What a load of complete crap again ! I have never been robbed , murdered or had an accident in Thailand so it cannot possibly happen!! Mightyvan you are mostly correct it is a scam but not easy to say to the udon farang as they do not live in the same Thailand as the rest of us . Anyone who lives in Thailand who thinks the thai people on that bridge will not scam you they are living in cuckoo land .BobHelm wrote:Sorry it is NOT a scam if you are caught crossing the border with more than the allowance.
In any country ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Each person is allowed 200 cigarettes if you stick to that nothing will happen to you.
I know because I have been stopped after crossing in at Nong Khai by these officers & was met with nothing more than disappointed faces when they searched my baggage & found just 200 cigarettes.
Stay within the law & people have little to fear from any Thai official. Step outside it & expect to suffer the consequences - which can often be very severe.
If you attempt to enter the UK with more than your allowance & are caught ALL your cigarettes are taken from you as well & you are fined and have to pay the duty that you tried to avoid.. I didn't know is no excuse there either...
I lived in europe for about 10 yrs and travelled to uk about 6 times a year , was always over the limit , got caught abut 6 times and was always given the choice of pay the duty or they confiscate the excess was never fined and the excess always made the goods a little more expensive than if i had bought them in uk so mr righteous Helm you are talking about something which as you say has never happened to you so you are posting about something that you know absolutely nothing about.