Behind the Scenes in Bangkok with Scam City
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Scam City host Conor Woodman says that Bangkok is a city that’s all about fun—and scams. In this exclusive interview with TRAVEL+ESCAPE, he talks about Thailand’s famous tuk-tuk cons and gem scams, and discusses why travellers sometimes leave their common sense at home.
You first visited Bangkok some 15 years ago. What changes did you most notice this time?
The skyline—it’s sprouted a remarkable number of skyscrapers and luxury hotels, and there seems to be a new one going up every few blocks.
Is there any one image you will carry away from your time in Bangkok?
I think the day we decided to follow the gem scam back to its source. I gave pursuit to a tuk-tuk on my motorbike through the streets of Bangkok. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to act like James Bond!
Does the city have a different feel by day versus by night?
Totally different. By day, the focus feels very much on culture for tourists and work for the locals, but once the sun goes down, it becomes all about fun. And in Bangkok, fun means bars and parties all night long.