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1. Posted by alibom (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y

yo

I am planning to go to THailand late january 2006 for about three weeks, during this time ill be going with about 3 friends (i will be about 17, same with others) to places like phuket, krabi, ko phi phi, ko sumai etc

There are some adults who are opposing this trip because they think terrorism is a threat from the muslim extremists or something in some parts of thailand.

Could i have advice from anyone who has been? cos i really think it is the perfect place to travel to? so is it really dangerous, and if so how would i avoid any danger?

thanks a lot

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

problems only south of hat yai - if you are skinned nice accommodation there goes for 99 baht per night ( a fraction what they charge in the rest of the country - still tourism 0%).

why phuket?

3. Posted by tjaml (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Hi Alibom,

massageuk is right, only the south of Thai is facing lots of unrest by the muslim extremist. Other parts are safe generally. Just exercise normal travel precautions.

<If I were you, my concerns would probably be more on the potential earthquakes, etc. as after effects of the relatively-recent tsunami, than on the terrorism. You may want to check whether the areas you're planning to visit are within the dangerous zone (i.e. the plate movement thingy... geography is not really my thing :p). I understand some areas in Thailand are still experiencing occasional, minor earthquakes.>

People in Thailand are very friendly and willing to help. So I'm sure you'll like it there! :)

When you're there, do give Thai massage a try! Arguably, it's the best kind of massage there is...!

4. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

The seperatist movement has been going on in the far southeast part of Thailand along the Malaysian border for decades. No one reported it until after 9/11.

Thailand is super safe. However if you are afraid of bombers you might as well lock yourself in your house as that is what they want you to do. Just come to Thailand and have fun.

You can read my travel blogs about Thailand at http://allthai.travellerspoint.com/ if you have any further questions please let me know as I have been living here for more than 15 years.

5. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

In my recent visits, I did not find any threads in Thailand eigher main cities or villages.

6. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting tjaml

If I were you, my concerns would probably be more on the potential earthquakes, etc. as after effects of the relatively-recent tsunami, than on the terrorism. You may want to check whether the areas you're planning to visit are within the dangerous zone (i.e. the plate movement thingy... geography is not really my thing :p). I understand some areas in Thailand are still experiencing occasional, minor earthquakes.!

there are no eathquakes in Thailand - and never was any.

the quake which caused tsunami last year was south of Indonesia - so good 1 500 km from Bangkok

7. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

Oh yes there are earthquakes in Thailand but not too bad. I was in a pretty good one in Chiang Mai in 1990. I even felt the quake that started the Tsunami that measured 5.9 here in Chiang Mai that Sunday Morning. We even have a siesmic station located on the way to Doi Suthep Mountain just west of the city.

8. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

Yeah as everyone has said, Thailand is a pretty safe place apart from the problems in the south... I think the foreign affairs departments of alot of the western countries have issued warinings about thailand but as long as you steer clear of the affected areas you will be fine...

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