Post # 1
We’re thinking of going to Thailand for our honeymoon, but FI is really concerned about safety. He actually gave up a free trip to Thailand last summer largely because he was worried about political stability, potential violence or even just getting stuck in the country. The State Department doesn’t have a travel warning out on Thailand, but they mention a variety of potential dangers…
Is FI right? Thailand seems like a great fit for what we’re looking for, but I wouldn’t want to endanger our lives. Any advice from bees who’ve been there?
Post # 3
I have not been there but have four friends at work who have been on various trips. They all say it is super safe as long as you use common sense. Like dont wander off at night alone. Typical city stuff. I plan on going for my honeymoon.
Post # 4
I’ve been to Thailand with my family as a child many times. It’s a lovely country and I hope you do get to go. Basically, as starcharades said, just use your common sense. Don’t go out alone after dark, don’t walk out after dark, don’t flaunt loads of money and all the rest. It’s a wonderful experience, and a total once in a lifetime place to go.
Post # 5
are you thinking phuket?
personaly if you are in the tourist spots you will be fine. last year there was some peaceful protest in bankok and yes, i had friends that got stuck at the airport for a few days but the consulates worked hard to get people out and the tourists were safe. i happily sent hubby off to asia last july (i think it was july) with no worries
you are more at risk of a car/bike accident or bad tummy problem imho – stay out of the nudie bars (unless you want to visit them that is), keep an eye on your bag and enjoy
Post # 6
Thanks for the reassurance guys – I showed this to FI and he is feeling more comfortable with it now.
@eloping – We were thinking a few days in Bangkok and the rest of the time on a beach somewhere. Also maybe a couple days in Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. Not sure of too many more details yet – I didn’t want to do a lot of planning before deciding for sure about whether it’s safe enough to go.
Post # 7
I have been to Thailand many times. Go to Bangkok, but then get out! Don’t get sucked into the tourist traps like Koh Pangang or Phucket. Try going further south like Koh Phi Phi!
Post # 8
personally i agree with Kris&Jess – stay away from phucket but im a very different type of traveller (i avoid tourist spots like the plague) but for someone that is nervous about it then i would lean toward them playing tourist as they might experience less travel stress