11 Worst Tourist Scams in Bangkok Thailand


– 11 common tourist scams
in Bangkok, Thailand, and how to avoid them. I’m Chris this is Topher,
this is Yellow Productions. We do travel guides that
are fun, informative, entertaining, and in this video we’re gonna be telling
you how to visit Bangkok and not get scammed. Bangkok, a city with 20 million tourists who visit here every year,
and you better be sure that there’ll be people
out here to scam you if you are traveling here, so we’re gonna tell you how to be safe. We are not telling you
to not visit Bangkok. It is an amazing city to visit. We’re just telling you how to keep your hard-earned money to
yourself and not to the scammers. So, here we go. Bangkok tourist scam number one. This is one that gets a lot
of people coming to Bangkok and that is people telling you
the Royal Palace is closed. People will stand in
front of the Royal Place and tell you it’s closed today. There’s a special event,
you can’t come in. And chances are, they’ve
got a special temple that they’ll take you to that’s even better than the Royal Palace. Well don’t listen to people standing in front of the Royal Palace
that tell you it’s closed. Chances are it’s not. There might be a 1% chance it is, but really just keep
going about your plans and go in. I will also mention if you are planning to come to the Royal Palace, out in front there will be plenty of
people that will tell you you need to wear pants,
how you need to dress. Just try and go in and see what they say because I think the
guards have a little bit of a different interpretation. The second big tourist scam in Bangkok is the fixed price taxi scam. This is one that actually happened to us on our way from the airport, but it’s essentially the taxis don’t want to use the meter, and they want to quote you a fixed price. Taxis by law in Bangkok
have to use the meter and so if they’re telling you that it’s a certain price, you should basically just ignore them and say they need to start the meter. When you get in the car, make
sure you can see the meter. Make sure they start the meter, and if the meter’s not started, just get out right away. What actually happened to us, it was from the airport coming into town. The taxi driver had his hat over the meter so we couldn’t see it. When we got to our destination, the taxi driver said
the price is 550 baht. I said, hey, what’s the meter say. The meter said it was 275 baht, so he was charging twice the price of what the fare actually was. So make sure you don’t get
caught with the meter scam. Also you’ll see tuk-tuks a lot. Just know tuk-tuks do
charge a fixed price. They’ll be probably three to
five times the price of a taxi. Be aware of a scam where a tuk-tuk driver will tell you it’s cheaper if he takes you to just
a few destinations before where you want to go, ’cause chances are those will be places
they’ll get a kickback, like a medicine shop or restaurant, and you might not be able to
leave until you buy something. The third big tourist
scam in Bangkok to avoid, this is also about taxis. There’s a lot of taxi tourist scams ’cause everybody’s taking taxis. This one is taxis that’ll
take you to a place that sounds the same as
where you want to go, but isn’t the same. Because there’s so many things in Bangkok that sound the same, but
they might be taking you one to not quite as
famous, but also gives them a little bit of a kickback. In general I would say it’s important to know in Thai
what the location looks like, what it looks like, and if
you have cell phone service that has Google Maps
or something like that, follow where you’re going so you know that they’re
actually taking you to the place you want to go to. If you have it on a map and
they think you know where it is, chances are they’ll take you
to where you actually wanna go. By the way, I think it’s
generally good advice to also avoid taxis when
it’s somebody standing out on the side of the street just saying taxi, taxi, or
saying where do you want to go. And where you’ll see that in
particular is on your arrival in Bangkok in the airport there will be tons of
people standing around the arrivals hall asking
you where you want to go or if you want a taxi. You don’t, when you get
here at the airport, you also wanna take one
of the official taxis in that taxi stand, which is
on kinda the ground level, but that doesn’t mean
that they won’t put a hat over their meter. Bangkok tourist scam number four. This one’s called the massage shop scam. What this happens is in touristy areas there will be a lot of people
advertising for massage shops. Some legit, some not. These people that are in
front of the massage shop, they’re probably okay, but if you see a massage shop manager who says hey, I got a great half the price of what those people charging. My shop, look it’s just down the alley, let me take you to where it is. Bad sign already. They take you where the shop is and then say, well you just
have to pay cash up front before we go in, you pay cash and this
manager of the massage shop proceeds to say, he’s
got someplace else to go. He’s gotta get more customers, but just go inside,
they’ll take care of you. You go inside, you get your massage, they ask you for money. Why? You say, well hey I
already paid that guy out front, I already paid the manager. They’re like, what are you talking about? That guy doesn’t work here. Don’t let yourself be scammed. Only pay right inside or right
after the service is done but at the actual place
the massage service is being performed. Kind of big rule of thumb in Bangkok is never pay somebody on the street for anything that’s a service,
other than a hard product that you’re actually getting. We’re back at the Royal
Palace for this one. This one often happens out
in front of the Royal Palace. It’s not people telling you
the Royal Palace is closed, but it’s people who are feeding birds. They’ll be feeding birds out
in front of the Royal Palace. You’ll come up to them and they’ll come say hey, do you wanna feed the birds, too? They’ll offer you some of their bird food. You feed the birds and then they tell you that bird food was 300 baht. Don’t fall for it if
someone’s feeding the birds, just let them feed it. You don’t need to take their bird food. Bangkok tourist scam number six, this one’s the wrong change scam. Tourists who come to
Bangkok usually don’t know what Thai money looks like. This might often happen
in convenience stores like 7 Eleven, Family Mart, things like that where the change you get
back isn’t what you expected. So count your money before
you leave the counter. There’s also a version of this scam that’s the fake currency scam where if you give them a high value bill, they’ll take it to the back to make some change, but they’ll come back with a different bill and tell
you that it’s counterfeit, so if you’re giving
them a high value bill, one of the tips is look
at the serial number before you give it to them, try to remember that and see if the bill they brought you back is
actually the right one, particularly if they’re
taking your money away and getting change with it. This one happens if you use an ATM. ATMs and foreign cards,
it’ll often come up and say do you want to use the
dynamic currency conversion to withdraw money in your own currency? Don’t take that option. That’ll be about a 10% hit. Take the money out in local baht. Yes you’ll pay a fee with your bank, but it will be less than you pay if you take that currency
conversion with the ATM. That doesn’t happen on all ATMs and it doesn’t happen on all cards, but a message will come up and it’ll be in English and it’ll say do you want to accept the
currency converted rate, and it’ll use those phrase,
dynamic currency conversion. Say no, save some money,
don’t get scammed by the ATM. I hate getting scammed by a robot. The eighth common tourist scam
in Bangkok is pickpockets, and well there’s pickpockets
all around the world, but in particular what happens is people coming by on
scooters, like right here. Not that guy, he’s not a scam artist, but people coming by on scooters, if you got your bag on
the side of the road, they’ll actually come and snatch your bag as you’re going by. It’s
really hard for you to get it and really hard to catch them. So if you have a sling bag or an arm bag, make sure you keep that on
the side away from the road so that it’s not easily snatchable. By the way, anyplace there are tourists, this isn’t a scam because it’s theft but people might pick your pocket, and so I really like these Pacsafe bags. They’re like these antitheft bags. Really hard to steel because the zippers actually clip in and
so people can’t open it without me seeing it. The ninth common tourist
scam in Bangkok, Thailand, is when someone comes up to you, you’re at a bus, you’re at a train, you’re trying to get on,
you’re trying to book tickets, they tell you it’s sold out. You can’t get there, there’s
no more seats available, but they’ve got a great deal for you because there’s this new tour run by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which is an official thing. The Tourism Authority of Thailand, it’s the tourism authority
of the country of Thailand. They don’t run tours, though. Ever. They’re just using their name to make themselves look legitimate, get you off the train or bus that probably has seats, and get you on their probably
rundown, ramshackle bus that might have a couple wheels fall off because you’re trying to
get where you’re going. The tenth common tourist
scam in Bangkok, Thailand to avoid is to beware of
the friendly stranger. Yes, I know that Thai people are famous for being very friendly. They are, they’re
friendly, they smile a lot, but in normal settings
like they’ll be friendly in your hotel, they’ll be
friendly in their restaurant. The person who comes up to you as you’re walking down the
street and is super friendly, chatting you up, asking where you’re from, where you’re going, how
long you’re in town, they’re probably trying to
sell you into some tour, something they get a kickback from, so beware of people that are just way too friendly on the street. I mean, this applies to almost anywhere you are in the world, but I think what happens
in all of Thailand is that people go, the
Thais are just so friendly, they could not be out to scam me. But if we go back to that taxi scam that I talked about earlier, that taxi driver who tried to charge us twice the price of our fare, the guy was super friendly, one of the friendliest guys I’ve ever met, yet really was kind of a crook. So, beware. And Bangkok tourist scam number 11 is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This market is number six on CNN’s list of the world’s worst tourist traps. If what you’re looking for is the authentic Thai
tourist trap experience, then visiting this market is a must. It used to be a legitimate
place for locals to enjoy some boat noodles or shop for produce and knickknacks, but today thanks to every tour company in the world pushing it on tourists, it’s over-crowded and an experience that not many people enjoy. So if you’re looking
for a floating market, there’s tons of other ones around Bangkok. Visit those and not this one. Well hey, now you know
everything you need to know to visit Bangkok, be
safe, and not get scammed out of your hard-earned money. Well we hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, you’ll enjoy
watching some other videos from our Bangkok series. You’ll find links in
the description below, or you can click some of
these videos over here to watch them. We won’t say goodbye because we’ll see you in the next video.

57 thoughts on “11 Worst Tourist Scams in Bangkok Thailand

  1. You might enjoy watching more of my Bangkok videos in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-LwjAEvvDE9JkY3U4ZRqhkt

  2. Thank you. They tried the `Grand Palace is closed scam' on me when I was there, but I was already aware of it.

  3. Hi, I am from Bangkok. Thank you for helping other foreign travellers not get scammed. Personally, the scam with the Grand Palace is pretty dated, notwithstanding, foreign travellers are still the victims of this lie.

  4. Generally speaking, we Thais are not able to command in English that well. Thus, when approached by a mysterious Thai who is able to speak somewhat astonishingly good English on the street, beware!

  5. Good, but incomplete video. At this time, western "farangs" are not really welcome in Thailand. The Chinese market is growing fast. Also, the "happy ending" crowd is getting old. Because of that, if you go to Thailand, you are going to get hit with scams, left and right. Thailand is a beautiful place, but … avoid Thailand until they get tired of the Chinese tourists not taking their scam BS.

  6. Hey Chris, great vid again, great city and lots of scams! Same Same but Different. Great to see Topher 🐼🐼🐼. PS you look hot! ☀️☀️☀️

  7. Bangkok massage shops….. just ask for the "NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT" treatment… they'll take care of ya! 😉

  8. Bangkok, Oriental City, but the city don’t know what the city is into…the creme de la creme of the Chess world in a show with everything but Yul Brynner!

  9. Nice Video Chris.. After watching it I'd rather go to Bangkok with someone who has been there before and experienced.. LOL

  10. 6 years ago I unfortunately got suckered by the closed grand palace scam. I ended up being driven to a suits shop by a Tuk Tuk driver after someone stopped me at the gate.

  11. Thank you for the video! I always like seeing different travel tips like this. I know that the taxi meter scam is pretty common around the world. That way I know what to look out for!

  12. I'd also add watch out for taxi drivers taking the loops of the freeway several times basically you go back and forth a few times and your taxi fare gets higher and higher while you are having a conversation, thinking you are going the right way to your next destination.

  13. You should visit iloilo city,the Philippines never been there heard it's a great city if you go do a video like this thanks

  14. I take the Airport Rail Link from the airport. As of last year, it was something like 42 Baht. From Khao San Road, there's even a bus going directly to the airport. Most of the scams involve taxis and tuk tuks, so I avoid them, and am prepared to walk long distances if I have to. As a rule of thumb, be suspicious of anyone who approaches you on the street and acts too friendly. Those situations never end well…It's unfortunate that it has to be that way, but there are countless scam artists out there looking to rip off westerners, particularly men traveling all by themselves.

    Another common scam in southeast Asia occurs at exchange offices — particularly in countries where you might get thousands in the local currency for one USD– where the agent will slip a large bill under the table while handing you the wrong amount. They tried that with me at the Yangon airport, but I'd heard about the scam and caught the guy in the act, and counted the money each time. Also, I had checked the exchange rate that day, so I knew roughly how much I would get. You've got to be careful with these bastards.

  15. With meter you pay the tolls which comes to approx $480tb – most would go fixed price 500tb which is OK – dont over dramatise these nice people #false

  16. Beware of the PATPONG Night Market Scam..seriously scammmmm..one guy will offer 100bath for a drink plus enjoy some girl show (ping pong show).After 15 minutes or less their crew show u the bills..then gotcha 18000 bath..it was really scary…u been forced to pay with no discount..just google the review of Scam of Patpong Night Market..u will learn this experience..

  17. Rule number 1 if a woman on the street asks you out check twice to see if "she" doesnt have anything between her legs xD .

  18. the royal palace dress code is the same as the dress code to cathedrals in Europe, no bare shoulders for women, they have shirts that the women with sleeveless tops can wear inside the grounds. the worse pickpockets in the world are in Barcelona not here.

  19. Now there's a thing that rigged the taxi meter, if anyone noticed the amount of money on the taxi meter is running way too fast or the distance travelling is going way beyond realistic, you know you just got scammed by the cab driver. Dial 1584 hot line number to report it.

  20. Cant believe the big note money scam is also happening in Thailand. On Cambodia is also the case. If you give them $100 USD note, they sometimes brought back a ripped note and ask you to give them a new one or at worst, you will get a fake note instead of a ripped one. Take pic of your notes if u carry the big ones around.

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