Thailand is a country that offers wonderful beaches, nightlife, temples and so much more. But like any other country they have scams targeting tourist.
Scammers are just trying to make money from tourists, whom they consider as rich and an easy target.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: Visit Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature rises up to 33 degrees. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or Sea through Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Scams To Watch For in Thailand
What to watch out for in Thailand? Maybe, you can consider these following scams in Thailand.
Tuk Tuk Scams
Though it is considered as the lowest cost of transport.
Many visitors find this exciting, though they should know better that most Tuk tuk drivers are scammers.
You can ask the local people about the cost of using a tuk-tuk.
These days, it is much easier for tourists to lead the way, instead of letting tuk tuk drivers to lead them to places that tourists avoid, like jewelry shops, travel agents, etc.
Anyway, you can find this way as an effective way. Don’t hesitate to say ‘no’, as long as you know where you are going.
The Sex Shows
More or less interests the male tourists, particularly the solo visitors. It is much better to avoid less reputable bars that offer sex shows.
It is easy to meet a beautiful lady, who is as sweet as a kitten, though she will secretly place a high amount of your bill after you really get drunk.
For your own security and safety, it is much better to ask for advice from the hotel staff, about the recommended bars with good a reputation.
Again, it is much easier do research online, to find the best bars.
Fake Tour Agents
It is true that there are mostly reputable tour agencies in Thailand but there is always a few bad apples.
It is always advised to be careful with fake tour agents, particularly in places in Bangkok, like Khao San Road.
Those scam travel agents are noticeably when they really insist tourists to join their tour travel. You will also notice that the package cost is way too cheap comparing to others.
You can also make comparisons in such an easy way by visiting travel websites or visit other travel agents.
The Temple Visit
Bangkok and other cities in Thailand are always popular for their pagodas and Buddhist temples. Yes, they are indeed magnificent.
Those wonders are too good to miss, so you should never miss them, too. But, it is always recommended strongly to find the opening hours for the temples and palaces.
Of course, the internet is always your best friend, that you can trust fully.
This is because most scammers who claim to be your ‘best tour guide’, will say that those places are closed, due to sacred ceremony that foreigners may not enter.
Though such reasons that may be true for certain ceremonies but very rare.
The opening hours of popular temples are always available on the official websites. So, you need to be careful with those scammers.
They won’t steal your money right away, anyway. But, they will lead you to several places where you would spend more than you should.
The Beach Scams
You can’t avoid the charm of the beaches during your visit in Thailand. But, this is also the place where scammers are all around.
Most of them know that foreigner tourists love to spend money for renting jet ski and boats.
Especially for jet skis. Where the vendor will ask for your passport as collateral.
And then usually ‘accuse’ you, that you have damaged their jet ski, so they will ask for the crazy repair cost.
So, in order to avoid this happening, you can ask about the rent cost in advance, while checking the overall condition before renting it.
Finally, now you are aware of some common scams and tricks in Thailand, you will be ready for your trip to Thailand. The travel scams are not something you have to worry about but be aware of.
Doing some research on the web can help you avoiding such scams in Thailand.
And that’s it for now! I’d love if this post on what to watch out for in Thailand – Scams in Thailand was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.