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Outside the Grand Palace a common scam is ”The Grand Palace is closed”! (check within the grounds of the Grand palace itself) 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 will be inevitable.

Also foreigners will be approached at BTS/MRT train stations and a semi-professional friendly Thai man/women will ask to assist, however it’s most often to funnel unsuspecting foreigners into a scam.

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 high profile tourist areas walk down the street or find alternative transport. 

The most common scams in Thailand

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