Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Travel safely in Thailand

Travel safely in Thailand

Thailand is known as "The Land of Smiles' for good reason - the Thai people are among the friendliest and most helpful you will ever meet in your travels.

As such, travel in Thailand is not only easy, but a lot of fun too. There are, however, some aspects of travel in Thailand you should consider in order to make your stay memorable, not only, but also safe and happy experience.

General precautions for your safety

Thailand is not a dangerous country to travel in, however, there are a few annoyances that are quite common in some areas, particularly in Bangkok.

Tuk tuks: The drivers of these taxis motorized three-wheeler are well known for their scams of Bangkok. Offering travelers to tour 20 Thai baht, they will instead take you from one place to another service - none of which will give you much in the way of any visits or enjoyment. If traveling by tuk-tuk, make sure you negotiate a price and direct access to your destination before traveling.

Taxis: Use only meters, taxis are commonplace throughout Bangkok and some regional centers. In places where metered taxis are not available songtheows (covered pick up vehicles with two benches in the back) are the norm. If you are traveling songtheow, negotiate the price before embarking on your trip.

Money and valuables: Always ensure that you keep your valuables in a safe place, either on your person or in the hotel safe. Never leave valuables in your room while not being present, or leave your luggage unattended.

Gems: Unless you know about gems, do not be tempted to buy in Thailand. The jewelry industry is well established scam and ready to tackle the travelers who are looking for a good deal. If you really want to buy gems in Thailand, make sure you go to a reputable dealer.

Emergencies and assistance to tourists

English for assistance during business hours telephone TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) in the area you are staying in (check with your hotel or guide for phone numbers). After hours, check with your hotel staff or contact the Tourist Police or local police station. Most hospitals throughout Thailand has 24 hours emergency services.


Before traveling to Thailand, please ensure that you have purchased appropriate travel insurance and medical care, including additional coverage for all items or expensive luxury.

Medical information

Please note: The following information is for informational purposes only. You should consult your doctor before leaving home. If you feel ill during a trip to Thailand, please seek the assistance of a qualified physician immediately.

Vaccination: There are no prerequisites vaccinations before traveling to Thailand, but many people choose to vaccinate against some diseases. Check with your doctor before you leave home.

Medical supplies and first aid: It is wise to travel with your own first aid kit base, including personal medications, analgesics, antiseptics, insecticides, plasters and a thermometer.

Medical treatment: Pharmacies across Thailand to sell many medicines and medical treatment without the need for a prescription. It is recommended, however, that you consult your doctor or a clinic or a hospital if you need medical treatment. Hospitals will treat even minor ailments and consultations are generally inexpensive.

Heat: It may take some time to acclimate to the heat and humidity in Thailand. In the early days, try not to get too tired and drink plenty of bottled drinking water. Wear light clothing, preferably cotton and avoid being outdoors in the hottest parts of the day.

Diseases transmitted by insects: some species of mosquitoes carry malaria in Thailand and disease of dengue. Symptoms include fever, chills, aches and pains and nausea. To avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, wear long sleeves, colored clothing, especially at dusk and dawn, generously spray with insect repellent and use mosquito coils and when they are available. Antimalarial drugs is a personal choice. Some travelers it, others do not. In case of doubt, consult your doctor before going on holiday.

Cuts and punctures: Due to the high humidity in Thailand, small cuts and punctures may take longer to heal and can easily become infected. Treat cuts and bites with antiseptic cream and make sure you keep them free of dirt. If you suspect an infection, medical treatment.

Stomach upsets: Diarrhea is a common complaint for travelers. To prevent diarrhea and upset stomach most serious drink only bottled water, avoid re-heated food and exercise caution when eating food from street vendors. To treat diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids added rehydration salts. Anti-diarhoea drugs are readily available throughout Thailand. If you suspect a stomach illness more severe, consult a doctor.

Drinking Water: Do not drink the tap water in Thailand. Bottled water is readily available throughout the country. Bring your own drink bottle if possible, or if not, look for water charging stations both in Bangkok and in many hotels. If you do not know if a service charge of water is available, just ask! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by showing your support for recycling.

Social and political situation in Thailand

Please take a look on the website of your government or to contact them directly for current and updated information on their recommendations for travel in Thailand.


Thai law prohibits the sale, purchase or possession of marijuana, heroin, opium and other "hard" drugs. Although widely used in Thailand, the penalties are severe, including life imprisonment and execution.

Women traveling

The travelers are not likely to be harassed in Thailand, however, if you are traveling alone, it is a good idea to let someone of your route before leaving. In addition, use only metered taxis and beware when traveling alone at night.

Traveling with children

Traveling with children in Thailand can be a lot of fun. The Thai people love children and spread attention to foreign children who come to their country. This can initially be intimidating for some children (and their parents). The best way to handle this situation, if you find it all a bit expensive, is to smile politely decline offers to organize, play with or feed your baby. Of course, if you and your child, such as attention, you will find instant friends to keep your kids entertained and give you a little free time.


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