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SAFETY IN BANGKOK

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1. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings again:),

we will be in bangkok this december. is it safe to dwell around the city at night or in public places like in markets and where is it advisable to change money? unlike here in the philippines christmas season is also the favored time of holdupers and snatchers to name a few. also to add a time for fake currencies.

thankyou
steve

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

Bangkok is quite a safe city in spite of recent problems - you know how the media blows these things up. The danger in Bangkok is that dirty dirty air! I use ATM's exclusively.

3. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y

Being a popular tourist destination, Bangkok has more than its share of pick pockets and purse snatchers. Keep a tight hold on you stuff and that will reduce your odds of being hit.

Banks have branches in major malls that are open 7 days a week. These are very safe places to do money exchanges.

Wandering Bangkok at night, it's best to keep to well lit, populated areas. Although relatively safe, a lost tourist, in a secluded area, is an obvious target.

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

There are Bank's money changers in shopping malls... Normally I will change at Gold shop which has better rate than the Bank's money changer...;)

5. Posted by GeorgeR (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Bangkok is very safe I think (particularly compared to US cities). I joke to my friends that I can walk around bangkok waving money over my head in the middle of the night without worry. Generally it feels that safe. Sure when I go down near the red light areas or the night market I make sure my wallet is more secure, but otherwise, I think you use common sense and you will be ok. Im actually more wary of other foreigners (young poor ones) in guest houses that might try to lift some of your stuff than I am fearful of average Thai ppl ripping me off.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1586 posts) 7y

Quoting totitoti

greetings again:),

we will be in bangkok this december. is it safe to dwell around the city at night or in public places like in markets and where is it advisable to change money? unlike here in the philippines christmas season is also the favored time of holdupers and snatchers to name a few. also to add a time for fake currencies.

thankyou
steve

I have been to Manila many times, last time was just a couple weeks ago, to me Bangkok is safer than Manila! Streets have better lighting, lots of people around late at night. Will you encounter a problem - probably not but who knows? Millions more tourists go to Bangkok than Manila and so far the odds are in your favor that you too will go back home without any problems. Take normal precautions that you would walking the streets back in your own capital city.

Thailand, for the most part, uses real banks for changing money over. You will find banks and mini banks all over the place in major cities like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. The airport has bank money changers open 24 hours a day plus ATM's. In Thailand you can even change travelers checks without any real problem and even get a hair more in exchange than ordinary cash. Fee to cash a travelers check is only 33 baht (about 48 pesos) so if you choose TT's only take the largest denominations you can get. ATM fees are higher than the Philippines with a 150 baht surcharge for each withdrawal. If you use an ATM take out the most you can at one time to avoid lots of fees for small withdrawals. At the airport you can change your left over Thai baht back to your currency or dollars if you want.

Rough currency conversion guide: http://www.translatum.gr/converter/currency.htm

If you arrive during the day hours at the airport you have a choice of the Airport Express Bus or meter taxi to take you to your hotel of near your hotel if it is the bus. Taxi is door to door and the bus drops you off near your hotel. Several posts on how to take a taxi or bus from the airport under "search" function.

Good luck.

7. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y

There are lots of cases of pickpocketing in Bangkok's busy markets. Do as the Thais do; if you are carrying valuables in a bag or in your pockets make sure you carry them in front of you. It is probably safer walking in dark places at night in Bangkok than most western cities, but again be careful. Dont carry anything of much value and especially if it's in a handbag - dont wear anything like gold. Change money at any bank, or for better rates perhaps use a branch of Superrich (Google it).

8. Posted by VOLTS (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

greetings,

thankyou for your tip sir frank, karazyal, george, opospa, curt, daawgon. sent you pm sir karazyal.

thankyou
steve