Bangkok is Thailand’s capital city, and the second largest city in South-East Asia (after Jakarta). Famous for being an intense and congested city with a vibrant nightlife (see “The Hangover II“), the city has something to offer to every kind of tourist.
While some parts of Bangkok can be rough for the unadvised tourist, the city can be considered as relatively safe. Be very careful with traffic.
SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Bangkok, and be aware of all potential dangers.
Sukhumvit is the “Upper East Side” of Bangkok, with exclusive appartments, expensive restaurants and shops. They are many hotels, bars and nightclubs – and some part of Suhkumvit is known for being the center of Bangkok’s sex tourism.
The area is one of the city’s safest. Still, be cautious around Nana Entertainment Plaza and Soi Cowboy, which are the sex tourism areas. A famous scam in Bangkok is ATM tampering, and keylogging (stealing your passwords) in internet cafés.
Siam Square is the main commercial area of the city. It is the best place to shop for cheap clothes, electronics or souvenirs from Thailand in places like the MBK center or the Bonanza Mall.
There have been reports of pickpocket teams in the Siam Paragon Mall. Other than that, the area is very safe.
Rattanakosin in the historic center of Bangkok, and where the tourists will find most of the city’s sights such as the Grand Palace, the Wat Pho (one of the largest Buddha Statues) or other museums and monasteries. The area also has street markets and expensive hotels.
Bangkok is an overall safe city. With a rating of 49% Thailand, is ranked 91th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
There is nearly no pickpocket risk in Bangkok. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed, particularly in the shopping area of Siam Square.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Bangkok is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: HIGH
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists in Bangkok. Be aware of fake taxis or tuk-tuks, overpriced hotels, “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: HIGH
There is a high risk regarding transportation, especially because of a very hectic traffic. Take public transit only when needed, and make sure to always order cabs rather than hail them in the street.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Bangkok.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Bangkok has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert because some parts of the country are still at war.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: MEDIUM
Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas, and should take the women reserved cars in the subway and train.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers