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How to stay safe when traveling to Thailand – 6 simple steps

Thailand is quickly becoming one of the most visited destinations for travelers from all walks of life. It is affordable, beautiful and full of fantastic activities to revel in, but things can go awry if you don’t play by the rules. Here are six simple steps to stay safe when traveling to Thailand. Do these and your time in Thailand will be one you’ll never want to forget.

This is a guest post from Darren Mitchell. Darren is a Muay Thai enthusiast and writer for the BestMuayThai blog. Darren has trained Muay Thai for several years at gyms all over the world alongside some world-renowned fighters and coaches. We are not responsible for the accuracy of this content. 

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Watch out for scams

This could apply to any city in the world, but it is still worth mentioning, as scams are very common in parts of Thailand. You need to keep your wits about you.

If anyone comes up to you offering you something that sounds too good to be true it probably isn’t and the easiest thing to do is simply say no thank you and carry on about your business.

Avoid the Tuk Tuks, don’t listen to people that tell you a temple isn’t open, and watch your bar tab for overcharging. In fact, there are a lot of Tuk Tuk related scams. Be careful, do your research and check with the hotel staff for ideas and tips.

Here is a great article that describes 9 Scams in Thailand You Need to Watch Out For (And How to Avoid Them)

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Keep your drink close

We all want to unwind a little when travelling, so it’s natural to want to relax in a bar with a cold drink.

But you still need to keep your wits about you.

It is not commonplace, but there have been rare incidents of tourists being drugged and having their belongings stolen by opportunist thieves in bars.

Make sure you can see who is making your drink, what is going in to that drink and that it gets to you with no interruptions on the way.

Once you’ve got it, be sure to keep it close and watch that nothing gets put into it and you will be absolutely fine – if a little tipsy!

Eat like a local – skip the pain

Street food is what Thailand really excels at. It is unbelievably cheap, tastes fantastic and is easy to find.

But…

Be sure to find the places where the locals eat. If you go to the tourist traps and places with no lines or no people eating there, you’re going to pay – and not just with your wallet, but your stomach.

Go local, and you’ll be safe and spend less.

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Red light = no go

Thailand is gradually shaking its reputation as a haven for seedy revelers but it is still there lurking in the background.

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If you want to reduce your chances of anything bad happening to you tenfold, just simply avoid the red light areas – this is where most of the terrible things happen to people.

Stick to hotspots that are densely populated and you are much less likely to be the victim of any sort of crime.

Say no to drugs

Just don’t do them – simple.

Drugs are illegal here just like many other countries. Drug dealers will often sell you their product and then tip off the police who will come and arrest you, potentially asking for a bribe to let you go. Cute little scam that is…

Just avoid drugs at all costs and eliminate the risk of getting arrested.

The King is out of bounds

The Thai King is viewed as a god-like figure by the people.

Do not talk about him and you’ll be fine. It is frowned upon to talk about your thoughts on him and is very taboo.

As the Thai government enforces strict Lese Majeste laws you may face grave consequences if you try to start conversations surrounding him.

Conclusion – staying safe while traveling to Thailand

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This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it should get you on your way towards staying safe while traveling to Thailand. Be sure to stick to these rules and you will encounter little to no problems on your trip.

By the way, if you are looking for more travel safety related tips, check out these:

Make memories that you’ll want to remember when you visit Thailand, not ones you’ll want to forget!

Darren Mitchell is a Muay Thai enthusiast and writer for the BestMuayThai blog. Darren has trained Muay Thai for several years at gyms all over the world alongside some world-renowned fighters and coaches.

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2 comments on “How to stay safe when traveling to Thailand – 6 simple steps

  1. Christian

    Nice list. My wife and I have been to Thailand a few times but I never realized that there was an actual red light, just like in Amsterdam.

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