Security in Thailand

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Crime in Thailand

Thailand is a safe country. Serious crimes such as murder, robbery and rape occur very rarely. Thais in General is one of the most friendly and peace-loving Nations, and tourists can feel quite comfortable and free even in the most remote and distant places.

But whatever the friendly Thais were, among the hundreds of good are always a few bad guys. So, in Thailand, many "guest workers" from neighboring countries in South-East Asia and many tourists, among them bad people, too, abound. Some resorts have long been "successfully" stuck the Russian mafia, and often in the Thai criminal reports you can read about the showdown between the Russian-speaking citizens about frauds with real estate, arrests for possession or trafficking. Also have to say that between tourists and locals, though very rarely, but there are conflicts that sometimes end at fights or something stronger. They occur often at popular resorts or big cities. Moreover, in such situations, local strongly support each other, and ready the whole crowd to stand up even for unfamiliar compatriot, while tourists wait for help, even from fellow not worth it. The police are also ready to defend their own, especially if the foreigner is a little bit wrong. But, fortunately, such situations are very rare. And if you show respect for local traditions and customs, and in the event pre-conflict situations to maintain calm and restraint, the chance to be in such a situation is minimal.

Туристическая полиция Таиланда The tourist police of Thailand

Here is an example of a situation that occurred in August 2014 on the island of Koh Samui. The preliminary circumstances of the accident are: a German citizen and owner of the famous Samui bar came to the nightclub with his girlfriend secretly. When they came out of the night club, on a motorcycle the Germans sat a group of young Thais and had a beer. Verbal altercation ensued, which escalated into a fight. Young Thais beat the German to death, and then slit his throat with a broken bottle, then fled. Remember cases like this when you feel that you have a brewing conflict with the locals. Better to step over their principles and pride than to part with health or life.

Police in Thailand are poorly paid. Police salary is 6,000 baht (about $125, see money of Thailand exchange rate) per month. Hence, corruption in the police, "protection", sometimes dismissive attitude to the victims. However, for tourists a special relationship here, of course, if a tourist behaves appropriately. There are special "tourist police", which deals with offences against foreigners or committed by foreigners. Although the actual investigation "tourist police" does not hold, at the initial stage it is better to apply it there. At least, there will be problems with the language barrier, because there are officers with knowledge of English and even Russian volunteers.

Tips to avoid trouble in Thailand

With all the security of Thailand and the friendliness of its people should honestly say that Thailand is a police state. The influence of the military and police into politics and public life is quite high, and both categories are very respectable. In addition, strict laws and high corruption. All together, this can lead to problems with the law and the police, the tourists, who believe that they can do anything. Many times there have already been cases of foreign tourists (not only from Russia), which, according to them, never was detained, thrown in jail without any reason, extorted money. It is difficult to assess the veracity of these stories, but at the same time naive to believe that with you nothing is ever to happen in Thailand and the police will protect you. In a conflict situation, the police often sides with the local population and fellow citizens, too, will stand up for their own. Keep this in mind and follow these guidelines to avoid trouble:

Безопасность в Тайланде Car broken down in the riots in Bangkok
  • Thais love to drink alcohol, but never start the acquaintance and drink with the drunk Thais. To drink they do not know and lose control even worse than tourists. There were many stories, when a feast with the Thais ended in a fight, rape, murder.
  • In Thailand, especially in honor of the King and the Royal family. Any offensive action, even images, can result in criminal punishment, and sometimes a lynching by the locals.
  • Photographing is allowed virtually everywhere and free, but is strictly prohibited to photograph military installations. Where it is impossible to photograph marked with a special sign (a crossed-out photo or a video camera). Without special permission you cannot use the camcorder in the Grand Royal Palace, it is impossible to photograph in the Temple of the emerald Buddha and other attractions associated with the Royal family.
  • From October 2017 at the many popular beaches of Thailand, a ban on Smoking. For violation entails a very large fine of up to 100,000 baht, or imprisonment. Punishment is imposed from 1 February 2018. The beaches of the ban is equipped with the appropriate prohibitory signs, and as promised, that will have special Smoking cabins. All this is done to clean the beaches from the "bulls".
  • 2014 in Thailand banned the circulation of electronic cigarettes. The import, purchase, sale, or use of them can lead to imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years.
  • Very old Thai law, foreign citizens must always carry a passport. In practice, this rule, fortunately, is checked and is less strictly observed, but the fact of the matter is there is information that a tourist was arrested and fined because of the lack of a passport. At least carry a photocopy or photo of passport, including page with stamp of last entry or visa.
  • It is impossible to visit Buddhist temples in shorts, short skirts, with bare shoulders and legs. As a rule, before entering the temples you will be able for free or for a nominal fee to rent clothes. Before entering the temple have to remove their shoes. Women, under any circumstances, should not touch the monk, to convey or take from him any thing. Each Buddha image, large or small, whole or broken, in Thailand is perceived as a sacred object. You should not climb on these objects to be photographed, or to take actions that may be perceived as disrespectful to them.
  • For Thais the head is the main and important part of the body. They believe that the human soul is in the head. Therefore, you should not touch a Thai person on the head, even if it is a friendly gesture. Also, do not Pat Thais on the shoulder.
  • Roughness is considered to be an indication of a person or object with his foot.
  • Always try to speak quietly, not to raise your voice. The man who speaks softly, gives Thais a sense of deep respect. The expression of anger and just loud talking are considered rude and bad manners. For those guests who remain calm and smile, all doors are open.
  • It is not made to show a relationship between a man and a woman, passionately hugging and kissing in public.
  • In Thailand are extremely strict laws against illegal drug trafficking. The person who discovered the drugs, could face punishment up to death penalty. Trafficking of narcotics through customs (smuggling) – the death penalty. Look for credibility before leaving the film "Bangkok Hilton" (the film, incidentally, is great).
  • If you are arrested and charged with the offense, try to settle the matter peacefully. Otherwise, the police may, with the permission of the court to commit you to prison for up to 84 days (7 times in 12 days) during the investigation. After making a police report on the offense you can be released on bail (except for especially serious crimes, in which the court is entitled to refuse bail). While your passport remains with police and information about him stored in a database, and to the court of the country will not let you.
  • Money, tickets, passports and valuables put into storage in the safe at reception or put in the safe in the room if he is there. Unfortunately, it does not guarantee 100% safety, and there has been quite a lot of cases, especially in cheap hotels, your money and passports from the safe. If the safe is in the reception and in the room, it is better to divide the money into two parts. In hotels that value their reputation, you can ask staff for a receipt (receipt) to the detailed list and value of deposited items. Read also the article about arrangements for security of money and documents while traveling.
  • If you have a large cash amount, you can find and rent a safety Deposit box in a Bank or open a Bank account and put money there. In case of opening an account you will be given a plastic card and you will be able to use it for cash withdrawal or payment.
  • Take a walk as much money as you plan to spend, not more.
  • Try to have as less as possible cash, replacing them with plastic card or traveler's checks, but still enough to stretch to the end of the holiday, if something happens to the card or checks.
  • Carry photocopies of passports just in case (passport in the safe). Even better to additionally place a scan of a passport and a Russian passport in their email, so that if necessary they can be printed.
  • If you feel that you are trying to deceive, "to breed for money" and if it went any further, not skandalte. Say you don't understand or that there is no money. Do not provoke conflict.
  • If renting a room, motorbike, car, taxi hire, etc., to stipulate the price in advance, or subsequently you can put unreasonable expense. Can write the price on paper, show it to the seller to make sure that you correctly understood each other, and to keep up to date of calculation. If you say that you tell me the price then it is likely a fraud attempt.
  • The loss of the passport you will need to obtain a "certificate of return to Russia". Go to the nearest branch of the Tourist police with photocopies of the missing documents. There you have all the details, write a statement describing the incident and to wait until the police officer will sign. A statement to the police a lost passport is most important document. Otherwise you will not be allowed to leave the country and your holiday will be delayed indefinitely. Next, you should contact the Consular section of the Embassy of Russia in Thailand with a police report and a report from the police, copy of passport and 2 photos. After 2-3 days you will be given a "Certificate of return to Russia". Next, with "Testimony," a copy of the passport, the original and the copy of the application, you go to the Department of Immigration. It is located near the Embassy. There you will put all the required stamps on the "Testimony." Then you can safely return home. Additional information in the article "What to do if lost/stolen passport abroad?"


Even if you are in great shape and healthy, the insurance won't hurt, especially if you're travelling independently and for the long term.

There are a huge number of companies and a wide variety of insurance types. You can protect yourself from home, via the Internet, pay for the insurance using a credit card.

Some policies do not cover the occurrence of consequences from activities extreme sports like diving, riding a motorcycle, etc. Some policies require you to place paid for treatment and received compensation home. Others, however, provide a free referral for medical assistance on the spot. Various intricacies in the insurance lot, and if you decide to insure your stay, find out all the conditions and carefully review all the terms offered in the contract.

To check and compare prices on insurance you can at the following sites:

Safety on the road

First of all, you need to remember on the roads of Thailand drive on the left. When crossing the road you must look first to the right, as you would not want to look left out of habit in Russia.

Different points of view the situation on the roads of Thailand are considered very hard and dangerous, or calm and safe. Anyway, the objective facts are that local drivers tend to not really follow traffic rules in the absence of the sight of police officers or controllers, motobiker sometimes move like crazy on the sidewalks and wrong side to cut a path or to bypass traffic jams. Moreover, at the end of 2014, Thailand ranked second in the world in the number of fatalities per 1,000 people, second only to Namibia.

Do not be fooled that all Thais – who art good angels on the road, and everywhere you will miss the helpful and say thank you, even if you are not right. The aggressiveness of drivers in a conflict situation often goes beyond the limits. Very often you can read in the local media about the next clash between drivers do not share the road ended in a shooting or massacre. Many drivers, especially taxi drivers carry with them firearms, knives, machetes, and can easily use it in a conflict situation. Aggressive behavior and the drivers of motorcycles. This is especially true in large cities and resorts, so be very careful not to spoil your vacation and not engage in conflicts. Rule "Give way to the fool" is important here as well as at home.

If you do not believe in the aggressiveness of the Thai drivers, watch this video:

On the other, subjective side, according to our observations of accidents on the roads a little. Maybe this is certainly due to the fact that unlike our Thai accidents the accident quickly leaving and don't expect 10 hours of staff of GAI. And accidents can do little because the drivers are real pros, and depart from each other just inches.

While almost nobody follows the traffic rules, the roads go quite safe, the main thing to do is calmly and slowly. In the resort areas on the roads a lot of traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, where you can carefully cross the roadway. Most importantly when crossing the road not to make any sudden movements from side to side, move slowly. View video about the red light in Thailand.

As for the car transport:

You can easily rent a Bicycle, motorbike (150-500 baht per day), car (from 700 to 1500 baht per day). For rent need only driving license (international), credit cards, passport or cash as collateral. Sometimes the bail can accept a copy of your passport.

Technical condition of vehicles is not perfect, so check everything carefully and take pictures of all the defects before you take the transport. Otherwise, when you return even for the smallest of defects that have been, you will have to pay at an inflated price. You can also become a victim of fraud when the owner of the leased vehicle itself organizes the theft of the rented bike or car (using his keys), and then extorts money.

Important phone numbers

  • Phone police emergency - 191 or 123 (free call from any phone)
  • Tourist police - 1155 (free call from any phone)
  • Ambulance - 1554

Addresses and phone numbers of embassies here

In case of loss of credit cards and traveler's checks:

  • 02 252 2212 Mastercard/Visa
  • 02 233 5644 Diners Club
  • 02 273 5296 American Express
  • 02 256 2816 Thomas Cook

Health in Thailand, vaccinations

The medicine of Thailand is quite developed and the world-famous surgical sex change operations, the removal of the breast, etc. Medical care in Thailand is very expensive, so we strongly recommend at least Turisticheskaya medical insurance. Keep in mind that ordinary insurance will not cover treatment of injuries that you can get when you rent a motorcycle. Renting a bike by most insurance companies is equal to active sports.

Drugs in Thailand are available and sold everywhere. If you use any medication regularly, no forget to write their names in English. Be careful when buying drugs, check out whether the retention period.

Before you travel home, prepare a first aid kit of the tourist, including medications:

  • From allergies to food, flowers, bites: "Suprastin", "Telfast", etc.
  • Antipyretic and analgesic: aspirin, paracetamol or baralgin.
  • Cough lozenges: you can use any type of candy "halls" and so forth.
  • Against spasms: "But-shpa".
  • From sunburn or jellyfish: "Panthenol".
  • For stomach: activated carbon, festal, smectite, levomitsetin, Imodium.
  • Motion sickness: "dramina", "Aeron", etc.
  • Some disinfectant General and local actions, for example "Chlorhexidine".
  • Bandages, band-AIDS, insect repellents against flies and mosquitoes.
  • A balm for healing wounds: "Rescuer".
  • Heart drugs. Comes in handy if you go to the mountains, with severe allergic reactions to insect bites, fish, snakes.


No mandatory vaccinations for arriving in Thailand, unless you are arriving from an infected region.

If you are very concerned about the health, plan ahead for your vaccinations: some of them require an initial injection, followed by a period after injection, while some vaccinations cannot be conducted together. So take the medical advice at least six weeks before travel.

You may also want to vaccinate in Thailand at hospitals or private clinics.

Vaccinations that are recommended before departure to Thailand: tetanus and diphtheria; hepatitis B; hepatitis b; typhoid; rabies; Japanese encephalitis.

Recommendations for health maintenance:

  • Never drink unboiled water. To buy bottled water in supermarkets and stores. On the street can sell a sealed water from the tap. Brush your teeth with tap water can.
  • Try not to drink beverages in cafes and restaurants with ice, since ice can be made from tap water. If the ice is made in the form of cubes or cylinders with a hole in the middle, the ice factory and is safe.
  • Be careful when sunbathing – you can be badly burned even in cloudy weather. In the early days you can get burned in 15 minutes. Always use sunblock. Thais as protection and treatment from the sun use coconut oil. It is sold everywhere in Thailand.
  • In a tropical climate, you will be able to pick up any infection that exists on the planet. Be far-sighted. Observe personal hygiene, wash hands thoroughly, especially before eating.

Danger animals, plants, insects and natural phenomena. To take preventative measures or do not face such trouble, the enemy must know in person:

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  • Sea urchins. When bathing is likely to step on a sea urchin. They usually prefer stones, so pick bathing beaches with a minimum of stones. Needle sea urchins are a danger, they're all jagged and fragile. Of course it is best to consult a doctor. However, there is a popular recipe that can be resorted to only in extreme cases when you can't get help. First you need something solid to beat yourself on the place where he had got the needle. Thus, you break the needles into smaller pieces (this is a very painful procedure). Then this place is abundantly watered with lime or lemon juice. The acid in the juice should dissolve needle. You can apply a cloth soaked in juice. Dissolution takes much time, so ill place better to wrap the package and put it in the sun or put in hot water to make the reaction go faster. After 30 minutes of needle should dissolve and come out. After this the wound should be thoroughly disinfected.
  • Jellyfish.From jellyfish stings helps fresh aloe. The beaches are a lot of sellers, including sellers of aloe.
  • Sunburn. To treat mild sunburn and for protection from the sun you can use a popular Thai remedy – coconut oil. Can buy in a drugstore a way home, or already in Thailand, just showing sunburn. You will immediately recognize.
Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 24 October, 2013

I'm afraid such a list will not be able to make, such records do not keep. The reliability of the carrier can be determined on the spot based on experience and reviews. Large companies that carry traffic from bus stations on a regular basis (buses) are generally less prone to problems. Another thing is the buses are all small firms, including travel, which are sent directly from the tourist areas. They are their own masters and can do what they want: cancel the flight, change the time of dispatch, to get you to the wrong place (a problem with the fact that tourists do not dovozyat to the right place or leave halfway really exists, though it happens not often)..
In short, my recipe is this simple question: where you can use regular buses from bus stations, I just use them. And here you can read more about buses of Thailand ...
ilyan 3 January, 2014
I purchased a tour to Phuket, the tour operator "Biblio-Globus". 22.11.2013 me and my wife arrived on the island of Phuket. At the airport we were met by the staff "Biblio-Globus" - "Sayama travel", was carried out in the bus. By the way, we explained that the bus to drive up to each hotel can not, and we transplanted into vans.
In the huge traffic jams we were to deliver to the hotels about an hour and a half, I noticed a street that has already passed, after another hour it happened again, in the end, for the third time, after passing through this street, we stopped and showed the hotel Patong pearl resortel 3. It turned out, a few hours we drove on the same route, why no one understood. From the beginning the staff of "Biblio-Globus" behaved disrespectfully to their tourists.
In the evening I have to take a shower, stood in the bath, it burst beneath me (the bath is made of plastic). The fact that this could happen, I could not imagine. Another way to take a shower is not provided. It turned out that the bath could not bear the weight 90 kg.
We immediately called the receptionist and reported the problem. The conversation was in the Russian witnesses who came with us one time. The staff along with us and witness went up to our room. After inspecting the tub, a hotel employee said he needed time to resolve what to do next. Half an hour later he said that the tub will be sealed with sealant and no problems. On the same day, the tub patched with sealant. (Claims the hotel to us was not).
Were these claims later, the day before departure, on the night of 3 December it was announced that tomorrow we have to pay 10000 baht for a damaged tub. (For example, the familiar for the missing Cup holder in the bill put through the day). ...
ilya January 4, 2014
The response of the tour operator "Biblio-Globus" "the Tourist was shown the article of the criminal code of the Kingdom of Thailand, which says that regardless of arrived people from the tour.firms, or independently, for all the damage caused, he will have to pay, otherwise, will be applied sanctions according to this article." Tell me who heard about this article?
In my case, caused me damage I paid (the tour Operator "Biblio-Globus" turned me in to the police for the fact that the quality of the tourism product matches the quality of the tourist product).
It turns out, to understand whose fault it is not necessary, once a person arrived in Thailand, he is already guilty. ...
Alex February 25, 2014
Last week came back from Thailand, went as tourists, enjoyed it. ...
admin February 25, 2014

You have a very informative post turned out ;) . Detail no desire to write? ...
Victoria 16 March, 2014
In January we flew to tai, Phuket. The husband was determined to rent a bike. But, after reading scary articles, I high downloaded our holiday tours, as to convince the wife on the idea with the bike was impossible. On the way from the airport to the hotel guide also told us scary stories. Said very clearly to visit in the evening any hospital. Supposedly everywhere you turn from bruised and broken tourists. Besides, when you hire require a Deposit original passport and you can get to the money. For the whole stay we never saw crashes. However, once in the street met a man in a cast, which was transported in a wheelchair. I would like to hear the opinion of forum users. Whether in Thailand so many accidents with tourists on bikes or is it just the horror stories of guides and in fact, cases are rare? ...
admin March 16, 2014

Hello Victoria!
Accidents on bikes with tourists in Talende really not uncommon. Not a few tourists even killed, including Russians. Such news are usually malozamechennyj, but if you search even Google the news, you will find there a lot of examples.
However it is not uncommon in any place and even at home. Of course, given that Russia motorcycles on the roads thousands of times smaller, and accidents with motorcyclists we have much less. But overall, the motorcycle is the most dangerous form of wheeled transport. The man on the motorcycle is the most vulnerable on the road, because no protected in addition to a helmet. Your safety is in your hands, and if you don't have to tear the roof from the freedom that offers the motorcycle, in most cases, everything will be fine. I, personally, never rode the bike home and rode it for the first time abroad took him to rent. Since then, and ride, opened in category A, yet nothing happened only a couple of times fell. But this does not mean that I give myself as an example, and possibly not worth it to do so. I'm fully aware that at any moment I could experience such trouble, absolutely no one is immune to it.
P. S. don't forget by the way that ordinary insurance does not cover any injuries and damages when driving a motorcycle, because of the company include motorcycle rides, to the active sports, which you need to include the insurance option. ...
Check 13 September, 2018
Took Tae staff wrote in the telegram removed
Good store, bring order to the hotel, I recommend! ...
admin 14 September, 2018

what is a staff? ...
ivan101 November 1, 2018
Staff drug ...