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    Travel Warning: Bangkok Airport Duty Free Shopping Scam

    Officially called Suvarnabhumi Airport opened in 2006. Bangkok Airport received several scandals the largest of which was the takeover of the airport by anti-government protesters for a week. Less minor "bangkok airport scandals" are airport taxis with "broken meters" and reports of loss baggage.

    Recently, reports of alleged extortion committed against foreign tourists, mostly Europeans, accused of stealing items while browsing items inside the sprawling duty-free shops of Bangkok Airport.

    The scam victims will be arrested on trumped up charges and planted evidence and made to cough up huge amounts of money in exchange for their freedom or dropping of the cases against them.

    How to avoid these scammers? Don't browse items inside the duty-free shops or probably ignore them altogether.

    Tutubi doesn't like to go dutyfree shopping except in Singapore's Changi Airport for electronics and digital camera and stuff. It's a financial drain, potential headache of excess baggage charges and customs harassment.

    Thailand is a nice place to visit and like other places, be forewarned of travel warnings and tourist traps. Just be on guard always and you'll be alright. Tutubi's been there twice and intends to return probably to backpack Northern Thailand destinations someday.

    To know more of Tutubi's (mis)adventures, you may click the Thailand link above or the Thailand label below this post.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:01 PM,

    6 Comments:

    At Aug 11, 2009, 5:18:00 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

    Hi again,

    this is informative lalo na I am going there in 2 months time!

    so, ok pala sa Changi, ha? hmmm.. hehe

     
    At Mar 23, 2011, 5:59:00 PM, Blogger stephanie said...

    too bad i can't copy/paste it. I was thinking i could print these articles as a guide for my trip ;c

     
    At Mar 24, 2011, 7:06:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    stephanie, you can always request me to send this to you...or you can print the article as it's ust a short one

     
    At Aug 16, 2011, 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous morena liwag said...

    hi, do you have idea how we can get to cambodia from bangkok? thanks...

     
    At Sep 6, 2011, 2:13:00 AM, Blogger elegance of beauty said...

    would like to ask which part in bangkok thailand is better to stay, me and my friends are planning to have a short trip there, --looking for better hotel to stay, perfect spot for night out, shopping (the cheapest where to buy), and tours...any suggestion pls.. thanks

     
    At Sep 8, 2011, 9:10:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    elegance of beauty, khao san road for backpackers...sukhumvit area is also nice

     

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