February 22, 2007 at 9:23 pm #30229
My mother and I are going to visit family in Surat Thani and also visiting Bangkok, Phi Phi and Koh Sumui…This is our first time to Thailand and we are a bit nervous having heard about the bombs and such in the deep south we are american and just want to know if we will be safe.
Thanks:)February 23, 2007 at 2:17 am #31104
The places you mentioned that you will be visiting are quite safe and many tourists frequent them year round. The places that have had the most problems over the past few years are the four southern most provinces – which are: Yala, Pattani, Narathiwas and part of Sonkla…and even then its not like all of these provinces are unsafe.
You will find the Thai people very friendly and helpful – you can check out additional info on my Bangkok article here: http://www.davestravelcorner.com/articles/bangkok/index.htm
…and if you have other questions about what to see, travel in Thailand or anything in general about Thailand let me know.
~ DaveFebruary 23, 2007 at 2:52 am #31096
Can you tell me about some hotels that aren`t to exspensive but aren`t really cheap either I am reall big on Swimming pools and a pretty beach although I have a very big fear abouth swiming in the ocean lol in sumiu and krabi
thanksApril 2, 2007 at 5:17 am #31095
nomadcheflovelmr wrote:My mother and I are going to visit family in Surat Thani and also visiting Bangkok, Phi Phi and Koh Sumui…This is our first time to Thailand and we are a bit nervous having heard about the bombs and such in the deep south we are american and just want to know if we will be safe.
That’s the thrill of travelling…:D Kidding aside Thailand isn’t that bad as it sounds after those bombings. Maybe try to avoid too crowded places as these are the targets more often than not..July 11, 2007 at 10:01 am #31097
Last Year I went to phuket and It was the very wonderful place, nice climate, delicious foods, helpful people and great hotels.
SteveJuly 16, 2007 at 4:34 pm #31098
i also been to Phuket 2 months ago, first time there and its so nice, especially Patong Beach in Phuket – very touristic place but the sandy white beach and crystal clear water. its truly a gem of Andaman. recommend you guys should go down there too.March 31, 2009 at 9:49 am #31099
just back from thailand last sunday. these places are OK. thailand is safe generally. I feven oudn myself walking around at 3 am around patpong in Silom, BKK, and it was completely safe. the south is OK as far as Trang goes. been there last week around Ko Kradan and Lanta and its ok.
don’t be worried about safety, no more than you would in your normal life in the US. Its probably much safer!
thailand is a wonderful country, enjoy!October 7, 2009 at 10:48 am #31100
I travelled to thailand with my mother last year and she was also a little worried about safety, since we would just be two women travelling alone. But to be honest, we didn’t ever usafe at any point! We really did not encounter any problems, so I wouldn’t worry. Just be cautious and smart. We had an amazing trip!October 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm #31105
Yes, that sounds exactly right – Thailand is generally a very safe place to travel. If you need any other tips for traveling in Thailand let me know. It is my most often visited country and I usually spend up to 2 months there each year.
I have two friends from Peru – these ladies will be traveling all through Thailand next month solo.
DaveNovember 11, 2009 at 8:28 am #31101
incredible! safe because its so touristy now.
i just went for 5 weeks. (got back Oct 1st, female traveling alone)
The islands / down south: party place, not much thai culture to see, but awesome beach parties, and soooo easy to meet people on your own.
its basically bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors, clubs, laundry service places, hostels / resorts, travel agencies, 7-eleven and souvenir shops.
cost of a meal: 2-4$ canadian
cost of sleeping: 6$ and up
cold water and fan
more expensive: hot water and fan
most $$: hot water and AC
his is the expensive part of thailand I found too btw, everywhere else is cheaper, Chiang mai is the ********.
people usually do the islands last to relax and come home with a tan.
cheap everything if you research where to stay, its busy, AMAZING STREET FOOD and shopping.
harder to meet people, many attractions to see (best way of meeting people)
There is tiger temple (take pictures right next to tigers)
visit ancient ruins in ayuthaya (1 hour north)
floating market (your in a boat, surrounded by people selling produce in boats).You can book that wherever you stay. cost of these trips around: 20$ – 30$? canadian
******** pad thai: Koh San road (1$), crazy shopping there too.. but try to see outside the touristy part and take a meter cab into the city.
if you like quiet, cool excursions, meeting awesome backpackers, jungle / mountains and friendlier thai people, I suggest Chiang Mai in the north. Its a nice city surrounded by mountains and filled with culture.
Everyone goes to Julies backpackers in the middle of the city and it has an awesome lounge even if your not staying there… go hang out there! great cheap food, and for meeting people. reserve a room before.
Best decision: trekking in the jungle for 2-3 days.
i LOVE cooking so, for sure take a cooking class (thats how I met people).
and there are a zillion temples to visit in that city. They are everywhere!
You can do free meditation at certain times with monks in them too!
and the Chiang Mai zoo is INCREDIBLE! every animal is in there!!
– Bangkok weekend market
– Chiang Mai Sunday Market.
shopping is mostly for girls, lots of beach dresses, purses, jewelery, brand name knock offs, shirts with funny sayings, shoes, etc.
do not buy any souvenirs in the islands, super overpriced, just do it in the markets or koh san road.
Come to thailand with hardly anything. Everything is so cheap, you can buy lots there!
I fell in love with thailand. Being so cheap, it really is like paradise lol.
TO KNOW / TO DO:
1. Learn to ride a motorbike (easy way to get around).
2. Expand your food mind and try everything you can, its all so delish.
3. Avoid tuk tuks and use meter cabs to get around in bangkok
4. girls cant touch monks, so… dont run and give them a hug! lol
5. eat a banana nutella roti (thai pancake)
6. come with a half empty bag, because you will fill it with shopping.
7. Keep an EYE on your bag / money AT ALL TIMEs.. i got money stolen 2 times!!!
8. build up a drinking tolerance, because there’s lots of it there!
9. bring good walking shoes.
10. DONT be shy to bargain!
11. if you take a bus, keep all your money on you and not in your luggage.. sometimes guys on the bus go through the luggage’s and steal cash. beware!
hope that helps!