Are the Police in Thailand Your Friend or Foe?

You want to know if Thai police are safe, and how to approach them. You also want to know if it's true you can bribe your way out of anything, right? Read these tips for staying on the right side of law enforcement.

If you’re genuinely innocent and need their assistance you’ll find Thai police polite, professional and efficient. Still, they’re serious guys with a tough job. So don't mess with them. But to make the most of your trip to Thailand you'll need to know about:

Tips for Dealing With Police in Thailand

  • Be courteous and act reasonably at all times.
  • Don’t raise your voice, or make demands and threats.
  • If you’re in the wrong expect little mercy and be prepared to pay an on-the-spot fine.
  • If you’re in a dispute with a Thai it’s more than likely they’ll side with the local not you, even if you’re not at fault. Just accept this.
  • Don’t smile or talk to a police officer unless he talks to you first.
  • Don’t be a dumb farang and draw attention to yourself by being drunk or loud.

Of course you wouldn't need these tips if you could keep yourself out of trouble, so check out our guide to Thai laws you must know.

Types of Police in Thailand

Civil Police

Police are paid poorly, about 6000 baht a month! They rely on the “support of their communities” to make the wage livable – which means payments from the gold shops they protect, fines they issue, and commissions from brothels.

A generous interpretation of this is that police provide service without favour, and in return the locals treat them with the honour and respect their status deserves. So you should do the same. 

Tourist Police

Not actually sworn law enforcement officers but they do ‘police’ the tourist industry. They’re mostly volunteers, a mix of Thai locals and ex-pats. They speak good English and they’re really helpful. They can act as intermediaries and translators when you’re dealing with the real police, or with scammers.

The number all over Thailand is 1155.

Corruption in Thailand

Thailand ranks 88th out of 176 on an international corruption indicator, scoring 37 points out of 100. For comparison, Denmark topped the index (least corrupt) with a score of 90, the UK was 17th with a score of 74. So 88th is a long way down, meaning it’s pretty corrupt.

At the top echelons there are reports of multi-million baht kickbacks to government officials. But as a tourist the officialdom you’re most likely to encounter are police and low-level public service clerks.

World Nomads Guide to Bribing Thai Officials

It is illegal to offer a bribe, just like prostitution is illegal. Ok stop laughing now. We cannot condone or endorse illegal behaviour. Plus, by taking part in the charade you're perpetuating the cycle - and probably driving up the price too!

But we've heard from those naughty people who have no problems with illegally bribing a police officer that they have more success if they're a little subtle with the bribe. They don’t call it a bribe, they ask if there’s a "special fee" to speed up the process, or if they can pay the fine "on-the-spot", or if they can “help” the official in some way.

Although illegal, bribery is pretty common, and the locals admit they rationalise it by thinking about it as paying honour and respect to the status of the person who’s working hard to make their day go a little more smoothly. Need a stamp in your passport, but it’s going to take a couple of days? You’ll be amazed at the time-travel properties of 100 baht! or so we are told.

Bribing Police - When and How Much?

It's common knowledge that the going rate for a bribe - sorry we mean an expression of honour and respect - is about the same as the fine would be, minus a discount for saving the officer from the paperwork. Most traffic infringements are between 200 and 500 baht ($6 - $16). “No thanks, no receipt required officer.”

The alternative, legal thing to do, is to accept the ticket, take a trip to the police station while it’s processed, spend a few hours there, jump through several annoying bureaucratic hoops and STILL pay 200 to 500 baht. But at least you've done the right thing!

One of the most common police "fines" comes about after a license check. So what is the story with motorcycle licenses in Thailand?

Police are paid monthly, so it can be common to see them on the streets at the end of the month looking for ways to issue on-the-spot fines to tide them over till pay day.

If you’re spotted coming out of a nightclub you could be stopped and searched for drugs. Police are hoping to find an excuse to be paid enormous amounts of honour and respect. Don’t get upset, cooperate, if you have nothing to fear the process will be conducted with smiles all around.

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33 Comments

  • Jai said

    How do the tourist police make their money?

    Is it also off honour and respect?

  • Jai said

    Also, will they ever ask you for 'on the spot fines'?

  • marmot said

    My wife is an educated Thai, and I've lived in Thailand for nearly 4 years, including traveling to many areas all over the country. I've called the Tourist Police on 2 occasions, both regarding an obvious rip off from local Thais in the northern area of the country. Both times these Tourist Police sided with the Thai, regardless of paperwork showing that the Thai was in the wrong. In fact, the Thai business man said that he would kill my wife. The 2 Tourist Police ignored the death threat, but told me that if I cursed again, I had said in a calm and quiet voice that the Thai business person could go to hell, they would arrest and incarcerate me. Apparently, threatening to kill someone is OK, but if you calmly and quietly curse, you may be jailed.
    A high percentage of Thais are wonderful, great folks, but don't believe for a second that you, as a farang, will be treated fairly by all of them. I later spoke with a friend who is an American attorney who practices immigration law in Bangkok, and a quick call to an acquaintance of his told him that the Tourist Police were completely wrong, and the Thai should have been arrested, not me. I'm retired from U.S. Federal law enforcement, and despite this article implying that Tourist Police are not sworn officers, most that I've seen carry a handgun, and certainly will "say" that they have full arrest authority. Regardless, as in any third world country, and I've spent over 4 years in 21 third world nations, know beforehand that you will probably be judged as in the wrong.

  • Buckrogers said

    To correct your your abovementioned statement above, the Tourist Police in Thailand is a police unit at a division level under the command of the Central Investigation Bureau.

    They consists of English speaking members of the Thai Police.

  • Luke said

    June 6, 2015

    In 2004 I had moved to Pattaya, Thailand and I had owned a legitimate fashion model and film casting company in Bangkok and I had a Thai lady who worked for me as the director of my company. This lady was incredibly honest and helpful, she was a famous Thai actress at that time.

    Unfortunately my Thai girlfriend of four years did not have the same integrity as the employee of my corporation. She had an affair with my best friend of 17 years and he convinced her to steal money from me so that he could stay in Thailand longer off of my hard earnings.
    When I became wise to the affair, my Thai girlfriend decided it was time to drug me with what many of the Thai hookers drug their customers with; Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol an anesthesia administered to patients prior to having surgery. There is a blocker that these women take most likely in pill form prior to coming in contact with the drug, which gives them an immunity to the drugs affects.

    My ex would place it in baby-oil and then give me a rub down in an intimate place and the drug seeped through the pours of my skin and immediately I was rendered unconscious. I lost track of time and my memory was erased. I slurred my speech and I could not move my muscles.

    There was also another drug that she somehow managed to get into my system that must have been Window Pane or LSD that would cause you to hallucinate and have a bad trip, only since I did not know that I had a hallucinogen in my system, I had no idea that I was hallucinating, so to me the hallucinations were real.

    I went to the police and they didn’t do anything about it, so I remembered an extremely scary and evil federal agent of the Thai Crime Suppression Unit in Pattaya, his nick name is ‘Yak.’ This frightening federal agent told my girlfriend that he would put her into "Lard Yao women's Prison.” Apparently she was high on Yaba which is Thai for Crazy Medicine. He told her that unless she had sex with him and the remainder of the “Thai Crime Suppression Agents,” that she was going to be locked up.

    My girlfriend agreed to have sex with him and the other corrupt agents, as long as he protected her from the possibility of me taking revenge on her. She also wanted her lover, my former best friend to be let go as well because she was in lust with him.

    So the Thai Crime Suppression Agents tried to frame me as a Yaba Drug Trafficker and they planted the drug in my hotel room and I never entered into the room because what these corrupt federal agents didn’t know was that I had intelligence contacts in Bangkok. A Non-Official-Cover (NOC) Operative for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) befriended me some years prior in Bangkok when I had some trouble with a bad Australian man who was a go-go bar owner.

    The (NOC) Agent told me about how the Crime Suppression Agents where Thailand’s version of our own FBI or CIA. Killer Feds would to be more accurate. These ghostlike agents lived on the fear of the Thai people and the foreigners they seek to extort and murder just because they can. They are the untouchable cops, it’s not the guys in the uniforms that you have to worry about! It’s these people that are never mentioned.

    Just like you never hear about America’s most secretive Special Forces Unit. The CIA’s ‘Special Activities Division’ (SAD), within the SAD is the “Special Operations Group” (SOG), these guys are former Seal Team 6, Marine Force Recon & Delta. These guys are all unregistered so that the US can deny any accountability if they should get caught behind enemy lines in a country that the US does not want them knowing we are performing clandestine operations in. We also have another unit known as the Political Action Group (PAG) within the CIA (SAD). These people influence the politics in foreign countries to be beneficial to the US.

    The Thai people that do know about the Crime Suppression Agents, deny knowing anything about them because they know that these guys are the real mafia inside of Thailand. They know that these guys are killers and it’s not only the guys, it’s also the sociopath women they have working for this organization. However, most Thai people do not even know this branch of the police exists.

    Lately you hear all of this talk about corrupt Thai cops with uniforms, why don’t we ever hear about the corrupt Thai feds? The Thai Crime Suppression Unit makes the ‘Gambino Crime Family’ in New York look like the ‘Boy Scouts of America!’

    Needless to say, these feds tried to have me assassinated but my Bro Cole helped me escape Thailand in 2005. I am posting this article mostly for him, because many years later he ran into a similar problem with the corruption over there and they murdered his wife and he barely escaped from Thailand.

    Unfortunately, Bro Cole and I went over to Thailand one way and we came back so traumatized that we didn’t even recognize ourselves in the mirror. My nightmare only ended 6 years later when I begged God for mercy because I was having horrendous flashbacks that wouldn’t end. I had an amazing experience with Jesus Christ on December 17, 2011 and Jesus began a good work in me and healed me then and also improving my trauma issues over the years, thank you Jesus Christ for being so merciful.

    I am sad, not for myself, I am sad because one of the kindest, most gentle and caring souls that I have ever known, my bro Cole is suffering like I once was. He has not been back in the US all that long and when I listen to him over the phone it’s like listening to myself all over again prior to receiving Jesus into my heart and life.

    This article is dedicated to the many lost souls who think that Pattaya, Thailand is the greatest place on the planet, not knowing it is one of the greatest traps ever set for men. I specifically dedicate this article to my Bro Cole and his murdered Thai wife and his son who is also still very traumatized.

    Your brother Luke!

  • Lindsay said

    Just read today that Bangkok cops will receive the reward for catching the latest bomber. In many parts of the world that's considered unethical. Talk about conflicting interests.

  • H8thai said

    People, don't spend your money in thailand. do it in other Asian countries instead.

  • Mish said

    Is there a place, telephone number or website to report corruption in Bangkok?

  • Edog said

    Phuket
    Patong to Kalama on motorcycle

    I finished a late night date for my friend got off work at 10pm
    I had 1 beer at dinner
    Riding back to the hotel on a stretch of road between they put a road block up..they were in the process of putting the cones down, no lights as of yet, so I go through, only to be pulled over a mile down the road and drug searched and then given a breath test.

    They held me for 2 hours plus telling me I drink and drive. Fine 10 to 20,000 baht and jail tonight, go in front of Judge tomorrow

    Finally I was offered to pay fine 10,000 baht
    they would not take less.

    I will not be going back to Thailand for I love riding motorcycle and that was just a trap, and that ruined my whole Thailand experiences that I had for years and years

  • Aviat said

    Thailand has changed. It's not the same country like 10 years ago. Thai become nazis. I was planing to live here. Now NO!NO! NEVER! They hate farangs. Try to open bank account for instance. They have pleasure to refuse. Don't spend your time and money. Not worth enymore...

  • John said

    You may recently have seen the story of the Swiss guy who lost 10,000 Swiss francs on his way to sort out his wedding to his thai lady.
    About 350,000 baht.
    After it was found.
    (It was seen to be dropped as he got from the taxi)
    The two young bike taxis riders picked it up.
    Not quite sure what to do with Swiss franks.
    Spoke to the mother allegedly, who say it's the right thing to do business handing it in.
    They contacted the local tourist radio station. And they put the message out, if anyone had lost this money..
    (They had been seen going into the Swiss embassy, after being seen dropping the money getting fromy the taxi too)

    Not to get in the way of a good story.
    We all saw the circus act put on tv about it all.

    The money was returned.
    Less 10,000 baht reward to each of the bike taxi riders.
    Less 5,000 baht to the mother of the boys for raising them so well.
    Less 10,000 baht to each of the community radio jocks, who reported the story on community news.
    Not finished yet..
    Later that evening a visit from the boys in the dark uniforms suggesting that the two officers involved, should be compensated too.
    10,000 baht each was a nice round figure.

    So yes he got the money back, and what great PR for Thai tourism and the people in Bangkok. And the police force.

    290,000 baht I suppose is better than nothing...

  • John said

    Try this one and judge for yourself...

    It’s a fact of life here.
    Nothing the government says in it recent press is going to change the #27 in the world rating. Corrupt countries rating.

    I have just sat here and watched the bike taxi s cough up to The bike police officer and have it ticked off in the book.
    No fine fee. They call it.

    The other day I see a large rotund officer walk into a gold shop, 20 seconds later he has a hand full of 100 baht notes.
    They don't hide it. Extra protection..
    No help was not selling his gold chain.

    As said previously, it's like a public contribution to the boys, for doing a job they get paid to do.
    And it appears buy Thier own handguns, and bullets.

    Although the government has introduced an 18,000 baht weapon of choice purchase scheme, at low interest.

    I cannot see them getting only 6,000 baht a month.

    My friend gets 9,000 and days off, and paid overtime, working cashier in a food shop.

    The other night I sat on Beach Road and saw the local constabulary at work. Enforcing the law. (Month end pay days loans, top ups, haha)
    Sorry, it is serious.

    100 bikes pulled over.
    93 Farang. Seven Thai.
    Seventy nine Farang booking.
    Not one Thai.
    Including the one with four on a bike and no helmet.
    Rental bikes are prime targets.

    Thai bikes with a mobile shop attached, and no lights, a charcoal fire burning, and gas bottle to boot, no licence, no food selling licence.
    They seem to get away Scott free.

    Let's face it.. they will never have the cash to pay a fine anyway.

    The Farangs.
    Not one received a recipt.

    The two officers were scribbling on the back of a folded newspaper.

    No receipt see boss.
    500 baht a pop.

    Not bad for two hours work.

    Several friends have bars here and they still contribute 2500 every month to the black book.

    A well touted story around town is..
    The number one job here.
    Chief of the police.

    They actually pay 10 million baht for the position.
    To be number one and reap all the dividends that goes with it..
    I have no reason to doubt it..

    Who ya going to call?

    They even have I.T. guys trace internet stuff,
    Freelance cash payment.
    Try using a vpn on the pc, and see how much more you can access.
    The Thai xxxx block or blacklist thousands of sites.
    This is the message that you get, saying slow connection, or site not found.
    It's actually blocked same as they do in China.

    I've had almost 10 years working and playing here.
    But it's getting to be a sad place.
    Monks and beggars in Bangkok who give to the police around Asoke and Nana.
    Special operatives who have the right to remove and detain you in and around Sukhumvit .
    The bar sellers who sell you the gear (viagra/kamagra) and ten seconds later the plain wrappers pull you.
    Buying prescription drugs without a doctor authority.

    It is happening guys...

    My lady 3.5 years, say she see nothing wrong with take money from farangs.
    Can do. She say.
    Farang have job and money, thai not have much.
    So ok to do.. if want to do.
    Not satisfied with about one million baht over the years, new house, family taken care of. Sons wedding paid for.
    Loans to brothers wife, we never get back.
    Now she works a good job, but still wants me to pay for just about everything. And give her family.
    And she gives hers to a lazy son and he wife.

    We have all done it.. and meanwhile we have the rubbery police to deal with as well.

    It makes your goolies shrink to the size of raisins.
    How the minds work..

    Maybe time to reassess my situation. LOL.

  • Elliot said

    I lived in Bangkok 3 years with almost no trouble. The police were helpful and polite as long as I was polite and respectful. I lived at Sukhumvit Soi 3, right downtown.

    I was once pulled over in a taxi and fined for not wearing my seatbelt. There was no seatbelt in the back seat. Instead of getting angry and aggressive, I smiled and asked how much the fine was. He said 300 baht if I went through the court, 500 on the spot. I gladly paid the fine without complaining and relished in the fact that I was paying $3CAD for the taxi ride and $1.50 CAD for a beer.

    Point: don't argue and cause a scene over a few dollars.

  • Julien-binard daniel said

    un agent de la police thaï de l,immigration ma demande 50000 bath pour annule mon nom de la blacklist de la police de l,immigration de bangkok ((depuis 15 ans) pour un délit mineur (condamne a 2500 baths d,amende) a l,époque!!!!
    J,ai refusé naturellement j,habite au laos depuis 15 ans .je suis chef de cuisine français ex exécutif chef a l,hotel NOVOTEL de Vientiane,actuellement consultant
    Pour restaurant français à Vientiane.je n,ai aucune confiance a la police thaï.

    Julien- binard daniel. Mes salutations

  • P M Miller said

    I was recently in Phuket I got 1000 Baht fine because I was parked next to a zebra crossing they had chained my scooter to the bike next to me I had no choice but to pay it, every night the drive home from Patong to Karen the police would be pulling all the tourists over (having been to Bali before I was already prepared for this kind of thing) so I had my international driving licence and helmet on and I didn't get fined, the next 3 nights I got pulled over I let the police officers know I was not happy about getting pulled over every night and they let me go quickly. I think as long as you make sure you are legal then you give them no opertunaty to fine you, wear your helmets have your license etc ...

  • J2 said

    Thailand has changed indeed, the Thailand I once loved, has died along with the great King.

    I was held at the airport immigration because I overstayed a couple of days after losing some cash when I was staying in a dorm. I explained to the customs officer that I understood my mistake and apologized profusely with the 'wai' high above my head as if I were praying to them. I even asked if I could scrape by some cash by selling away my laptop.

    They started conversing in Thai, making jokes about throwing me into jail, insulting my country and even loudly proclaiming that I was in Thai for illicit activities; all infront of the queues. My head couldn't drop any lower in humiliation.

    They carried on with their so called "professionalism" by taking turns to joke about my situation, not aware that I could understand them and felt really disrespected.

    Eventually, I managed to get help from family and case closed. However now, I am blacklisted(not banned) on my passport.

    One of the immigrations officer even took the liberty to interrogate me infront of the entire crowd until I spoke Thai and told him the nature of my visit. But he looked as if in disbelief and smirked, knowing he has all the power to ruin my life. He asked me "So next time you will come Thailand again?"

    Unprofessional, heartless and disrespectful.

    Never again Thailand, my heart has lost its sense of belonging.



  • NO said

    busted with weed: 60K
    busted with coke: 90K´.. if you are lucky

  • FeDos said

    It's sad to hear all these bad stories :(

  • NA said

    Came to Thailand for a holiday with my family had the most amazing time in phi phi island and Phuket . On our last day in Phuket we had just left the restraunt and we're walking back to our hotel when a taxi driver doing a three point turn in the road almost knocked me and my mum over I banged on his car to alert him of us being Their, my mum was literally on the car bonnet , instead of apologising he got out and started screaming at us and pushed my brother to the floor when he came to help, he then went and got a metal bar from his car and beat us with it , I begged locals to call the police thinking they would help but the police arrived and treated us like criminals , my brother and I had bleeding wounds to our head and were taken to the hospital and recived stitches we were then taken to the police station and were kept their for hours they took our passports , they would not tell us anything we begged to leave as our flight back to the uk was in the morning but they have refused. The Thai guy that attacked us was almost treated like royalty at the police station whilst we have and still are being treated as criminals even thou none of this was our fault! I have contacted the British embassy who say they have no jurisdiction here and have given numbers for legal representatives . We need to return to the police station tomorrow and go to court for something that isn't even our fault . I am so scared and just want to return home. I had the most amazing time in Thailand but once I leave I will never ever return the police are corrupt and are only in favour of Thai people they don't care about right are wrong , we have missed our flights , hopefully everything will be over tomorrow then we can buy a ticket back to the uk and leave this shitty place!

  • Josh said

    Thailand really sounds like a horrible place for tourists and expats. Guess will look to retire in another country with less corrupt government police or immigration officials.

  • Bhimol said

    My piece of advice if you fall on a corrupt police officer who robs you of money, no matter how petty the amount, once back home, write a letter to the Thai Embassy in your country and send a copy of the letter to your country's Embassy in Thailand. It could push the Thai government to take steps to prevent these forms of organised racket and robbery against pharangs, that are orchestrated by corrupt thai police officers or immigration officers.

  • farang ripoffs said

    The latest thai racket against foreigners is said to be at certain duty free shops at Suvarnabumi Airport Departures. Yes you heard it right, it's all within the airport premises, by what the latest sotries say. The modus operandi is simple. You purchase some items at duty free and pay at the cashier. The cashier is an accomplice with the highly corrupt Royal Thai Police. The cashier discreetly puts in an item you did not purchase in your bag and then charges you with shoplifting. The corrupt Royal Thai Police are callec on scene, threathen to put you in jail unless you pay a "fine". Another disgusting story on how foreigners are targetted in Thailand.

  • Shane Tarr said

    I must live in "fool's paradise" but none of the "horrendous" stories I have read above resonate with me. It is correct that some Thai police are corrupt but no more so than police in much of Mainland SE Asia (Singapore excepted but what a boring place to live in) but if one rides motorcycles unless big bikes such as Harley's, Triumph's or Ducati's one is far down the "food chain" and not "worthy" of respect in The Realm. Similarly, those who drive pick-up trucks are often treated with the same disdain.

    As a corollary drink to excess in close vicinity to a "low-class" bar or places that Farang's frequent or be seen to do "drugs" (and that includes Ya Baa) and one is a prime target. However, if one is sufficiently polite (and in most instances it helps if one can communicate in Thai) and you don't try to take the "piss" out of Thailand's "finest" and you will be okay. I would hazard a guess - based on living and working out of Thailand for 25 years - that those who have "horrendous" stories to tell are likely to suffer from both "emotional" and "intelligence" deficits.

    That being so let Thailand's "finest" extract what "rent" they can from them. Police are not the major problem in Thailand nor is lack of elected representative government but the "culture of driving" in The Realm. With 36 fatalities per 100,000 of the population Thailand is statistically the second most dangerous country in the world to drive in. Although cross the border to Cambodia or the Lao PDR and one anecdotally might conclude that countries contiguous with Thailand are less safe.

    All the above hubris to one side none of the negative "stories" offered here should deter people from visiting Thailand or indeed anywhere in the world.

    Happy traveling but don't leave your "commonsense" at home, think the world owes you a favor and is overwhelmed by your BS, and yes, take advice from Nomads and insure yourself (and read the fine print).

    Cheers
    Ling Daeng ("Red Monkey")

  • Hans said

    Very disappointing cases to read here about Thailand. We always thought Thailand was safe, smiling where the Thais liked and accepted foreigners (farangs). But the reality I guess is different. Without generalising, Thai society seems to like tourists/farangs only for their money. Beware to you farang if you dare open your mouth or dare to criticize, it will end you up spending a day or so in some police lock up? or jail ?under some ridiculous charge and have you deported? Guess you we would be safer and better of spending our cash in some other paradise on earth.

  • I Left said

    Thailand today is a cesspit of corruption, deception and lies. Having been through what was a £250.000 scam by a local with the aid of his family police and bangkok attorney (prosecutor). I know what the place has turned into since the junta took over only to well.

    I got so angry at the lies and deceit, I left by the back door as they like to keep your passport, but not mine as I used my brain, alas they do not have much of one, but had to cross 2 borders with out using it?

    I have to say not all Thais are corrupt but they all lie as its the way they have been taught by the so called elites who run the country. These people just rob, kill and rape the country to their own ends and it starts at the very very top.

    If your a Farang you are not wanted but they need your money so those who are stupid enough put 3mill bath in the bank and in time it will go along with many farangs lives, was it 345 Brits last year?

    The new so called 10 year visa for the over 50's is really a 5 year with a 5 year add on as long as you have top money in the bank and Heath insurance with a Thai insurance company who will let you down there. At 65 try getting heath insurance, you will not so time to leave. Even with a visa you could be asked to leave without your bank balance and many are.

    Lies, lies and more lie on everything is the order of the day and the PM Tuu is a nutcase, war is just a few years off out there.

    If you want to stay alive avoid the place if you go take a bodybag you may well need it as if the killing fields (roads) dont get you the corruption will and that is a fact.

  • Marcin said

    The article must have been written by some Americans
    Honest people in Thailand lol
    Funny that the police stop mostly foreign people but then most Thais wouldn't be able to pay in first place

  • Eric said

    Its sad to hear that some people have had bad experiences. I've lived in Thailand a total of 6 years, on and off, and don't really have any complaints about the police at all. Sure, they are corrupt, but would you rather pay a $7 bribe or a $500 ticket like in a Western country? I drive a motorcycle with no license, just because its a major hassle to get one, and I don't really worry about it because at the end of the day its just 200 baht. As long as you stay calm, speak softly and respectfully, then the police will treat you decently. The foreigners who get themselves in trouble in Thailand are usually the ones that lose their cool, piss off the wrong person and find themselves stuck in a heap of doo doo.

  • kang said

    My current experience:

    Just a few days back, my thai wife, while driving her car, was stopped by police. She was told that someone feedbacked that there was drugs on her car and needed to check her car. When they opened the car boot, there was 5 yaba pills...

    We were SO distraughted with the whole situation, cos no finger prints on the bag containing the yaba pills, she was tested and didnt have any trace in urine, she didnt know there were pills and she does not sell pills nor help carry pills. She is innocent.

    We believed that my wife was fixed and had drugs planted in the car. Hence, unless the police tracked the complainant and investigate the caller, otherwise, there is really no justice.

    We are from poor family, imposing such burden on us is really unfair. Finding hard to cope with everyday life and now still have to pay and pay or get lawyer to fight in court, which we would find hard to afford.

    Really really unfair and bad

  • Narisha Ali-Kalloo said

    Hi please help me with these frauds. They are using the following email addresses to scheme people money. [email protected], [email protected], express [email protected] They also have a website showing you can track your package. It's all lies. Please stop these people.

  • Shinya Endo said

    Hi.I am sorry that I sent message suddenly.Cuz I had fraud with Thai person.I had big trouble with the man who is living in Bankok. I am looking for thee man who did fraud to me. He recieved the items from Japan, and he didn't send the payment to me. And now he is loosing now. If you help me please tell me. Or if you have friend in Thai Police who can handle this trouble(Cyber Crime)

  • Victims Worried Mum said

    My son just turned 18 and has gone on a so called experience of a lifetime backpacking. He is in Phuket and played connect 4 with some of the lady boys who in turn spiked his drink and planted a small amount of marijuana on him, he was then arrested and detained for 48 hours with no food or water. I have been contacted by a "volunteer" from police station and paid for him to be bailed. I have no idea what is happening the Embassy are rubbish, my son is on the edge and so am I! I have also been given a corrupt woman's contact details who I can contact to pay to get his passport back before the court date- has anybody else experienced this and how I can help him?

  • gfhbnj said

    to the disgusting racist english scum calling itself shane tarr:
    you obviously "didn't have " these kind of experiences, as you are a disgusting racist english scum with 0 intelligence or emotions, just with the disgusting racist english scums perversion, so obviously with nothing to lose. the disgusting racist english scums are just like the disgusting thai scums or worse. the disgusting racist english scums are the scums of the earth, they made million s from taking slaves, killed most of the native americans , stole the gold from india and pakistan and to this day they are nothing but disgustin g racist english scums. but the Universe is not sleeping and 50% of the disgusting racist english scums are dying of cancer and 50%% of the disgusting thai scums imitating the disgusting racist english scums are dying of cancer.

  • DANIEL said

    I just got stung by tourist police in bangkok 2 days ago...a fine of 2000 baht for a cig butt...the joke os that i had not even tossed the butt...i had a small bottle ..mini bottle of cpke that was empty and stuck the butt in the bottle...first acused of smoking where o was not supposed to be ...on the sidewalk at an outdoor entrance to a mini mall ...then they said i was littering...i asked if i was littering why i am standing here with this empty coke bottle in my hand and the cig butt inside it ?? He as much as called me a liar...then proceeded to show me some shitty old pamflet saying i could be charged 6 thousand baht...but for first offence its 2 thousand baht ...i paid as i saw nothing but trouble and knew it for what it was...a piece of shit lying tourist cop padding his pockets off tourists ..exstorting cash from them...i had a hotel in the area and i watched these same cops day after day...pulling in tourists and fining them for bullshit ...Mostly male tourists on there own ...never a thai citizen...They will destroy there tourism if they allow this crap to continue...i for one will scratch thailand off my list of places i will return to...would like to have punched that corrupt piece of trash tourist cop...but im well aware how that would end...and no choice but to pay the exstortion fine as his word against mine...not likley result in action in my favor...bye bye thailand ..wont be back

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