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  • edited 2:05AM
    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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    Thanks David!!
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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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    Hi,

    I am planning a honeymoon travel to Thailand during early Feb. Will that be safe?
  • edited January 2011
    Amar, Thailand is really safe and you shouldn't have any trouble there. Most of the political demonstrations only involve Thai people and they steer clear of foreigners because the tourist trade is incredibly important for the Thai economy. Also if you're going on honeymoon to Thailand then you'll more than likely be at one of the beach or resort areas...any riots and political issues that are going to happen generally take place in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai.
    The one safety issue that all tourists to Thailand need to be aware of is falling prey to scam, scam artists, pickpockets and being a victim of petty theft.
    Choose a reputable hotel, check the locks, and lock your valuables away in the hotel safe. When you're out be aware of your bag and don't carry all your money in one place, rather keep some in your pocket and some in a travel wallet etc... As for tourist scams in Thailand, just try to shop around before buying a ticket or tour...get used to the prices and bargain with the tour agents.
    Lastly, relax, enjoy and have fun. Thailand is a wonderful country with many wonderful people.
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    Thailand in general is safe, but the thai people a little wild. if you respect them they will like you and friendely, but if you are not they will be unsafe. takecare
    i used to visit thailand 2 times in my life. it is a beautifull countrey ;) i advice you to visit it
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    Thailand is the most dangerous place in the world. Please read Bangkok post crime story before you leave your country.
    Thailand is a country that really depends on tourist dollars to survive. Therefore they will always display an unrealistic portrayal of life there to attract western tourists. The pictures of beautiful women and beautiful islands and sunshine are an artificial facade to hide the truth of real life in Thailand. I was in Bangkok and it was not sunny but the air was thick with pollution. There were no beautiful women, only cheap low class women disgustingly showing what they wanted to sell.
  • Thailand is one of the safest countries in the world.
  • Yes,Thailand is totally safe because there is no violation at present and any of the other case in the matters of tourist.I,m also a tourist and travel many times to Thailand in its different places.I love beaches especially of Bangkok.In my any tour of Thailand never been there miss happening with me.I like this safe place. 
  • edited April 2014
    Sorry to disagree Jerry but Thailand is not totally safe. The Thai government activated the Internal Security Act on 19 March 2014 this replaced the State of Emergency that had been in force for some time. Actions under the Internal Security Act includes curfews, operation of checkpoints,restriction of movement, searching for weapons and the use of force in the case of violence.

    Governments do not use law enforcement and extra military powers in "safe countries". 
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