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Thailand Tourist Traps

  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Bangkok taxi driver requests fare prior to commencing trip to destination once victim in car. Bangkok taxi driver requests fare once 63 year young lady in cab. After being given the address on a card he drives in the opposite direction. She gestures so he has no doubt that he is going the wrong way. Since she had paid her 200 baht when he stopped...

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  • Shopping and nightlife

    Phuket Tourist Traps

    Well, this happened to my friend during my last trip...(for ppl who think i dunno what i am talking abt it was 16th trip to pukhet), since it was his first time he got bedazzled by the relatively cheap prices and the wide array of goods, hes a watch freak he ended up going to this bloke who owns a shop right next to the DUBAI RESTAURANT he is a...

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  • Changing Money

    Ko Samui Tourist Traps

    I`ll describe 2 traps in 1 tip, 1st one - check your money before changing 2nd one- The amount of money you carry No 1 -- Always double check the amount you are about to exchange,this is common sense, however on my last trip I went to exchange $150AUD(3 $50 notes) counted twice went to F/X , signed reciept & was about to walk away,luckily I hadn`t...

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  • Elephant camps

    Chiang Mai Tourist Traps

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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  • Tuk-tuks

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    this will be my tourist trap tips for the bangkok style tuk tuks, which are way different in design and make from the phuket tuk tuks and the ayuthaya tuk tuks. Tuk tuks are a generic tricycle common in the Whole of Asia and almost every country has it's version of the tuk tuk. the basic design of a tuktuk is being fitted with a water-cooled...

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  • Excursions

    Phuket Tourist Traps

    We regretfully took 2 tours with this company and we can't decide which was worse than the other. JAMES BOND ISLAND- The shuttle to pick us up was completely overcrowded and if we knew it would take so long to get to the tour spot, we would have just taken a cab there ourselves. We did not stop at a couple of islands listed in the tour itinerary....

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  • Shopping & Bartering

    Ko Samui Tourist Traps

    Because chaweng beach is the most popular place in samui many shops charge 2-3 times more than it's regular price. Bargain at least for half-price or compare from prices from other shops You can try Lamai or Nathon market

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  • Tours & Tuk Tuks with extra stops

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    By my second day in Bangkok I had not formed a great impression of the Thai people, or rather any of them connected with the tourist industry. I was aware of the scams and had been vigilant but I still got sucked in. I guess they caught me off guard because of my tiredness after a rather long day. I had been to see the Grand Palace attractions...

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  • Grand Palace Closed Scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Often when you are looking for directions or the entrance to a temple/palace/... a local comes up to you and tells you that the place is closed. Sometimes it's "closed for lunch", for temples it's mostly "closed because the monks want to pray without any visitors". They'll mostly tell you about a great outlet shopping centre you can visit to pass...

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  • Khao San Road

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Behind the famous spot Khao San road, the street behind called RAMBUTTRI, you can find various type of restaurant and bars, is a very nice place, and less crowded then Khao San!! But there is a restaurant which is very dangerous!!! if you walk the Rambuttri street at some point you will find a curve, just in the curve there is a hotel with a...

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  • Patpong Night Market

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    HAVING VISITED PATPONG NIGHT MARKET SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND MOST OF THE TIME ENJOYED AND GOT SOME BARGAINS.I WAS DISSAPOINTED JULY 2007 WITH THE MARKET TRADERS STARTING PRICES HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT A WATCH, BELT,T SHIRT ETC SHOULD BE SELLING FOR THERE STARTING PRICES WERE TO HIGH AND VERY DIFFICULT TO BARGAIN DOWN TO A FAIR PRICE. ONLY...

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  • Airport Duty Free

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    The gist of the scam is that a salesperson will slip something into your shopping bag at duty free outlets letting you believe that it a free gift from your purchase of duty free goods... You will then be detained by airport security officials for shoplifting and asked to pay a large sum of money to be released... and this was precisely what...

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  • Lucky Buddha scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    we were around the World Trade Center shooting photos of the statue when a guy approached me and explained to me about the sacred statue. He told us we were very lucky to visit Bangkok that particular day coz it was the Buddha Days. Then he said they were having some kind of ceremony at a temple/wat called Lucky Buddha not far from the place we...

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  • Floating Markets

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    this is a certified tourist trap more so if you are not the type who wants to buy handicrafts or furnitures. according to their website: RTC relocated its headquarters to 240 Moo 6 Tambon Dongruay , Amphur Damnoensaduak , Ratchaburi, which has a surface area of 150 rai and is conveniently situated only 9 kilometers from Damnoensaduak Floating...

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  • Jewelry & Gem Stores

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    One of the most common scams in Bangkok is the gem scam where they tell you that you can buy cheap gems in Thailand then sell them on elsewhere for a large profit. Ours took place when we ended up at a temple on our tuktuk tour (see my Bangkok overview page for details). We were met by a man in the temple who chatted to us and when he found out we...

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  • Snake & Crocodile Farm

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    That snake was put on the shoulder of innocent and naive looking tourist in front of the gate to Wat Po (where reclining Buddha is). The owner of the snake goes around with his snake in hand and offers tourists to take it on their shoulders to take photo with her. When he takes advantage of a naive person and put the money in pocket he quickly...

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  • Highway Tolls

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    If you are taking a cab and there is a toll charge along the way, make sure that you pay at the toll (pass the money to the driver) instead of waiting till the end of the trip. Sometimes, the driver charge you a much higher rate. That's what happened when the 6 of us took 2 cabs, and the other group was asked to pay the total fare at the end, while...

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  • Erawan Shrine

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    My wife and her sister just visited Erawan Shrine recently. There a lot of flower seller surrounding and asking tourist to offer flower to Buddha, with the heart of sincerity, my wife is happy to offer flower to the Buddha and ask what is the price, the seller won't say anything, just give everything to my wife, at the end, he just tell her that it...

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  • Bird Feeding

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Near the Grand Palace there is a place were a lot of doves and a Thai fat woman and a middle aged man give unsuspecting tourist a small bag of corn kernel. They look friendly and as if they were giving you the corns for free even if you ask for how much they will keep on saying its ok...its ok... feed them... after the corn were out they will ask...

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  • Tailors

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Yesterday, in wanting to find a good tailor in the Silom/Bangrak area, i spent an hour looking around the Net. One name came appearing over and over again Savile Row (often alongside Talior Pro - they are brothers). Nearly every single comment and review is exactly the same, ending with their email address at the bottom - obviously all written by...

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  • Photo scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    There are some life sized pictures of Thai costumes that have holes where you can put your face on it to take a picture. Well, this one is not also free. The people won't mislead you that it's free but they would not tell you either that there's fee for every picture taken with it. They'll just stand around and let tourists put their faces on the...

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  • Airport Taxis

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    I booked the BANGKOK AIRPORT VIP Services to help transfer from a International flight to a domestic flight and they didn't show up!! Missed the flight and had to stay a night in a Bangkok Airport hotel and purchase a new ticket to Trat. When I complained to them they refuse to reply or talk top me, let alone refund the THB2100 they extorted from...

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  • Chatuchak Market

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Beware of the Muslim Food Stall next to the Clock Tower at Chatuchak Market! Had a meal of Seafood Tom Yam and Thai Fried Rice with 2 bottles of Coke for 2 people and it costs us 345THB! This is more expensive than when I eat at my hotel's restaurant. When the food came, I noticed that they served it in nice, pretty ceramic plates. The drinks also...

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  • Bargain - Haggling

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    It is best to pay a little to a hotel worker who can shop for you as they will recognize you as american and make you pay 3x as much. If you have to shop alone, look tired and uninterested. I had a female follow me for some time trying to get me to buy something and I finally got a pipe at a very good deal

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  • Government Travel Agency

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    I really haven't tried to book online for a place in where we can stay when we arrived in Bangkok, because I thought at that time that it's dangerous to enter your credit card number in the internet... well, i was wrong. We planned to ride in a airport bus to get to Sukhumvit and then just find a hotel to sleep there but it didn't went that way....

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  • Silom Village

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    We're not blaming anyone but our good friend Marili for this. Before we left home, we were mapping out our trip and making a list of all the restaurants and shopping haunts we needed to visit. Marili swore by Silom Village...great food...great shopping, according to her. Okay here goes... If it's your first time in Bangkok and you haven't sampled...

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  • Samboondee Seafood

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Correct. Aside from the knockoff name, its definitely a scam. YOu should avoid this tourist trap. I have been to Thailand at least 10 times. In the hundreds of meals that I have had in many Thai restaurants all over the country, this was the first Thai restaurant where I felt like I had been ripped off. When you enter this place –open until late...

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  • Spas - Massages

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    be careful : you can have a normal facial treatment for c.a 500 bht and collagen for 1000 bht, sometimes spa looks nice outside but inside are cheap and no professional like i.e:Ragnam ,in ragnam road close to the king power MBK on the 4 floor there is a place that doesn't shine so much but they use very good materials and people really know what...

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  • Government Trade Centre scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    They are official & they do work for the government but the con is..... They will tell you that there is a government jewelery sale but it is only happening on that day!!! They will then get you a tuk-tuk & barter him down to 40 baht to take you there & maybe to a Temple or two. There is no such jewelery place, it's a con to take you round the...

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  • Patpong

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Wow, the fact that I saw Patpong in the list of the tourist traps, means there really are a lot of con artists there. Never, ever, EVER, believe when someone calls you to watch the "ping pong show" (naked girls with scary muscle control) and will tell you that you just pay a hundred baht for drinks, free show. NEVER believe them. When you are...

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  • Wood Carving Factory

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    You see, normally when you go to a factory, you would expect good deals. But this factory u have to bargain!!! 20% to 30%. I dont understand why Bangkok is like this....... N please you still have to really know the market before buying and lookout for hidden costs. Well, quote a low price, buy in bulk and walked off, if they dont reduce. Bargain...

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  • Lotus Country Travel - The Ride from...

    Doing a web search I clicked into 'ThailandHighlight.com' and after paying an online deposit I received a confirmation email from 'Lotus Country Travel'. On Wednesday 21st Nov 2012, I set out from Chinatown for a full day trip. The tour was to 'Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'Tiger Temple'. After picking-up people from a couple of other hotels a...

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  • "It's shut today"

    Wherever you ask a tuk-tuk driver to take you, they will tell it's not open, it's open later/tomorrow or its no good. Even outside the Grand Palace where i could see heaps of people going in a tuk-tuk man tried to tell me it was shut! Then they will try to persuade you that they can give you a much better experience. This experience will include at...

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  • Time-share Touts: Patong Beach, Phuket,...

    These guys will drive up a moped or accost you on the street, clipboard in hand and offer you a scratch card and you WILL win a prize. If you accept the prize, you will have to attend a presentation for time-share and you will be stuck there for hours. If they do approach you, just smile, say no thank you & continue walking. Do not stop and get...

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  • ATMs in Thailand are a total rip-off!!!

    Whenever you want to use an ATM in Thailand, REGARDLESS which bank, they will charge you 150THB for your transaction, as a Thai-governmental tax...that's about US$5!!! Plus the commission your bank will charge you back home...so for me that made almost US$10 for withdrawing money!!! The not so bad thing is that there appeared to be no limit for the...

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  • Street Vendors

    Everyone is trying to sell you something in Phuket, so tips to remember are:- Try no to look them directly in the eye and they wont bother you as much.- If they try to shake your hand, they will drag you into their store. So don't shake there hands- Remember to HAGGLE, you can get upto 50% off your purchase if you haggle, don't feel shy everyone...

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  • Local Tour Guide companies

    Beware of the local Tour guide operators. They advise that you do not go on unauthorised tours as they will take you to places you may not want to go but then the official tourist organisers do the same - - OK the shop may be upmarket but the philosophy is the same you are still at a shop you did not request nor did you want to go - - the...

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  • Hilltribes

    People head north in droves in order to go trekking and see hilltribes. Having been almost a decade ago in Vietnam, you realize how touristy the experience all is. Save yourself some time and go to a place an hour outside of Chiang Mai where 5 hilltribes have moved due to tourism and then spend go hiking in the national parks.

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  • private or Group Tour to the Jim...

    Going to the Jim Thompson House is something that should be done. However, do not join any tours. In fact, the only tours that are allowed are by guides provided at that location. Therefore, your tour guide drops you off at the front door and you have now paid for 2 guides. Get there by yourself and enjoy.

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  • Tell them NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO...

    This is not a major problem but it can seriously cut into the time you think you have for getting around to the sites you want to (or think you had time to visit) ..... We had organised a private tour to take us from around Laem Chabang (Pattaya area) to visit the Tiger Temple near Kanchanaburi, overnight in teh area and rturn the next day (it is a...

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  • Pet the baby elephant

    So there you are walking along the street in Bangkok minding your own business and trying to avoid the touts and you run smack into a baby elephant! At first you look around to see if there has been a mass breakout from the zoo, but no, you just ran into a tourist trap - and if its your first time being that close, an irresistible one!The baby...

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  • Wildlife

    Please do not have your photo taken with any animals as these creatures are taken from the wild where they belong.

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  • horrible place

    after many times in bangkok in the last 20 years I have seen infamous Thanon Khao San transformed from a nice hippy road into the worst of my dreamsAvoid it or just spend there no more than 10 minutes. A Headache.

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  • Beware of jetskis

    Don't hire the jet ski's at the beach. It can be a big rip off as they tell you you've damaged the ski by flipping it or such and try to get lots of cash. We had to call police but still ended up having to pay what appeared to be the beach mafia.If you do hire one don't sign anything!! Not setting a good reputation for Phuket! We also thought...

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  • Taxis - Use the meters!!

    When getting a ride from a taxi driver (esp. in Bangkok), always tell them to use the meter. The price starts at 35 baht and slowly moves upward with time/travel, as all taxis do. Using the meter will save you so much money. Many driver want to bargain for a good deal with the tourists - trust me, they always win by a landslide!!

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