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Tips on Bangkok Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

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Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

Bangkok is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Still, there are some precautions you need to take while visiting Bangkok, as well as several warnings and dangers to be aware of before you go.

Bangkok Taxis and Tuk-Tuk Scams

There are two primary forms of transportation in Bangkok: taxis and tuk-tuks. Both are safe, but many tourists have reported taxi drivers not turning on their meters. This is a common trick amongst scheming drivers. Ask your driver to turn on the meter when you get in the vehicle, and refuse to take the ride if he or she refuses. Keep a a map with you and show it to the taxi driver to prevent the driver from taking a longer route than necessary.

Tuk-tuks present a similar issue to travelers. They don’t use meters, so it’s important to agree to a final price for the destination ahead of time. Also, ensure there will be no extra stops. Just as when taking a Bangkok taxi, tuk-tuk riders should be vigilant. Bangkok tuk-tuks sometimes take riders to clubs or restaurants that give them a commission for dropping off tourists.

Pickpockets in High-Traffic Areas

Bangkok is generally considered a safe city, especially compared to other tourist destinations in the region. But thieves and pickpockets will hide in plain sight in high-traffic areas and strike if you’re not paying attention. Be sure to secure all your valuables and remain vigilant when sightseeing. If you do, you shouldn’t have an issue.

The Pen Scam

One common scam to look out for is the “pen” scam. During this trick, an individual will ask you for a pen. The particularly clever ones will lead the conversation to where they need to write down information. Then, when the mark reaches to take a pen out of their bag, a second thief will sprint by and attempt to snatch the bag. Take extra caution with any stranger that approaches you and starts a conversation.

Fake Jewels

The pen scam isn’t the only way that pickpockets will attempt to take advantage of you ion Bangkok. In another popular scam, a street salesperson attempts to sell you fake gems or jewel. This one mostly occurs outside of the Golden Palace. During the scam, the perpetrator will inform male tourists of the Thai custom to buy the women in his life different jewels. These are knock-offs worth much less than they are selling them for.

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Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Bangkok.

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