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> Scams on the up in Thailand, Be extra careful
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post Mar 4 2009, 05:36 AM
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There are a lot more than the usual scams going on in Thailand at the moment.

The economic crisis is hitting hard in a number of ways. Firstly the bar industry- a large part of their tourist income and employment is down 40% compared to last year. That's during their peak season. Secondly price of the baht so both tourists visiting and expats living there have less to spend.

Example- 6 months ago when I was in Thailand I was getting 63 baht to the pound - it's recently got as low as 42 baht to the pound.

Now one of the other worrying things is with the downturn is an increase in counterfeit currency- if you get caught passing fake money you could get in a lot of trouble. Regardless of how you got the money in the first place. Check your change carefully, you may also notice that you are now getting short changed. Another trick is you will receive your money often in smaller bills and some coins to encourage you to leave a tip.

I could go on- there are a lot more tricks going on at the moment. However it's no need to be alarmed, just practice the usual vigilance as you always should traveling in a unfamiliar country.


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