Is it safe to walk the streets at night in Thailand?

Are there places in Thailand that tourist should avaiod or is the hole country safe for westeners?

Asked on 15th January 2016 in Thailand.
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Generally speaking, Thailand is a pretty safe place to visit, seeing millions of tourists come through each year, mostly without incident. Of course, like anywhere in the world, there is a chance of danger. To avoid dangerous situations try to keep the following in mind:

  • Try to travel with a companion when possible, or at least let someone know if you’re visiting somewhere new
  • Stick to tourist-heavy areas until you get more comfortable with language and navigation. At the same time, tourist-heavy places can have party-goers who want to get in a scuffle, so keep your wits about you
  • When hiring transport try to get an official meter taxi or a van from a recognized transit service (although songtaows and tuk-tuks can be fun for shorter daytime trips)
  • Read up on new areas before visiting so you have an idea of what you’re getting into
  • There are some areas, like Patani in the south near the Malaysian border, that have had trouble with terrorism/extremism in the past

For most people coming to Thailand for a beach vacation or investment, or to work in a business district, you shouldn’t run into too many problems. Try to learn greetings and some basic phrases in Thai, and smile when you’re feeling it.

Answered on 15th January 2016.
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