Thailand Warnings and Dangers

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  • Warnings and Dangers
    by machomikemd
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    Another dive boat ahead of our boat.
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Thailand Warnings and Dangers

  • Jewelery & Gem Scams

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    We were led by the Tourist Police from the Old City area to another temple and recommended to visit Baan Thai Gems Co. Ltd. The Tourist Police hired a tuk-tuk for us. At the other temple (the Royal burial ground) we were met with a 'Gentleman' who claimed he was restoring the temple for the King for the last 10 years and talked about Buddhism and...

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  • Katoeys (Ladyboys/Transvestites)

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    The Lady boys that entertain you can be fun to watch but whatever you do don't take the p**** as they can get nasty, also you may be hassled for a photo with them.........if you do you will have to pay and 2 ladyboys in the photo thats 2 payments.

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  • Touting

    Hat Yai Warnings and Dangers

    This is not dangerous or anything, just a warning that if you walk around Hat Yai you will get a lot of attention from the massage places in town. There are lots of them and every one has many employees. A foot massage costs 250 Baht an hour. I actually think this is quite expensive when you consider that there are millions of Thais who make around...

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  • Tuk-tuks

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I'll never take a tuk unless I have a good idea what the price should be. Last May I got a tuk from the train station to Panthip Plaza. The driver wanted 200bt but agreed to 120. I paid him with a tip and did my shopping. Going back to Hua Lampong station I took a metered taxi. It was only 65 baht. Taxis who won't use meters always cost more,,...

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  • Animals & Wildlife

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    On the way to the area where the elephants are kept i had eaten a banana and afterwards wiped my hands off on my pants as we kids like to do. As you can see in the photo, these elephants are kept on a short chain and that's all, so when this little guy got close enough to me to smell the banana on my pants he pulled on my pant leg towards him until...

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  • Transliteration & Language Difficulties

    Hat Yai Warnings and Dangers

    Thai script gets translated into the roman alphabet in a number of interesting ways. I think Hat Yai is the correct name but Haad Yai also appears and I ended up calling it Hat Yat, Yai Hat, Hatty Jaques, Yat Hai, Hai Yai, Had Yat, Yat Hat, Hat the hat, and God knows what else. It's not too much of a problem as long as you don't end up confused...

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  • Patpong & Prostitution

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    We went to Heavenly massage parlour for a massage. It was in Soi 7, Sukhamvit Road, where our hotel was located and seemed to be convenient to us. I was having a foot massage by one of the ladies. From the word go she was rude and unpleasant in stark contradiction to my past experiences in other massage centers all over Thailand. I asked her why...

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  • On The Beach

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    Hi ! I just got back from a trip to Koh Samui and was unfortunately involved in a JET SKI Scam. Me and 5 of my friends rented jet skis and paid about 850 baht for 30 mins, little did we know what we were getting into. In the middle of the ocean, while the jet skis were stationary they barely touched each other due to a wave. I dont think that...

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  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    This was my 3rd trip to bangkok and i realized most of the taxi driver has changed and refused to go on metered and asked for flat rate. But 1 thing i would like to share is though some of them asked for flat rate, there are still kind ppl out there and they charge on flat rate could be due to difficult living and the terrible traffic condition in...

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  • On The Roads

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    Taxis on Samui don't have meters so you have to bargain but usually they will charge you a fix rate like 500 baht.They will try to tell you where your going is so far or the price of petrol is expensive...blar blar...most of these taxis hang around the pier or airport waiting for tourist. The general fix rates. Airport > Chaweng > Bophut >...

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  • Water Quality

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Yes; Bangkok's water is treated at the facility. And, when sampled, at the facility, it will pass all the tests. The problem is contamination from the delivery system. The pipes that carry the water,to the public, are often old, broken, and in a state of disrepair. Cleaning out the mother-in-law's holding tank, besides all the mud, we have found...

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  • Con Artists & Scams

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Drugs & Spiked Drinks

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I was in bangkok 2 weeks ago. on approsimately 15.00 in some way some people put me drug in my body ( maybe in water or coffee) and I loose my awarness for 3 hours. in that time the thieth stolen my money, photo, garmin gps, mobile phone, tourist guide. After about 3 hour some good people found me and help me to recover and bring me back to...

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  • Sunburn

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    You should be prepared for the sun because the sun is really shining. You can easily get burned if you don't wear sunscreen. The sunscreen is your vital thing when you are visiting Koh Samui. And remember to wear sunscreen also when you are swimming!

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  • Traffic

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Background Since 1 December, demonstrators had been attempting to forcibly enter Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Protesters on 2 December used homemade petrol-based explosives and threw rocks, to which the police responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in the vicinity of the two...

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  • Falling coconuts

    Ko Samui Warnings and Dangers

    The sign says it all. Also, if you are bothered by geckos that are the size of beagles, this might not be the place for you. I didn't mind sharing my room with a few since they're harmless and keep to themselves.

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  • Dress codes

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Although Thais are very tolerant especially to foreign tourists, it is best to show respect in dress code when visiting temples. This dress code is strictly enforced at the Grand Palace. But do not dispair, being tourist friendly, you can rent long loose pants for guys, long wraps and cover ups for gals. Of course, you will be charged for rental....

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  • Weather & Climate

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Be aware of the heat and the humidity in the country before you go as it can be extremely hot out there. It was very very hot when I visited last month and had to use a lot of sun block to protect my skin. Dont forget to take a shawl to cover up when required.

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  • Grand Palace Closed Scam

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    We were walking to Grand Palace at 10am when about 200yds from the site we were stopped by a well dressed man and asked whether we were going to Grand Palace. Then he started saying that the temple will open after 1pm and we will not be allowed inside in our half pants. We listened to him and were confused. He suggested that I will arrange an...

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  • Pickpockets

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Hi, my husband and I visit bangkok/thailand often and we have never experienced any issues with the Thai people, I find the Thai people quite pleasant and helpful. I find that if you keep to yourself, you can pretty much do as you please. WALKING IN THE CITY :We have decided to walk a little instead of taking a taxi or tuk tuk and have gotten...

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  • Airport Departure Tax

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I LEFT BANGKOK JULY 2007 AND WAS TOLD BY MY TOUR REP THAT DEPARTURE TAX HAD INCREASED TO 750 BAHT. I HAVE BEEN TO THAILAND SEVERAL TIMES AND DID NOT SEE ANY KIOSKS AT THE NEW AIRPORT TO PAY THE TAX. AND EASILY PASSED THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL WITHOUT PAYING TOUR REPS SEEM TO HAVE WRONG INFORMATION ON THE NEW TAX I NOW UNDERSTAND IT IS ALLREADY...

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  • Begging

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Its entirely up to you if you want to give your money to these people. Who knows the real reason or their circumstances of why they are there. I did give a small amount of shrap that I didnt want to keep.

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  • Stray dogs

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    BANGKOK Like other countries in Asia always beware of stray dogs. The stray dog populations in this city are vast and it is best to keep well away from them at all times..The vast amount of stray dogs in the streets here have rabies.To be bitten by a rabid dog or animal of any kind is an extremely dangerous situation to be in. If you are bitten...

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  • Pollution

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid Bangkok until the authorities sort out the air quality controls for the city. I'm currently holed up in the Baiyoke Sky Hotel on the 43 rd floor looking out at the city, I can see a THICK bank of pollution hanging over the city. I have been physically sick for three days due to the pollution here. If you have any breathing issues like asthma...

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  • Pedestrian safety

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    If you don't look like a Thai, expect attention when walking around Bangkok. We found that even waiting to cross the road we were offered a taxi, a tuktuk and a massage. We politely shook our heads and refused. Also, beware if you end up in Patpong every other metre or so you will be invited to a 'Ping Pong show' or a gay nightclub, regardless of...

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  • Fake Police

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    You know the saying that "bad luck never comes alone"? After the whole shenanigan we encountered at Samboondee Restaurant, we encountered another one as my buddy and I were leaving the con man's restaurant by taxi. Only this time, it was trickier because it involved a corrupted policeman. On our way back to our hotel from that fateful restaurant,...

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  • Canal & River boats

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    High speed river buses fly along some of the remaining Bangkok canals and can be great fun for the more adventurous. They are fast, direct and cheap but not for the feint hearted. Some of the stops are no more than flimsy, unidentified landing stages tethered to the side of the canal. The drivers don't take prisoners here so you jump for your life...

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  • Street Food

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I noticed that the lady vendors can be very rude at times to you if you do not buy anything from their shop or outlets on the road after going through the products. They sometimes do not understand that we need to inspect the stuff before purchasing as we need to identify if its the right product for us. This happens mostly in the street markets...

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  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I had a bad experience yesterday when I had gone with my kids to chatuchak weekend market in the afternoon at around 3pm a nice looking couple approached me and started a conversation in pretext of asking about some arabic or indian food nearby then the male asked me if I had some indian currency as he wants to see coz they were very soon going to...

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  • Driving

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi Formula 1 drivers under construction My Photos First Photo: Taxi in Bangkok Second Photo: Main street in Bangkok Third Photo: Main street in Bangkok Fourth Photo: Street in Bangkok by night Fifth Photo: Rama road in Siam

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  • Walking Alone

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Bangkok is generally a safe place for travellers however like any big city it does have it's fair share of crime.You should be very careful when you are walking alone at night if you are alone .For example , guys on motorbikes snatching handbags from unsuspecting female victims and knifing them in the process.I've know a couple of people getting...

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  • Rain - Flooding

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    is anyone still living in the floodarea, we are exchange students from Thammasat university, we are taking a class project, which is aimed to help the people suffering under the water. see our homepage on: http://on.fb.me/t2w7Ed

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  • Bargin - Haggling

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    This is a scam that you will almost certainly encounter in one form or another while you are in Bangkok. Some locals are extremely keen for tourists to spend their money while they are in their city, and will be only too happy to point you in the direction of opportunities to do so. Commonly, this involves ”one day only sales”. The exact story...

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  • Airport Travel

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    "Letters of complaint to the papers here in Thailand make it clear that passengers are regularly detained at the airport for alleged shoplifting, and then made to pay middlemen to win their freedom." Read the rest here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8154497.stm

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  • Medical Concerns

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    It's important to know your risks! ------------------------------------------ MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical treatment is good. This is particularly true in Bangkok, where excellent facilities exist for routine, long-term and emergency health care. ---------------------------------------------------- Thailand has been experiencing an epidemic of HIV...

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  • Fake Goods

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    We visited the much recommended MBK shopping mall where on the 4th floor are dozens of small electronic shops and stalls. We purchased a 4Gb Apple I-pod Nano for a considerable sum of Baht 2600 - it came supposedly with leads, headphone, software CD, an apple box and a guarantee plus the lady gave us a slip for the VAT refund at the airport. When...

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  • Mosquito Repellant

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    BANGKOK When travelling to Bangkok or anywhere through Thailand ALWAYS carry and use a strong Mosquito Repellant at all times. Like all tropical areas travelling here makes you suseptible to Malaria and Dengue fever. These are extremely dangerous conditions.. Make sure that you are looking after your needs.. Because of the sometimes extreme heat...

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  • Fake Tickets

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Unfortunately there are touts preying on tourists in Bangkok. They could be well dressed, friendly and speak fluent English. One of the scams is to sell you fake admission tickest or tickets at inflated prices. Do not fall for that. Tickets are sold at the entrances of temples. At Wat Arun, there is no general admission and you only buy tickets...

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  • Elephants

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    in front of the big mall pratunam marlet i and muy husband had a huge argument and then a short fight with a mafia like guy who was carrying over an...elephant, obviously on drugs poor baby, whose head was bouncing uncontrollably....I aked him why he was doing THAT horrid thing to the poor animal, and they pretended they cannot understand my...

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  • BTS Skytrain

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Bangkok is world renowned for its terrible traffic problems, so getting around on the roads is a bit of a nightmare. Yes, Bangkok has a metro but it only consist of one line (at the moment) and, yes, it has the BTS Skytrain but this doesn't go anyway near the city centre in order to get to the main tourist destinations like the Grand Palace, Wat...

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  • Excess Luggage Fees

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Just be cautious of your luggage weight and what you carry in your hand luggage as the customs at the Bangkok airport is quite strict. They will just throw away whatever that is not allowed to carry in your hand luggage where you will feel sorry for it later on. Hence, all over quantities of perfume, liquids in any form, creams, wines/liquor to be...

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  • Khao Shan Road

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Saongkran Festival can be witnessed at its best at Khaosan Road, startong from 12th April till 15th but can cuase great damage to your eyes so Be careful and wear Googles or Sun Glasses while out there having fun and stay safe. Report Published on 4th April 2009- Bangkok Post Revellers run the risk of serious eye damage, including blindness, from...

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  • Wat Arun

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower of Wat Arun. Take care when going up and coming back down. Everybody was having difficulty with them when I visited so please take care.

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  • Bird Feeding

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Whilst walking by the Royal Field, close to the Grand Palace, during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007, I came across another scam to extort money out of visiting tourists. It was nothing too serious, just another method by which enterprising locals attempt to earn a few Bahts from their foreign guests. There are many birds flocking around...

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  • Littering

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    At Siam Square, please be aware that there is such a thing as Bangkok Clean Zone. Me and my friends were fined 500B each for "throwing things on the street" by two policement who dragged us from a telephone booth right across Hard Rock Cafe to their booth at the end of the street. They asked us for our passports & we were forced to sign some kind...

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  • Apr 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    To All tourist,

    Do not take any mini van in Thailand as the nasty drivers will end you up in different destination. furthermore the drivers will request you to pay extra to go to your origin destnation. The frequent cases happen from Haadyai to Krabi ( Aunang ) and vice versa way. These divers are very rude and hooligent.

    Please use the big bus at the bus station is much safer.

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