Safety In Thailand: A Quick Guide
Like many South East Asian countries, Thailand has had its fair share of bad press from political unrest to petty crime and drugs – making prospective visitors feel Thailand is not safe.
Like most places in the world, Thailand does have a dark side, however exercising appropriate precautions and with a little common sense, the likelihood of becoming embroiled in disaster is low.
To put your mind at rest, the following post outlines how to feel safe when visiting Thailand!
Eating and drinking safely
To avoid spending your vacation in the bathroom there are a number of precautions that will keep you safe.
For starters, always wash you hands before consuming food. An easy rule of thumb to follow is; boil it, peel it or leave it.
Make sure all food you eat has been cooked and if you’re eating fruit, peel it yourself.
At all costs avoid drinking tap water, this means no ice and keeping your mouth shut in the shower! Most reputable establishments will provide bottled water.
Unfortunately despite your best efforts travellers’ belly can hit anyone play it safe and be prepared: drink lots of water and always carry Imodium!
Theft: Lock your valuables in a safe!
Being aware of your surroundings and a little common sense are key to keeping your valuables safe in Thailand.
Never leave valuables unattended; many high end hotels and holiday homes will provide in-room safes and security and if you are traveling with valuables or cash on you always keep these hidden close to your body.
If carrying a bag, generally speaking have it across your body and keep it zipped up.
Drugs – not even once
A severe punishment for the consumption and/or possession of drugs in Thailand make accepting or taking illegal substances a fool’s game.
Keep in mind that penalties include life sentences and even death, so experimenting with drugs in Thailand is literally gambling with your life.
In any case, why would you want to take drugs anywhere? Enjoy what the world has to offer sober.
Scams: play it safe
Without a little knowledge it can be easy to fall victim to scam artists, causing both lose of money and time.
Being aware of popular tourist scams and standing your ground are both tactics that will keep your mind at ease and your money in your pocket.
Popular scams to be aware of include:
Usually initiated by your taxi or tuk tuk driver, you be offered unbeatable prices on wonderfully beautiful gemstones, 9 times out of 10 you will return home to find these gemstones are completely worthless.
While you can get good deals on jewellery in Thailand, it is important to do you research and buy from reputable dealers.
The temple is ‘closed’ scam
Many tourists fall victim to this simple scam.
As you approach an iconic landmark or even well-known tourist shopping mall, a stranger or your taxi driver will inform you that it is closed and offer to take you to on a guided tour for a small price.
The tour will stop at tailors, gem stores and travel agencies.
While this scam won’t see you lose money, unless you purchase something in said stores, it can see you lose precious sight seeing time.
Jet ski scam
After hiring a jet ski for the day you will return only to be told that there are a number of scratches that weren’t there before and demanded to pay a large fee for the damage.
This scam is easily avoided; if hiring a jet ski make sure any damage or scratches are recorded before you leave for the day.
While there are a number of other similar scams operating throughout Thailand, it is important to note that many scammers play on your greed.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Civil threat and terrorism
Recent political unrest has seen Thailand in the news for violent protests, namely in the capital Bangkok.
While the turbulence is off putting, knowledge and avoidance of demonstrations throughout Bangkok can see you avoiding becoming involved.
Monitoring local media will keep you up to date and incase of emergency carrying the local phone number for your embassy is advisable.
Last word on safety
Thailand is a stunning country that is bound to captivate those who travel there.
Remember nearly 22 million tourists travel to Thailand each year, most of whom return home safely with wonderful tales of adventure and excitement.
The team at Amazing Accom have travelled to Thailand on numerous occasions and would not hesitate in recommending Thailand as a destination to anyone worried about safety!
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