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Old 2nd February 2008, 09:24 AM
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Default thailand scams

First excuse my english, IŽll traslate with google from spanish to inform this:

In bangkok you will be very kind to people approaching the intencion to help nicely and free, but everything is part of a scam, because you travel guide to offices where you sell packages of hotels that do not coincide with what contracts and about overcharging, bequeathing to be up to 100% more expensive to their real value. It is better to engage the hotels yourself once you reach the desired country and the city, not recruit travel agencies, and expecially TAKE CARE TRAVEL CO

if you have have problems with the scams like I had with TAKE CARE TRAVEL CO

YOU CAN CALL FREE TO THE TOURIST POLICE AT 1155
AND GO TO THE OFFICE OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION BOARD
GOVERMENT HOUSE DUSIT
RACHADAMNOEN NOR ROAD
OPPOSITE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION TEL> 0262970389/0262970413

they make us a quick trail and I have my money back


It is very they try to scam you.
Cheat you on the street, they indicate on a map where is the official tourist office, but tell a different direction to the tuk tuk driver and you go to a travel agent who is pretending to be the official tourist office.

then the
Hotels that contracts are not similar to the hotels you find once you reach them

It is very usual they try to scam you.
Cheat you on the street, they indicate on a map where is the official tourist office, but tell a different direction to the tuk tuk driver and you go to a travel agent who is pretending to be the official tourist office.

then the
Hotels you contract are not similar to the hotels you find once you reach them

here you have the agency card

YouTube - take care travel co
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Old 27th June 2009, 05:17 AM
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Default Tuk-Tuk and Mafia of tourism

Please be aware, i got also similar problem with take-care-travel-co
they my be more agency like this, but all start with the Tuk-tuk.
or some time the Taxi driver, the governement of thailland is not doing enough to stop the scam.
Please write it in the Hotels every where in Bangkok : do not go with a Tuk-Tuk as a guide.
Please do not lets these SCAM spoil your travel, use the PUBLIC BUS if possible
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Old 29th September 2012, 04:27 AM
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hi, thanx for sharing this..

i am currently in SEA and will for another 2 months.. i have been here for 1 month and i feel like just going home at times because of the **** here just makes me sick.. no offence to any one please.. ever since my arrival people have been trying to forcefully get money from me.. on my first 4 days 3 guys (backpackers) assulted a mother taking her kids to school and i could'nt just stand by and watch it happen.. i had 1 tuktuk guy almost cry because i would'nt get in the tuktuk so i did and he got the shits and dropped me in the middle of nowhere because i refused to buy anything from the tailors.. i meet a friend on the road who decided to buy a dress only to return to pick up her dress which was the wrong 1 and said they would call the police when i got angry and demanded the money back.. i had a taxi who could not understand english just drive me around in circles for 2hours when it was only a 15minute drive who demanded i pay 150 baht when the last driver charged me 50baht and to top it off i missed my train south and had to pay for another and pay an extra night for a room.. i meet a couple who had a taxi driver take all their belongings and they never got anything back.. when i got to koh samui some guys running a jetski service tried to scam me into renting a ski and when i took foto's they tried threatening me with the mafia.. and so many people trying to force into buying **** you don't want.. right down to the damn kids!!! and then while here in vientiane i pull a guy and his bike out of a 3m deep trench and then the lao army turn up and start questioning me all equiped with AK47's.. there is so much more.. i think i have had almost enough and i feel that if i stay any longer i may find myself locked up too..
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Old 29th September 2012, 07:03 AM
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tkgurnick,

I'm sorry that's you've had the **** end of the stick somewhat in Thailand and Laos. Most people will get scammed at least once in a minor way whilst in SE Asia, but you've had a bellyful. You can limit the exposure to scamming by going with reputable companies, or those recommended by others, but still this is not a guarantee that you won't be ripped off.

Even though it's likely against your character, keep your head down, don't get involved in others' squabbles and don't take tuk tuks - either walk a lot more or get meter taxis (where offered, e.g. BKK) and make sure they turn on the meter. If you do have to take transportation somewhere, get a quote from the accommodation you are staying at; they should be able to provide a driver or at least give you a ballpark figure of the cost which you can use to bargain with others.

Good luck - SEA might be a drain but it's worth it.
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