Suit scams in Bangkok ☹️
23.05.2016 - 25.05.2016 29 °C
Bangkok, wow. What an interesting place. I want to start off by saying that anything and everything you've imagined about this place, is true. Let's start at the airport, Don Mueang. My girl, Sarah Jayne, warned me about taxi scammers and their prices to Khao San Rd, so I knew better than to accept a 600baht offer to our destination. Instead, we scoped out a FREE local city bus, and spent 2 hours in traffic jams, soaking in the smell of fumes coming from the rickety, old engine. Not to mention, the driver and his shifting skills. What the.. ?😳. Was it worth it?, I'm not sure lol That's the question we've been asking ourselves since we arrived. You see, 100 baht is roughly $3.33 CAD. When you start bartering these prices, you get what you pay for, and more. We finally arrived at the D&D INN, right on the infamous, Khao San Rd, a backpackers heaven. We were surrounded by colourful tuktuks, and taxis, clothing vendors, street meat (tarantulas incl.🕷), clubs, bars, and ladyboys. Oh, and the men dressed in suits, are trying to sell you.. suits (5ft apart)😑. The thai locals (especially on Khao San Rd), are ALL business. If you're not buying, they're not making any convo🤐 Someone told Garrison, he talks TOO much !😂😂
Our one full day in Bangkok, consisted of the standing Buddha, the lucky Buddha, the floating market in a long tail boat, the grand palace, and a visit to the hotel sky bar from, "The Hangover" movie👌🏼. Of course, we were denied entry because it's a "fancy rooftop", no elephant pants allowed. ☹️ Regardless, I love wandering randomly, it was a great day spent in Bangkok.
On a more serious note, we were involved in the same scam, 3 times yesterday. Our first tuktuk said, he would drive us to our tourist spots for only 40baht, in exchange for a 90baht gas coupon, all we had to do was visit a "suit store" for 5 mins, show some interest, and VOILA, he gets his card (from someone), and we get a cheap ride✔️. It seemed simple enough, until it wasn't. The second tuktuk was older. He asked for the same thing, we did it again, then he had the nerve to say, "we weren't in the suit store for more than 5 mins" 😑. Off we went to another one. The third tuktuk wasn't as friendly, neither were we. We all went our separate ways. Let's just say, we weren't truly wise to this scam until we arrived back via. cab. I only mention this because it's a huge safety concern for those travelling to Thailand, and it can happen to anyone. These guys are pros. Don't barter with tuk tuks and suit stores, they'll use you as pawns. Again, the question is, "Was it worth it?
We are currently on a flight to our first island, beautiful Koh Pha Ngan🏝 Beaches, Muay Thai, and the half moon party are coming soon. Lately, we've been talking about how this trip came together, how much we've learned about ourselves, and each other. Probably because, it's almost over 😢 It's been an incredible 2 months, and I'm looking forward to finishing it out.. without scams😆
Thank you so much for following us on our journey. I hope our travelling experiences, help with yours! ❤️❤️
Until next time,
Rob and Erin ✌🏼️