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The perfect itinerary for 3 – 4 weeks Thailand

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Welcome to Thailand. The land of beautiful beaches, delicious food and eternal smiles. From dense jungles to white beaches, and big cities to tranquillity in Buddhist temples, you’ll find it in Thailand. We believe that this Asian pearl is one of the most versatile countries in the region and is a wonderful place to start a trip through Southeast Asia. There are so many places in Thailand worth visiting that making a choice can be difficult. We spent a couple of months in different regions of this beautiful country and have put together an itinerary based on our experiences. Prefer travelling at a fast pace? We think 3 weeks should be enough. If you rather take it easy with a day of relaxing in between, you’ll need four weeks for this trip. We hope our tips will inspire you and make you want to book a ticket to this fascinating country.

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Some Facts About Thailand

Best Time to Travel

Thailand is one of those countries that can be travelled all year round. We experienced both the rainy and dry season and had a wonderful time either way. The best time to visit Thailand varies a bit according to the region but is generally between November and February. During this time, the temperatures are a bit cooler than the rest of the year, and it typically doesn’t rain that much.  Expect temperatures between 28 °C- 33 °C degrees and plenty of sunshine. However, Thailand is a tropical country, so a rain shower once in a while can always occur.

Random Fact: Did you know Bangkok is the warmest city in the world? It is around 30 °C degrees all year round!

Religion & Culture

In Thailand, 95% of the population is Buddhist. This is not necessarily a religion, but rather a way of life. Buddhism is an important aspect of Thai culture, please show some respect. You are required to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting temples or palaces. If you refuse to do so, you really won’t get in. Read all about Buddhism in Thailand here.


Thailand’s history goes a long way back. Although Dutch and Portuguese traders set up trading posts in the country, Thailand was never colonized, so you won’t see any European influences. Thailand used to be called Siam and Ayutthaya was its capital. Nowadays, Bangkok is the country’s capital and largest city. Thailand was invaded during World War II by the Japanese in 1942 and is famous for the railway bridge in Kanchanaburi which was used in movies after the war. 

Travel Prepared

Thailand is quite a developed country that has welcomed many tourists for years, so you will certainly find large popular Western brands everywhere. Luckily, there is still a lot of chaotic Asian charm to be found.

 Do you like to travel prepared, just like us? Read all our articles on preparing for your dream trip here.

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The Perfect Itinerary for Thailand

Our itinerary is based on three weeks. It is a tight schedule. Make sure you book flights and train tickets far in advance, especially in high season. Ticket prices increase, are sold out, or you’re left with bad spots. You can add more destinations to your itinerary or leave some out. We added some suggestions at the end of this article. Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions.

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4 days – 3 nights

Most people start their trip through Thailand in the capital Bangkok. An amazing experience to start your journey in South-East Asia but for many a very overwhelming experience. Take your time to get used to the heat, the scents in the little alleys and the busy traffic. Bangkok is best known for its delicious street food, beautiful temples and tall buildings. It is also a city with lots of water, with the Chao Praya River and narrow canals flowing through the city.

The city is alive 24-7 and has a vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a great night out on Khao San Road, fancy cocktail sipping in one of the many Sky bars or street food tasting in China Town. Bangkok has something for everyone. It is possible to live in this city for a year and still not have seen everything, which is why we’ve created a 3-day itinerary with all the best things to do in Bangkok for you.

How to get there?

Bangkok is an incredibly large, centrally located metropole in South-East Asia. From there, you can fly easily fly to many countries in the region for low prices  if you book your tickets in time. 

There are also super cheap domestic flights throughout the country with airlines like AirAsia, Vietjet Air, Nok Air etc. We can’t stress this enough, book your flights early. If you book in advance, flights often cost as little as €30,- while just beforehand they can go up to €200,-!

Tip: We rarely book flights with the same airline, AirAsia being the exception.  We always search for the best option for the cheapest price. is a great website to compare flights. We also use 12AsiaGo or Skyscanner. You can easily compare flights on different dates with different airlines. Read all our tips for booking cheap flight tickets in this article. For us, Amsterdam is quite far away. We therefore frequently fly from Frankfurt, because it is often cheaper, and you can get there by high-speed train from Aachen Hauptbahnhof within 1.5 hours. Brussels sometimes makes a difference too, you can be there in 1 hour and 15 minutes from Breda.


3 days – 2 nights

The second destination of this trip is Ayutthaya. In the era of Siam (formerly called Thailand), this was the country’s capital. You’ll find a temple complex with an extraordinary Buddha statue that appears to be incorporated into the roots of a tree, and many beautiful relics from this important time in Thailand’s history. Unfortunately, Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, leaving the present day ruins. 

Unfortunately, elephant riding is still very popular in this town, something we definitely do not support. Read about the best places to visit in Ayutthaya in this article.

How to get there?

Ayutthaya is located 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and can easily be reached from the capital by train or minivan. We chose to travel there by train and back to Bangkok by minivan. The latter was a lot faster (about 1.5 hours). The train ride to Ayutthaya took at least three hours as the train has low speed in Bangkok because of the many stalls set up on and next to the tracks.  However, both the train market and Bangkok’s central train station (Hua Lamphong) are peculiar and wonderful to have seen and experienced at least once. Book tickets for the train or minivan to Ayutthaya here.

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Chiang Mai

5 days – 4 nights

The third destination in this itinerary is Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city located in  the north of the country. Although  Chiang Mai is quite a big city, it doesn’t feel like that at all. As far as we are concerned, it is the most relaxed city in Thailand. We felt so at home in this city that we stayed there for two months … oops. 

Chiang Mai is known being a digital nomad hub and has large number of lovely cafes with the most delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch dishes. Whether you come here to start the day with a healthy breakfast, get some work done in the afternoon or have a late-night read, the cafes are all delicious.

Also, there are many Buddhist temples (300 of them!) located in and around the city. While most of them can be found in the Old City,  the most beautiful gems are hidden in the mountains. To help you choose between all these temples, we wrote this guide. If you are interested in Buddhism, go on a Buddhist retreat with monk KK at  Wat Suan Dok. We learned so much during this retreat that we did it two times and wrote an article about it. 

Northern Thailand is mountainous which makes it even more beautiful. The best way to explore them is to rent a motorbike and sway up the mountain where you’ll get a great view and enjoy the cool temperatures. We wrote an article on Doi Suthep and the surrounding temples and viewpoints. Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand (2.565 metres), is located roughly 100 kilometres from the city and can best be visited using a rental car (we used Europcar situated at Chiang Mai Int. Airport).

The city is also incredibly rich of bars, walking streets and markets, so you won’t get bored in the evening either. Read about the best markets in Chiang Mai here. Do you want to go out and have a good time? Then Chiang Mai has a lot of places to go for you as well to spend your evening. 

Because it can sometimes be hard to choose between 300 temples, countless cafes and all sorts of other fun activities, we wrote this 4-day schedule for Chiang Mai.

Tip: did you know that Chiang Mai is one of the world’s most popular places for digital nomads? In this article, you can read about the best places to work in this city.

Be Aware!: Many blogs recommend going to an elephant sanctuary to wash and feed elephants. We do NOT support this as the conditions these elephants live in are often still poor and tourism simply shifted from riding to washing. Would you still like to see Asian elephants? Then go to the Elephant Nature Park. This is a beautiful park founded by Lek Saengduean Chailert, who is known all over Asia for her amazing work with elephants.

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How to get there?

(Night) Train

To get to Chiang Mai, you can take the night train from Ayutthaya. Beware! The night train is incredibly often fully booked, so book your tickets on time and avoid disappointment. We recommend taking an air-conditioned second-class sleeper. If possible, always opt for the lower bed, as these are longer and more comfortable than the upper bed. Especially keep this in mind if you are tall as the beds are made for the average Thai. Book tickets for the night train here.


There are also many buses going to Northern Thailand, both night buses and day buses. They are comfortable air-conditioned buses and take slightly less time than the trains. Keep in mind that you don’t have a bed like on the train, so if you are a light sleeper you might arrive in Chiang Mai very tired. Book tickets for the bus here.


You can also choose to travel back by train or minivan to Bangkok. Get off at Don Mueang airport and fly towards northern Thailand from there. Airline tickets are easily booked via Skyscanner for relatively low prices.

Extend your trip

Chiang Rai, Thailand

If you want to make your itinerary through northern Thailand even more special, you can choose to go to Chiang Rai in addition to Chiang Mai. This is the former capital of the Lana kingdom (Chiang= city, Rai= king) where you can visit beautiful white temples.

Laos or Myanmar

From northern Thailand, you can easily travel to both Myanmar (Birma) and Laos. Unfortunately, the former country is currently (2023) very unsafe for tourists due to a civil war.

Laos is a beautiful country where you feel like you’ve gone back in time 40 years compared to Thailand and definitely worth a visit. From Chiang Mai, you can easily book a bus ticket with 12Asia GO to Chiang Khong, on the Mekong River on the border with Laos. It’s a 5.5-hour bus ride and a ticket will cost you just €10. Read our Laos itinerary here.

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4 days – 3 nights

From Chiang Mai, drive a little further north towards the tiny backpacker village of Pai. Although it has long since ceased to be a sleepy unknown village, it is a fun place to visit. There is a walking street through the village every day, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful sights nearby. There can be found lovely hot springs, beautiful viewpoints and even a large canyon. Via the the famous Mae Hong Son loop, you drive there in a few hours. We think the route itself is worth it alone. Read which places are worth visiting in our tips for your visit to Pai.

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How to get there?

Rent a scooter (motorbike)

By far the most popular way to travel from Chiang Mai to Pai is by scooter. Just keep in mind that according to many countries’ law these are regarded as motorbikes as they are 125cc. This often means you are not insured without a motorbike licence. Check with your insurance company in advance if this is the case, we accept no liability for incorrect statements or misinformation. Of course, renting a scooter is cheap and the ultimate sense of freedom, but there are some disavantages as well. Read our article on the pros and cons of renting a scooter in Asia.

The Mae Hong Son loop has lots of bends, the slopes are sometimes steep and other riders often tear past you like crazy. Especially when it rains and the roads are slippery, the chances of having an accident are relatively high. Are you completely fearless or an experienced motorcyclist? Then we say definitely do it.

Should you have decided you want to take on the adventure, your best bet is to rent a scooter from AYA in Chiang Mai. They have a service where your luggage is taken to Pai by minivan, and the scooter does not need to be brought back to Chiang Mai.

Rent a car

We hired a car Chiang Mai. We found this to be the most relaxed option, especially since we were travelling in the rainy season. In retrospect, we are glad we made this choice, as the Mae Hong Son loop is beautiful, but not without risk. We could also easily carry our luggage in the car and visit many places easily in Pai itself. We hired our car with Europcar. This includes all-risk insurance, which is not included with many local rental companies. 


Don’t feel like driving yourself at all and just want to get to Pai quickly? Then you can also travel to Pai in a shared minivan. You can book them here. In a few hours, the minivan rushes through the mountains to Pai. You can also take the van back to Chiang Mai, so if you want to scoot out but not back, that’s possible too.

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Krabi & Ao Nang

4 days- 3 nights

Time for the beach! Get ready for a long day of travel, from Pai you’ll travel back to Chiang Mai and in one way (by plane) to Krabi in southern Thailand. The coastal town of Ao Nang, in particular, is very popular among travellers, and we totally understand why. Don’t expect a calm charming coastal town, but a coastal strip with lots of restaurants with loud music and neon lights. Despite doing our best to avoid places like this, this place is still worth it. In fact, the surroundings of Ao Nang are breathtakingly beautiful. Surrounded by high slate cliffs with blue-green water make this place a truly unique destination in Thailand.  You can easily visit some of these beautiful islands off the coast from Ao Nang when doing a snorkling tour. The mainland and Krabi Town are also home to some great sights, including the hike to the tiger cave temple. 

Railay Beach Ao Nang Krabi Travel Itinerary Thailand

How to get there?


Since you’re flying from the North in Thailand all the way to the South, we recommend taking a plane to Krabi. After all, by train you’ll be on the road for about 30 hours, and the price is almost the same. So book a cheap ticket in time with AirAsia or Nokair. Within two hours you fly from Northern to Southern Thailand. Airline tickets are easily booked via Skyscanner.

From Krabi airport, you can easily take a shuttle bus to Ao Nang beach. These vans can be booked anywhere around the airport and will take you to your hotel. There is also a big local bus, but it costs the same and will drop you at the bus stop in Krabi or Ao Nang. From there you walk to your accommodation. We tried both options, and would recommend taking the minibus. This is far more comfortable.

* Don’t have that much time or just like to plan your holiday a bit more relaxed? You could consider flying from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui. You can either stay there for a night or take the boat to Koh Pangnan or Koh Tao.

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Koh Tao

4 days – 3 nights

We think Koh Tao is the most beautiful island in Thailand so far. Imagine soft blue crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and colourful corals. This in combination with the best diving resorts, cosy restaurants and stunning jungle views make this our favourite Thai island. Koh Tao is only 7 kilometres long from north to south and can be cruised all the way in just 15 minutes by scooter. 

Koh Tao is best known as Thailand’s diving island. You’ll find several diving schools (Padi-certified) of which Ban’s Diving Resort is the most famous. Getting your Padi here is very cheap and the resort is also an experience in itself. Is diving a little too adventurous for you? In that case, you can book one of the many snorkelling tours on the island. We saw a lot of beautiful fish and even some turtles. Koh Tao has a chill and relaxed vibe. Nothing is a must and everything is possible. We can understand that some visitors stay on this small island for months on end. Read our tips for your visit to Koh Tao here.

How to get there?

Khao Tao is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand and can only be reached by boat. There are ferry services from the two other islands, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui, and from the mainland from Chumphon and Surat Thani. From Krabi, Surat Thani is the closest and you can easily book a bus from Krabi to Surat Thani with 12AsiaGo for 8 euros per person (travel time 3 hours). 

From Surat Thani, you can take a night or day boat to Koh Tao. The journey is about 7 hours by ferry. This ferry can be booked online or at a shipping company in Surat Thani. We opted for the night boat. You then lay side by side like sardines and it was storming so the boat rocked a lot. All in all, though, a very ‘special’ experience.

*If you travel from Krabi to Surat Thani, you can also choose to stop in Koh Sok national park en route and do a multi-day excursion in the Jungle. Personally, we didn’t think much of it. You sleep in shaky bamboo huts and the staff are not very animal-friendly with monkeys and other animals being lured by throwing fruit at them. Not really the jungle experience we had in mind. 

Koh Pha-ngan

4 days – 3 nights

Koh Pha-ngan is one of three well-known islands in the Gulf of Thailand, along with the slightly larger Koh Samui and tiny Koh Tao. Located right in between, Koh Pha-ngan is the perfect island to take it easy. This island is known for its full moon party which is a crowded event which takes place every month. You’ll find beautiful beaches, lots of laid-back bars and a fun food market. On this island, you can also choose to sleep in a hut on the beach. You can book it here. Read all our tips on Koh Pha-ngan in this article.

How to get there?

Koh Phangan can be reached by ferry from Koh Tao, Koh Samui or from Surat Thani (the mainland). From Krabi, buses and taxis go to Surat Thani. You can also choose to fly to Koh Samui and then take a 45-minute boat to Koh Phangan. Book tickets for the boat here or a flight here.

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Time to go

Now you have completed your three-week itinerary of Thailand. Time to travel back home. If your flight to Europe departs in the evening, you can choose to take the ferry from Koh Pha Ngan to Surat Thani and fly to Bangkok (Suvernabuhmi) and back to Europe in one day. You can easily buy combi tickets in Koh Pha-ngan for the ferry to Surat Thani and transfer to the airport, which we definitely recommend.

If you want to take it a little easier, you can choose to book a hotel close to Suvarnabuhmi Airport in Bangkok so you can get a night’s sleep first. We opted for Divalux resort. A lovely resort with good food, fine facilities such as a large swimming pool, a modern gym and a free shuttle service to the airport. 

When continuing your travels in Asia, Bangkok is the ideal city for a ticket to Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines. For more inspiration in Asia check out our articles and itineraries here.

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6 Scams in Bangkok that you really want to avoid.

By Asia, Bangkok, Lessons Learned, Thailand

First of all we’d like to state that this article is in no way meant to discourage you from travelling to Thailand, it is meant to help you avoid scams and have an even better holiday. 

Thailand is very safe, but when visiting Bangkok, please do so informed. It will happen to every traveller sooner or later. You get caught in a local tourist scam. There is no reason to get upset about it. One learns from the experience and helps other tourists not fall into the same trap. And that’s exactly why we’re writing about it here. We got scammed, were bummed for a bit, laughed about it and moved on with our trip.

A scam often occurs when foreigners are trying to find their way to a specific location and some friendly Thai comes out to help you by offering a better ‘solution’ or directing you in a specific direction. We were also scammed, even though we have visited Thailand before and know about various scams.

This being said, the Thai are generally speaking very friendly people, and we certainly don’t claim that all locals are untrustworthy. Quite the contrary, Thai people are probably one of the friendliest people around the world you’ll meet. Keep reading on how to avoid common tourist traps in Bangkok or Thailand in general and save yourself money, frustration and bad experiences.

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The Grand palace is ‘closed’

When planning a visit to the grand palace in Bangkok, you’ll meet many ‘friendly’ local Thai men. They’ll most likely tell you that the palace is closed for a few hours because of a special occasion, like the King’s nephew’s birthday. Be aware, the stories are very sophisticated and the men very convincing. You are told it is a way better idea to engage in a touristic route on a tuc-tuc across the city, in which the ‘guide’ will show you some highlights of the city. It will only cost you 20 Bath ( around €0,56).

Seems too good to be true? IT IS! This price is of course way too low, which should ring an alarm bell right away.  The driver stops at a number of his friends’ shops where you will be forced to buy expensive gems, suits or other souvenirs. The driver then receives a fee from these shop owners, and if you don’t buy anything, gas coupons. Chances are you will be brought to other tourist attractions (which are ‘open’) at which you will pay a lot of money for something which is not worth it. Don’t be fooled, the palace is open daily from 08:30 am – 3:30 pm, seven days a week. The entrance is 500 baht for tourists. For Thai people, the entrance is free. You’ll find the palace at Na Phra Lan Road, Phranakorn (Rattanakosin).

Grand Palace scam Bangkok Thailand

Floating Market ‘in’ Bangkok

This is the scam we fell for. For the people that think: ‘this won’t happen to me, I’m not that stupid’, think twice. We’re experienced travellers and managed to dodge scams in countries like India, Tanzania, and Mexico. The worst part is that it wasn’t even our first time in Bangkok.

That day, we were heading to the Chatuchak Market. Trying to find our way on Google Maps, wandering the streets, deciding which local bus to take in the right direction. Very soon, a Thai man with a decent English accent approached us and told us we had to go to the opposite side of the street in order to take the bus in the opposite direction (which was, spoiler alert, a lie). He told us: ‘why visit the indoor weekend market in the heat of the day when you can also visit the floating market in a boat in the shadow’. He told us normal tourists pay at least three times as much as local Thai for this floating market, so he told us to ask for the ‘Thai ticket’ at the pier. We told him we would think about it and would walk to the pier. But we didn’t get a chance to make up our minds. He had already stopped a tuk-tuk driver and told him where to bring us. Even at this point, instead of feeling alarmed, we felt relieved because we really felt an honest Thai helped us out. Perhaps naive, but it all happened really fast. In fact so fast, that we’re still trying to wrap our heads around what happened exactly.

We were brought to the pier and had to pay 1,400 Bath (€37) per person. Being in Thailand for only one or two days, we did not realize how much that was in Euros. The boat ride through Bangkok canals was about 1.5 hours, and it stopped at the ‘Taling Chan floating market’ for half an hour. It was definitely not worth it, and we felt scammed. We were embarrassed, felt stupid and angry. The best thing about the trip was probably seeing a couple of Komodo dragons. We were also forced to buy drinks for ourselves and the captain, which made it even worse. Later we were informed by others the actual floating market is located 100 kilometres South of Bangkok.

Floating market scam Bangkok Thailand

Taxi- and tuk-tuk drivers Khao San Road and Soi Rambuttri

If you’re in the more touristic or busy areas, a bunch of taxi and tuk-tuk drivers will be waiting in front of your hotel every day. You may wonder how a cab driver waiting all day to offer city tours (visit the grand palace, various temples, or indeed, the floating market etc.) for just 20 baht each person, makes enough money for a living. But here’s the deal. They’ll take you to the highlights as promised, but as well to befriend shop-owners, where they will politely force you to buy the overpriced tourist stuff you don’t want or need. This scam shows many similarities with ‘the grand palace is closed scam’ in example one. You’ll end up spending way more money than planned and will be gone the whole day, while the tuk-tuk driver got a commission from every store he brought you to. Better think twice before you do a city tour for just 20 baht with a tuk-tuk.

Instead, we recommend booking this bike tour that will take you around the city’s highlights without trying to scam you. Not in the mood for biking with 30°C or just a fan of organising your own trip? Read here about apps to download that can help you avoid getting scammed.

‘No-meter’ Taxi

A golden rule for every newcomer in Bangkok. In case you decide to grab a cab, ask the driver to turn on the meter. This is a device installed in all cabs and is mandatory use for cab drivers, although, in practice, they often refuse to put the device on. If this is the case, say ‘no’ and try another cab. You can also bargain a specific price for your ride, but, in any case, never get in a taxi without agreeing on a price beforehand. In case you leave the price of your ride undecided, you will end up paying way too much without having the ability to negotiate any longer on the price.

Right from the start when arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, taxi drivers will try to charge you a great amount of money for taking you to the city centre. To avoid having to negotiate after a long exhausting flight, book your private transfer to Khao San Road or Soi Rambuttri in advance.

Another tip when taking a cab is to make sure the cab driver understands your destination. The address in Google Maps is often only written in English, a language most local taxi drivers can not speak let alone read. A solution for this problem could be using Google Translate or showing the location on a map. Read here for more about apps to download that solve the language barrier.  Often hotels provide their guests with visiting cards on which the location of the hotel is written in Thai.

Taxi scam Soi Rambuttri Bangkok Thailand
Tuk Tuk scam Soi Rambuttri Bangkok Thailand

Unexpected ‘Gem’-stores

In case you do get tempted to go on an extremely cheap taxi or tuk-tuk ride, be aware in case the driver stops at a gem store. Shop owners will persuade you to buy worthless gems at inflated prices. Apart from the fact they probably sell you cheap material glass, very often these shop owners will tell you tourists are not allowed to bring these gems back to their home country. Lucky you! Because these goods can be delivered by mail. Tourists have to pay up-front and won’t receive anything on their home address, often deliberately spelt wrong. The gem scam is one of Bangkok’s longest-running scams. This scam also applies to tourist and tailor shops, where you are promised high-end Kashmir silk suits but walk out of the store paying way too much for a low-quality piece of clothing.

‘Booking’ trips

This scam also often starts with a friendly stranger on the street or a tuk-tuk driver promising to take you on a tour around the city. First, some temples will be shown to you. The tuk-tuk driver mentions that he will only need to bring you to the TAT – Tourism Agency Thailand. In this agency, you will be offered an extensive trip all the way through Thailand for between 500-1000 euros. Interesting fact, the TAT does really exist, however, it has no physical offices.

Probably at this moment, you will tell them you want to book your own trip, and they back off for a moment. After this, the still over-friendly tuk-tuk driver will bring you to another temple, still having paid nothing. Inside this temple, another over-friendly person who happens to be there ‘accidentally’  will approach you saying: ‘’don’t be stupid to book with a tourist agency, I know a place where only local Thai people buy their tickets.’’ Be aware, this is the same method that is used in the floating market scheme in example two.

At this point, it becomes really interesting, because you think you get a front-row ticket for a discounted price. Before you know it, you sit in another travel agency, just like the one you rejected an hour ago. This time, you hand over your credit card to someone who is booking you flights from Bangkok down to the island and up north to Chiang Mai. After having not received printed tickets but a promise to send them to your e-mail or hotel, you are being brought to another temple. At this point, most likely, the over-friendly tuk-tuk driver is gone, never to be seen again. In the best case, you have actually booked an over-priced trip to see the rest of Thailand. In the most common scenario, no real tickets are booked, and you just lost hundreds of euro’s.

These are the most common scams in Bangkok. Now you’ve read about them and are well-informed, start looking forward to visiting this amazing city. We’ve hardly ever felt safer in any city around the world than in Bangkok. It is one of our favourite cities in the world with its beautiful temples, delicious streetfood and vibrant nightlife. You won’t regret going.

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