It wasn’t so long ago that we heard of a case where some Singaporeans entering Bangkok were made to pay fines for allegedly exceeding their personal alcohol carry limit. The group of 14 travellers had six litres of alcohol between them, but were penalised because only two members were carrying all six bottles. The law states that you can only carry one litre per person.
This story illustrates two things: One, the importance of sticking to the letter of the law when flying, and two, scams can happen even at the airport, so it pays to be vigilant the moment you step off the plane. In this case, the group (and whoever else that were also targeted) fell victim to an alleged extortion scheme.
While unfortunate, travelling does carry a slight risk of being tricked, robbed or scammed, making us lose money and valuables, and ruining the holiday in the process.
Adventure travelling, even with a guide, has also shed light on safety precautions and issues, and the importance of doing proper research on tour companies before embarking on a trip. One such example is the deaths of several British tourists during a waterfall tour in 2016.
Despite the harrowing nature of such incidences, it is important to remember that the vast majority of holidays, getaways and trips are completed without incident. Also, since most crimes that target travellers are crimes of opportunity, preventing the opportunity from arising in the first place is often a good deterrent.
The next time you’re going on a holiday, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind.
Written by Chip Chen, June 2019, Images: Shutterstock / Additional reporting by Melodi Ghui, July 2019
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