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Dumb Tourists in Thailand

There doesn't seem to be a country on earth that doesn't send it's dumbest citizens to Thailand although the English are mostly getting into trouble for bad behavior it's Americans that I see have the most problems. Over the years I've seen so many stupid things tourists have done here it honestly makes me wonder how they made it to the plane in the first place. Really how did they physically get into a car and make it to the airport? I've seen so many people get into trouble in Thailand it just becomes a joke and honestly I've lost faith in most of humanity, people are idiots and it seems most of those numbskulls make it to Thailand, here are some ways people claim victim but really they are their own problem.

Dumb Tourists

Getting things stolen

Amazes me how many people get robbed in Thailand, Thailand is one of the safest places i've ever lived. Compared to most I live more on the edge than most people here yet except for a pair of shoes a GoGo girl and the odd expensive meal that I was scammed into in the earlier days I've never had anyone downright steal anything from me, I just find most peoples stories bizarre and obviously missing key details as people try to cover their own stupidity.

Losing your Passport

If you lose your passport and don't get it back lets just say it'll screw up your vacation plans. I've come close to losing my passport before and I was super lucky to get it back. I didn't lose my own passport but i was stupid enough to leave it in the care of someone else even if I trusted them completely it was a dumb idea. Just like anything else keep your passport with you. If your clothes don't have a pocket then buy a bum bag or one of those money bags you can tie around your kneck if your travelling.

Staying at Unsafe hotels My favorite saying is "if the hotel doesn't have a safe, it's not safe!" This is so true, the likelihood of having something stolen out of your hotel safe is very slim, even more slim if you leave it locked in the hotel lobby box. But it's also no guarantee either, the safes have master keys that can unlock the safe, in fact you can go buy the master key at any number of safe shops that can open the safes so second to that you need video surveillance! You need the video because it's a deterrent to hotel staff who of course are the likely people to steal from you. Some guest houses have fake cameras for this exact reason but that isn't going to help you either. If someone were to break into your room they could i guess just pick up the safe and walk away even without opening it. I realize not all people can afford a room over 1000 baht a night so if that's your only choice to stay in a Unsafe hotel then for crying out loud keep your wits about you! Don't leave a few thousand baht in the desk draw then come to the police station and make a report that it was stolen cause your an idiot for leaving money just lying around your unsafe room! People are assholes everywhere it shouldn't take you a flight to Thailand to realize this!

People are So dumb

We've all done stupid things in our lives for sure but when you do, do you really go to the police and ask them to fix your own stupidity?

Some stupid things people go to the police for

Tourist: I left my bag filled with my passport, money, cameras under the tree while i walked around Thapae gate and when i came back it was gone. someone stole it!

Chris: OMG how did that happen who's responsible? What a joke moron! What the hell are you doing leaving shit lying around in a foreign country of all places?

Another One


I was robbed on a bus. I put 1000 baht in my bag and checked it under the bus, when i got off the bus my money was gone.

Chris: OK so for $30 you care so much that you want to come and waste the police time because you can't carry your money in your pocket? And if you cared so much about $30 why the hell wasn't it in your wallet? I can't stand these idiots who put all their valuables in their checked bags, what moron does that, Imagine you checked your laptop and $2000 camera into your checked luggage and they lose your bags on the plane, same thing dumbasses!

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Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.

5 Responses to Dumb Tourists in Thailand

  1. thebaron June 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    “Dumb Tourists in Thailand.”
    110% Great Reading Mate, All So True Blue. Chris.
    So Dumb Every one is…
    They All Come to get away and have (Time Off) (Peaceful Holiday). in This Awesome, Wonderful Thailand. they have No Idea.
    Cheers Darren From Australia.

  2. ChiangMaiGuy June 19, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    hey what about Aussies?

    • Chris June 20, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Australians behave badly sure, but doing dumb things they aren’t even near the top, at least from where I’m standing from.

  3. PITBULL June 23, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    Americans aren’t just used to looking after their own shit. Cuz you have a stack of titles (Laws & regulations) “protecting you” all the times while in US. Example: I see cars (brand new) cars left running with no one in the vehicle ALL the time & people just think is “normal”.You get something stolen/missing…dial 911 cops be there in 3-5 minutes & 9.9/10 times you get it back. IMO

  4. ChinaNigel October 1, 2018 at 3:03 am #

    Interesting opinions. We could sit and list the most notoriously rotten expats in Thailand, past and present. We’ll quickly see what most already know, that it’s typically those from the EU. But we’ll not cloudy the opinions with fact, eh? 👌

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