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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33541 [post_author] => 54 [post_date] => 2014-10-23 02:01:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-10-23 02:01:30 [post_content] => I GENERALLY try to prepare as little as possible in all aspects of my life. I tell others it’s more fun this way, and that I like to see where the wind will take me. But to be brutally honest, I’m hideously lazy and utterly scatterbrained. So, I find anything involving any real forethought to be way too much effort and a monumental bore. So with that fantastic attitude, I found myself unemployed and strangely brimming with cash earlier this year. I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there. Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford. Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia: The “One Baht Tuk-tuk” Tuk-tuks are amazing contraptions found everywhere in Southeast Asia and perfect for the fresh-off-the-boat tourist seeking that quintessentially Asian touch. Look out for the pushy tuk-tuk drivers offering to chauffeur you around at an unbelievably low price. Some guys in Bangkok will even offer to ferry you about all day for as low as one Baht... that’s just 3 US cents! An offer too good to be true… and it is! These fellows will whisk you from expensive gem shop, to shoddy tailor, to flagrant tourists traps, to their friends’ ludicrously priced restaurants. While you haemorrhage cash, the one baht tuk-tuk driver earns a nice wad in commission. Oh, and if you’re bags are feeling too heavy, you could always take a tuk-tuk in a busy city late at night from a guy who probably doesn’t really know where you hotel is. Then, once in motion, don’t hold onto your luggage and maybe someone on a motorbike will snatch it from you, costing you further money. [caption id="attachment_33544" align="aligncenter" width="648" caption="A Bangkok tuk tuk. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]   The “It’s closed” Occasionally you will get lost; it’s all part of the travelling experience. So when you’re approached by a shifty guy who tells you that whatever it is you’re looking for is closed, you’d better believe him. It might be just a random Wednesday for you, but it’s probably Buddha’s birthday, or the monarch’s coronation, or some made-up holiday. There’s no need to actually go and ask at the official ticket counter. I’m sure your wily new friend knows an expensive gem shop where you can spend all your money instead. The “Hire a broken motorcycle” Southeast Asia might be bloody beautiful, but it is disgracefully humid. One way to get the breeze in your hair and to reach all those far flung beauty spots is to hire your very own motorcycle. Now, the sensible traveller will give the bike they’re hiring a once over, or maybe even take a few photographs of the scratches before whizzing off. But that would save you money, and who wants to do that? And of course, you don’t need to bother with travel insurance either. [caption id="attachment_33543" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Motorbikes are commonly available for hire in Asia, just make sure you give them a once over before you head off. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] The “Luxury Bus” In Bangkok you’ll find the odd travel agent selling tickets for luxury buses to the Cambodian border at cheapo prices. The reckless traveller should swipe them up immediately without any further research and get ready for a knee destroying ride. Who knows if the bus will actually make it to the border or breakdown on the way forcing you to buy another bus ticket? Oh what fun! ...Obviously, don’t do any of the things mentioned in this article. While Southeast Asia is, on the whole, a very safe place to travel around, keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine. If you feel like someone is trying to scam you, decline their offer, smile and walk away. [post_title] => Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia [post_excerpt] => I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there. Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford. Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => four-easy-ways-to-lose-all-your-money-in-southeast-asia [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-10-24 02:07:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-10-24 02:07:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33541 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia

Four easy ways to lose all your money in Southeast Asia
October 23, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

I took off on a three month trip around Southeast Asia, and while a good time was had, I fell for some of the most common scams out there. Therefore, I’ve decided to write up a bit of a guide for other travellers to Southeast Asia intent on squandering more money than they can afford. Here’s four easy ways to get scammed in Southeast Asia.

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand
July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme
July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments - Cormac Quinn

THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.

Getting around for cheap with the Japan Rail Pass

Getting around for cheap with the Japan Rail Pass
June 23, 2014 - 0 Comments - Cormac Quinn

PASSPORT: Check! Wallet: Check! It is a familiar routine when traveling and often has us patting our pockets every time we leave a hotel room or shuffle out of a cramped airplane. However, when you travel in Japan another vital item is added to the checklist; a Japan Rail Pass.

Thailand coup: What does it mean for tourists?

Thailand coup: What does it mean for tourists?
May 24, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

NOW that Thailand’s martial law has turned into a full-blown coup, there has been much discussion about what the political situation means for tourists, both those entering the country and those already here.

More Philippines airlines to fly to US after safety ruling

More Philippines airlines to fly to US after safety ruling
April 10, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

OFFICIALS say U.S. aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved.

Air travel in Asia: Where flight attendants still smile

Air travel in Asia: Where flight attendants still smile
March 24, 2014 - 5 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Traveling in Southeast Asia has its challenges. Most backpackers have tales of hellish bus rides, train journeys that go nowhere fast and rules of the road that are more suggestion than law. Once you leave terra firma, though, that tends to change. Air travel in the so-called developing nations of Asia is more often than not a pleasure compared to the West, especially when it comes to budget airlines.

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