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What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

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What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

Any scams to watch out for in Karon? Can you recommend good, cheap places to eat? Best places to shop? Thank you!

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1. Re: What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

The big one to watch out for is the timeshare touts, usually in the form of blokes on motorbikes wanting you to scratch a card with the chance to win a prize. When they approach you they will ask you "Do you speak English?", "Where are you from?" Either smile vaguely and walk on or, if you want to play with them, get in first and ask if they speak English and where are they from.

Tuk tuks are also great ripoff merchants and good to avoid - if possible.

Edited: 6:11 pm, December 20, 2009
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2. Re: What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

Ah yes the time share touts.....surprise, surprise, every scratchy is a winner :)

Something you can't avoid is the overpriced tuk tuks. It is very unlikely they will barter a price, especially if another tuk tuk is within earshot as they all stick together, and often referred to as the tuk tuk mafia.

Plenty of markets in Karon and even more so in Patong. Bartering is expected and should be done with a smile. Also check out some of the larger stores like Jungcelon at the top of Bangla Road.

We have some pics, maps and stories of our trips to Phuket here... www.bobandjanette.com which may help.

Happy & safe travels

Bob

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3. Re: What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

Thank you for your reply. Cheers, Mauzie

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4. Re: What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

Thanks for your reply. Just had look at you photos... They are great. Love the Cambodia pics. My husband and I went there two years ago and just loved it. we have been to Thailand before but not to Phuket. We always thought it was too 'touristy' but our teenage son has convinced us to go there this time! We'll also spend time in Bangkok.

Cheers,

Mauzie

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5. Re: What are the scams to watch out for in Karon?

Phuket is very "touristy" but there is so much more to Phuket than just Patong which is where a lot of people only go.

Get down South and have a look arouns, and venture further afield to places like Krabi and Khao Lak. I'm sure you will love it.

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