Reading these stories and other comments gives the impression that everyone in Thailand is trying to rip off the foreigners. This is very far from the truth.
There are specific things to try to avoid or to be wary about. I have been ripped off more in all other Asian countries that I have visited, mainly because a reliance is made upon the completely rediculous price expectations for things that tourists have.
For example, many westerners will think that paying around forty to sixty Euros a night, sounds reasonable for reasonably OK accommodation, outside of a Capital city, of a room with basic amenities and bathroom. Wrong! Correct price should be around 12 Euros.
This scam is FAR, FAR more evident in the Phillipines, Cambodia and Indonesia. The same vous for food. Twenty Euros for a nice meal is NOT reasonable. One Euro is reasonable. Again, Thailand is perhaps the least likely country to scam you on this one.
In all Asian countries you can be scammed at Airports and bus stations by taxi and motorbike taxi people. Other Asian countries are far WORSE than Thailand for this. People think that Thailand is worse because the driver changes the price after starting the journey or some other obvious tactic to increase the price by perhaps around 30 percent.
In many other countries they will charge you three, four or ten times the correct price and be proud of achieving it because you are a foreigner.
Biggest problems in Thsiland are no 1. Local builders 2. Foreign owned and managed legal companies and the like ( resputable Thai run services are more trustworthy ) 3. Girls from bars who agree to certain sexual activities when in the bar, with no intention of doing such things, who when you go back to your hotel room will start to scream at you angrily that they will basically do nothing and that you have to pay them of they will make make trouble for you.
I have travelled quite extensively through Asia and find the challenges far less in Thailand. Vietnam you will get charged orders of magnitude more for standard route bus tickets and bottles of drinking water from a shop.
The Phillipines and Cambodia, accommodation priced at five times a reasonable amount. The Phillipines, Loas, Cambodia motorbike or Tuk Tuk prices up to TEN times the correct fare ( please do not reference Tuk Tuks in Bangkok as a comparison, as these are NOT a form of local transport, just as the Loch Ness Monster is not a genuine form of fish and chips. Only the really nieve get caught with that one!).
As far as ” I thought she loved me ” stories are concerned, if someone is asking for something different than what is being made available, disappointment should be expected. It is as true for ordering roast chicken from an Ice Cream shop as it is for requesting a wife from Phuket.