Getting scammed can be a devastating experience for anyone. Petty and minor crime could be found almost in every corner of the world no matter where you go. Pattaya is no exception when it comes to scams and fraudulent activities. It does not mean Pattaya is not a safe place to visit for holidays. There are sufficient rules, laws, and authority in charge of Pattaya scams, however, due to the immense traffic of tourists from different countries keeping the laws in control becomes a little tricky.
Crime is not so often or recurring in Pattaya, so you don’t have to be extremely worried about it. Being careful and aware of problems that might arise or you could get involved in will help you in the long run. After all, there’s no harm in being a little cautious.
Some tourists have been to Pattaya many times and have hardly faced any scams. On the other hand, some have been there for only once and had to deal with a bad experience.
5 Most Common Pattaya Scams to Avoid
We have gathered some valuable information about the most common Pattaya scams that you could be a victim of if you’re unaware. You could avoid these common Pattaya scams by being alert and knowing beforehand.
Below are the top five ways you could get scammed, but these are not limited.
Pickpocketing is entire of a common occurrence in Pattaya and also other parts of Thailand. It could happen in stations, buses, busy streets, crowded locations, almost anyplace you could think of and in many ways.
For example, you could be walking down the street alone when a group of ladyboys would approach you in a way too friendly manner, touch you inappropriately and make you feel uncomfortable. As soon as you manage to get rid of them, you will realize you have lost your wallet, phone or any valuable belonging.
It’s probably a safe idea to keep your belongings in a position that is hard to reach for others. Better if you carry a minimal amount of money and things that are not so valuable.
Another way you could be pickpocketed is by flower sellers and their children who might intentionally nag you to buy their flowers, keep you occupied or distract you in any form. By the time you recover from the distraction, your belongings will be with them.
Such things could happen in Baht Buses while you’re traveling from one place to the other. Two men might be involved in the act; it could be women or ladyboys too. All you have to do is be a little aware of the people with whom you’re traveling. Being alert will make potential pickpocket thieves be alarmed and not target you to make their victim.
If you have been unaware and find out later that you have been pickpocketed, you could contact the local police in charge of tourism crime department and they might have your belongings if you’re lucky enough.
Jet Ski Scam
We all know how much of a perfect beach destination Pattaya is, which is why so many tourists flock to Pattaya beaches during humid summer. There are so many activities to try when you think of beach day out. One of the remarkable ways to enjoy some beach waves is to drive the Jet Ski. It sure is an exciting and adventurous activity, but there are things you also need to look out for.
You could become a victim of Jet Ski scam, something that could cost you the price or more of the Jet Ski.
As normally everyone would, you too will be going to the beach and meet a renter for Jetski who seems friendly and kind. You then ski off to the waving water and have some fun time. But once you come back to the shore, that’s when the nightmares begin. The once friendly and smiling faces now look aggressive and frowned. They accuse you of spoiling their Jetski and point out to dents in the machine that seems impossible to happen.
You know you haven’t hit any underwater rock, but they won’t believe you anyway. They shall demand thousands of Baht for the damage that was not even done by you.
The truth is you become a victim of their scam by which they have robbed many innocent tourists like you before.
Your way to avoid the scams is not to rent Jet Ski from unknown or individual renters. There are reputable and specific organizations from whom you could safely rent Jet Skis and not have to ruin your holiday in Pattaya.
- Motorcycle scam
Motorcycle scam is pretty similar to the Jetski one, so there’s nothing much to say about it. The same thing happens here, you rent it and take the motorcycle for a ride. And when you go back to return it to the owner, a new indentation or damage is spotted out of the blue.
You could be a victim of Bill Padding only if you prefer to try the nightlife and bars of Pattaya. And that includes massive consumption of alcoholic drinks or beers.
Usually, you’ll be given bills of your drinks in a small tub that will be placed right in front of you, where the bartender or the waiter stubs receipts for every drink you order. And at the end of the drinking sessions, you have to pay the total sum of the bills that have been accumulated.
But here’s where the scam occurs. While being busy with drinking the waiter will put additional receipts of the bill in your tub that you may not notice. In this way, you will be required to pay much more than you have ordered.
The solution is to pay the bills as soon as they stack a little and keep account of how many bills is being added to your counter. In that, you don’t have to encounter uncomfortable situations and arguments in the middle of the night among strangers in a bar.
The Bar girls of Pattaya
The nightlife and go-go bars of Pattaya is what attracts a portion of tourists to visit the land. The Pattaya walking street is very famous and is a must visit for anyone visiting Pattaya for the first time.
For men who are looking to spend time in bars of Pattaya, there are some scams that you need to be aware of. You shall find very young and innocent pretty girls at the bar that you might fall in love with at first sight or by the way they approach you. But behold the feelings because they are not looking for your heart, they need your money.
Really sorry to break your heart but they are all fraud and mostly scams. They might come up with interesting stories to convince you but know that all of that is mostly fake.
The only way to save yourself is not to fall in love with bar girls or help them financially anyway.
The 1000 Baht scam
Keep your 1000 Baht safe by not giving them away for small changes. Chances are you will be a victim of a scam quite easily. The vendor, shopkeeper or whoever you give the Baht note to will deny the fact that you gave them the amount and will only offer a change for 500 Baht instead. Having no proof of what you just paid could leave you in a horrible situation.
To avoid this kind of scams, make sure you carry enough change, and before that, you need to change them also from some trusted party.
Being a little aware of your surroundings and what you could face may save you from a lot of troubles and hassles. Know that you could be a victim of many other forms of Pattaya scams, such as tourism sales, internet cafe keyloggers, credit card scams and the list goes on.
There is good and there is bad everywhere, you just need to keep an eye out to avoid these Pattaya scams.