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Is Thailand a Safe Travel Destination?

If you travel to Thailand, you basically don't have to worry about your safety. However, there are a few things you should still pay attention to.

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Perhaps the most important thing in advance: Here you will find the latest travel and safety information from the German Foreign Office, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Switzerland). There you are always up to date.

Understandably, all known dangers are pointed out there. All in all, that's a lot. But don't let that put you off, because Thailand is basically a safe travel destination. Assaults on tourists and physical attacks are very rare. When vacationers are harmed, it is usually in road traffic accidents.

UPDATE 1: In August 2015, more than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack in downtown Bangkok. The background is still unclear. The Thai authorities suspect Chinese Uyghurs behind the act of terrorism.

Update 2: On the night of August 12, 2016, there was a series of attacks in Thailand. Bombs exploded in the holiday areas of Hua Hin, Krabi and Phuket, among others. Four Thais were killed. Tourists were among the injured. It is still unclear who is responsible for the attacks.

Assessment: It is difficult to assess the security situation based on the latest events. Also because it is not clear who is responsible for the bombs. So far, there have not been any attacks in this form in vacation areas. There is currently no travel warning for Thailand from the German Foreign Office.

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Everyday dangers

As everywhere where there are many tourists, there is also theft in Thailand, rip-offs on taxi rides, fraud with credit cards, etc. If you look after your belongings, especially on travel days, you have little to fear. Be kind and use your common sense to avoid most dangers.

The following applies:

  • Don't do things that you wouldn't do at home. Again and again I am surprised how different and risk-taking people behave on vacation.
  • Opportunity makes thieves. Put your things away well!
  • If a price or information seems strange to you, ask again elsewhere.
  • Find out in advance about the risks if you want to buy expensive items (jewelry, electronics, etc.)
  • Tourism is a highly competitive business area. Therefore there are many traffickers who earn their money with commissions. If you ask for the price yourself at hotels, compare tour providers and don't trust every taxi and tuk tuk driver, you will save a lot of money. And good tailors usually don't have to stand on the street and say “Hello, my friend!”.

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The most important telephone numbers:
Police: 191
Fire department: 199
Tourist Police: 1699 or 1155

Dangerous places in Thailand

Even if you don't notice it on the beaches in the south, Thailand suffers from great internal political tensions. The airport blockade in 2008 or the terrible clashes in Bangkok in 2010, in which many people were killed, should be remembered. Therefore, if there is renewed protests, it is best to stay away from the crowds. Even if the mood looks peaceful, it can change quickly.

There are also some areas in the country that are not safe to visit, but which are far from popular tourist destinations. In some southern provinces near the border with Malaysia (Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and parts of Songkhla), separatists and Islamic extremists fight against the government (with many victims). There are repeated bombings. The conflict is extremely complicated, not least because of the many actors and their different goals. A summary of this can be found on Wikipedia.

In addition, there are now and then armed clashes in the Thai-Cambodian border area Phra Wihan (Preah Vihear). The background is a decades-long conflict over the local Hindu temple, which is claimed by both states.

The border region with Myanmar was also considered a risk area for a long time. Meanwhile the situation has gotten better. However, find out about the current situation beforehand.

Note: The security situation can change at any time - also with regard to global threats. Therefore, also note the current information from the state institutions.

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and since then has also written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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