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Bangkok’s Most Famous Tourist Scam

The resplendent city of Bangkok has a low crime rate, however its lucrative tourism industry makes it the perfect breeding ground for scammers preying on red-eyed tourists. The Bangkok tourist scams use the oldest tricks in the book and should be blatantly obvious to the savvy traveler but alas they must be effective because they’re still around now. All of these scams can be avoided just by saying ‘no’ and walking away, pretty simple stuff, just be assertive and use common sense. If something seems too good to be true it probably is.

By far the most elaborate long con going in Bangkok, not to mention the most famous scam in the city begins with a stranger approaching you outside the Grand Palace. “The Grand Palace is closed today,” they’ll tell you politely with regret, clutching an umbrella. Why are they holding an umbrella? Because they’ve been standing around in the sun all day looking for marks. Of course, this scam occurs out of sight from the actual palace gate because they don’t want you to notice the hordes of tourists walking in the open gates.

But it’s your lucky day! Your special new friend has offered you an exclusive tour around the city in his tuk-tuk for just 20 baht! Such misfortune it is for the Grand Palace to be shut for the entire day for an extraordinary imperial occasion. Many tourists naively accept this as a wondrous stroke of luck whilst touring around the city on their vacation.

As you are extremely frustrated to have come the distance to find the Grand Palace shut, you will feel eased this delicate man happens to be at your disposal. He is offering a fun ride to another sanctuary which will most likely be exceptionally decent, expanding your level of trust. In this sanctuary you will “inadvertently” meet another “decent” man who will welcome you and inquire as to whether you caught wind of this incredible government advancement (called Thai Gem Expo or comparable names), which permits sightseers to purchase obligation free jewels and stones requiring little to no effort. Presently here is the manner by which the trap works for him.

1) He will stop at an “Approved” TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) office just on the off chance that you might want to take advantage for those astonishing travel bargains that are simply finishing today. What luck! Obviously, the organization is not the slightest bit associated with the TAT, and the arrangement doesn’t end today… it’s not even an arrangement since you likely will pay more than in whatever other office.

2) He will stop at the aforementioned gem shop where somebody will demonstrate to you some lovely stones, possibly genuine ones. But since the offer is without obligation, the diamonds you are purchasing will must be dispatched straightforwardly to your personal residence. The stones will truly arrive, however the business sector estimation of what you will get will be strangely low.

From this minute forward, the agreeable grinning gentleman will get to be gradually pushier, attempting by any way to make you purchase tickets or bundles until you do, then abruptly will vanish while you are going to the following sanctuary.

Step by step instructions to remember it: While it is exceptionally typical for individuals to help you when you do need assistance, it is extremely suspicious when somebody offers you help when you when they needn’t bother with it. An agreeable obscure Thai gentleman communicating in English excessively well, particularly close to a visitor zone is normally a master. He frequently carries a guide and an umbrella since it’s hot for him to be out there throughout the day.

The tuk-tuk driver/guide/scammer is part of a complex network of tuk-tuk drivers and scam shop owners that spans the whole city. The drivers get commission for bringing in the marks, although we can’t be sure if this is a flat rate or a cut of the overall takings. Either way it must be lucrative due to the fact that every tuk-tuk driver in Bangkok is part of the game. Despite how obvious the scam is, people are still more than willing to take the bait and think that the stars have aligned for them and that they’re special snowflakes. Suckers!

Private Transportation in Bangkok: Uber or Grabcar?

It’s fair to say that Bangkokians and repeat visitors have developed a love-hate relationship with the taxis in Bangkok. Catching a taxi in the city is really all about luck. Sometimes you’ll hit the jackpot and end up with a driver who plays right by the books, knows his way around the city, and understands basic English.

On the other hand, the chances of you finding a driver who drives like an absolute maniac, has no idea where in the world he’s meant to take you, or tries to scam you in one way or another – the most common is probably the ‘ no meter and set price’ scam – are just as likely. Lucky for us city folks, Bangkok in recent years has been introduced to two amazing startups known as Uber and Grabcar.
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Public Transportation in Bangkok – Getting Around

Bangkok is one of Southeast Asia’s largest and more modern cities, and with a big city, you can expect there to be a substantial amount of traffic. Thankfully, due to up-to-date public transport systems found all over Bangkok, getting around the city is less of a challenge than you’d think.

The public transport system in Bangkok ranges from sky trains and taxis, to express boats and motorcycle taxis, and each caters conveniently to your traveling needs. Continue reading

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar and Lounge

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar and Lounge

Millenium Hilton Hotel, 32nd fl.

123 Charoen Nakhon Road

Khlong San, Khlong San

Bangkok 10600

Opening hours: Daily 5pm-1am

There are no shortage of towering rooftop bars around Bangkok for sweeping views of the concrete jungle as the sun goes down with an accompanying drink in hand as one of the best nightlife activities the city has to offer. Away from the hustle and bustle of the central districts is the upscale Millennium Hilton Hotel on the Thonburi side of the river as the tallest structure in the vincinity, and its corresponding rooftop bar area from 32 floors above ground. Despite its out-of-the-way location, it is easily reachable by the complimentary shuttle boat service from Sathorn Pier and River City. Continue reading

Experience the Past at the Ancient City

Part of what makes Bangkok such an interesting vacation destination is the fact that Thailand has experienced a varied and intriguing mix of cultural influences. These differing influences have all combined together to create a unique and eclectic culture that is as visually stunning as it is culturally complex. Modern Bangkok bears little resemblance to the Thailand of a few hundred years ago, however, despite the fact that a few traditional structures still poke out from the modern skyline. The best place to experience the rich history of this portion of the world is to visit The Ancient City, Muang Borang.
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