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1. Posted by jasminac (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

jasminac has indicated that this thread is about Thailand

although a lot has been said about scams in Thailand, I just have to mention two really good guys, who try to scam people in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

When in Wat Phra Singh, a young man approached, with some everyday questions about how's the weather treating us, where have we been so far bla bla. Normally, when people start asking you where you've from, you know it's a scam. But this guy didn't offer us anything, we just talked about half an hour about Thailand, people... He did mention, that's it's really cheap to buy clothes in Chiang Mai. Then we parted, he insisted we go to a chedi next by, where - surprise, surprise, another young man started talking to us. Basically the same thing, but this one recommended IMPERIAL FASHION tailor as the best tailor around. He didn't mention it again, so I tough this isn't a scam, maybe it's really a good tailor. It's not. Just a very good scam. When we were on our way, the same guy came running to us and insisted that we go and see this tailor. He even called us a tuk-tuk. A scam obviously, but very well done, because the first guy gave us the idea, that we could get us some good quality suits, and the second one recommended the shop.

Watch out for Imperial Fashion in Chaing Mai!!

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 7y

Jasmin, that's not a scam: they're just salesmen promoting their business.
In Asia, everywhere you go you will be asked if you want to buy a suit. I got sick of it after six weeks and was relieved to be leaving!
In Europe we love to browse - to wander in and out of shops looking for things that are interesting. In Asia, they are the most active salespeople in the world and if you don't want to begin the haggling process, cross the street and learn to say "No, thank you" a lot!

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 7y

When salespeople ask me where im from, Ive taken to telling them Botswana. They normally know nothing about it, so it shuts them up.
Either that or pretend you dont speak english.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

Thais dont even bother to ask me anything coz i look like 1 of them,...

5. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 7y

I'm starting to think thailand is as bad as turkey for hassling! is this just in major cities?

6. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 7y

I never find this kind of thing a huge hassle- Sure they get some kickback or commission from a particular store, but it is not a "scam"- They aren't necessarily trying to steal from you or trick you in anything- If you want a suit- check it out, and negotiate your price. If you don't- just say no... End of story..

And yes you will see this all over Asia....

7. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 7y

that doesnt sounds too bad, Your bound to get that in any tourist country you go to - are there any particularly bad areas for this? I have seen videos on you tube of people practically being dragged into ships, but particularly for taxis and hotels? Anyone been in this situation before?

8. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

Quoting clarife

that doesnt sounds too bad, Your bound to get that in any tourist country you go to - are there any particularly bad areas for this? I have seen videos on you tube of people practically being dragged into ships, but particularly for taxis and hotels? Anyone been in this situation before?

Yea,in Chinatown@Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
If you ask the price and dont buy from them,its very hard to get out from that street. Dont ask for the price or ever bargain if you dont want to buy it. The people there are just rascals!!! I was just asking for a price of the DVD and they dont let me go and forced me to buy it. Well,luckily there were few policemen around which finally came into action and off i go.I will never go to that worse Chinatown again!!!

9. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 7y

Thanks opospa,

we're actually heading to KL for two days before bangkok and I was really looking forward to seeing the chinatown. Is it all like that or just the area you talk about? Is the shopping good in chinatown?

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting clarife

Thanks opospa,

we're actually heading to KL for two days before bangkok and I was really looking forward to seeing the chinatown. Is it all like that or just the area you talk about? Is the shopping good in chinatown?

The locals here know very well that if you don't have any intention to buy, don't start haggling and then reject the offer after getting the price you wanted. The traders in Chinatown hate this. I've seen locals got hassled verbally over that, but never to the point where opospa described.

From my observation, the traders would usually let it off it were the travellers who did it. Easily distinguised travellers (e.g. caucasians) would get away more easily than the locals if they do this because the locals should know better. Yes, unaware locals do it too. And since opospa is a Thai, he looks just like one of us, and the traders probably treated him like one. (yeah, locals get "preferential treatment") Either that, or there were miscommunication.

[ Edit: Edited on May 14, 2007, at 9:40 AM by Hien ]