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Beggars, Monks, and Students

Beggars, Monks, and Students

Some popular scams in Southeast Asia which appeal to your humanitarian side include:

  • Some women in northern Thailand smear grime on their baby’s face, then walk around with an empty bottle asking for money.
  • Popular in Malaysia, men dress in Buddhist monk’s robes and roam the city asking for donations for their temples.  If you want to donate, do so at the temple itself rather than through an individual on the street.
  • Young people claiming to be students that are no longer able to afford their education ask for money to stay in school.  In Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, many claim to be art students attempting to sell their work – cheap imitation prints – in order to pay tuition.


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