This year, Thailand has welcomed 10 million international visitors. As with many major tourist spots, scam artists utilize a variety of deceptive methods to lure international visitors. While the majority of frauds are relatively small violations, some visitors have lost substantial sums. If a deal seems “too good to be true” or extremely convenient, it is likely a hoax.
Tourists in Thailand are cautioned to remain vigilant of their surroundings and valuables at all times, particularly while visiting major tourist destinations, crowded marketplaces, or busy streets. Large cities like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, as well as other popular tourist destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket, have the highest concentration of tourist fraud. Taxi and tuk-tuk drivers engage in bait-and-switch techniques to defraud tourists.
If you become a victim of a scam, you should alert the local Tourist Police or call their toll-free line at 1155. They have dealt with tourist fraud before and may advise you on how to proceed. They may help you in contacting the regular Thai Police if you desire to make a police complaint.