Staying Safe: Is Thailand a safe country?
Is Thailand safe?
Thailand is a relatively safe place, but like every country, you should be vigilant and sensible.
The Provincial Waterworks Authority has said that tap water is safe for consumption. However, the Tourist Authority of Thailand advice is to drink bottled water. Although the PWA claim the tap water is up to The World Health Organisation’s standards, some people are concerned about the pipes being dirty. Although drinking tap water occasionally is unlikely to be harmful, it’s probably better to drink bottled water when possible.
DRIVING / ROAD SAFETY
Thailand has the second most dangerous roads in the world. Although the chances of being caught in an accident are still low, you should try to be extra aware. If you rent a scooter, be sensible and always wear a helmet and don’t drink and drive (drunk drivers cause 26% of fatalities). If you take a taxi/car, always wear a seatbelt if available.
BEACHES AND SWIMMING
Thai beaches do not always have lifeguards watching over. You should never go swimming alone and always take note of the warning flags.
- Yellow flags: warnings that the sea is rough and weak swimmers should not go out.
- Red flags: the sea is very strong and dangerous for all swimmers.
You should also be aware of jellyfish along the southern coast of Thailand. Again, if you see a warning sign, don’t take any risks as their sting can be deadly.
Ambulance and Rescue: 1554
Immigration Department: 02287 3101
National Disaster Warning: 1860
Police (General Emergency): 191
Police and Fire Department: 199
Medical Emergency Call: 1669
Tourist Police: 1155
Tourist Assistant: 1337 ext 9
Where should I not go in Thailand?
Although Thailand has been struck with many military coups and anti-government protests. With some common sense, Thailand is still a safe place to be.
According to The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the only areas that they advise against all but essential travel to are the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysian border. As there has been a war going on in the deep south between separated and the governments of Thailand for the last decade.
Staying up-to-date with social media
Twitter is a great place to follow breaking news. If someone is happening in Thailand that you should know about, it will be there. There are many great Twitter accounts to follow, and these are a good place to start for the latest news and safety advice.
Mark Kent is the UK ambassador to Thailand. Follow him for UK citizen advice and safety alerts.
Glyn Davies is the USA ambassador to Thailand. Follow him for USA citizen advice and safety alerts.
Richard is a travel blogger with a huge following. He also reports on breaking news in Thailand. With almost 100,000 followers, he is probably the most popular foreigner on Twitter. He also has another Twitter account that focus more on the local and breaking news.
Mark is the UK ambassador to Thailand. Follow him for UK citizen advice and safety alerts.
Glyn is the USA ambassador to Thailand. Follow him for USA citizen advice and safety alerts.