Welcome to Bangkok! So your goal for this holiday is to get ripped off as many times as possible and give away as much of your money to thieves, scammers and touts as you can? Well, you’re in luck. In the spirit of our “How to Get Sick in Thailand” post, we have created a list of ways that you can get scammed in Bangkok. Here are a few of the quickest ways to donate to the city’s talented population of scammers.
Buy Some Gems
When you are in Bangkok you will be offered the chance to buy some beautiful valuable gems at a really great price. What a fantastic deal! Don’t worry about the gems not being legitimate or real, you can certainly trust the dealer. This is your opportunity to buy gorgeous jewels at a fraction of the price that they would be back home.
Take a Temple Tour With a Tout
As you walk down the streets of Bangkok, you will be greeted by a charming gentleman who can speak great English. He will tell you that you are very lucky, because you just so happen to be visiting during this very special holiday. All of the temples are free and a tuk tuk will take you on a special tour of them temples for only 10 baht. This might seem too good to be true (especially because temples are always free) but why not give it a try? You might be taken to the shop owned by a friend of the driver instead of a temple and be pushed to buy something, but that’s all part of the adventure, right?
Use Any Tourist Bureau
If you don’t have the time to walk all the way to the official Tourism Authority of Thailand location (which is a white building with a wall of brochures inside), you can just visit any of the makeshift “Tourist Bureau” lookalikes. They might be just a storefront, but they have an official looking number so they are probably legitimate. You might be overcharged or forced into buying specific tours, but that’s the price you pay for convenience!
Jump in the Taxi, Then Negotiate a Price
There’s no point standing outside of the taxi and making sure that the driver agrees to use his meter before you get in. It’s just a waste of time! Instead, go ahead and jump in the taxi and negotiate the price from there. You can trust the taxi drivers in Bangkok, they will always make sure that you get a fair rate.
If you feel like having your hard-earned travel savings scammed away from you as quickly as possible, these are just a few of the ways that you can get yourself conned in Bangkok.
Of course, if you feel like holding onto your precious travel money and not getting scammed in Bangkok, just do the opposite of these suggestions.