Thailand Travel Safety Talk
| There is some security risk in Bangkok and a high degree of caution is recommended. A series of bombings occurred in Bangkok on 31 December 2006, including in areas frequented by tourists. Further attacks may occur.
Crimes of opportunity such as pick-pocketing, bag snatching, and burglary have become more common in recent years. Travelers should be especially wary when walking in crowded markets, tourist sites and bus or train stations. Many travelers have reported having passports, wallets, and other valuables stolen in Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market, usually by thieves who cut into purses or bags with a razor blade and remove items surreptitiously. Police at the market usually refuse to issue police reports for foreign victims of theft, requiring them instead to travel several miles to the central Tourist Police office.
When arriving at Bangkok's airport, travelers should use only taxis from the airport's official taxi stand, cars from the airport limousine counters, or airport buses. All major hotels in Bangkok can also arrange to have a car and driver meet incoming flights. It is not common for Thai taxis to pick up additional passengers. Travelers should be wary of drivers seeking to do so, and should never enter a cab that has someone besides the driver in it.
Some advice from the Railway Police and State Railway of Thailand:
- Keep valuable personal belongings out of sight while traveling. Do not wear valuable items, which are exposed to the public while traveling. Do not stick your arm or part of your body with valuable items out of the train; it can be snatched while the train leaves the station.
- Do not consume free food or drink from strangers because you can be drugged and robbed. Keep personal belongings near you as you sleep. Do not leave windows open to avoid burglary while you are asleep. Do not leave your belongings with strangers.
- Beware of persons identifying themselves as authorities of the State Railway of Thailand. They may mislead and persuade you to use other modes of transport. They may also give incorrect information. Please contact the authorities at information counter or railway police.