Please Help STOP the Grand Palace SCAMS

STOP the Grand Palace SCAMS

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Please help STOP the Grand Palace SCAMS…

The Grand Palace complex in Bangkok is stunning. For most tourists to Thailand, it’s a must on their list of places to see in this country. But because of the scams, too many go home without experiencing the inspiring beauty of the glorious Thai buildings decked out in gold.

The tourist police, Thai police and the palace guards sit by and do nothing. Even the Thais walking by ignore the unaware tourists getting scammed by their thousands. And from what I’ve seen personally, only expats intervene.

The scams have been going on for years. Long-time friends scrimped and saved to come to Thailand for a once in a lifetime trip to the country. Sadly, I didn’t go to the Grand Palace that day and they were scammed. Instead of experiencing all that gold and glitter, they came home with a new set of clothes. What a tradeoff. And what a crying shame.

Even today they laugh about their “truly Thai experience – the Thai scam” but are unable to share memories of the actual palace. Is this how Thais want Thailand to be remembered?

I’ve asked Thai friends and they are embarrassed about the scams but feel powerless to stop the practice. Finally fed up, Richard Barrow decided to ask for our help.


Richard Barrow in Thailand: This scam has been going on for so long. I want to see this one closed down and will be working towards making this happen. With or without the help of the Tourist Police.

Please help spread the message by sharing this post. These guys are scammers – the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is NEVER closed and the Grand Palace is very rarely closed all day.

Here’s the link to retweet: Richard Barrow ‏@RichardBarrow Please RT & help share on Facebook: Don’t Fall for the “Grand Palace is Shut” scam

And here’s his blog post: Don’t Fall for the “Grand Palace is Closed” Scam.

If you are Thai, expat, tourist, whatever, please help stop the Grand Palace scams. It’s as simple as RT’ing Richard’s tweet, forwarding Richard’s post, even writing a post of your own.

UPDATE: Richard Barrow just launched Bangkok Scams. He’s also Tweeting Scams Live in Bangkok.

9 thoughts on “Please Help STOP the Grand Palace SCAMS”

  1. Here’s a new twist: New Tourism Laws Cut China Kickbacks

    New laws set for China in October could reduce the number of tourists visiting Phuket but ultimately prove positive, say tourism industry leaders.

    The focus on the kickbacks and rebates that are now to be banned will also shine new light on the kickback commission business on Phuket and in Thailand.

    Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers are among those who collect commission by ripping off tourists. The visitors often don’t know they are being forced to pay extra.

  2. This is bringing back memories … Before I moved here I decided to do a Bangkok tour. The girl kept trying to do side trips to jewelry stores and similar. Being under time constraints (typical last day in the country), I got fed up with the tour being wasted. After refusing to get out of the car, she tore into me. I wasn’t going to stand for that so yelled back, and at a light I got out of the car and made my own way.

    Tours in Thailand are fraught with wasted time. The guides don’t get paid much because they make it up by taking tourists to the different scams around town. I’m not meaning to be coldhearted, but truthfully, I couldn’t care less about them getting a cut to cover their wages. Scams should not be a part of a paid tour.

  3. Hi Catherine,

    I was in Hong Kong shortly before it reverted back to China, so I don’t know what it’s like today …

    But we stayed at the jewelry store for maybe 30-45 minutes and then resumed the tour, so it wasn’t too bad. And on the Beijing tour, people on the bus balked at our third “buying opportunity,” so our guides passed it by.

  4. The entrance fees are now hefty so you are so right! It’s a real shame this is happening. When I visited my friends in the UK what do they remember about visiting? Getting scammed. And what do their friends talk about to us? Getting scammed in Thailand.

  5. First time I was in Bangkok I suppose they tried to scam me with this. My girlfriend at the time told me that the palace wasn’t open. We just went and had a bite to eat then returned a bit later and went in, probably through a different entrance but I forget now. It’s a shame that the people at the temple allow them to do this as it is stealing revenue from the Grand Palace as well.

  6. No bracelets? What a shame 🙂

    I haven’t been to mainland China yet, only Hong Kong. I didn’t come across any scams during my visit but I imagine that part of the country is tightly controlled?

  7. A bus tour to the Great Wall of China featured a stop at a jewelry factory, and so did a tour around Hong Kong. The Hong Kong “factory” had a workshop for show, but no one was working at any of the desks. There was however, about one salesperson per tourist on the tour in the showroom.

    I didn’t see any bracelets that fit me 🙂

  8. I wasn’t scammed at the Grand Palace. On my first trip to Bangkok we went walking around the Narai hotel. A guy stopped us, said he was a policeman, waved in the direction we were going and said it was closed. Hah. A tuk tuk ride later, I had a beautiful bracelet.

  9. On my first attempt to see the Grand Palace complex, my friend and I were scammed by a tuk-tuk driver. He stopped the tuk-tuk just a few blocks after we got in, and told us the line about the complex being closed, and even had a friend with a jewelry shop he could take us to instead. We passed, and asked him to stop and let us out, which he did. We’d paid the fare upfront, so we were out a few baht.

    Our second trip we got to the palace and were approached by a tour guide just after we entered. He told us his price, but said we could pay at the end of the tour, and only if we thought it was worth it. It was. He was very knowledgable and made our trip to the palace a lot more interesting than it would have been otherwise.


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