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PHOTO: Thai Travel News By Tim Newton, a seven-year expat and victim of many of these scams… Firstly, I should say that just about any hot tourist spot around the world is going to attract people, sometimes greedy locals, who will be specialists at extracting dollars from your pockets. In Thailand the main difference is that they will usually do it with a smile. There are scams awaiting tourists who come to Phuket and you are best served by spending a few minutes reading articles like this and saving yourself a lot of financial pain, inconvenience or even a trip to hospital. Or jail. This is by no means a definitive list but these are, at least, a list of ten popular scams that you will have to negotiate if you move about the island. They’re real, they happen every day and you’ll have a much better time during your trip if you know about them first. In all cases, a bit of homework beforehand will save you being tricked during your holiday. Here are our Top 10 Sams in Thailand. 1. The jewellery scam If you want to buy jewellery or luxury goods in Thailand, don’t ask you taxi or tuk tuk driver or take advice from the nice man who offered to take you a store who stopped you in the street. Jewellery stores in Phuket seem to exist for one purpose… taking money from tourists as part of one of the oldest scams in the Land of Smiles. Yes, there are reputable jewellery and gem stores in the country but you can usually source them and their prices online before you arrive. There are plenty of jewellery stores that have been specifically constructed to cater for Chinese bus tour groups. You will see the buses lined up,... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Top 10 scams in Thailand, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Top 10 scams in Thailand

 

 

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Published By: Phuket Gazette - Sunday, 14 October, 2018

 

 

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