We’ve read here on TA about the wat is closed scam, so when we got to Bangkok we were ready for it. (TYVM). But today, we ran into a new twist on this old game.
As we walked past Wat Pho, an older, nicely dressed, Thai gentleman approached us. He flashed a Royal Thai Police badge and they were cracking down on pickpockets around the Wat. He pointed at my GoPro and cautioned us to be careful.
Then, he asked why we weren’t going to the standing Budda. We told him we had just arrived back in town and were planning a Wat day tomorrow.
“Not open tomorrow,” he said. “I can take you today.”
We politely declined...and walked away, snickering at this new twist to the old game. We would have probably fallen for it if it hadn’t been for all the great advice here on TA.
Royal Thai Police? I don’t think so skippy (at least not that guy)