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Notorious Thailand, not amazing!

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If we are to believe the foreign press and especially a prestigious one like  the BBC then we are no longer famed for being Amazing Thailand but Notorious Thailand!
You must have all heard about this as it’s big news in Thai-Farang- land.  Jonathan Head, the BBC  Thai correspondent wrote,

 Thai Tourists warned of Thailand airport scam

Yes, Amazing Thailand is becoming “Amazingly, I’ve been scammed in Thailand” to some foreign tourists.  This time the story is about zigzag  scam at Suvarnabhumi airport. 

Scams and tourist scams are rampant worldwide and not exclusive to here.  But right now, we are in the limelight! 

Personally, I feel OK about this type of headlines. It’s important to show the real Thailand and not just the glossy Tourism Authority version. 

People are people, Thai or no Thai; some will rather have their riches without doing an honest day work!  It makes you think that there must be a scamming gene!

Tourists, hopefully, are intelligent enough to know that this will only happen to the unlucky few!  But no excuse for dishonesty though!

As we cannot escape this new tag, I feel, we might as well take a look at what kind of scams exists here.  And guess what, there is even a farang  website that reports on scams, BangkokScams, check this out if you haven’t already!  I won’t bother to tell you about the scams out there as scams go they are the same world over!  Interestingly, there are a few farang scams reported on that site too for balance and fare play right and it goes to show that dishonesty isn’t exclusively Thais!

Shall I tell you what I really believe?I think that there is a part in all of us that secretly admire clever scammers even though we hate being scammed! 

Guess the only thing left to say is to quote from a  well known scammer, P.T. Barnum, himself

There Is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute!


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