Before even going through the scams, the best advice to avoid these scams in Thailand is to avoid engaging strangers. make it seem like you have been to the city many times even when you’ve been there for only 5 hours.And the better their English is, the more you should avoid them. Also, if something sounds too good to be true, such as “if you don’t like, you don’t need to pay”, it is. TOURIST SPOTS/ACTIVITIES This scam is so common, because it is so easy to pull off on unwitting tourists.

They will then advise you an alternative location such as the Sitting Buddha/Lucky Buddha/Marble Temple and claim that it’s only open once a year today (sounds too good to be true eh? Listen to them and you will end up at some jewellery or tailor shops where you might be coerced into buying overpriced crap.

Some of them might lock you in the shop until you start buying.

Another variation is where you get approached by strangers near the temple.

They can simply say that the temple is closed (e.g.

By the way, the temple operates from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

By the time you make it back, the temple would be close to closing or closed by then.

Some of these strangers can look (wearing formal shirt with “tourist police” tags) and sound really convincing, so do not even engage if someone approaches you on the streets.

could be for lunch), or lead you to an entrance which only Thais can enter.

When the duty officer stops you, the strangers will help to translate and bluff you that the palace is closed now for some special ceremony and to come back only at 3pm.