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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Governor Concerned about Tourist Scams

Via: City News – Chiang Mai

On July 11th, Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul called for stricter controls against an increasing number of tourist scams involving car and bike rental companies in Chiang Mai, in which tourists have had their vehicles and possessions stolen.

The 5th region provincial police, the provincial police, and the Tourist Police in twenty-five districts in Chiang Mai, were told to look out for the scams, which have occurred in a number of other provinces throughout the country.

Panadda emphasised that the scams would be damaging to Chiang Mai’s reputation and role as an important tourist destination in Thailand. These concerns echo the much wider issues of the exploitation of tourists throughout the country – on the same day, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) reported that the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Suwat Sidthilaw, met with foreign diplomats from ten countries to discuss ways of tackling the crimes.

Diplomats from countries such as Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Britain, have called for a crackdown on the scams in Thailand.

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=567

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personal thought:

A very common motorbike scam is to provide you with a lock and key.

They will then use a ‘backup key’, and in the middle of the night, steal the bike.

I suggest you buy, and use, your own lock.

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