Thailand is fun and a wonderful country with lovely people. There are some really authentic places up near the Lao border along the Mekong if you've enough time and wit to go and explore them. Great night markets which are usually the BEST places to eat by any measure. http://journals.worldnomads.com/simon_monk/story/1268/Thailand/How-would-you-use-1mand178%3b-to-feed-your-family
Check out these 5 things to know before you go http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/66467/Thailand/5-Things-I-Wish-I-Knew-Before-Going-to-Thailand
And the World Nomads Thai Language guide might be a kick-starter to their (difficult) language http://journals.worldnomads.com/language-guides/story/1372/Thailand/Learn-Thai-with-WorldNomads-Thai-Language-Guide
Have a great trip almost 7 years ago
Thailand was the WorldNomads feature destination a couple of months back so you can find all our travel safety articles on this page:
The main issues are the usual petty crime, some cunning scams, tropical weather (so watch out for extremes and natural disasters), over-indulging at the full moon party.... nothing too serious, just be prepared.
One important note: on July 3rd they're having their first general election since 2007 (they love a military coup). It comes just over a year after the deadly protests. The lead up to the election could see the Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts getting agitated and there might be some clashes. Stay right away from political rallies, and demonstrations and be careful around government buildings as the election draws near (the opposing sides occasionally set of a small bomb to make a point). Keep an eye on local news or ask locals if there's any sign of rising tension.
Phil almost 7 years ago
2 things Mr Newbie
Do not rent jet skis and do not touch drugs in Thailand. You will have a great time just be smart, Thais are great people and they will welcome you. Make sure you have Nomads insurance, good medical care is big $$$$$ in Thailand. almost 7 years agoAnswered by Kel Slater via WorldNomads.com