lifebroker, by southern Thailand do you mean Phuket, Koh Samui and Hua Hin? because if you mean the far southern provinces which border Malaysia then they are definitely not safe! There's a separatist insurgency down there and there are DAILY bombings, shootings and violence.
But I'll assume you mean Phuket etc. While you are very unlikely to be involved in a bombing, there are plenty of scams to take your money, and plenty of things you could do that are potentially dangerous. You need to act sensibly - don't let your brain take a vacation when your body does.
We have great Thailand safety tips like this one:
Read through them. If you're reasonably cautious (or at least not totally reckless!) you'll be safe and will have a great time. Thailand is a fabulous place to visit, and the majority of Thais are friendly, welcoming and honest people. I love the place.
Phil from the safety hub about 6 years ago
Yes, the major tourist spots in the deep south of Thailand are usually safe. (I lived in Hua Hin for a couple of years and was always safe but that is not considered deep south.)
If you are in the deep south and not in one of the major tourist spots you are in the land of separatist insurgency. Violence such as shootings and bombings occur there and are not typically reported in any English language newspaper in Thailand.
With tourist fears in mind "scary" stories are kept from those papers (Bangkok Post & the Nation). A friend of mine was going to walk through some thick bush down to a small lake near Hua Hin. He turned around quickly after a local said they had seen some large snakes down there. That made me wonder if they had huge snakes (they have the right climate for it). After talking about that to a local he showed a local Thai newspaper story about a snake that had swallowed a man (with photos). I was told that the man was drunk and that allowed the snake to get him. This story never appeared in any English language paper in Thailand.
About scams, yes there are plenty. A common one is the gem and jewelry scam. Here a tuk tuck driver will take you to special shops were you can get "super" buys on these items. Of course this is a lie. The gems may be fake and are overpriced. If you want these items go to a reputable shop to buy.
With some caution in mind Thailand is a wonderful tourist destination. Read up on your embassy website, tell close family or friends where you will be, never think you can get some super special deal and check Phil's tips. With care in mind you can be quite safe. about 6 years ago
i was thinking to travel with my boyfriend Malaysia and arrive at the border with Thailand,passing through the peninsula and heading north to Bangkok. From what you say here, now i'm scared to do that and thinking to change my trip. Is not safe at all travel the south by bus or train to heading north?!?! Thank you. Mary almost 5 years ago