wallet or purse.
We were quick enough to smell a rat and closed the bag just as the accomplice was coming up to us, he quickly ran off along wioth his smooth talking friend!
Beware of guys dressed as the police at Thieves Market . We had one trying to convince us to take a tuk tuk to another area for better shopping!! He was so friendly and convincing....he became too sale- sy though and it gave him away.
You can get either of the following:
"This company is non metered after xx:xx hours"
"The meter is broken - how much are you willing to pay?, how about (pricex6) ?"
"I do you special price only (price x 6)" (unless you know the fare do not chose this option)
In all instances, I would, tell them politely but firmly "Turn the Meter on or Stop the Taxi"
if they are persistant and inform you of the starting information - tell them politely but firmly "Stop the taxi - or I pay nothing" this generally works as they would rather not lose the money. Then get out of the taxi and find another - there are millions of them around.
There are not a lot of taxi drivers out there doing this - but they do exist, be aware and be polite at all times.
It is law that all taxi (cars) must be metered, unfortunately at the moment the Tuk-Tuks are not required to follow this law. Although the Tuk-Tuks are regulated in regards to safety, the same as taxis
Around the majority of tourist attractions - there appear to be an abundance of so called 'Off Duty Policemen" who find it in thier heart to advise you of the best tourist attractions to see.
They will give you something along the lines of "It is a little too far to walk and I would not recommend that you take a taxi as that is too expensive and the buses are not the best in Bangkok either - I will get you a tuk tuk to take you it will be very cheap" and surprisingly a Tuk Tuk will appear in seconds few. Amazing !!!!
They are purely a rip off - they will tell you 20 - 30 Bhat, but the price will always end up being much higher - Do not take them and politely, but firmly, inform them "Thank you for the advice, but no thank you"
While you are in the touristy areas of Khoa San Road and the Grand Palace, you need to assume that no one who appears Thai is out for your general interest. Even a person we approached asking for map directions claimed to be a travel guide and suggested we go to the "Black Buddha Temple" (fake temple). Assume that EVERYONE around this area is lying to you or dishonest. The only information you can trust is from people working in the many tourist assistance offices around the city. Know that the "Black Buddha" and the "Lucky Buddha" are fake temples, don't go, if anyone tells you to go to these tell them that you were born at night, but not last night. Don't let these people ruin your enjoyment of this culturaly rich city!! Other than con artists and tuk tuk driver tricks, this is a mostly safe city
OK. You are in Bangkok and you want some nice silk or want to get a suit made. Here's what I encountered a couple of years ago. I was walking around Sukhumvit and heard gunshots - yes, gunshots! Turns out a film crew had the streets closed and they were filming a movie. Wow! I watched for a while and then one of the local men I was standing close to started talking to me. He was VERY nice and courteous. He then got around to shopping, was I gonna do any. I said yes, that my wife wanted me to bring back some Thai silk. He said he knew of a "silk warehouse" just around the corner and he would be happy to show me where it was. So, I went. I was very skeptical, but he seemed harmless. We went a couple of blocks and he took me into what was merely a storefront for a Saudi Arabian tailor. Yes, he used silk, but he didn't sell silk. He made suits. HE didn't make them, he just hired poor Thai women to sew them and he made all the money. The nice local man obviously would have made a "spiff" or commission had I actually made a purchase. Since I don't wear, need or even want a suit, I had to pass. Plus, the guy was soooo sleazy, it made me sick to know he's rich at the expense of the poor locals. So beware the smiling faces - there just may be an underlying reason they are smiling. They know you have money and they want it. Thankfully, they won't beat it out of you as the police are tough. A few more tips: never bad mouth the King, stand when the locals stand at the theater and in the streets (they honor the King every day), never spit in public, never point your feet at anyone (feet are the lowest, dirtiest part of the body), never pat kids on the head, the head being the highest and most revered part of the body. Enjoy!
When I was in Bangkok I took a trip out to see the oldest wat in Bangkok (cannot remember the name, but its on the outskirts) I was befriended by a Thai man. He introduced himself & must have seen me as sympathico (I was also a lot more naive then) because he told me he had a wife, she had died, etc. He chatted away & offered to take a picture of me with my camera inside the wat but I declined as I wasn't putting my new camera in the hands of a stranger no matter how pleasant, luckily I'd say now!! He then eventually got around to the subject of what I was doing in Bangkok, and was there anything I particularly wanted to buy!! Another man on a mission or rather commission!! I said I wouldn't mind getting a suit made up (he already had my map, I think) & surprise, surprise he had a friend who had a place round the corner. Don't be fooled because I was certainly taken in, it was my first big trip away & to Asia. I was lucky though as when I got back to the hotel after being measured up for a suit the 2 guys I'd met said I should ring my credit card company & get the transaction cancelled, & thankfully my dad works in the bank so he sorted it out for me. Don't get taken in ladies, he was v.good looking which I admit took me in & v.convincing with his story!!
If I am in Sydney, waiting out the front of David Jones department store or Sydney Opera House waiting for the doors to open and some chap comes up to me and tells me the shop/Opera House won't open and I should go off with him, or some other nonsense, I am, at the very least, going to tell him to nick off. So what is the difference between Thailand and your own country when it comes to common sense? Especially when every guidebook/website/forum on Thailand, without exception warns you to ignore such people.
By the way, I am not having a bar of the airport scam tales and I don't know of one person (and I know hundreds of people who use Bangkok airport regularly) that has been caught by this alleged scam. So, in my opinion it is either total nonsense, or very, very rare.
The Arabic guys approached me nearly 10 times in my 6 days visit. Some times in roadside and some times in tourist attractions. In my first two encounters with them, I don't know how much money I lost as I really don't remember how much money I had in my wallet or in my pocket ( luckily I didn't had any 100dollar bills with me!). When one more Arabic guy approached me with same statements I started sensing a danger and became cautious.
here is my experience.
A well dressed Arabic guy or a Arabic couple comes and talks to you (anywhere in Bangkok). They will tell next week they are going to India (as they can easily find out u r from India by facial features or any other Asian country). He will tell that his wife wants to see the Indian cash ie how it looks? When u take out your wallet ( enthusiastically!) and show the money to them. Afterwards they will say thanks and vanish. And in few minutes you will soon realize that few notes are missing from the wallet or the cash bundle you had.
There are no. of methods they approach you,
1) hello, we want buy saree. its a good dress. How much a saree costs. Conversation starts like this.
2)Hello, does Indian note has Ghandi photo. I want to see it.
3)Hello, I just came today. I want see how this ( any denomination usually 1000 or 500 baths) currency note looks.
4)Some times they come in some car in a busy traffic road and approach you usually asking some common question. Then they will tell they are going to your country next week and wants to see the currency!