A most common scam is ”the Grand Palace is closed”! Then an offer to see other Thai landmarks are suggested. Sooner or later you will be taken to a gem, tailor or massage parlour. Touting big discounts on offer. Losing your money would be inevitable.
Also foreigners will be looking at a map at BTS/MRT train station and a semi-professional friendly Thai man/women will ask to assist, however it’s to funnel them into a scam sooner down the track.
A good rule to follow would be; don’t talk to Thais outside The Grand Palace or other high profile tourist landmarks as it’s usually a scam. In Thai culture its very uncommon to approach people on the street in this manner.
Don’t take a taxi or tuk tuk outside The Grand Palace or most high traffic tourist areas walk down the street 50 meters and get one there. If it doesn’t feel right just say no thank you. There’s plenty more around.
P.S Its polite to tip your driver 10-20 baht, insist the meter is turned on, usually to say Meter Meter, is sufficient to get a response.
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