How can you get cheated in Thailand
Thailand is one of the most popular destinations of tourists from around the world. Because of the pandemic, the flow of tourists dropped a lot, but since last fall there is a chance to restore international tourism.
Exotic Thailand is warm, affordable, and has everything you need, from exotic beaches with beautiful women and national parks full of wildlife to the exciting nightlife of Bangkok’s concrete jungle. Most Thais tend to be friendly, but there are some who like to take advantage of foreign tourists.
This is the most common scam in the country. Most cab drivers will claim that the meter is broken. In most cases drivers ask an unreasonably high price, while you can drive the same distance for less than half the price. Bargain, but be careful, drivers are known for their manipulative nature. The best way is to stand your ground. If you are not satisfied with the price, it is better to leave.
Deception in temples.
This is another popular scam in the country. When you are walking down the street to one of the temples in Bangkok, a kind Thai man will come up to you and start a conversation offering you a tour, because he will tell you that the temple is closed. If you believe him, he will invite you to visit another temple for a decent price.
This scam is common on the beaches in Pattaya or Phuket. When you rent one of their scooters, they will ask for your passport and/or a deposit. Once you return your scooter to them, they will tell you that you damaged their property and will not return your passport until you pay the fine. If you are unlucky, some places have a spare key that they will use to “steal” the scooter so you can buy a replacement. Either way, they’re at an advantage. Your best bet is to rent from a place that is reputable and trustworthy. Also, inspect the scooter before you take it for a ride and take pictures of it just in case.
Cheating in bars.
If you’re traveling alone or with friends and a girl in a “revealing” outfit approaches you, keep an open mind. It may be hard to resist her charms at first, but she manages to win you over, then most likely she will lure you to her bar, where the drinks will be very expensive. In addition, she will also want to have a drink with you – at your expense – doubling it, although this can happen without leaving the bar where you are.
Cheating in restaurants.
You can be easily cheated in a restaurant, so always pay attention to the prices on the menu, as they often have the price quoted per 100 grams. That you may end up dining out more expensive than a Michelin restaurant. The best way to avoid this is to leave such a restaurant so that you don’t have problems later.
Feeding the birds at the temples.
Another interesting trick to get a few hundred baht out of a gullible tourist. Near the temples you can be offered to feed birds, usually elderly women who will sell you a handful of grains for 300-500 baht. So it is better not to approach such aunts.
Cheats in exchange offices.
At exchange offices you may be sold counterfeit banknotes or cheated, so always check the quantity and quality of the money handed out without leaving the counter. And to be sure, it is better to exchange money only in an authorized exchange office or withdraw it from an ATM.
These are just some of the types of scams in Thailand, so it is quite easy for unsuspecting travelers to become a victim of fraud. Most scams in Thailand start the same way. A random person approaches you or someone offers you something. This should be a signal to you. Keep your eyes open at all times and be on the lookout, Thailand is a beautiful country and it drags a lot so that you can lose your blood money.
Also, in Thailand the law is always on the side of the citizens of the country, not the tourists.
Can I go to Thailand with rubles and how to change them into Thai baht?
Exchange offices in Pattaya and Phuket resumed operations with cash rubles – where to change and what is the current exchange rate in Thailand
Some exchange offices in Pattaya resumed operations with cash rubles back in early spring. What is the situation at the most popular resort – Phuket? A correspondent of the “ATOR Newsletter” studied this question in practice during a trip organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on the occasion of the exhibition TTM+2022.
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Cash in Thailand is a necessity
Unlike Turkey and Egypt, Thailand has very few all-inclusive hotels, so tourists on vacation here simply need cash. The blocking of Russian Visa Mastercard cards made them useless abroad.
Tourists vacationing in Thailand, in the near future, if all goes well, will be able to pay in the kingdom by cards of the Russian payment system “Mir”. This issue, according to Titiporn Manenateh, executive director of the Tourist Authority of Thailand, is currently discussed at the level of the Central Bank of Thailand – from May 2022. For now, “Mir” in Thailand can not be paid, as well as to withdraw baht from them.
There is also a discussion of direct flights. Now tourists are forced to get to Thailand with connections. It’s not a long way, but quite comfortable. Keep in mind that cash in dollars or euros will be needed during connections in the UAE or Qatar.
Russian tourists can also bring rubles.
While it is not possible to pay with “Mir” cards in Thailand, Russian tourists mostly come to the country with dollars or euros, and then exchange them for baht. If baht ran out of time and foreign currency to buy them too, you can buy Thai “cash” for Russian rubles. This is not a rumor, but a fact.
Some exchange offices in Pattaya resumed work with rubles in early spring, while in Phuket at that time there was no such opportunity. But now the situation has changed: it is already possible. A reporter from the Newsletter was able to see this for himself during his recent stay in Phuket.
Buy baht in Phuket – what is the exchange rate?
So, the first exchange office, where they accepted rubles, we found in the old town (Old Phuket Town). The exchange rate is 0.302 baht to the ruble. That is, for 1 thousand rubles you can get more than 300 Thai Baht.
Another location where you can buy baht for rubles is a popular with tourists and locals shopping center Central Festival Phuket. On the fourth floor of the mall as many as three exchange offices, which work with rubles. The rate is more favorable there than in Old Town. One exchanger gives 0.310 baht for 1 ruble, the other (the one near the escalator) – 0.39 baht.
As Phuket exchange offices told us, they began to accept rubles a little less than a month ago. Buy, they say, baht for rubles quite often. For an experiment we exchanged 400 rubles at the rate of 0.39 baht per ruble, received 150 baht. For this money you can buy e.g. a phone case, a glass of good coffee or a T-shirt on sale at the mall.
At the fruit market for 100 baht you can buy a kilo of mango (2 pieces), a kilo of fruit salak (tart “snake fruit”) – 120 baht. Mangosteens – 100 baht per kilo, long kong, lychee – also 100 baht.
As our local guide told us, you can buy baht for rubles in Phuket only in popular tourist locations. And, as a rule, we are talking about the exchangers: the bank offices do not generally accept rubles. Yes, at Phuket airport, too, you can not buy baht for rubles.
Exchanging rubles for baht at private individuals
Another option available to tourists in Phuket is to exchange rubles for baht through private individuals. We found a man who can, in his words, to exchange rubles for baht at a “very favorable rate. He did not say exactly what rate he used, but he told us that he exchanged rubles for baht also by transferring rubles from a ruble card to his ruble card.
This is very convenient, but carries its own risks (although there are many such services on the Internet). But we recommend for tourists to use the “physical” exchange of rubles for baht on their vacations in Thailand in order to avoid incidents.