Central & Eastern Thailand Tourist Traps

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Central & Eastern Thailand Tourist Traps

  • Tuk-tuks

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Not so much a trap, but something you have to be aware of in Asia, is that whatever journey you are on, the driver will ask if you don't mind stopping off for a few seconds at some establishment to view their wares. This is very normal and often not worth arguing about unless you are really in a rush. Often they do take you to moderately...

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  • Taxis

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    My family and I arrived in Bangkok at 00h.30 on Aug 15th 2016. We left Bangkok International Airport around 2h.30 in the morning after immigration procedure. We got a taxi ticket numbered 61 that led us to a very rude and aggressive driver. I asked him the cost from the Suvarnabhumi Airport to Chilly Bangkok Hotel located at 53/15-17 Soi. Charoen...

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  • Attraction Closed Scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    We headed to wat po from golden palace and the tuktuk driver was telling us it is closed, that the day we went was a special event, etc. It's open and you can go there so don't listen to the driver Just say you want to go there even if it is closed.

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  • Lucky Buddha Scam

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    A tuktuk offered us a 40 baht ride with several Temple stops. One stop was at 'Lucky Buddha' where a friendly looking Thai in his mid 50s starts a conversation in which he mentiones that he booked a cheap trip through Thailand at 'Golden Mountains TIT'. And what a surprise, next tuktuk stop is at 'Golden Mountain', we finally booked a trip and...

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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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  • 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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  • Floating Markets

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    I found my trip to the "floating market" very overrated and uninteresting. There was only very inexpensive handcrafts and fruit that you could buy anywhere else in Bangkok.Not worth the time or effort if you are having a short stay in the city.

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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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  • Popular Attractions

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    The national museum certainly warrants a visit, but I've got mixed feelings about it. The exhibits are fine, but the way they are exhibited is old fashioned, to say the least. This is not a flash modern museum with high tech interactive displays, but it does have a certain charm. The majority of the displays are in large stone buildings with...

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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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  • Tours

    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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  • Finding Your Way

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Thai people will generally not approach you in the street unless they are after something, never take a 10baht tuk-tuk, better to take a meter taxi. Learn a few words of Thai, eg. if someone approaches you with the bird seed, just say, "my ow rock" which roughly means, wont take it, or "Phom(if you are male) Di Chan(if you are female) ma thae o...

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  • Accommodation

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    I booked in the net Pinnacle Lumpinee hotel in BKK (27 May to 10 June 2012) through AGODA but two hour later I called Agoda to cancel because I found a better hotel location Agoda sent me back a e mail cancellation approvals, we went to Bangkok then came back To Australia but I found out now Pinnacle Lumpinne hotel never return the $461.00 they...

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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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  • Seafood Restaurants

    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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  • Tourist Agencies

    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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  • Dusit Leather Company

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    All Tours whether private tours, small group and big bus tours of Bangkok go to the Gems Gallery International, but some Bangkok Tours also go by the Dusit Leather Company (only once did I was brought to this store but everytime I do bangkok tours, I was always brought to the Gems Gallery International. This Leather Goods Store lies in a quiet...

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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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  • 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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  • Government Trade Centre

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Animals

    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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  • Long-distance Bus

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    I tripped twice with the same stone......if you buy a ticket to cambodia by bus, trust me is a nightmare, they´ll will take time on poupose on the frontier to arrive late to your destination, they´ll stop in every restaurant on the trip ...even if they are late they ´ll stop about 30 kilometers from destiny to arriva as late as they can....tired...

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  • River Cruises

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    Just don't waste your time or money going on a dinner river cruise. I did it and regreted it. It's expensive, the food is bad and the view is nothing to write home about! They are very popular with tourists but they are only very touristic. You will only see a couple of iluminated monuments, the rest will be darkeness, you will hear some thai...

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  • Fake Goods

    Bangkok Tourist Traps

    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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  • 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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  • Beware of Gem Scams!

    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. We...

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    The http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com/ is much better than that other tourist crap and there is some lovely accomodation right on the canal.Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, is a fire, contrived, concrete rip off. Amphawa is the real thing. Look at all the tourists trapped in a traffic jam of boats, baking under the hot sun then go straight to...

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  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    That floating market is a dire tourist trap. We stayed on the river a few clicks away with a proper traditional floating market, nice restaurants, art shops, monks in the morning etc. which was much better. I visited the Damneon Saduak Floating Market out of curiosity and walked out after 5 minutes of wall to wall tourists in boats, stall after...

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  • TUK TUK..........................

    Get in a Tuk Tuk early on in the day and ask to go practically anywhere and you will do a mandatory stop at a tailors or jewlers...They get commision or free petrol for this so be warned it may take you a while to get to your destination...Also never say there going to fast as it will only get much faster!!!!!! Ok so if you do end up at a jewlers...

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  • The notorous traffic jams in Bangkok

    The notorous traffic jams in Bangkok are for real, so you need to make extra time for all your outings. This is especially important if you are going to the airport. Do have some patience when waiting in the traffic jams, and ways of beating it include taking the river transport, monorail transport or make sure your journey does not clash with the...

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