If you take a bus from Bangkok to Pattaya, you will be dropped in a bus stand. There will only be motorbike taxis and you will be charged a couple of hundreds for getting to your hotel which could hardly be a few meters away. Make sure you've pickup arrangements by your hotel. There is no other go!
Also, never hand over your passport as collateral when renting a motorbike. Give a photocopy if they insist.
How to avoid getting scammed in Thailand
Trust your instincts always. Do not act too touristy or inexperienced. Thai people are rather shy. So watch out for those who try to start a conversation with you. Thai people are not so fluent in English (most of them, except maybe the receptionist at my hotel in Bangkok :O ). So, if someone approaches you in fluent English, be skeptical.
This blog was originally published on Kohl Eyed Capers.