Thailand Country Guide

Stay Safe


Carrying your own padlock is a good idea as some budget rooms use them instead of the normal door locks. Remember to carry a spare key someplace safe (such as as your money belt) otherwise considerable expense and inconvenience may result should you lose your original key. Also consider some type of cable to lock your bag to something too big to discourage others from taking your bag.

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Racial Issues
Thais are normally very tolerant of people and tourists (regardless of their skin colour) and you are unlikely to encounter any aggressive racial abuse. However some visitors may encounter some uncomfortable situations related to their race. Usually these situations are limited to stares or unwanted attention in the shops as a result of curiosity than anything else. Most Thais are often curious to find out the nationality of the black travellers they meet. Apart from this curiosity, most travellers from diverse backgrounds will enjoy their time in the country.

Robbery on Overnight Buses
Travelling on a Thai bus is generally quite safe for tourists. However, there are the occassional reports about people being drugged and robbed while travelling on overnight buses. To avoid this, steer away from cheap non-government (privately owned) buses, ensure your money is stored safely in a money belt or hard-to-reach place.

Intercity bus in Bangkok by Ilya Plekhanov

Stray dogs are a common menace and often found frequenting the streets. The vast majority are passive and harmless but a few may be aggressive and some may even carry rabies. So steer clear of the dogs and do not by any means feed or pet them. If the dogs try to attack you, don't run as this will encourage them to chase you as if you were prey. Instead, try to walk away slowly.

Monkeys may be cute and friendly but in areas where they have been corrupted by tourists, they expect to get food from humans. They can be very sneaky thieves and can also bite.
As with dogs, you won't want to get bitten, whether or not they have rabies. Most urban areas do not have "stray" monkeys but may encounter them in the botanical gardens, wats (temples) and nature parks.

Poisonous cobras are found throughout Thailand, hiding in tall bushes or along streams. You're unlikely to ever see one, as they shy away from humans but they may bite if surprised or provoked. The Siamese crocodiles, on the other hand, is nearly extinct and found only in a few remote national parks. Monitor lizards are common in the jungles but despite their scary reptilian appearance, they're harmless.

Monkeys at Wat Tham Kham by Mattes

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