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Traveling to Thailand..(some questions)

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1. Posted by Jenny217 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I'm traveling to Thailand in a few weeks, and it's my first time going.
I'm american..and pretty young(well, that and i look small..); so i'm wondering how safe it is in the evening. I've heard lots of stories about the human slave trade and rape and other atrocities, so i was just wondering how safe i would be there with a friend.Her parents are coming as well, but we're not going to be with them all of the time. AND obviously we're not going to stumble around bars all night, but we want to check out a few good dance clubs. Anything good and not too sketchy?
I've basically heard that i should just use common sense and not take any weird back streets or anything, but how likely is it that i would actually get into a bad situation on a daily basis?
Also, I'm packing very summery clothing: skirts, tee shirts, etc. Is that wise? I've heard the weather is pretty warm end of febraury-beggining of march.
Thanks for all your help :-)

2. Posted by Jenny217 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

ah, i forgot to mention.
I'm going to Pattaya Beach and Bangkok. That would probably help you get a better idea of location :-P

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting Jenny217

I'm traveling to Thailand in a few weeks, and it's my first time going.
I'm american..and pretty young(well, that and i look small..); so i'm wondering how safe it is in the evening. I've heard lots of stories about the human slave trade and rape and other atrocities, so i was just wondering how safe i would be there with a friend.Her parents are coming as well, but we're not going to be with them all of the time. AND obviously we're not going to stumble around bars all night, but we want to check out a few good dance clubs. Anything good and not too sketchy?
I've basically heard that i should just use common sense and not take any weird back streets or anything, but how likely is it that i would actually get into a bad situation on a daily basis?
Also, I'm packing very summery clothing: skirts, tee shirts, etc. Is that wise? I've heard the weather is pretty warm end of febraury-beggining of march.
Thanks for all your help :-)

You say you are young and small, how young? You do know that you are not allowed in clubs if you are below the age limit. You should be as safe as back home providing you don't take chances. If you get drunk a lot you will do stupid stuff - be careful!

Women who get into trouble usually take chances with men that they meet - DON'T TRUST ANYONE WHO DIDN'T COME OVER WITH YOU FROM BACK HOME! If some guy is real "friendly" and "helpful" he probably wants or expects something in return, sometimes it is only money. That young Thai guy or a good looking guy from Nigeria, who speaks excellent English and helps you buy stuff at the "right" places and will carry your bags - probably makes his living off young stupid tourists.

Don't fall in love with the first pretty guy (or lady) you meet. Never give your hotel key out to someone you don't know. Use the security box provided by the hotel for your valuables, keep that security box key out of sight. You not only have to worry about getting ripped off by the hotel staff you also are more likely to be ripped off by your fellow traveller. This same information can apply to travelling in your own country.

You should have copies of the information page from your passport, placed in several pieces of your luggage just in case your passport comes up lost. You can save your e-tickets and itineraries on the internet too! You can record travellers check numbers, serial numbers of 100 dollar bills, passport number, anything you want to remember or recall in an e-mail to yourself - and save it in a folder! If you need this info you can simply go to an internet shop and recall what you need. Average cost in Thailand to use the internet is around one baht per minute.

You don't have to bring a laptop with you. Don't bring a lot of valuables with you. If you have an heirloom or something you would cry big tears over if it became "lost" - leave it at home!

Very few young women get in trouble out of the milliions of people who travel to Asia. When they do get into trouble - sometimes it is their own fault! Also, be careful of transporting stuff for anyone, if you get caught with dope you really won't like a Thai prison!

Pick the people you travel with wisely, if you hang around with a bunch of jerks you will get in trouble too. Use the internet to keep in touch with your family every day, twice a day if you want since the internet shops are so cheap. Keep your folks appraised of where you are and who you are with. If you go on a tour alone make sure the hotel knows which tour company you are with, reputable firms don't mind providing identification to the hotel for your protection.

Have safe fun!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting Jenny217

I'm traveling to Thailand in a few weeks, and it's my first time going.
for all your help :-)

Jenny 217, I forgot to mention one caution "DO NOT FLASH ANY BIG MONEY AROUND!" Have small bills available in one pocket or section of your purse - don't flash a lot of big denomination bills. Keep only enough cash with you to cover you for one day. Use the security box from your hotel to store extra money, you can always return to it if you run out!

If you use ATM's for cash - check with your credit card provider to see how much their fee is for overseas use. Some credit cards have high fees, some are reasonable - know before you leave home. If you have high fee cards avoid making a lot of small withdrawals where the fees may match your withdrawal.

AL

5. Posted by nickydutch (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

hi,

thailand very save.
i just want to prepare you for pattaya.
I have been there a few weeks ago and i hope you do realise that it is FULL with sextourism. You can not really find one normal club. There are clubs but when i was there i was the only girl that was not selling her body for money. Everybody is really friendly and you can learn to do very interesting things with ping pong balls though!
The beach has loads of seats and there is a market passing by all the time (spring rolls, icecream , manicure sets etc).

have fun
and i hope you will not get the same hangover i had there.......

6. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

the age limit to get into thai bars is 20 but the only bar i found that enforsed that rule was one down an alley off of koh san road all other bars usally welcome you in. i wouldent worry about the danger esp if your travling with a friend as you said just use common sence and you will be fine. NYC is probally more dangerous than bangkok.
have a great time

7. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my Thailand experience alone. Single female traveller too.
Just be sensible, remember to the locals you are a walking wallet, so be vigilant, dont walk around with loads of cash on you, dont be flash either. Bangkok was brilliant second time around, Khao San rd is where most head, but next time I wont be heading that way - personally I'll go to Siam Square area. But at least with the KSR district there are plenty of other single travellers to chat to.

Im in Koh Pha Ngan and last night went to the Half Moon party with a few people from my guesthouse, they soon depleted and I was left alone and although it felt odd to be left, it wasnt dangerous or anything, and there were plenty of taxi's waiting to give lifts back to various beaches.

Just be vigilant and I wouldnt go to Pattaya - its got a bad reputation for being sex industry area, head for Koh Chang instead, or Trat. (same area)

8. Posted by laimui (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Hi, I stayed in Thailand 2 months ago and it was great. Like everyone has been advising you. Just use your common sense. Don`t walk aroudn with lots of cash. Always let someone know where your going to be and with who.

A good bar that I went to in bangkok, a bit on the expensive side. Its called Bed Bar from memory. Pretty classy. It includes 2 drink vouchers with entry. Plays trance music.

Kho san rd, is where all the back packers stays and there is a few hostels that holds drinks till late into the night.

Enjoy and take care! =)

9. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

My wife & I were only in Pattaya for a few hours but it seemed very sleezy - I suggest to give it a miss.
If you want a safe touristy area with nice beaches maybe Krabi,, there are many young people from all over the world many are into rock climbing here. Or, why not Phuket - Patong Beach is the main tourist spot there. It has nice beaches, plenty of day & night life and suitable for families too.
The temperature range is similar every day the only difference is the humidity - whether it rains or not. I think it will be getting humid from now on.
Cheers