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How to avoid scams in Thailand

August 12, 2020 - 245 views

Thailand, like other tourist destinations, has either hospitable people or unscrupulous guys, so how do you not be fooled when traveling to Thailand? Please read the article below.

Thailand is a country that attracts a large number of tourists from everywhere. However, despite a country known for being friendly and hospitable, there are still bad guys using deceptive tactics. So when you travel to Thailand, you need to learn how to avoid their tricks.

1. Unjustly dumped

There are many canoe rentals on most of the beaches in Pattaya. In fact, a lot of tourists use this rental service because it offers a great experience. However, this form contains a lot of risks. You may end up losing money because your employer believes you are the culprit of scratches or even damaged canoe. Even, the owner also hired people to steal canoes to make tourists have to pay compensation

How to avoid

The most obvious way to avoid this situation is to simply not hire any kind of vehicle. However, if you really want to rent, first choose carefully where you will rent it. Big and well-known organizations are certainly safer than unreliable places. Carefully check the canoe for damage before you rent it. Bring a digital camera to take photos of even the smallest details, and send them to the lessor. Absolutely not give passports to anyone.

Canoe Rentals - How to avoid scams in Thailand

Be careful when having canoe rentals on most of the beaches in Pattaya

2. Release the bird

When you visit the large Buddha image at Wat Phra Yai, and among the stalls near the entrance, you see a few small birds locked in traditional wooden cages. In fact, these birds are for sale, and one of the Buddhist rituals is to release birds, which will bring you good luck.

But this bird has been weakened by lack of nutrition and because it has been confined in cages for too long, it will not fly far. The sellers and their acquaintances will easily catch it and sell it to the next person.

How to avoid

Releasing it is a Buddhist ritual. Many people in Thailand choose to release fish near streams and lakes on holidays. However, releasing birds will not give you good results. People who hold cages and sell birds do not care much about birds.

There is no shame in being cheated by these scammers. Even the smartest people can become their victims because they practice and prepare so well. Therefore, the best way is that you should prevent these things by "disguising" yourself as a native because their goal is foreign visitors.

Wat Phra Yai Temple - How to avoid scams in Thailand

Be careful when visitting the large Buddha image at Wat Phra Yai Temple

3.  Tuk Tuk scam

Tuk Tuk are considered a symbol of Bangkok - Thailand, they appear everywhere in the city and are a popular means of transportation here. However, one thing that tourists need to know is that not all tuk tuk drivers will take you to the right place with the shortest route. Typically, they will drive visitors around the shopping streets, souvenir shops, etc.

How to avoid

The best way is to avoid Tuk Tuk cars parked near shopping centers and hotels, or just refuse to stop at any point on the road, go straight to where you need to go. Limit travel by Tuk Tuk at night

Tuk Tuk - How to avoid scams in Thailand

You should take care that all tuk tuk drivers will take you to the right place with the shortest route

4.Patpong scam

As you pass through the Patpong, a man will approach you with a list of "fun" things that you will be lucky to be able to see if you follow him. So, of course, out of curiosity, you will follow him. Or he will add something like "If you don't like it, you don't pay anything."

The bar is usually upstairs with a few girls. You will order water and the girls also want something more. Then a show will start later and then you will be asked to pay a huge amount of money

How to avoid

The best way is to avoid these areas altogether. And if you really want to enjoy the nightlife in Bangkok, go to famous bars. And don't go to these places alone

Patpong - How to avoid scams in Thailand

if you really want to enjoy the nightlife in Bangkok, go to famous bars

5. Gambling and addictive substances

It seems that this scam is popular in many countries in Southeast Asia, not just in Thailand.

How to avoid

Ideally, be wary of this dangerous trick when you want to go to Thai houses to learn about their customs and habits, you should ask Thailand's tourism service center or find prestige homestay services.

Gambling And Addictive Substances - How to avoid scams in Thailand

You should ask Thailand's tourism service center or find prestige homestay services

Beware of the above scam to contribute to making the trip to Thailand more interesting!

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