This one doesn’t seem to be discussed (or noticed) anywhere but it’s really annoying.
Just yesterday I went to one of my favorite bars here in Bangkok with a few friends who visited me from Germany (not going to mention the name, I’ve seen it before at other places) and I thought it might be a good idea to share a beer tower.
I’d met a gorgeous Thai girl previously on an Internet Dating site, and we had arranged to meet up in Phuket. I learnt a lot about Thailand, Thai culture and about the new love of my life, my georgous Thai girl. As soon as they mention needing money for something… The art to Internet dating Thai style is being able to recognize the truth from the lies. and I honestly think the latest lady I’ve been chatting to is a good, honest, hard-working thai girl.
Like you pay with a 1,000 Baht note and they give you change as if you paid with a 500 Baht note. This almost exclusively happens in the most touristic areas like Phuket’s beaches, Khaosan Road and Sukhumvit in Bangkok and most areas in Pattaya. So it happens at famous tourist attractions like the Grand Palace or National Museum in Bangkok that you are approached by a local Thai before you even reach the attraction and he tells you it’s closed today (usually they give you a Buddhist national holiday as a reason which they assume foreigners don’t know about).
They are then inviting you to go to another attraction together which turns out to be a gem, silk, tailor or other kind of shop.
The famous scam that a lot of newbies to Thailand run into as they think experiencing a ping pong show in Bangkok’s oldest red light district, Patpong, is a must do.
The scam consists of Thai guys approaching you at the night market in front of the go go bars offering free ping pongs shows and even better: drinks for just 100 Baht each.
She’d lived there for 5 years, so she knew the place well, though her home town is in the country… I asked her why she was on an Internet dating site, and she told me a terrible story about how she had gone to school to learn the hotel trade, and had ended up working in a restaurant where she had been treated poorly, and hadn’t been paid. Especially when I asked her about her previous boyfriends. I wasn’t sure when she began putting pressure on me to move things along a bit faster. I’d like her to meet my mum and dad, and my sister… Only then will I pop the question and look at marriage visas and more permanent options.