Photo: Late boat at Waecicu near Labuan Bajo.

Is Thailand safe?

Generally speaking, yes. Using common sense means you'll probably get out of Thailand in one piece. Violent crime against foreigners occasionally takes place, but overall it's safe and women in particular find they feel more secure than in the west. The biggest problems are petty theft, scams and traffic accidents.

Some sensible actions to take:
1) Wear helmets when riding motorcycles or bikes
2) Don't stray into higher crime areas
3) Don't get drunk and pick fights with bar staff
4) Don't travel on the roads during the Thai new year break, Songkran, in April.

Regarding the ongoing protests and closure of Bangkok's international airports in later November 2008, while Thailand remains safe, if has become far more difficult to get in and out of. While the airports remain closed, the best option is for travellers to either make their way out of the country overland, or to head to one of the southern airports which offer international flights allowing one to reach regional hubs like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

The airport closures have been caused by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) -- an anti-government group -- that has been campaigning for the current administration to stand down. The airport closures are just the latest step in their escalating campaign. The long-festering dispute has left Thai society polarised, with very strong, bordering on irrational, emotions felt on all sides. Matters have been further complicated by the government appearing to have lost control of the Thai Army (who have also called for the government to stand down).

For now, outside of the gross inconvenience of having the international airports closed, Thailand remains safe to travel in. However, we'd say the situation is fluid and changing rapidly -- and you'd be well advised to keep a close eye on news developments coming out of the Kingdom.

We've a feature story and a number of threads on the Travelfish forum, containing updates and advice:
How to plan around Thailand's civil unrest
Thailand: State of Emergency declared
Bangkok - safe to travel??

Thailand FAQ

Please find below some of the more frequently asked questions (FAQ) people have about travelling to Thailand. We've tried to answer all the most frequently asked questions, but if you have another query about Thailand, please try our Travelfish messageboard.


Is it possible to rent rooms or dormitories for long periods of time?
Rooms: is a fan room ok, or should I budget for air-con?
Should I take my own padlock for the door of my room while travelling in Thailand?
What should I do if a bag is stolen from my room or dormitory while travelling in Thailand?
What standard of acommodation can I expect for US$5?
Why are there so few dormitories in Thailand?


Should I bargain for everything I want to buy in Thailand?
What is the best way to bargain in Thailand?
What shouldn't I do when bargaining in Thailand?

Cost of travelling

How much should I budget per day for a holiday in Thailand?
What is the bare minimum I could survive on in Thailand?
What is the best way to spend less money in Thailand?

Food glorious food

Can I drink the tap water in Thailand?
How can I avoid MSG in Thailand?
How do I avoid peanuts in Thailand?
I have a food allergy - will I cope?
Is there good vegetarian food in Thailand?
Is western food available in Thailand?

Getting around

Are the ferries in Thailand safe?
Are the trains in Thailand safe?
Do they trains run on time?
Is it easy to hitch-hike in Thailand?
Is it easy to rent a car or motorcycle in Thailand?
Should I get a tourist minibus in Thailand?
What is Bangkok's bus system like?
Which is the better way to travel around Thailand - train or bus?

Getting there and away

How late do the airport buses run?
What is the best way to get into town from Bangkok airport late at night?

Help Police!

Can I trust the Thai police?
Will I be robbed?

Money madness

Are credit cards accepted in Thailand?
Are there ATMs in Thailand?
How can I have money sent to me in Thailand?
How can I send money out of Thailand?
Should I bring travellers cheques, credit/debit cards or cash to Thailand?
Should I tip in Thailand?

Packing purgatory

What should I pack for a holiday in Thailand?
What shouldn't I pack for a holiday in Thailand?


Scams and warnings

Is it a good idea to buy drugs off a tuk tuk driver?
Should I buy gems I've been offered by a really convincing person I've met/been introduced to?


Can I use drugs in Thailand?
Is Thailand a safe place to travel alone to?
Why are there so few hostels in Thailand?

Stay healthy

Are leeches a problem in Thailand?
Are legal drugs cheap in Thailand?
Do I need a prescription in Thailand?
Do I need malarial medication in Thailand?
General food and water precautions in Thailand
General health advice for Thailand
HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Is cholera a problem?
Is heatstroke a problem in Thailand?
Is medical care cheap in Thailand?
Is medical care in Thailand good?
Is rabies a problem in Thailand?
Schistosomiasis in Thailand?
Traveller's medical kit for travel in Thailand
What about dengue fever in Thailand?
Will I get diarrhoea in Thailand?


Are there many internet cafes in Thailand?
Can I travel with a laptop in Thailand?
Is there ADSL internet access in Thailand?
What is mobile phone coverage like in Thailand?
What is the voltage in Thailand?

Things to learn

Where can I learn how to cook authentic Thai food?
Where can I learn Thai massage?
Where can I learn Thai?

Vexed by visas?

What are Thailand's visa requirements?


What is the weather like in Thailand?

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