How it works:
- Version 1: claiming that today is the Thai Tourism Day where the government is sponsoring free gas. Hence, he can offer a cheap tour and bring you to places with bargains (will be overcharged).
- Version 2: claiming that a place is closed and can bring you somewhere better. You will end up at a gem shop or tailor shop scam.
- Version 3: offering to bring you to a travel agency to help you plan your trip. There, you will pay inflated sums and may even get fake tickets/bookings.
- Version 4: bringing you out of town or to a secluded place and asking for an inflated fee.
- Version 5: stopping halfway (e.g. for a toilet break) with an accomplice appearing and sharing with you “insider tips” on where to visit next.
- Version 6: dropping you a distance away from your destination (e.g. Ayutthaya Ruins). This is where overpriced taxis lie in wait to bring you to your destination.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. transportation hubs, tourist attractions, hotels)
What to do:
- Avoid unless for short trips. Negotiate a clear price first (can even be written down).