Con Artists & Scams, Ko Samui

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  • Con Artists & Scams
    by JohnandSuzie
  • Koh Samui songtaew
    Koh Samui songtaew
    by jamiesamui
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    A Con Artist at Work
    by balisunshine
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    A Con Artist at Work

    by balisunshine Written Sep 20, 2004

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    A Con Artist at Work

    Somewhere along the way
    on our travel by bus to Surat Thani,
    a Thai guy got on board.

    He started his introduction to the passengers
    by appearing to help them
    in notifying them that
    the bus would arrive to the pier
    at a certain time
    (which we already knew)
    and that the ferry would depart at another.

    He then would continue to ask
    each and every commuter
    if they knew what hotel
    they would be staying at.

    The young couple in front of us
    answered that they were going to
    check availability at a certain budget hotel.
    (it was low season)

    He immediately discouraged them
    in their choice,
    stating that the hotel of their choice
    was fully booked.

    He quickly pulled out brochures
    of certain hotels
    of which he logically had
    some kind of agreement with.

    He requested to be paid
    the hotel fee upfront in cash,
    made a call on his hand phone to someone to pick them up at the pier,
    and hopped off the bus
    just a couple of miles after that.
    We continued traveling for another 2 hours.

    I believe the hotel reservation in this case was genuine,
    but:

    -I doubt that the hotel the young couple was thinking of was full.

    -If they had gone the hotel he recommended on their own,
    o any other, they would have been able to negotiate the price.

    -Who knows where the hotel he recommended was located.

    -At no time did he present any ID or references.
    This guy could have been just anybody
    and be working with the driver,
    hopping off the bus with their money.

    I add this tip
    just so that all of you
    are conscious of
    the various ways people here
    will try to impel you
    to make choices of which,
    you may be later sorry for.

    Travel safe!

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
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    • Budget Travel

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    shady characters

    by jamiesamui Updated May 20, 2007

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    Koh Samui songtaew

    Be careful when taking songthaew taxi`s after dark,it is a fact that fares rise the later and further distance you travel(this is an acceptable practice worldwide).My experience involved a ride that ended at the complete opposite to where I wanted to be,then a very high fee that was basically extortion. If it wasn`t for the intervention of my Thai girlfriend(I don`t know what she said to them but I think it saved me a trip to Samui hospital because I wasn`t a very happy camper & neither were they).It was funny because even though I was the one being ripped off these men didn`t like my attitude & I think they expected me to be just like the tourist guide tells you "Be friendly & patient".These men tend to pray on inebriated tourists especially around the soi green mango area around 2 am

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    Internet Company next to Variety bars in Lamai

    by DurianLover Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Be careful of this Internet/travel agency. I used the internet there and it kept crashing and they had to reboot but still charged me for all the down time, when I questioned the older man he scolded me. He asked me if I thought I was a big man or a good man and told me I had to pay for the whole time because this was Thailand. He was very rude and threatening and obviosly did not like tourists..

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    Time Share

    by JohnandSuzie Updated Sep 13, 2007

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    English speaking and normally on motorbikes you will be approached win a scratchcard and asked to attend a meeting to win your prize, be polite and walk away

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