5 Most Common Scams to Avoid in Pattaya


Pattaya, just like any other tourist resort around the world, has its share of confidence tricksters, snake oil salesmen and scam artists. Wherever there’s a tourist dollar to be spent, there are unscrupulous individuals ready, willing and entirely able to relieve you of it. Most are relatively harmless – maybe a taxi driver will charge you a few baht more than he usually would because he can see you’re a tourist – but some can seriously ruin your day or worse.

There is no shame in being caught by these scammers. Even the best of us fall victim to them because they are well-practiced and specifically target those who seem new to the area. A little bit of knowledge is the best defence, along with a degree of scepticism, particularly if something seems too good to be true, because it almost always is. For this reason, we have created this list of the 5 Most Common Scams to Avoid in Pattaya.

  1. The Jet Ski Scam
  2. The Bill Padding Scam
  3. The Sick Buffalo Scam
  4. The Ladyboy Pickpockets Scam
  5. The Freeing the Birds Scam


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