Thailand Tourist Scam: Foreign tourist given a 8,840 baht for a meal that included a 800 baht tip

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Photo credit: Bangkok Post


This story is making headline news in Thailand now. This is one of the best known scams in Thailand and yet, everyday dozens of tourists fall for it. The large tip of 800 baht was most likely commission for the taxi driver.

Read about the story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/563935/tourists-pay-8840-baht-for-a-meal

Travel scams are everywhere, can catch us off-guard and ruin our holidays. I normally read up beforehand for scams that I need to watch out for in my destination.

Thanks to pre-read, I managed to avoid the ‘friendship bracelet’ scam at Montmarte, Paris in 2008. Montmarte is a notorious hotspot for this scam. In the so-called ‘bracelet scam’, crooks tie string to a tourist’s finger or wrist and weave it into a friendship bracelet, and then order the tourist to hand over money in return.

Learn the tricks, cons and scams – and travel safely. 

#EatLikeALocal: Midnight ‘Mamak’ Supper, That’s What Malaysians Do

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12.10am, and I got invited to supper by my younger brother and his wife. No, I don’t usually eat supper. But since I am home and did not manage to catch up with them on my last trip, why not?  

Let’s go the mamak (stall) …. food is cheap, and you can even walk in with your pyjamas (I changed to t-shirt and short lah).

 

Source: Wikipedia

  

Line of cars …

  

Packed with supper crowd


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#EatLikeALocal: A date with Queen of Bee

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Queen of Bee (Photo credit: Her Majesty The Queen herself)


I am back in KL after spending a month in Bangkok. Since it was just a short time away, I don’t have my usual local food cravings.

Had a last-minute lunch date with Queen of Bee today. I took this opportunity to introduce some of my favourite food joints at Damansara Uptown (also known as Damansara Utama): Fat Spoon and Swich Cafe.

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#EatLikeALocal: Thai People Love Their Japanese Food

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This blog is not meant to be a foodie blog. The food-related post is meant to clear the general misconceptions that Thailand is about tomyum, pad thai or whatever that you read on a travel guidebook. If you are a frequent traveler here, do try other local favourites. And if you are a foreigner living in the kingdom, I hope the #EatLikeALocal series help you to venture away from farang (foreigner) restaurants, to local neighbourhood food joints.

Most local food blogs are in Thai, so I thought perhaps there is lack of information in English for foreigners. 

One thing for sure, cleanliness in these local neighbourhood food joints are not up to standard. Some fare better than the others. It might not give you food poisoning, but eat at your own risk lah.

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#EatLikeALocal: Thai people and their love for buffet

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I kid you not. Thai people love all you-can-eat buffet. Observe the long queue in the shopping mall, of people waiting to get in to those chain buffet restaurants. 

Today D and I had impromptu lunch at KimJu Korean Royal Cuisine at Union Mall. There’s nothing royal / grand about this place,  just a normal Korean chain restaurant with branches everywhere. The food is okay and not too expensive, and it has both a la carte as well as buffet menu. Being a picky-kimchi eater, the kimchi here has my seal of approval, so this is a plus point.

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Omotenashi, The Heart of Japanese Hospitality

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Japanese is well-reputed for their top-notch service. The service culture of Japan always over-delivers, that it is ingrained in them. 

Omotenashi is at the heart of Japanese hospitality. They believe that good service attracts good customers.

“The hosts anticipate the needs of the guest in advance and offers a pleasant service that guests don’t expect.” Muneyuki Joraku

There’s a 8:2 marketing theory, which means that 80% of the sales is produced by the 20% of the customers. So, the quality of the service leads to the satisfaction of the customer, and their frequency of visits decides future of the company.  Not only that, in this modern age, social media is the king of word-of-mouth’s amplification tool, so these 20% are your perfect brand ambassadors, and it’s priceless.

Japanese hotels even send things back to you with no charge. Other countries do that as well, but some at the guests’ expenses.

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