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July 17, 2022
Published: July 2022
Scams and rip-offs in Thailand
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17 July 2022
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One of them will certainly happen to you. Testimonials about typical rip-offs from recent years from holidaymakers and emigrants: If you know some, you save yourself a lot of trouble, because you can easily recognise them and give them a wide berth. This way you can save yourself the trouble that can ruin your day.
The term scam is used when a lie is told with which the scammer gains a financial advantage over the victim without providing anything in return or an overpriced, usually not equivalent, service in return. Most of the time, the scam is not obvious but cleverly staged and adapted to the victim. In the transaction, the victim receives no consideration or an unusually poor consideration. In the best case, the victim receives the expected consideration, but overpaid. Scammers in tourism mainly aim to relieve tourists of their cash. For example, they exploit the travellers ignorance about the country they are visiting.
TIP: If you think you are being ripped off, you can pretend to film everything, e.g. for Youtube. If something happens that the rip-off artist would be ashamed of, he will give up trying to rip you off because he doesnt want to "lose face". This also makes it easier to get your money back. But this does not always work. In a PingPong show, you must not film at all. I also have to warn you. Filming while you catch a rip-off artist in the act can very quickly make him aggressive.
Do not let yourself be ripped off. Even if its only a few euros here and there. The rip-offs add up. By doing so, you support these scams, which quickly turn out to be promising. The number of rip-offs is constantly increasing. With taxi rides, this has been normal for years. You will almost always be ed a price that is x times overpriced as a fixed price. There have been countless complaints in recent years that taxi drivers no longer drive at normal prices at all. They simply refuse your ride. Because the rip-off artists simply wait 10 minutes longer for the next ignorant tourist.
Normal price: 1-10 kilometres = 5.5 baht per kilometre
1. taxi + TukTuk + scooter
Rip-off price: 1-10 kilometres = 1000 Baht per kilometre
Example of a fixed price: From KhaoSan Road to the Grand Royal Palace
Start address = Khao San Road, Bangkok
Destination address = Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Distance = approx. 0.9 kilometres
Estimated travel time = approx. 3 minutes
Taxi price during the day = approx. 36.90
Rip-off price as fixed price = 1500
By far the most common rip-off in Thailand takes place countless times every day. It already starts at the airport. This problem has been going on for ages and there is little positive in sight. At least from the airport there have been official taxis for a while at a fixed price + tolls. Besides these official taxis with official prices, there are just as many black sheep.
You want to get from A to B, even if it is only a very short distance of 2 minutes, and the driver of the means of transport charges a price 10 to 1000 times higher than it would be usual. When a ride would cost only 1€, the driver charges 50€ (prices in baht) and the like. Taxi drivers charge overpriced fixed prices and refuse to turn on the taximeter. The fixed price which they try to rip off knows no limit. TukTuk drivers offering a ride worth less than 1€ will also charge 20 to 200€. Often even per person, instead of the usual total. If you are travelling in a group, you can easily be charged 300€ instead of the usual 2€ or similar. Be especially careful at tourist hotspots. There, the drivers coordinate with each other. So it makes no sense to ask the driver behind. He will e the same overpriced price. This applies to taxis, tuk-tuks and scooters all over the country. The solution is "Grab". There you can see the prices directly on your mobile phone. Grab taxis are not welcome by these local rip-off artists. That is why they are not so common yet. Grab suppliers, on the other hand, are already common. TukTuks are generally a bad solution for trips. However, for about 6€ you can get a ride within a radius of 1 kilometre. However, the probability that a price of 20€ or more will be charged first is very high. Trading is the solution here. You dont need to have a bad conscience, the normal price for locals is 10 times lower than the tourist price. However, a large number will not drive you to your destination, but to a "fake temple", a jewellery shop or a carpet shop (applies to Bangkok). It is agreed with the shop owners to unload the "stupid tourists" there in order to sell fake goods at rock-bottom prices. On boat trips in Bangkok, tickets are available for less than 1€ to get to the other side of the river. At the jetty to the boat, the scammers are already waiting and selling a tour that doesnt exist. No matter where you want to go or what you want to see, the scammer tells you that they will take you exactly there. Price 150€. Yes, 150 times more expensive than such a trip would cost. However, you are not driven to your desired destination, but are driven around the nearby area for up to 30 minutes, depending on the rip-off. You wanted to see the floating market and the small LongTailBoat takes you to a small fishing jetty for 150€. There is nothing to buy there, and certainly nothing to see. You can also get off in the middle of nowhere. A waste of time. Basically, if the price is high and has nothing to do with luxury, its a rip-off. In a luxury area, e.g. on a high-rise building with a view, a bottle of water can easily cost 8€. But if you are charged 8€ for a water in a normal restaurant on a street, it is probably a rip-off. It is the same with the small old converted motor scooters that have been turned into TukTuks. The price per kilometre would be 40 baht, even with a surcharge for tourists "only" 200 baht. But if you are charged even 2000 baht, you are really being taken for a ride.