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  2. Kristine
    January 8, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

    Been there with number 9 in Thailand, I was so furious and refused to get out of the tuk tuk after the third shop, he took us straight back . But to be fair we did see some great sites too.

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    • dankiteski
      January 9, 2018 @ 11:25 am

      #9 is a really frustrating one, isn’t’ it? 😀

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  3. Simone | Paper Travels
    February 5, 2018 @ 7:03 am

    O boy, reading through your list I think we have encountered most of the scams! Not that we fell into any one of them. I think we are pretty wary of things like this but there were a few I hadn’t heard about before. So thanks for the overview. Very useful article! It’s not only in Asia though. I think we had the worst in Morocco. They get so persistent and even aggressive. I find people are easier to ‘get rid of’ in Asia.

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    • dankiteski
      February 5, 2018 @ 10:56 am

      Aboslutely, Southeast Asians are some of the nicest people you will encounter visiting. However, many people tend to think that all of them are kind and honest and subsequently fall victim to one of these scams. That was the point of this article. I haven’t visited Morocco yet but I did hear some similar things to what you said. Compared to that, I’m sure Southeast Asia is a much more convenient destination. 🙂

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  4. Stephanie Lee
    May 18, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    Very informative! I almost got scammed when I was crossing the border from Malaysia into Thailand. Didn’t lose a penny but still it’s sad that people love to take advantage of tourists, becoming the victim of a travel scam can really ruin your vacation… https://qompanion.my/articles/travel-scams-every-malaysian-could-fall-for-while-travelling-in-asia i also found this article when i was looking for information about this topic, hopefully, others will find it helpful too!

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    • dankiteski
      May 20, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

      Traveling scams are awful indeed. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  5. Jane Dempster-Smith
    January 29, 2019 @ 9:02 pm

    Oh the scams. There are some new ones here I was not aware of. We were done in Bangkok with sights that were closed till 2pm and to fill in time lets take you on a tuk tuk ride. Thanks for updating the scams as we are just about to head into Asia for 6 months.

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    • dankiteski
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:06 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jane and I’m glad you could get some useful tips before your trip.

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  6. Anita
    January 30, 2019 @ 9:01 am

    I have the tourism information offices which are just agencies selling tours. They are just trying to sell solution but when I ask for a tips or advices or directions, they have no help for me. It happens a lot in Asia, so I try to skip this kind of places. Thanks for this list, it’s super useful for travelers.

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    • dankiteski
      January 31, 2019 @ 5:32 pm

      Yes, that’s definitely true! Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you liked this post.

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  7. Amy Chung
    January 30, 2019 @ 11:34 am

    Yup have heard about so many of these scams. I was scammed in Vietnam when I wanted to go on one of those junk boat cruises. They told us our 2 night cruise was cancelled half way through our drive there and should we want to go for the day we can at a reduced rate. As we had been on the road for 8 hours, I didn’t want to turn back so went for the day instead. On the boat we met people who said they knew it was cancelled the day before. So basically they knew before I got on the bus. So angry!

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    • dankiteski
      January 30, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Amy. It sure sounds like a frustrating one. Unfortunately, these things happen a lot to foreign travelers but I hope this article raises awareness about these situations.

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  8. Leah
    January 30, 2019 @ 10:13 pm

    This is a very informative article, and I will admit that I have not heard of most of these before, so thank you for sharing! I haven’t traveled to Southeast Asia yet but plan to within the next couple years. This was a great article to read to help me realized the things I need to start looking into and considering before I go. I found #9 to be especially interesting!

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    • dankiteski
      January 31, 2019 @ 3:06 pm

      Thank you, Leah. I hope you have an amazing journey and stay safe 🙂

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  9. Medha
    January 31, 2019 @ 7:52 pm

    Thanks fr bringing these scams to light it is super useful for a lot of people planning to travel t south east Asia like me. I am from India so I already have a sixth sense about these scams because they are common in my country too but things like the tea party scam or the ping pong show are still good to know. I am always vary of my personal belongings when travelling especially if I see someone coming too close to my personal space !

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    • dankiteski
      February 1, 2019 @ 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Medha. I’m glad you liked this post 🙂

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  10. David
    February 1, 2019 @ 10:55 pm

    I’d heard of a few of this before visiting Thailand. The closed monument scam was one that I was warned about beforehand. I guess because we’re travelling we can sometimes let our guard down. The consequences, as you say, can be pretty bad though!

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    • dankiteski
      February 3, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

      Indeed, David. That’s the main reason why I wrote this article- to prepare travelers in the region about some of the worst things that can happen if we’re not careful.

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  11. Annick
    February 2, 2019 @ 4:57 am

    I should know better but that’s why these scams are successful. We were pickpocketed by kids in Paris. A lot of these scams remind me of those you warned us about in Eastern Europe. I’m so trusting that I would likely accept an invitation to go somewhere so I’m glad you warned me. We’re going to China next month and I’ll be on the lookout for these and the tea scam too.

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    • dankiteski
      February 3, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

      I’m sad to her about your experience, Annick. It’s true scams happen everywhere and the least thing I can do is warn people with articles like this one.

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  12. Yukti Agrawal
    February 3, 2019 @ 11:18 am

    Very useful post as it alerts the tourists who are visiting the Far East, especially for first time. It is very sad these fraudulent people use kids to target tourists. I don’t blame kids because they don’t know good or bad as they are very poor and are working on some adult’s supervision. I was not knowing that cheap restaurants lace the food with sedatives and rob you. Thanks for keep us alert.

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    • dankiteski
      February 3, 2019 @ 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Yukti- I’m glad you could find some useful information in this article.

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