Two German tourists are potentially the most recent victims of a scam that is used to rob tourists. Tourists buy tickets on an unregistered bus and their bags are then robbed on the way to their destination. In this case, the pair were headed from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Advice on picking a bus service below.

From Coconuts Bangkok

Two German vacationers robbed on Khao San bus to Chiang Mai

Two vacationers from Germany claim they were robbed of EU550 (THB21,386) on a sketchy bus from Bangkok’s backpacker district to Chiang Mai.

On Tuesday, the pair bought inexpensive bus tickets on Khao San Road. The tickets were to Chiang Mai and for a bus due to depart on Wednesday.

Police say that the bus they rode was unregistered and possibly used as part of an ongoing scam to rob tourists, reported Thairath.

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Choosing a bus service

From the Rough Guides website

Inter-Town Buses

…Buses are fast, cheap and frequent, and can be quite luxurious; trains are slower but safer and offer more chance of sleeping during overnight trips; moreover, if travelling by day you’re likely to follow a more scenic route by rail than by road. Inter-town songthaews, air-conditioned minibuses and share-taxis are handy, and ferries provide easy access to all major islands. Local transport comes in all sorts of permutations, both public and chartered.

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