There are many places to go and for honeymooners Thailand seems to be the place to go. Honeymooners tend to visit Chang Mai, Bangkok and Koh Samui.
Now I have visited these beautiful places but like all tourist destinations you have to be on your guard. For even I have been robbed in Barcelona a place where I never thought this would happen. Even on the second floor of El Corte Inglés!
Be on your guard against pickpockets and bag snatchers. Tourists have had items snatched by thieves on motorbikes when walking along busy streets or travelling in open transport like tuk tuks.
If you travel by bus or rail, make sure passports, cash and valuables are kept securely and out of sight.
Passengers have had items taken from bags while asleep.
Don’t hand over your passport to third parties as a guarantee (eg to motorcycle or jet ski rental businesses). Unscrupulous owners have been known to hold on to passports against claimed damage.
Violent sexual assaults and unprovoked attacks have been reported in popular tourist destinations, including in the Koh Samui archipelago and Krabi province. These are particularly common during the monthly Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars.
Drink spiking has been reported in tourist destinations around Thailand, with both male and female victims. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers and at clubs and parties, or leaving your drinks unattended, particularly in Koh Samui, Pattaya and at the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, where date rapes have been reported.
Alcohol and drugs can lead to you being less alert, less in control and less aware of your environment resulting in accidents, injuries, robbery, assaults and lost travel documents.
If you drink, know your limit. Drinks served in bars overseas are often stronger than those in the UK.
Some British nationals in Thailand have suffered severe psychiatric problems because of drug use, resulting in some suicides.
Be aware of the possibility of credit card fraud. Don’t lose sight of your card during transactions. There have been incidents of ATM skimming in Thailand.
Where possible use an ATM within a bank and always protect your PIN.
Be careful to observe demarcation lines between shops and stalls, particularly in market areas and at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Taking items from one shop’s area to another may be treated as suspected theft.
Gem scams are common. There have been reports of visitors buying gems for inflated prices from seemingly respectable establishments then later finding out the stones are worth a tiny fraction of the purchase price.
You should report any incidents of crime to the Thai police before leaving the country.
So as you can see looking after your valuables is extremely important.
The latest scam to hit the tourist resorts is the Contactless Card Fraud. When you think about it it’s a slam-dunk for the criminals.
They don’t need to steal your cards anymore, they only need to pass a machine close to your car to grab up to £30-00 per passing. So imagine yourself in a bar with your card apparently secure in your purse / Wallet and some scammer passes close to you and “Bleep” £30.00 gone and not a signature or hand in your purse or wallet. Truly a silent crime indeed.
The figures for contactless payment fraud has increased significantly and the Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA) have revealed its gone up almost 150% in the space of a year.
Nearly £7 million was fraudulently spent using contactless technology in 2016, compared to £2.8 million in 2015.
During the same period, the total value of contactless transactions increased from £7.75 billion in 2015 to £25.2 billion in 2016.
Are contactless payments safe?
With a contactless card you can make ‘tap and go’ payments of up to £30 without entering a PIN, but some have voiced concerns around the safety of this payment method.
Despite the increase in the amount of money stolen through contactless technology, the FFA maintain that this method of payment remains relatively safe.
It says fraud on contactless cards and devices represents just 1.1% of overall card fraud. The FFA says the larger problem revolves around card and PIN theft, allowing criminals to make fraudulent transactions for higher values in shops.
But these are things that you can do to prevent frauds happening in the first place.
Imagine your clothing in say Thailand?
Loose cotton shirt / shorts or a Sarong. So how do you protect your valuables?
The answer is the COVERT CLIP TRAVEL WALLET
Arguably this is one of the best wallets in the world and here’s why:
- Comfortably stores: a phone (up to iPhone 7 size), multiple bank cards, ID, cash, a passport and two keys;
- Designed to be pickpocket proof;
- Clips discretely and comfortably inside your trousers or
- Alternatively, each wallet comes with a strap for wearing it over your shoulder or around your waist (with ladies in mind);
- RFID protection prevents fraudulent reading of your card or passport details;
- Designed for quick one-handed access to your phone and contactless payment card for easy payment options.
For men: Clipped inside your trousers is the design feature that makes it pickpocket proof – as a thief will have to put their hands inside your trousers to remove anything!
Clipping a Covert Clip to the inside of your trousers means you have everything with you no matter what trousers you’re wearing, freeing up your pockets for other stuff…
Having a Covert Clip wallet will give you peace of mind that you’ll have all your essentials with you at all times; whether visiting a crowded tourist attraction, dancing at a music festival, exercising in the gym, commuting on a busy train or bus, going for a jog, or just chilling out at home.
Dimensions: 16.2cm x 11.1cm x 0.3 cm
Materials: PU leather and metal clips
Centre pocket for phone and passport, two external pockets for cards, cash and ID, two external pockets for a key each