A few days will be spent in Bangkok and a week or two in the Phuket beach area. Traveller is a 30 year old male travelling alone. Thank-you.
There's a national election on July 3rd, so best to stay away from polling places, government buildings and the scene of the Red Shirts protest last year, Ratchaprasong Square.... just in case.
Other than that nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual stuff. The biggest threat really, comes from a traffic accident, especially if he rents a motorbike.
Depends what the traveller intends to do; there're plenty of opportunities to get into trouble if you go looking for it (bar girls, drink spiking, ladyboys, drunken fights, dodgy drug deals etc), but if he's sensible and just looking for an exciting holiday destination he'll have a great time in Thailand, good food, busy nightlife, lovely people, gorgeous beaches.
We have a series of safety articles on WorldNmads at this link:
Phil over 8 years ago
Phil's answer is good; I also agree that the greatest danger are traffic accidents. Be careful of motorcycles. Even on the sidewalk you are not safe. A few years ago, I met a still-dazed tourist that had been hit by a motorcycle that had come up and hit her on the sidewalk. Sadly, she was being cared for by nobody. Even her family in England did not come to get her.
To Phil's answer I might add that you give extra care when travelling to many places in the south of Thailand. over 8 years ago
good point Dr Mike.... the far south of Thailand is a no go zone. There's a long-running seperatist movement and there are DAILY incidents of violence. Tourists are not being particularly targeted, but the roadside bombs are indiscriminate. Several foreign governments have advised thier citizens they should not travel to th provinces bordeering Malysia in the far south (not Phuket - further south). If you travel there against government advice you may invalidate your travel insurance. over 8 years ago