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Dangers to Consider

Travelling in Thailand is safer than most people think. As long as you follow some common sense rules then you should not have any problems during your holiday.

Some of the dangers faced by tourists are usually more annoyances than anything. These usually involve "gem scams" which despite being widely publicised continue to exist. Gem scam stories usually start with: "We were walking to this temple/museum when a well-dressed English speaking man came up to us. He said that the place we were going was closed for a festival. After chatting for a while he offered to take us to a relatively unknown tourist attraction. The story always has the same ending. The tourists are tricked into buying something triple the normal price.

The following Cautions have been issued by the Tourist Police in Thailand.

Never believe street touts. Promised jewelry bargains are scams.

Never purchase jewelry with the unrealistic expectation of reselling it for two or three times the original purchase price.

Never mail precious stones home.

Always exercise common sense. If something appears "too good to be true" it probably is "too good to be true".

Please be aware the Thai government does not own, operate, subsidise or authorise any jewelry stores, except The  Thailand Duty Free Shops.

Disregard all offers of shopping or sightseeing assistance from strangers. They invariably take a big commission on a high surcharged price.

Please avoid in any habit forming drugs and avoid being induced into any form of gambling, since the penalties in Thailand are very severe.

Always select reliable Tour operators and Travel agencies or Guides with official licenses issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Please contact the bus terminal directly for your ticket. If you purchase the ticket from other agencies, please be sure to obtain all necessary information before using their services to avoid the subsequent problems.

If you have any problems contact the TOURIST POLICE immediately 1155

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