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