Is Thailand safe?

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    i have plans of going to bangkok and pattaya frm Mumbai to BKK from 18th April to 26th April. Its our first family tripp abroad. Is it safe to go?
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    Dont cancel those tickets yet. First of all, Bangkok aside, the rest of Thailand is completely unchanged by the political unrest. The islands or Chaing Mai or wherever will give no sign of the protests in Bangkok. As of now the recent protests that have left two dead and many more injured are dispersed but are likely to start again. Bangkok downtown didnt have its usual care free atmosphere it usually does now over the Thai new year although news reports state that in other parts of the city celebration has continued as normal. I suggest continuing to Bangkok but keep an eye on the news to avoid ending up in places where there are protesters. Thailand is protective of its tourism industry so in no way is their danger directly aimed at tourists, the only threat is if one is accidently caught up in ensuing violence at the protests.
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    Hi, i am travelling to Bangkok tuesday 21st april and will be staying there for three days before heading to Chaing Mai, then Phuket. Will it be safe by then? I have read that the protesters have moved on, but that they may return..? The Foreign Office still have this notice up on their site "We advise against all but essential travel to Bangkok. British nationals should also review travel plans to other parts of Thailand. British nationals already in Bangkok and other cities affected by the violence are advised to stay indoors and to monitor the media and this travel advice". As much as i'd love to visit the city, see and experience all the amazing things it has to offer, i don't really the see the point of travelling there if it will mean that we have to spend the whole time stuck in a hotel..
    We spoke to our travel agent and they seemed very lax about the whole situation ( i seem to have more information than them..). They told us to just go and enjoy our holiday, and that the airlines etc aren't offering any refunds.. The problem here is that our travel insurance provider has told us that as long as there is a goverment warning not to travel, we're not covered..
    It seems like 'catch 22'. Can anyone give me any advice?
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    Now in Thailand come to the normal, no danger and we are playing water festival (Songkran Festival)
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    We are travelling to Thailand in Decemeber 2009 with kids - our airlines are already booked - is the situation getting calmer or should we try and get the money back.
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    I'm flying to thailand from manchester in june 12 and think everything will be fine. Travelling alone until my wife meets me at BKK, Anyone want to meet up for a chat for the journey ?? 18 hours phew!
    Rich.
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    Thailand is safer now but never know what near future is?
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    Hy, i-m going to be in Phuket on 26th April for 6 days and then 1 day in Bangkok...It is safe to go there? What can i do? Thanks a lot.
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    I read about a lethal bacteria in the water in Phuket! It is safe to swimm in the sea or is better in the pool? Thanks.
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    The political chaos in Thailand resulted in the decrease of tourists coming to Thailand. It may have caused the tourists feel insecure traveling while the situation seemed to involve violence. However, the great attempt in solving the problem and getting back the security confidence has been being put by the government. The situation now is under control. Moreover, the government has shown that no violence has been done in repressing the protesters. It has been reiterated that the political reform in Thailand cannot be achieved by violence.

    This should ensure the tourists about the safety traveling in Thailand. It may take time for foreigners to fully understand the situation that it is not as bad as it seems. The tourism business has a hope to get back the tourists and also the confidence in traveling here. Thailand is still a peaceful country as it always is. Welcome back to Thailand, the land of smile.

    www.realexperiencethailand.com
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    beware of the tuk-tuk drivers , they all speak with forked tounge and will rip you off at the slightest opportunity !!!
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    hi richy..im coming to bkk on 13 th june all by myselffrom singapore. we cud catch up???
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    Hello. me and my partner want to come and stay a whole week in bangkok in mid august... is it safe?? shud we book our site seeing tours from here in new zealand or is it cheaper to book them in bangkok??? is the shopping really as good as people say?? whats the lebua at state tower hotel like??
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    Hey guys ive been planning my trip with my partner and our son for awhile now, were suppose to leave
    in October but we're still unsure if we should go ahead with the trip or not.
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    Hi! I'm planning to visit thailand in November. I keep reading about warnings to travelers. Should I be concerned?
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    Mel - Thailand is one of the safest countries in the world to visit. The politics effect only a minority of locals and visitors won't be aware of the tensions. Honestly, your biggest danger is sunburn and falling coconuts.
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    I'm participating in an exchange program with my school and Khon Kaen University. Is it safe right now to travel to Thailand? Is it safe in Khon Kaen?
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    I visit Thailand quite often- second trip this year. I go with my family and it is the safest destination I have visited about the same as Singapore and a lot safer than my home town of perth, Western Australia. I was rhere during the riots earlier in the year and they had no effet whatsoever on any travelers I met. The biggest danger in Thailand is if you hire a scooter - this is THE number one killer of travelers! Being ripped off bt a Taxi or Tuk-Tuk driver would be second (you might loose a dollar or so that way and even up to ten dollars if you fall victim of a real heavy criminal). Be on the usual alert for pick pockets and bag theft - but even that is far less than I have experienced in my own ountry of Australia. The food is great and the only tmmy upset any of us has had was from eating in posh hotels - street food is cooked in front of you fast and very hot so has proven safer - I keep away from salads. Do not be a loud agressive traveler - always smile and walk away rather than argue and you will have a great trip. You are more likely to have problems with other travelers than woth the Thai people. learn a few words of the language it makes for good traveling and the locals respet that you are making an effort. respect the locals - it is their country. Show a lot of respect visiting temples ansd understand that Thai people love the King - do not under any circumstance make any negative comments about Royalty. That just about covers safety.
    Where to visit - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (rivers, a small but fun town, Tiger Temple), Chiang Mai (Great for Songkrahn and Christmas/New year - Old City with heaps of adventure trips - ballooning, ultralites, rafting, zipline, elephant trecks, buffalo markets, good food, scenery), Krabi to Phuket (Jungle trecking and live among the trees at Khao Sok: Canoe trips and rock climbing, world class fishing (Gillham's Fishing) or veg out on fab beaches at Krabi: old Phuket town for a glimpse of how ordinary Thai people live.)

    BKK - Chao Praya river trips - to Wat Arun, Kho Kret island. The Royal palace. The Wooden Palace. Jim Thompson's House. the Royal Barges. Hire a longtail and go up the khlongs. Cross BKK on the Khlong Ferry on San Seab. Siam Paragon for shopping and Underwater World - also very good and by Australian standards cheap cinema and ten pin Bowling. Jatuchack markets. China town. Tea at The Oriental Hotel (if you have aver herd of Noel Coward or Summerset Maugham) - go by their private boat. Great jazz and blues (Brown Sugar, Saxaphone Club). Beer halls for viewing the locals. Top posh restaurants and clubs. Very expensive hotels and very cheap and good value Guesthouses. Visit Ayutthya on the train - stay overnight so you can see the ruins lit up, and return by Rice Barge down the Chao Praya River. Go go-karting at RCA building. Pantip Plaza for all things computing or electronic. MBK for cheap second hand phones and clothing - and just about everything else (nearly opposite Pantip Plaza). Khao San Road - you love it or hate it (I love it - well more the area about it really - soi Rambutri etc). Get a massage get a nail job get a tattoo. Go fishing. Go clubbing. Go to a cooking class or learn massage.

    Hua Hin - greta for a gentle sea-side town with excellent golf.

    The islands if the beach scene and partying is for you.

    These are the things I have come accross in my travels.

    There will be a thousand more things to do and places to see in fabulous Thailand. By the way, I am 62years old and have visited or lived in over 40 countries and I still love the Thai people and their country. We are leaving in a few days for the New Year(western) fireworks (plufai - in Thai) in Chiang mai and having a side trip to Lampang, lamphun and Chiang Dao.
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    Travelling to bkk end of may. Appreciate the violence at present but I would value a rationale view on the probability of the country descending into a protracted conflict. Is the probability of the military couping the current govt and handing it back to thaskin red shirts? Also going to Chiangmai and sumuai.
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    Hiya lm going to pattaya in july for my honeymoon and am really nervous is the violence as bad as what lve been reading and is it safe to travel there thanks mandy
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    Mandy - Pattaya is completely unaffected by any political violence. I would say you are extremely safe travelling to Thailand. Are you flying in to Bangkok or Pattaya itself?
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    Does anyone know if it is possible to purchase travel insurance from somewhere that covers Thailand, am travelling from the Uk. Would prefer to purchase here in the UK, seems quite complicated to organize buying insurance from a Thai agent.
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    Hello

    i am planning to visit thailand in june . as i have heard about political unrest in bangkok is it safe to visit during this time as i am not coming alone coming with family and kids. as we will be mostly in bangkok for shopping....thanx...
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    Does anyone read the previous posts before asking questions? June is a month away, who knows what happens then. For now, Bangkok is safe, unless you make it with a ladyboy and catch unspeakable VD.
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    Ok, recent developments in Bangkok have changed my view on Thailand safety. As things curently stand, with general mayhem prevailing and over 60 dead, it is not advisable to fly into Bangkok and commute anywhere into or around the city.

    The situation is volatile and although Westerners are not involved in the protest they may be targeted to draw attention to the Red Shirt's agenda.

    However, if you are flying in to any other airport, like Phuket, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, then you are perfectly safe and there is no need to change your travel plans.
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    Hi David,

    I am traveling to Bangkok on 22nd July 2010, is the situation safe now. Are there any concerns i need to be aware off? kindly advice.
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    Vishu - the situation is very calm and safe; I would have no concerns whatsoever about travelling to Bangkok currently.
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    thanks for the info DavidF, you have been very helpful.
  • edited January 2011
    You could look at TodaysThailand.com. This site gives some links to factual information about Thailand, and features brief interviews with tourists.
    Thailand is safe for tourists doing all normal touristic activities.

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