Gem scam We’re begging you – if you aren’t a gem trader, then don’t buy unset stones in Thailand. Period.
Closed today Ignore any ‘friendly’ local who tells you that an attraction is closed for a Buddhist holiday or for cleaning.
Túk-túk rides for 20B These alleged ‘tours’ bypass the sights and instead cruise to all the fly-by-night gem and tailor shops that pay commissions.
Flat-fare taxi ride Flatly refuse any driver who quotes a flat fare, which will usually be three times more expensive than the reasonable meter rate.
Friendly strangers Be wary of smartly dressed men who approach you asking where you’re from and where you’re going.
Bangkok is generally a safe city, but there are a few things to be aware of:
Keep the following in mind to survive the traffic and avoid joining the list of tourists sucked in by Bangkok’s numerous scam artists:
The following government websites offer travel advisories and information on current hot spots.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (http://smarttraveller.gov.au)
British Foreign Office (www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs (www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (www.mofa.go.jp/announce/announce/2002/4/0425.html)
New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade (www.safetravel.govt.nz)
US State Department (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html)