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1. Posted by TheSaga (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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I wanted to plan a trip to Thailand in the New Year but have heard many warnings as to the safety of travelers there. Doe's anyone know if it is safe or not? The agency I contacted in Koh Samui for my bookings AA Global Travel has assured me it is safe but I guess it is in their interests that I would go.

Can someone offer me any suggestions, thanks.

2. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

I'd be curious to know where you heard Thailand was dangerous.

Like any foriegn country a traveller has to rely on a mixture of instinct, common sense and a dash of caution but on a day to day basis, Thailand is a "soft" destination.
Urban/petty crime etc is probably on a much lower level than most towns in europe and the States.

Places like Samui will of course attract people who will steal to get by...these are just as likely to be foreigners as Thais.

The main problem in most parts of Thailand is that people become TOO relaxed...and leave stuff lying around just waiting for the tourist in the next room to pick up.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Sage,
Dec. & Jan is peak travel season in Thailand. Most hotels will be booked in the Christmas through New Year time period. I would advise you to book a hotel if you are serious about visiting over New Year Eve's. I suggest Pattaya if you want a wild time over NYE. Fireworks over the bay, bands, people from all over the world partying all night long.

Now safety and crime in Thailand. I just read about a Japanese girl that was killed during a robbery while touring the ruins in Sukhothai. This is making headlines in Japan. But overall, Thailand has a fairly low crime rate. You do have to take the normal precautions that we all should while travelling. Keep your valuables under your clothes while on buses, trains, boats, taxis, etc. Use the lockbox if offered, if not, secure your bag when leaving your room. There is safety in numbers, try to buddy up with another if possible.

There is plenty of petty theft in Thailand and heaps of Thais that want to scam you out of some of your baht. But, violent crime against visitors is pretty rare. Go and enjoy your time in Thailand.

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

i feel I should add that most of the scams in Thailand are pretty primitive and obvious compared to the sophisticated techniques used in the West.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello TheSaga:)

Yes Thailand is safe.
Maybe the Thailand Malaysia border is not so safe right now but everyplace else is.

There is very little danger to u physically but scams and rip offs are comon so watch out for those.
Carry your money and doccuments in a money belt and dont leave camreas etc in your room.
If u hand valuables in at the reception of your hotel check all the travellers cheques and cash when u get them back to make sure none have been replaced with sheets of paper. Dont hand your credit card to the reception to look after unless u are staying in a very upmarket hotel.
Also be careful where u use your credit card. Only in banks and big international hotels.

What horror stories have u heard about Thailand? Post them here and we can coment about how u can avoid them.

But go to Thailand. It is largely safe. Not going would certainly be overly cautious.

Mel

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 9y

I never felt threatened in Thailand. The reason we hear about violent crimes/murders etc there is because they are rare, so the few that happen are reported. These kinds of crimes are much more common in the UK and other western countries.
Do beware of the scams though as the others have said - although these may not pose a threat to your physical well- being they can be annoying to say the least.

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Quoting vegasmike6

Now safety and crime in Thailand. I just read about a Japanese girl that was killed during a robbery while touring the ruins in Sukhothai. This is making headlines in Japan. But overall, Thailand has a fairly low crime rate. You do have to take the normal precautions that we all should while travelling. Keep your valuables under your clothes while on buses, trains, boats, taxis, etc. Use the lockbox if offered, if not, secure your bag when leaving your room. There is safety in numbers, try to buddy up with another if possible.

There is plenty of petty theft in Thailand and heaps of Thais that want to scam you out of some of your baht. But, violent crime against visitors is pretty rare. Go and enjoy your time in Thailand.

I read about that when i was in Thailand as well. Happened during Loy Krathong Festival. Well, for me, Thailand is a safe country. Just becareful of pickpockets and scams. Avoid them(Scams) in a nice way.

8. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Its an incredibly safe country compared to the UK or especially the USA. I only ever met 1 idiot while I was in Thailand, a twat of a tatooist on Koh Phi Phi who wanted to kill me because i wouldnt pay his ridiculously inflated prices for one of his shite tatoos. He is probably not even there anymore as while I was there he did attack a tourist with a bottle so I think he got arrested and hopefully he is in jail somewhere now. Apart from him though, everyone was incredibly friendly and welcoming. Thailand is a beautiful country with beautiful people.