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Safety issues in Thailand

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Safety issues in Thailand

At the main entrance to the Grand Palace a man dressed in blue and grey pants and shirt wearing a cap that stated POLICE, standing one foot away from two men in beige uniform with military decorations refrained us from entering telling us at 2:30PM the Palace was closed for the day, but that he would call a tukutuku (local motorcycle taxi) and for 30bahts he would take us to the standing Buddha and back to the Pier to take our boat. He stopped a tukutuku and steered us in. We did not feel we had a choice. The taximan was obviously scared of him. He took us ever farther away, stopping at shops while he took instructions and gave explanations on his cell phone. He explained to us that if we did not buy diamonds or tailored suits we at least had to fake wanting. After paying and leaving the tukutuku at a traffic light and finding our way to the river walking, we learned the police runs these shoppers kidnapping rings. We left that evening without seeing the Palace.

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1. Re: Safety issues in Thailand

What a pity you didn't do some research before your trip, this is a very common scam and easily avoided.

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2. Re: Safety issues in Thailand

Dear Gippy: real pity indeed!. To turn grief into something useful, I suggest it would be great value added for TRIP ADVISOR, to add a couple of icons to its site header, one for SAFETY where we could all pour our stories learn about the scams and how to avoid them, and another one for HEALTH issues. In parts of Thailand for example, I learned in my preparation for the trip, you can get Malaria from mosquito bites.

Pattaya, Thailand
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3. Re: Safety issues in Thailand

^Just ignore and carry into palace. :)

Poulton Le Fylde...
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4. Re: Safety issues in Thailand

Pat G

Since your original post was about Scams in Bangkok, if you go to the Bangkok Forum you will see that one of the Top Question FAQs is "Potential Scams" which includes a link to this warning about the Grand Palace Scam tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293916-i3687-k5… and if you look to the right on this forum you will find a Top Question FAQ called "Personal SAFETY" which has lots information including about Health issues so I think both your points are already covered. :-)

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